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The Original Tex-Mex Salsa Picante

The Original Tex-Mex Salsa Picante
The Original Tex-Mex Salsa Picante
The Original Tex-Mex Salsa Picante


11075 Harry Hines Blvd.
Dallas, Texas 75229
Cost: $2.99 from El Fenix online
Ingredients: Tomatoes ground in thick puree (tomatoes, tomato puree, salt, calcium chloride and citric acid), water, jalapenos (jalapeno peppers, water, vinegar, salt and sodium chloride), onion, salt, vinegar, cumin, garlic and xanthan gum





Total Score
2/ 5

User Rating
3 total ratings



Large jar - 16oz.


Small opening - you have to pour to eat this

Bottom Line

If you have a choice between this and Tostitos, buy this. If there is anything else on the shelf – buy that.

Posted July 10, 2012 by

The Original Tex-Mex Salsa Picante

I had some high hopes for this salsa, after all it says that it’s a “Martinez Family Recipe” on the front of the jar. It’s in a large jar with a small opening, so you must pour it out before digging in. The good news is that the salsa is nice and thick without being overly chunky. It sticks to the chip, unlike the earlier review of “The Pure” salsa.

The Original Tex-Mex Salsa Picante

Sticks to the chip

But a nice jar and consistency will only go so far. Taste wise, this salsa is a marginally better tasting Tostitos style of a salsa. This is something that I might serve to the in-laws or anyone that can’t handle any heat and isn’t looking for standout flavor – but personally I would not buy this again. The “ground thick tomato puree” overpowers all of the other flavors in the salsa. The cumin is the only ingredient that stands out – and only after several bites. And to say “standout” with this salsa means that it merely tickles the tastebuds.

Don’t get me wrong, this is a totally edible salsa – but it’s not a chilehead’s salsa. There’s zero heat and there are plenty of other salsa’s on the market to try out. But if you are having guests over that can’t stand the heat, putting this out won’t send them running away. But if they tell you it’s the best they’ve ever had, you might consider getting new friends.

Nick Lindauer

The Original Hot Sauce Blog


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