Deception Salsa “Tease” review

Based in Maryland, Deception Salsa and creator Chad Houck has a lineup of 5 salsas, all having the red hot cherry pepper as an ingredient, with the addition of other chiles making up the different flavors and heat levels.

deception salsa lineup

We met Chad at the NYC Hot Sauce Expo, and I was immediately impressed with the flavors and varieties of his Deception Salsas – so I promptly bought a case of all flavors.

Ranging from Girly Girl to I Dare You heat levels, this sweet and flavorful line of salsas won the Best Salsa Product Line of 2012 from ILoveItSpicy.com.

Deception Salsa Lineup

Currently Deception Salsa offers 5 versions of its salsa:

  • Girly Girl Mild Tomato Salsa – Heat Index 1
  • Entice Corn and Bean Salsa – Heat Index 3
  • Tease Tomato Salsa – Heat Index 5
  • Insanity Hot Tomato Salsa – Heat Index 8
  • I Dare You Wickedly Hot Salsa – Heat Index “Skull and Crossbones”

Deception Salsa is apparently reserving the missing Heat Index numbers for future products. We’re looking forward to them.

Deception Salsa “Tease” – Heat Index 5

We’re starting this series of Deception Salsa reviews right in the middle of the pack, with their Tease Tomato Salsa. With a heat index of 5, and my personal favorite of the bunch, it’s a great middle of the road salsa to begin with.

Our salsa’s start out with a sweet note and then, about 10-20 seconds later, the heat comes up. It’s this deceiving flavor that sets our salsas in a league of their own.

Ingredients: tomato, onion, sugar, green bell pepper, jalapeño pepper, red hot cherry pepper, habanero pepper, white distilled vinegar, chili powder, black pepper, cumin, citric acid, garlic – 12 oz wide mouth jar.

deception salsa relish like texture
I love this texture – almost like a relish

Texture & Appearance: Rated 5 out of 5 Stars – This bright green salsa is of a medium grind, with an overall consistent chunkiness to it. It looks like a relish and I love the texture.

Taste Straight Up: Rated 5 out of 5 Stars – Big fresh flavors up front, with lots of sweetness. The sugar and natural sweetness from the cherry peppers is front and center. Then the heat kicks in followed by a mild smokiness from the cumin and chili powder.

Heat Level: Rated 2.5 out of 5 Stars – I enjoyed the sweetness first, and then the tomato and onion flavors. Finally, the pungent pepper flavors come in finishing up with a full mouth of medium heat from the jalapeño and habanero peppers. This is a true “medium” heat level salsa.


Label/Graphics: Rated 5 out of 5 Stars – Simple graphics adorn all of the Deception Salsa bottles, with a nice burnt-orange background. I’m a sucker for the font they use (it shows up everywhere on the ‘net from BBQ to Southwestern to cowboys-ropin’-in-doggies sites) and I think it’s solid. The label tells you what salsa, what heat, and that’s all you need. Great looking jars.

deception salsa on chips
Chips and salsa – perfect.

Overall Rating (Taste on Food, Final Thoughts): Rated 5 out of 5 Stars – It’s a salsa. Delicious on chips, I could eat a whole jar in one or two sittings. I also had some on a cheese omelette that really brightened up the egg.

deception salsa on eggs
Great on omelettes too

I simply can’t say enough about this salsa and how much I enjoyed it. I can’t wait to dive into the other flavors.

Other Deception Salsa reviews:

This is the first in a series of the Deception Salsa reviews.
Be sure and check out our reviews of their other salsas: Girly Girl, Entice, Insanity and I Dare You, as they are posted.

Visit http://www.deceptionsalsa.com to get your hands on some of these great salsas.

Disclaimer: We purchased this product for our own personal use and review purposes. No compensation was received. The thoughts and opinions expressed are our own.

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  1. I tried the Heat Index 5 today and found it far too sweet. The sugary taste was too overpowering to really enjoy what could have been a really great salsa, IMO. It reminds me of when I was a kid and would dump gobs of sugar into the Kool-Aid. The texture and spiciness were near perfect but my Mexi-Cali taste buds didn’t take too well to the candy-like taste.

    Salsa Aficionado

    1. It is indeed on the sweet side. But I like that in my salsa – sometimes.
      Tyrone, have you tried their other flavors yet?

  2. Their Insanity salsa is my favorite salsa by far. I’m a fan of the sweet flavor. I even used some to make a queso and it turned out pretty good!
    Haven’t had the chance to try out the others yet but they mentioned that they’ll be at Weekend of Fire this year so I’ll be picking up some more then!

    1. Hey, thanks, Chris. I’m a fan of sweet in my salsas too – as you can tell.

      I’d like to know about your queso with Deception Salsa – post the recipe here for us!


      1. Not much of a recipe Brian. Just measured out some Velveeta cheese with some of the salsa I had left. 🙂

        It ended up working great though!

        1. Thanks, Chris. I’ve never been a big fan of Velveta cheese. When I was growing up we were a Cheez Whiz household.

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