Herdez Salsa

Herdez Salsa Casera, Salsa Verde and Salsa Ranchera

I love these little cans of Herdez Salsas. They work great in many recipes, are convient and inexpensive, with great fresh flavors.

Herdez Salsas are great go-to’s for quick, Mexican sauce and salsa flavor. These are cans that you should have in your pantry for a quick fix of fresh tasting salsa goodness!

My recommendation of the Herdez line of salsas was featured in the May 03 issue of Woman’s World Magazine which I posted about here: HotSauceDaily in Woman’s World Magazine.

Salsa Casera: tomatoes, onions, serrano peppers, salt, cilantro
Salsa Casera is very similar to a pico de gallo mix. Chunky veggies in a thin “juice”, it can be a base for a quick home-made salsa dip, or used as a topping on tacos. Available in “hot”, “medium” or “mild”.

Herdez Salsa Casera Mexicana Picante – Casera means “homemade”. This salsa is thin and chunky, like a pico de gallo. Made with tomatoes, onions, serrano peppers, salt and cilantro… it’s a simple salsa that works on everything you can imagine. Eggs, tacos, pizza and as a dipping salsa with tortilla chips. It’s a quick, out of the can salsa that just works. Heat Level = medium

Salsa Verde: tomatillos, onions, serrano peppers, iodized salt, cilantro
This bright green sauce gets its flavor from the tomatillos (Mexican green tomatoes) – it’s very thin, and uniquely tasting as a classic “verde” sauce. Great on enchilladas or as a fresh dip mixed with mayo.

Salsa Ranchera: fresh puréed tomatoes, onions, vinegar, spices, peppers blend (Jalapeño, Ancho and Cascabel peppers)
This is my favorite of the Herdez line-up! Very dark, smokey with a nice medium coarse texture due to the puree method of blending all the ingredients. I love this on tacos or nachos, or just to dip chips into. Herdez also recommends trying this sauce as a spicy substitute for BBQ sauce. Gotta try that.

Herdez Salsa Ranchera Mexicana – This sauce is much more pureed and thick and dark. It truly is a “sauce” and not a salsa. Comprised of tomatoe puree, jalapenos, vinegar, anchos, onions, cascabels, garlic, salt, oil, bay leaves and spices… it’s a thick, delicious sauce that is great on enchiladas, tacos, steaks, nachos or any food where you want a thick, deep dark hot sauce poured on. I’m having it on a baked potato tonite! Heat Level = medium hot

In addition to the 7 oz. cans pictured here, Herdez offers these salsas and a few other flavors in 16 oz glass bottles.

I have tried the Salsa Chipotle… it was very disappointing… too thin, with some off-putting aftertaste… and very little smokey chipotle heat. Just not their best sauce.

Visit the Herdez Traditions website for more info about these and their other fine products. I was surprised to see that they are also behind the awesome Bufalo Brand of hot sauces! Ironically, I love the Bufalo Chipotle hot sauce… just not the Salsa Chipotle mentioned above. Go figure.

This is an update of an older post that is now outdated: A little review I wrote way back in 2008

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  1. Are any of these actually hot, even the “hot” Casera? The prevalence of Serrano pepper (it’s a 15-20,000 SHU pepper after all) is suggestive, but unfortunately not conclusive.

    1. The Ranchera is quite hot… I’d say 1-10 it’s about 6.
      I purposely didn’t include heat ranges on these as they are all on the milder side, and my numbers would be very subjective.

  2. I have a can of the verde on hand right now. I love their stuff but the verde is my favorite, it’s perfect with eggs, breakfast burritos and such.

  3. I put the salsa casera in a blender with a little extra onion and cilantro and it blends into a perfect taqueria style chip salsa. Delicious!

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