Tostitos Chunky Medium Salsa Review

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Our crew enjoyed this "sweet, smooth-tasting" salsa with "lots of green pepper" and veggies they could see. Flavors were "muted" but "fresh" and satisfied all but the most aggressive heat seekers.

Tostitos Chunky Medium Salsa ($3 for 15.5 ounces) came in slightly behind Safeway's Signature Select Chunky Classic Medium Salsa in our taste test results. Panelists said it had "nice spice" and "good texture." Like our winner, this salsa profited by offering up nice-size bits of vegetables.

If this product has a weakness, it's the ever-so-slight runniness of the salsa and a subtlety of flavor that some tasters wished was a little less subtle. On the other hand, sensitive palates may like the fact that the Tostitos-brand salsa is on the mild side of medium.

In a taste test conducted by Thrillist, Tostitos Chunky Salsa tied for third out of 10 brand-name and boutique jarred salsas. Like our panelists, the Thrillist tasters commended the brand for a decent blend of spice and acidity.

We also found a smattering of online feedback to back up the experiences of our panelists. Customers posting reviews on the Walmart website were similarly struck by the mellowness of the spice, and yet the salsa has earned an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars from 15 user reviews. Amazon customers -- admittedly only four of them -- give it 5 out of 5 stars. One advocates using it in recipes as a substitute for tomatoes.

Tostitos Chunky Salsa isn't perfect, but it's a sufficiently impressive addition to the end of a chip. It was slightly spendier than our other top pick, at 19 cents per ounce, but still a good value and it's available at almost any supermarket, convenience store, or corner bodega.

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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