The Trader Joe’s Find We Rave About to All Our Friends|Recipes Spots

  • on January 18, 2023
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Simply Recipes / Wanda Abraham

We’ve taken a chance on so many jarred salsas. For long minutes, we’ll stand in front of a staggering wall of options at the grocery store, waiting for an intuitive pull towards the best jar of salsa. We’ve been influenced by well-known brand names, tales of “grandma’s recipe,” and overzealous descriptions, like “warm, yet well-grounded with deep earth tones.” Yet most often, we are left disappointed. There is nothing worse than spending $8 on store-bought salsa only to take that first watery bite and immediately feel buyer’s remorse.

If there’s one thing we never regret, it’s this: we always leave Trader Joe’s with no less than four jars of Pepita Salsa—a chunky, zesty salsa made with pepitas (pumpkin seeds), tomatoes, and lots of lime. It is a first-rate salsa unlike any other we’ve tried, so you better believe we’re stocking up every time. For starters, it’s only $3.49 for a 12-ounce jar. From the first bite to the very last bits we scrape out with a spoon, it’s always worth it—no buyer’s remorse here. Secondly, the flavor is so robust and unique, you can enjoy it as more than just a salsa for dipping your chips. We are forever fans.

Trader Joe's Pepita Salsa
Simply Recipes / Wanda Abraham

Why Trader Joe’s Pepita Salsa Is Superior

You might be thinking that you’ve tried them all, and you’re sticking to the salsa you like. How can Trader Joe’s Pepita Salsa be that much better? There is no other salsa out there like it. It’s a chunky salsa—thanks to the roasted pumpkin seeds—that will cling onto any tortilla chip. It’s neither watery nor bland. The pepitas are nutty, which balance out the acidity from tomatoes and the zesty lime flavor. The best part is the subtle spice—the perfect amount of sweet heat derived from bell peppers and chipotle powder. (From a scale of zero to 10, zero being not spicy at all, it’s a four.) Its gorgeous burnt orange color further supports the fact that it is elite, in our eyes. Time to swarm the shelves!

Our Favorite Ways To Enjoy Pepita Salsa

When we serve Pepita Salsa to friends, they are always impressed. We’re proud to say that it’s now their favorite salsa. Here are our favorite ways to enjoy it:

  • Dolloped onto sheet pan nachos
  • Stirred into plant-based taco meat, like Trader Joe’s Beef-less Ground Beef
  • As a topper for tacos, burrito bowls, and quesadillas
  • As is with tortilla chips (this is our go-to brand: Late July)
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