Last month, I bought several 24-ounce jars of Tostitos All Natural Medium Chunky Salsa for review. Now that I’ve consumed all but one of them, I’m ready to make some informed comments. As 24 ounces of this delicious veggie-liquid meal is too much to eat in one sitting, I generally require two snack sessions to completely devour a single glass jar of Tostitos salsa. After munching a half-bag of Tostitos Scoops chips along with half of a jar of this product, the taste and texture of this salsa have been permanently etched on my brain.
This salsa was definitely the thickest canned salsa I’ve reviewed. It felt more like eating a vegetable salad than a salsa, in a good way that is. Indeed, the bulk of us could improve our health by getting more veggies into our diets. This medium chunky salsa Tostitos product is one handy assistant for dropping those extra pounds. This salsa sensation will keep you coming back for more, even though it’s got significant sodium.
Yet if I’m going to commit that deadly sin of gluttony, salsa is one of the least sinful foods in which to over indulge. But the chips? Well, that’s different, and I’ll have to work off my enlarged waistline from them on the treadmill several times this week to atone for polishing off so many.
Benefits, Pros, Advantages, and Features
- This salsa tethers me with its healthy yet hearty consistency, and that keeps me returning for more scoops time after time. Indeed, since practically all the ingredients derive from vegetables and fruits, Tostitos chunky salsas are also healthy too. So it’s harder to eat enough to gain weight or cause health problems.
- This food contains no fat and no added sugar, but spills over with many of the vegetables that are so lacking in the average American’s diet.
- It’s low-calorie as well, at 10 calories per one eighth cup serving.
- The “best by” date is about ten months out from the date I bought this salsa. So it’s okay to reserve this food in the pantry for some time.
- After opening, Tostitos salsa from the Frito Lay company stays fresh in the refrigerator for several weeks as long as you re apply the lid and tighten it.
- I like this product’s glass jar, with the metal lid, which I highly opt for over plastic containers. Glass is better because of how little it contaminates the contents inside, and how easily recycled it is.
- Less liquid in this salsa, much less than I noted in other manufactured salsas I’ve tried.
- The ingredients list shows almost entirely vegetables. Healthy? Salsa very much epitomizes healthy foods.
- They label this salsa as medium intensity. I’d concur. But the spicy kick offered here is on the mild side of medium. While some heat I felt as I swallowed, I’d judge this salsa as closer to mild than medium. While I enjoy the challenge occasionally of downing a cup or two of burning salsa, I favor less kick for casual enjoyment while watching Hawaii Five-0. Less disrupting that way. It’s hard to concentrate on what Danno is doing when your mouth is flaming hot.
- This is an all-natural salsa that relies nary a bit on preservatives.
- This salsa well-compliments eggs (Mexican omelette), nacho and potato chips, pasta (a pleasant substitute for Italian-flavored pasta sauce), burritos, chicken, and cheese (try mixing this with cream cheese, cheddar, cheese, and milk for a stringy yet mouth-watering dairy-slanted veggie dip).
Disadvantages, Cons, Problems, and Concerns
- As per usual in many bottled salsas, and as naturally vitamin fortified as this product is, it does contain 250 MG of sodium per 2-tablespoon helping. That seems high, as I ate 10 tablespoons (or five servings) with my scoop chips last night. So I’m on the look-out for a no-salt version version of this chunky medium salsa.
Tomato puree (water and tomato paste), diced tomatoes in tomato juice, jalapeno peppers, onions, vinegar, salt, garlic powder, and natural flavors.
No artificial flavors, added sugar, or preservatives!
- Serving size: 2 tablespoons. Servings per container: About 21.
- Calories: 10. Fat calories: 0.
- Total fat: 0 grams, 0% DV.
- Saturated fat: 0 grams, 0% DV.
- Trans fat: 0 grams.
- Polyunsaturated fat: 0 grams.
- Monounsaturated fat: 0 grams.
- Cholesterol: 0 grams, 0% DV.
- Sodium: 250 milligrams, 10% DV.
- Total carbs: 2 grams, 1% DV.
- Fiber: <1 gram, 4% DV.
- Sugars: 2 grams.
- Protein: 0 grams.
- Vitamin A (8% DV).
- Vitamin C (10% DV).
- Calcium (0% DV).
- Iron (0% DV).
Aside from the high salt content in my opinion, I recommend this medium salsa as a dipping condiment for about all chips, or as a base ingredient of a your home-made dipping sauces. I’d rate this Tostitos medium salsa therefore, at 97 out of 100.
Where To Buy Tostitos All Natural Medium Chunky Salsa
Look for this product in the glass jar with the brass-colored lid, and the clear plastic label with the black and white print at most any grocery store or convenience shop. I have a hunch that you’ll enjoy it, and your doctor will appreciate you eating it as well.
- : Moved this post to the Tom’s Diet Quest blog, added whitespace, adjusted ad placement, and tweaked the content.
- 2012-05-05: Originally published.