Safeway Signature Select Chunky Classic Medium Salsa Review

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With lots of veggies, a "good consistency," and "sweet," "peppery" hints of flavor, Safeway's Signature Select medium salsa emerged as a top vote-getter, despite some assertions that it's too acidic.

Of all the budget-conscious salsas in our blind taste test, Safeway's Signature Select Chunky Classic Medium Salsa ($2.99 for 24 ounces) achieved the best balance. It had a smooth consistency with discernable chunks of onion, green pepper, and tomato that were neither too small nor too large. Some lower-rated salsas were overly thick and marinara-like, but this one was liquidy without being watery and clung nicely to chips.

When it came to flavor, testers said they could taste undertones of onion and garlic. A few pointed out this salsa's sweetness and others said it had a vinegar-like "bitterness," but at the end of the day, most were pleased and gave it high scores. The lowest ratings that the medium salsa received were from tasters looking for more intense heat.

As with many of the money-saving store brands we evaluate, it's hard to find any expert or user reviews online for this product. It's a house brand available only at Safeway stores, so users reviews on Amazon and big-box store sites are nonexistent. Private labels like these are often skipped in favor of name brands when experts weigh in, further limiting comparative feedback.

Even though our own taste test results are all we have to go on, we feel confident recommending this salsa as a top pick, especially at a price of 12 cents an ounce. It wasn't quite the cheapest salsa we tested (that honor went to Walmart's Great Value Restaurant-Style Medium Salsa), but it fell at the low end of the cost spectrum. From everyday entertaining to Taco Tuesdays, Safeway's Signature Select Chunky Classic Medium Salsa should hit the mark without a hit to the wallet.

Gina Briles

Gina K. Briles writes family, household, and shopping-related product reviews. She is a displaced Jayhawk and a coffee addict living in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, two small children, and Vizsla dog.

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