Trader Joe’s Salsa Autentica Review: Better Than a Poke in the Eye

Trader Joe's Salsa Autentica Review
Trader Joe's Salsa Autentica

Product Name: Trader Joe's Salsa Autentica

Product Description: 12 ounce bottle of mild red salsa.

Brand: Trader Joe's

Offer price: 1.99

Currency: USD

  • Salsa Flavor
  • Heat Level
  • Overall Flavor
  • Value
3.5

Summary

Trader Joe’s Salsa Autentica is okay but nothing special.  The salsa is thin and mainly tastes like tomatoes.  I rate the spiciness as “Mild”.

This salsa is better than a poke in the eye.

I would buy tis again in a pinch but would not make a special trip.

Pros

Value Priced

Acceptable Salsa Flavor

Cons

Milder Than Expected

Flavor is Okay but Lacking.

I bought a bunch of random condiments and snacks at my last trip to Trader Joe’s.  I was trying to find one of those hidden gems of a product and sometimes you have to cast a wide net.

One of the products I bought was a jar of Trader Joe’s Salsa Autentica.  It turns out that this stuff is okay but nothing special.

Trader Joe's Salsa Autentica

Salsa Autentica Nutrition and Ingredients

Let’s take a closer look at what you get with this jar of salsa.

Nutrition Facts

You get 12 ounces of salsa per jar.  One serving is two tablespoons and there are about 11 servings per jar.

The nutritional facts for a single serving are:

  • Calories: 10
  • Fat: 0g (0% DV)
  • Cholesterol: 0mg (0% DV)
  • Sodium: 250mg (11% DV)
  • Carbohydrates: 2g (1% DV)
  • Protein: 0g

Trader Joe's Red Salsa Nutrition

Ingredient List

The salsa has the following ingredients:

  • Tomato puree
  • Yellow chili pepper
  • Salt
  • Vinegar
  • Garlic
  • Onion

The back of the label indicates that this salsa is “Medium Hot”.

How Does Trader Joe’s Salsa Autentica Taste?

I have been eating this salsa on Trader Joes Blue Corn Tortilla Chips and its just okay.

The salsa is very thin with a flavor profile that is dominated by tomatoes.  According to the label this is supposed to be a to moderately spicy salsa with a strong bite from yellow chilis.  I think you can tell from the picture below that there are not many chilis in this stuff.

Red Salsa with Blue Tortilla Chips

I think this salsa is acceptable but there is absolutely nothing interesting about it.  If I needed some salsa and was at Trader Joe’s then I would probably buy this again but I would never make a special trip for it.

I think this salsa is much better than Trader Joe’s Salsa Verde but not as good as their Pineapple Salsa.

Reviews From Amazon Customers

I wanted to see what other people thought about this sauce so I checked out the customer reviews on Amazon.  There were 92 reviews for this salsa on Amazon as of November, 2021 which is enough information to draw some general conclusions.

The takeaway from this data set is that, in general, people really like this salsa with 88% of customers leaving either a 5 of 4 Star review.  Nine percent of reviewers were unhappy enough to leave a 1 or 2 Star review.

Amazon Reviews of Trader Joe's Salsa Autentica

Some of the Positive comments left by Amazon customers include:

  • I use this salsa on scrambled eggs and it’s perfect. I do not like overly spicy food, and this product is just right.
  • Best salsa ever. just buy it.
  • This is excellent salsa. Not too thick or chunky, not too hot, just right.

Almost all comments associated with the 1 and 2 Star reviews were about problems with Amazon’s shipping and high prices compared to buying the product at Trader Joe’s.

It looks like the consensus is that most folks like this salsa as it is not too thick and isn’t spicy.

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