Greetings! Today I have another offering from Mateo’s. I’m hoping that this salsa is not as tangy as the last one from Mateo’s, which you can read about here. This one has the famous Hatch green chiles, so I really hope it’s a good one. I do see it on Amazon, so here’s a link for ya!
Bottle Design and Label
The jar is of a normal shape, it is kind of short and squat. The mouth is about as wide as the bottle allows and it should be wide enough to eat straight from the jar. The lid is plain black with a white turn up line. No branding is present on the lid.
The label is pretty bright. It is a neon green and really catches the eye. There si a neat border along the top and bottom. It is yellow with green, black, and red chunky pyramids. It looks like a design that came from south of the border, I like it. There is also a little black saw blade line that seperates the yellow from the green.
Two red peppers wearing sunglasses are in framing the branding. They stand out quite well against the green background. Under the branding is the normal stickers and slogans seen on salsa jars such as, gluten free, all natural ingredients, and a product of Frisco Texas. Also seen here at the bottom is uniquely different and “Not Responsible For Obsession”. I’m hoping it lives up to the hype!
Off to the left there is nothing, the main branding area is on that end of the label. Over on the right side is the nutrition facts, ingredients, and contact information. The label is pretty simple, but it’s colors catch the eye.
Smells and Visuals
Peering thru the glass I notice the white chunks first. They look quite like garlic chunks, and there’s a whole bunch of them in there! This could be really good or a bit much. The other thing I see is the brownish red tint of tomatoes. I can also see some bits of greenery. There looks to be some nice bits of pepper and some leafy stuff, probably cilantro. I also see some clear things which look like onion, but I do not see onion listed on the ingredients.
Popping the top I can smell The tomatoes faintly. They smell a touch tangy. I also get hints of garlic, and something sour. It smells like a fresh sour though, not a bad sour. There is enough tang in the air that I am getting nervous for the tasting part.
Taste Texture and Heat
This is an interesting salsa! So many flavors and textures all at once make it hard to focus. Ok, taste first. The tomatoes are pretty mild, but you can taste them. They taste kind of like cherry tomatoes. I’m not sure if that’s the sugar they added or if it’s the tomatoes by themselves. There is a touch of bitter, I think from the garlic and green chiles. I’m pretty sure all those white bits are garlic. I can’t really taste the garlic too much, it is very faint. There is a touch of sour, but it is not overbearing at all. It is also rather faint, like squeezing a lemon slice into a glass of water. The salt level is about right, I didn’t even think about it while testing.
I have found a couple of small hard things that I’m not sure what they are. They remind me of seeds, but I’m not sure what kind of seeds they could be.
The texture is quite interesting. All those little bits of garlic are fairly firm. There are enough of them to add considerably to the texture. The tomatoes are still nice and meaty, as are the peppers and green chiles. The size and texture of everything seems to be small and chunky.
The heat is called medium. I think that is about right. My head has a faint heat buildup around the eyes and mouth. In the mouth is slightly warm and tingly. I would say low medium to medium.
Nutrition Facts and Ingredients
All in all this salsa is pretty good, I think. It has an interesting array of textures and flavors all melded together. It is a pretty chunky salsa and it should make a great dip. I can also see using it as an ingredient, like as a topping for tacos, or on top of eggs. I think the flavors and textures would work well in that capacity. It is not too sour for me, and I don’t like sour stuff. The small amount of bitter is a bit off putting, but it is rather minor. I bet as an ingredient you would never even notice those two qualities.
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