One of the best things about summer: chips, salsa and beer don’t seem like a preposterous meal. I’m a huge fan of fresh, homemade salsa, but a certain ripeness of tomato and the fresh herbs needed to whip up a batch call for a foresight that I don’t always have. I’ve found a jarred salsa that, and this will sound sacrilegious in some circles, rivals most of the homemade salsas that I’ve had. Xochitl Asada Verde and Xochitl Chipotle are both fantastic. The medium heat has a kick, but not in a painful, overpowering way, and it’s not too spicy for my kids. Both salsas are great with chips. The Chipotle (a flavor that I previously approached with skepticism, maybe because of the chain restaurant so named) is amazing spooned over black beans, rice and hard boiled eggs and the Asada Verde is particularly good with fish tacos or over grilled fish or meat. I know it sounds dubious, but after years of searching for a jarred salsa that actually tastes like salsa and doesn’t feature tropical fruits, roasted garlic or black beans and corn, I feel like I have to spread the word.


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  1. That IS good stuff. Was much easier to find when I lived in Brooklyn! :-/

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