1. Desert Pepper Trading Company
THE DEAL: It’s pretty impressive for a relatively small salsa company to go up against the big dogs and win, and that’s exactly what El Paso, TX dark horse Desert Pepper Trading Company did with their roasted tomato and corn Medium salsa. Tasters were big fans of the addition of corn into the mix, which, despite its sweetness, contributed to a more complex, spicier, and smokier flavor profile than the other salsas. If you’re going to go for one Medium salsa with your chips, make it this one.
THE VERDICT: DESERT YOUR OTHER SALSA ALLEGIANCES
Adam Lapetina is a food/drink staff writer at Thrillist, and is usually more of a hot salsa kind of guy. Read his musings on Twitter at @adamlapetina.