Hello, all! Here I have a new to me brand of salsa. Mateo’s is one of the highest rated on Amazon, so when I saw it at my grocery store I just had to give it a try. I didn’t read any of the reviews over there, because I want unbiased thoughts flowing from my brain! I can say, however, that my expectations are high, and that I hope they are not misplaced. Here is an affiliate link directly to Amazon so you can read those reviews or grab a bottle for yourself. It helps me pay for this site, so be sure to buy a case! LOL. Way down at the bottom is a non-affiliate link to the company.
Bottle Design and Label
The bottle design looks like a good shape. It is a jar with a normal wide mouth form. I should be able to eat straight from the jar with no issues, so I’m liking that! The lid is plain black with a white stripe around the bottom. There is no branding present on the lid. It is the same type lid as seen on several other jars of salsa, such as Two Hot Mamas, Gilly Loco, and The Bossy Gourmet.
The label is an eye catching shade of yellow. You can clearly see the branding right up top. It is flanked by two peppers wearing sunglasses. I have seen these cool chiles somewhere before, but I can not think of where right off the top of my head. Anyways, they are red with green stems, and sunglasses.
Underneath the branding is a quote in red, “Not Responsible For Obsession” …I have this “obsession” already, so am I in trouble here? Under this is a Texas stamp, all natural ingredients, and a gluten free stamp.
Off to the left there is nothing. This is a bit different. Usually salsa companies use that end of the label for some little blurb about their company or how they think the salsa should be used. It does make the label a bit shorter though, so I imagine the cost is reduced a bit over time. It also gives me a nice window to the salsa’s appearance.
Over on the right side of the label there is simply the nutrition facts, ingredients, and contact information. There is also an instruction to refrigerate after opening. Overall the label is clean, clutter free, and straight to the point.
Smells and Visuals
Looking through the nice wide gap in the label, I can see a nice brownish red sea of tomatoes. I spy some white chunks, which I am assuming are garlic bits. There are also tiny white flakes floating, which I normally associate with garlic. There are some green chunks here and there, I think they are cilantro pieces for the most part. Spread further apart are the bits of jalapeno. I’m curious if those larger white bits will add any texture or not.
Cracking the can, I am greeted by the aroma of tomatoes and a hint of something else. The smell reminds me of Two Hot Mamas Mambo Combo. It is a bit sour, like tomatillos, but I don’t see them listed on the ingredients. Perhaps it’s the vinegar or lemon juice? I’m pretty sure the hint of mint is from the cilantro, hopefully there’s not too much in there for me. I’m not a fan of cilantro in salsa. Or sour stuff either, for that matter. Let’s see how the balance is!
Taste Texture and Heat
Whoa, that’s tangy! The tomatoes finally show up once the bite of the sour settles down. I can taste the cilantro too, perhaps even more than the tomatoes. The garlic, I’m pretty sure, is there as well, but it’s much less than the cilantro and tomato. I do not taste the jalapeno, but they are providing some warmth. I think the salt is about right, but it’s hard to say for sure with all the tang wafting around in there. The taste really reminds me of Two Hot Mamas too, but I don’t have any on hand to compare it to.
The texture is nice. Everything is pretty small. The biggest bits I found were tomatoes, and they were still a bit meaty. The garlic chunks do add a tiny bit of texture, they offer the slightest resistance. They are not quite crunchy. There are some seeds here and there that add a nice bit of texture as well. It is kind of thick, even though there is some water separation present.
The heat is classed as medium. I think it’s fair to call it that. It is a low medium though. I can feel the heat on my lips and tongue, but I’m not sweating anywhere. This may be partially because I’m not eating as much as I normally do while testing, due to the level of tang.
Nutrition Facts and Ingredients
If you’re looking for a tangy sour salsa this may be a great one for ya. The tomatoes are fairly mellow, you can taste the cilantro, and the texture is very nice. I am not a fan of either sour or cilantro though, so it’s likely a pass for me. I do think it might be used as an ingredient while cooking, with good results, however. I often cook my eggs with salsa, so I will have to give this Mateo’s a try on top of them. I probably won’t be using it as a dip though, just sayin… 🙂
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