I just found a 24-ounce jar of Great Value All Natural Chunky Sauce in the pantry from 2010. The color still radiates a vibrant orange-red. So it’s probably time to eat this up. Thus yesterday at the grocery shop, I picked up a family sized bag of Doritos nacho chips, and I just finished enjoying some of this Great Value salsa with the chips, and it was quite zesty and delicious. So let me share my thoughts about this salsa, that I’ve relished (no pun intended) with corn chips over the past couple years.
Benefits, Pros, Advantages, and Features
- While I do not remember exactly what I paid for this product, since two year have passed since I bought it, I’m certain that it was inexpensive as is a big hallmark of most all Great Value products. It’s certainly not expensive today, as you can get it at Walmart grocery stores for approximately $2 for one 16-ounce jar.
- This salsa has no fat according to the label, and no supplemental sugar. However, it contains lots of vegetables.
- Plus, it’s low-calorie as well, at 10 calories per one eighth cup serving.
- This is one dipping sauce made with lots of vegetables that keeps me returning for more, and it’s pretty healthy besides.
- This salsa is still at its finest flavor two years after purchase. The “best by” date was December of 2011. Well, I’m a few months past that. Yet it tastes just as flavorful as ever and has retained well its original color.
- This salsa (as all salsas should) comes in a glass jar with a metal lid. I prefer glass to plastic because of how little it alters the flavor of the food inside. Plus, glass can almost always be recycled, whereas some plastics cannot.
- They found a pleasant proportion of tomato juice to vegetables in this picante-like salsa. There was enough liquid to thoroughly moisten my chips, yet enough solid vegetables that I felt like I was eating a substantial amount of them.
- I found this product quite thick; definitely thick enough that it stayed on the chips as I scooped it out of the bowl, and I was not even using those scoop-shaped chips either.
- Reading the ingredients list, I find mostly vegetables; food that most Americans should increase in their diets. This sauce contains tomatoes, fresh onions, jalapeno peppers, and garlic along with natural flavors, with crushed tomatoes being the heaviest ingredient. Whatever they put in it, this salsa tastes great and compliments most any chip I’ve tried it on including potato, corn, and other grain chips.
- This salsa is indeed mild in flavor intensity, just as its label says.
- This is an all-natural salsa, containing no preservatives or man-fabricated chemicals.
- This mild salsa goes well with eggs (Mexican omelette), nacho chips (as I had with it for lunch), pasta (a tasty diversion from Italian-seasoned spaghetti sauce), chicken, burritos, and cheese (you can blend this with cream cheese and milk for a delicious dairy veggie dip).
Disadvantages, Cons, Problems, and Concerns
- No serving suggestions or recipes appear on the back label.
- As healthy as most salsa products are in terms of vegetable nutrition, this product does contain 240 MG of sodium per 2-tablespoon serving. That seems high, as I can quickly devour 14 tablespoons with my chips before feeling satisfied. I hope they make a low-salt version of this Great Value salsa.
Aside from the excessive sodium (as I see it), I nonetheless recommend this salsa as a dipping sauce for chips of most any kind, or as an ingredient of your own dipping sauce recipe. It stands well on its own or mixed with other ingredients. In fact, I’ve been known to eat it with a spoon, right from the jar. I’d thus rate this salsa at 91 out of 100.
Where To Buy Great Value All Natural Mild Chunky Salsa
So look for this Great Value salsa product exclusively at Walmart stores. It’s in a glass jar with the yellow and red lid that approximately matches the color of the salsa contents inside. The flask has a white and blue Great Value label that completely encircles the jar, with a picture of whole tomatoes and a bowl of salsa beside them. I believe this product will add a pleasing veggie zest to all of your Mexican recipes where sauces like this are traditionally applied.
- Great Value Mild Salsa web page
- Salsa on Wikipedia
- Where To Buy Great Value All Natural Mild Chunky Salsa
- : Moved this post to the Tom’s Diet Quest blog, added whitespace, adjusted ad placement, and tweaked the content.
- 2012-04-07: Originally published.