“ Brand: Asda / Type: Dip „
Asda Smart Price Salsa Description: Manufacturer: Asda / Type: Dip If you have read any of my earlier reviews (thank you, I really appreciate all reads, rates and comments!) then you are likely to know that I am a big fan of the supermarkets own ranges which give me savings by spending less on posh packaging. This packaging gets thrown in the bin anyway so it makes no difference if it is cheap and no frills. I have found that many of the products from these ranges have been really good, which actually surprised me when I started trying them. Yes, there have been a few let downs but at the price, they are still worth trying even once. On that basis, I have been quite keen to try different things and save cash at the same time. A jar of this salsa costs just £0.65 and comes with plain white and green packaging on the glass jar. It doesn't look fancy but it is half the price of some of the competing brands. Ideally, I would make my own salsa and always find that ready made stuff is disappointing but throwing in a little (or a lot depending on your taste!) bit of freshly chopped chilli or some jalepenos can make a big difference and if you are in a hurry or don't have the right ingredients, keeping a jar in the cupboard can be quite convenient. Salsa can be served with a range of Mexican foods such as tacos, enchiladas or nachos. In our house, we like to make big plates of nachos to watch a film with. Spread a heatproof plate with tortilla chips, top with salsa and jalepeno peppers and then top with grated cheese, )we like to use Monteray Jack cheese but any cheddar will do the job!) Pop the plate under a preheated grill for a couple of minutes (keep an eye on them, they are ready extremely quickly) until the cheese melts and then enjoy - delicious. As you would expect, the salsa contains onions, peppers and tomatoes but the pieces of vegetable are very small so if you prefer a thick and chunky salsa then this may not be for you. It isn't spicy and has more of a tomato and onion flavour instead of the kick of peppers and jalepenos that I had hoped for. The texture was also thinner than some of the brand names (such as Doritos) and overall, it just wasn't very exciting. Because I had added chopped chilli to my salsa, it wasn't too bland but without it, it would have been quite boring. It was okay on nachos because it was smothered in other ingredients but eaten alone as a dip, this salsa would not be likely to impress. Yes this product was cheap but salsa is so cheap and easy to prepare at home that it would probably be best to just buy the ingredients and give this product a miss!
Lately my husband and I have become addicted to tortilla chips or nachos with a salsa dip and, because we're trying to save money, Asda's Smart Price dip is the one we always go for. It comes in a small glass jar exactly the same as every other salsa dip except this one does look quite a bit cheaper with the very basic Smart Price green and white colours and logo on the label. The taste though isn't at all cheap or bad quality and I don't think that a more expensive dip is worth it at all after trying this one quite a few times. The dip is made from a tomato salsa sauce with chunks of tomato, green and red peppers, onion and jalapeno peppers mixed into it. The chunks of vegetables are only small chunks and are extremely soft so I hardly notice that I'm eating them. The sauce is thick and has a strong spicy tomato smell and taste. This is a medium dip so it isn't very strong for those who like really spicy flavours, nor is it too mild that it hardly has any taste to it. It's just the right flavour for both of us and it tastes perfect when you either dip tortilla chips into it or dollop some on top of tortilla chips and cheese to make some yummy nachos. This costs only 64p which is half the price of the Doritos's salsa dip so much better value. Unless you prefer a more spicy flavour dip, I wouldn't even bother looking at a more expensive brand as I don't think it's worth it at all, as this one is a great tasting dip.