Posted July 14, 2005 by Nick Lindauer in Reviews

Salsa de Rosa Fresh Salsas

Fresh salsas delivered to your door? What about excellent fresh salsas delivered to your door? As an avid spicy foods fan, I eat more then my share of salsas. However, I’ve never been able to buy a salsa online or off the grocery store shelf that matches the flavor of the salsas from my childhood. But recently the spice gods smiled upon me and Steven from Salsa De Rosa sent 64oz. of pure goodness to my door.

Salsa de Rosa is a true family business. Rosemarie, Stevens wife (Rosa), made salsa from her own original recipe for certain meals when they were first married. Steven gently nudged her to make it a little more “chunky” and after encouragement from friends, they decided to get serious about selling the salsa in local stores. In January 1999 Salsa de Rosa was officially started. Steven and Rosas two children, ages 17 & 21, also help out with deliveries and the manufacturing.

The online division of Salsa de Rosa started in 2004 – the same year they won 2 Scovie Awards. In June 2005 they swept the America’s Zesty Best Fresh Salsa – Hot categories, taking home 1st and 2nd. Salsa de Rosa Medium also took home the 3rd place award in the Fresh Salsa – Medium category.

Salsa de Rosa – Hot
HOT Salsa de Rosa Fresh Salsa Now, if I received this salsa in a restaurant, I would be very impressed. Receiving this salsa in the mail bowled me over. Not too hot (the wife can eat it) but just enough heat so that your sinuses will open up – but not run. I cooked up some hamburger, added a can of rinsed black beans to the pan and a 16oz of the Salsa de Rosa Hot. Then I took the mixture and spooned it over nachos. Simply, easy and delicious. Highly recommended to all chileheads, although beginners may only be able to take a little at a time. Ingredients: Hand selected tomato, tomatillo, onion, jalapeno, cilantro, garlic, lemon juice, wine vinegar and salt.

Salsa de Rosa – Extreme Heat
Extreme Heat - Salsa de Rosa Fresh SalsaNow this one is for the true chileheads. Same basic recipe as the Hot, this one simply contains more habaneros. Too hot for the wife, I managed to consume the entire 32oz container within a week. There’s just enough heat to make a true chilehead sweat and reach for another chip. Notice the habanero chunks in the picture? Yum! Ingredients: Hand selected tomato, tomatillo, onion, jalapeno, cilantro, habanero, garlic, lemon juice, wine vinegar and salt.

One of the main things that sets Salsa de Rosa apart from many other salsas is that they use a classic Mexican recipe that includes tomatillo. You can’t find many store bought salsas that do that.

Beyond the Hot and the Extreme, Salsa de Rosa also offers Mild & Medium Red Salsa and a Medium Green Salsa. All salsas are made fresh, whether you place the order on the Salsa de Rosa website (http://www.salsaderosa.com) and shipped within 24 hours! If you live in Washington you may be able to find Salsa de Rosa on your local store shelves, anywhere between Bellingham, WA to Portland, OR.

If you’re a chilehead, place your order online here. If your unsure about which one your going to like, you can get a 4 pack sampler of each salsa for $4 (just the cost of shipping). If you’re a retailer looking to expand your salsa line, you will not be sorry you added Salsa de Rosa to your product line. And, if you’re a co-packer on the mid-west or east coast, drop Steven a line. They are looking to work with a co-packer in other parts of the US so that the salsas can be delivered to customers doors even sooner.

Salsa de Rosa is currently running a drinker’s special – Buy 2 32oz Salsa’s (your flavor choice) and you’ll recieve a free cocktail shaker! More information here.

5 out of 5 Stars

Nick Lindauer

The Original Hot Sauce Blog