Sunday, April 10, 2016

Trader Joe's Fire-Roasted Tomato Salsa

I love, love, love this stuff. It's the fourth Trader Joe's salsa I've tried, after the wonderful Fall Harvest Salsa started me on a salsa kick. The pineapple salsa was so-so. The mango was bad enough that I threw away half of the container.

But this stuff? Fabulous. Perfect. Strong, hearty tomato flavor. Some bite from the vinegar. Medium-hot, which is all I want; hotter than this, and I think flavor loses out to sheer heat. Finely minced the way I like--almost to a puree--rather than chunky. It's just as much a hit with me as the Fall Harvest Salsa, with the added advantage of being available all year. And, for those to whom this matters, it's low in sodium. We don't need no stinkin' salt in our salsa!

Trader Joe's Fire-Roasted Tomato Salsa, welcome to my Top Ten list.

Will I buy it again? 

There's a sub-stratum of the Top Ten list that I've never explicitly acknowledged before, but now is as good as time as any to talk about it. Some on that list are just occasional treats. But a few become staples that I always have in the house. This is the newest member of that elite group--both Top Ten AND a staple.

UPDATE: I've had, I think, five or six more jars of this stuff, and I continue to be as enthusiastic about it as I was then.

Nina's View

I'm detecting a theme here. Bob likes tomato-based products inordinately that I do not care for very much. I found this lumpy, watery, and lacking in seasoning. I cannot understand his enthusiasm for it, any more than I can imagine getting excited about plain stewed tomatoes.

But that's okay—the thin wedge is in the door on salsas. Who knows what other candidates will prove successful?


  1. This stuff is not medium-hot. It is utterly lacking in heat. And flavor. It is stewed tomatoes masquerading as "salsa". The famed TJ blandification committee did an A+ job on this one.

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