My family likes salsa, but it can be difficult to find store-bought salsa that’s as good as what we get at Mexican restaurants.
One of our favorite store-bought salsas is On the Border mild salsa, available at many regular grocery stores (but not at Aldi). The only problem is that On the Border’s jars are incredibly hard to open when you’re initially breaking the vacuum seal. After years of fighting to open jars and making my hand sore in the process, I finally emailed the company to tell them how much I like their salsa, but the jars are killing my hands. They responded by mailing me a coupon for a free jar of salsa. (Great customer service!) The salsa was tasty, but of course the jar was still crazy hard to open.
So, my husband and I have started looking at other salsa options that won’t give us arthritis.
Casa Mamita Small Batch Salsa cost $1.79 for a 16-oz. jar at the time of publication. It’s a Regular Buy, which means it’s available all year, and it comes in three varieties: Restaurant Style, Black Bean and Corn, or Pineapple. I purchased the Restaurant Style flavor.
Ingredients for the Restaurant Style salsa are: tomatoes (tomatoes, tomato juice), crushed tomatoes (water, concentrated crushed tomatoes), jalapeno peppers, onion, cilantro, and less than 2% of salt, sugar, distilled vinegar, spice, garlic, and natural flavor.
I wish they would say what spices they use instead of simply giving the mysterious term “spice” in the ingredients list, but this is not the only salsa I’ve seen that uses “spice.” On the Border salsa is guilty of using “spices” as well. I’m also not a huge fan of the natural flavor in this Aldi salsa.
One 2-tablespoon serving has 10 calories, no fat and no cholesterol, 210 mg of sodium (9% of your daily value), 2 grams of total carbs (1% DV), 1 gram of total sugars, and 0 grams of added sugars.
As far as taste goes, this salsa is good. It has more kick than other mild salsas I’ve had, and my salsa-devouring daughter complained that it was spicy but still ate it. My husband doesn’t think it’s spicy enough to qualify as medium, but it has more zip to it for sure. The tomato and jalapeno flavors really come through, and the cilantro gives it a bit of zing.
This salsa holds its own among other store-bought salsas, and it’s one I might purchase again (and especially because I don’t have to wring my hand off just to get the jar open). Just be aware that if you’re serving kids or people who don’t like a lot of spice, this is not truly a mild salsa.
Casa Mamita Small Batch Salsa comes in three flavors: Restaurant Style, Corn and Bean, and Pineapple. My family tried the Restaurant Style variety and enjoyed it, but it is on the spicier side for a mild salsa. If you like some kick — but not too much — this might be your salsa.