Second in our series of the Guy Fieri Salsa line-up is his Original Salsa Old Skool– “his go-to signature salsa, full of big tomato flavor, cilantro and zesty lime with a touch of hot pasilla pepper… it’s off da hook!”
Ingredients: tomato puree (tomato paste, water), tomatoes, red bell pepper, red onion, yellow onion, canola oil, sea salt, garlic, cilantro, pasilla pepper, lime juice, jalapeno pepper, spices
Texture & Appearance: – bright red color, very chunky and thick with seeds and dark bits of the pasilla pepper. Think “Pace” style texture – thick and saucy.
Taste Straight Up: – now stop thinking “Pace”… this is so much better. There is a heavy tomato sauce feel in the mouth, with only a slight hint of heat – mild at best. I like the fresh taste from the quality ingredients, but the cilantro and lime could be more pronounced. The overall taste profile is well rounded and satisfying. A good amount of sweetness from the red and yellow onions round out a good, balanced flavor.
Heat Level: – A pleasant, mild heat that I find refreshing, along with a big fresh taste for a jarred salsa, the gentle heat of the pasilla pepper is boosted from the jalapeno peppers.
Label/Graphics: – On a clear label, big block letters proclaim “Original Salsa” and “Old Skool” alongside one of the tamer pictures of Chef Guy that you will ever see. You can tell at a glance what this product is. The back label claims this salsa to be “Medium” on his “heat-o-meter”, but we are talking about salsa for the masses. For us chileheads, this is nowhere near “Medium”.
Overall Rating (Taste on Food, Final Thoughts): – I give this salsa and overall 4 Stars rating based on the fresh taste, big flavor, and quality ingredients.
If you are at your grocery store, and you have a choice of Old El Paso, Chi-Chi’s or Pace salsas, *this* is the one to grab. Perhaps your wimpy friends/family ask you to bring the chips and salsa to your next gathering. “But not YOUR kind of hot salsa, Mr Chilehead!” they say. This is one that would please most everyone there. Besides, you always have that favorite bottle of hot sauce in your pocket, right?
Conclusion: Guy & Company are not out to become the next Blair’s or Mad Dog – they seem focused on putting out quality mainstream products that hopefully will find their way onto major grocers shelves right next to the old stalwarts of Pace and the like. Surely this salsa lineup, in big 16 ounce jars, could give the big corporate boys a contest for best salsa on “Isle 4 Chips & Snacks”.
Disclaimer: We received this product courtesy of the manufacturer for review.