Skip to main content

The Manual may earn a commission when you buy through links on our site.

The Best Salsa Brands for Your Super Bowl Party

Life is too short for average salsa. You know the kind — the runny stuff missing all of the ingredients that are either too sweet or too spicy.

Sure, the Super Bowl is right around the bend, which probably has you thinking about finger food staples like chips and dip (wash your hands and continue to be safe, people). But salsa is not reserved for just sporting events or Taco Tuesdays. It’s useful stuff, filling out scores of recipes from enchiladas to your morning eggs.

Related Reading

Which is to say, we’re not zipping through the salsa aisle. It’s a place — online or at your local grocer — that’s full of haves and have-nots, at least in terms of flavor and kitchen pantry value. It’s also a realm of interesting riffs incorporating things like tomatillos or mangos. So, when it comes time to dip a tasty breakfast burrito or flesh out your stack of nachos, here are the salsas to pay attention to.

Frontera Tomatillo

Frontera Tomatillo Salsa
Image used with permission by copyright holder

Of the lauded tomatillo sub-genre of salsas, this one is likely the best. It’s made with cilantro, garlic, and serrano peppers and comes off like a batch that’s been patiently assembled by somebody with a high salsa IQ.

Mateo’s

Mateo's Gourmet Salsa
Image used with permission by copyright holder

Made in Texas with a balanced bill of spices, vinegar, and jalapeno, this salsa touts a useful disclaimer on its label in “not responsible for obsession.” It’s an easy salsa to fall head over heels for and comes in a nice variety of spice levels, involving various members of the pepper family.

La Esquina Roja

La Esquina Rojo Salsa
Image used with permission by copyright holder

The salsas of La Esquina have long been appreciated by New Yorkers, where the namesake Mexican restaurant is set. The roja is loaded with flavor, made with Arbol chile peppers and charred tomatillos. Green salsa fanatics will appreciate the brand’s verde version.

Thrive Smoky Chipotle

Thrive Smoky Chipotle Salsa
Image used with permission by copyright holder

Built around the one-of-a-kind flavor of chipotle, this organic salsa from Thrive boasts the ideal marriage of savory and spicy. The rustic flavor profile bodes well of other dishes too, from roasted chicken and grilled fish to stuffed peppers or sautéed veggies.

Sabor de Salsita Chile Morita Salsa

Salsita Chile Morita Salsa
Image used with permission by copyright holder

This small-batch salsa operation makes an entire lineup of intriguing, flavor-forward salsas. With minimal ingredients (tomatoes, chile, lime juice, garlic, and salt), the Chile Morita delivers so, so much and will have you returning for dip and dip.

Xilli Salsa Macha

Xilli Salsa Macha
Image used with permission by copyright holder

This salsa recipe is the work of renowned chef Nacxitl Gaxiola. It blends chipotle with toasted peanuts, chili oil, and more for one of the most compelling salsa experiences in all of condiments land.

Ol’Gringo Chile Company

Ol' Gringo New Mexico Gold Salsa
Image used with permission by copyright holder

This New Mexican salsa riff uses local ingredients and engineers its work just a short drive from the border. The sauce offers plenty of heat and is rounded out by a generous serving of tomatoes and cilantro. Also look out for the brand’s chile sauces, great for stews.

Los Cuates

Los Cuates Salsa
Image used with permission by copyright holder

A change of pace of sorts, Los Cuates is built around a sturdy chile base as opposed to your standard grade tomato foundation. As such, the consistency and flavor are a bit different, making earthier, grassier, and the right amount of spicy.

Editors' Recommendations

Topics
Mark Stock
Mark Stock is a writer from Portland, Oregon. He fell into wine during the Recession and has been fixated on the stuff since…
The best Super Bowl snacks: Your party will be a win even if your team sucks
Wow your Super Bowl party guests with deviled eggs sprinkled with BBQ rub or smoky guacamole
Rodney Scott deviled eggs with pickled okra on a metal tray with a red fork.

No Super Bowl party is complete without an endless variety of snacks and appetizers. From spicy deviled eggs to guacamole and party mixes, Super Bowl snacks should be flavorful, fun, and plentiful. For expertise on this culinary journey, The Manual has curated five recipes from pitmasters to cookbook authors and pizza experts. One taste of these recipes, and your Super Bowl party guests will be singing your praises all year.
Rodney Scott's deviled eggs

Rodney Scott is a James Beard award-winning pitmaster of Rodney Scott's Whole Hog BBQ and bestselling cookbook author of Rodney Scott's World of BBQ: Every Day Is a Good Day: A Cookbook
. These deviled eggs are upgraded with Rodney's Rib Rub, crispy pork skin, and pickles, making this a perfect bite for a Super Bowl party.

Read more
Chow down on these 5 crowd-pleasing Super Bowl BBQ recipes
Need an excuse to fire up the grill? Well, the Super Bowl and these corresponding recipes are pretty good reason to.
Several racks of Rodney Scott ribs in a smoker.

The Super Bowl is less than ten days away, meaning if you don't have your snack and drinks game starling lineups, it's time to put them together. Firing up the grill is a great way to feed a hungry crowd, as you can whip up everything from burgers to beer can chicken. But some dishes are better for the big game than others.

We've assembled a list of five spectacular recipes that'll win you over this year, not matter how your team is doing (or how your spread looks). Since it's football, we've included staples like ribs, wings, chili, and more. Better, we've hit up James Beard Award-winning pros for the recipes.

Read more
The best Valentine’s Day chocolates to buy online (for your partner or yourself)
Satisfy your Valentine's sweet tooth with these incredible chocolates

 

 

Read more