We’re pretty sure chips and salsa is everyone’s preferred party snack. In the middle of football season—a.k.a. the season for hours-long group hangouts with mountains of food—you should be armed with the chunkiest, spiciest, hold-up-to-chips-iest salsas out there. We’ve rounded up the best of the best, from fruity to garlicky to just plain perf. So now you can spend all your time focusing on the homemade guac.
Unlike many standard salsas labeled “medium,” Green Mountain Medium Salsa wasn’t loaded with sugar to kill the kick. In fact, between the bits of garlic and pepper seeds, plus hits of cilantro, it tasted the most “homemade” of the bunch, and for that, it gets our stamp of approval.
We don’t want to be #mainstream, but there’s no denying it: Tostitos Medium Chunky Salsa is one of the best. Though it is medium, it packs decent heat, and the big bites of pepper and onion bring big flavor without tasting like gazpacho in the slightest.
Rojo’s Southwestern offering gets it name (and rockin’ flavor) from chipotle peppers and jalapeños. Though a little less chunky than we’re typically looking for, Rojo’s Fire-Roasted Medium Salsa gets our vote for taste.
Paul Newman just gets us. When we asked ourselves, “What was regular salsa missing?” Paul answered with a jar of Newman’s Own Roasted Garlic Salsa. Smoky and strong, this probably isn’t a first-date salsa… unless you’re us and don’t give AF.
A bit sweet, Chi-Chi’s Salsa Verde paired well with eggs and quesadillas alike. We might not dip a chip in verde alone, but it livened up meals without distracting from the main attraction.
Ditch the hot sauce; salsa verde is the only condiment you should douse on your food. 365 Roasted Verde Salsa’s tangy yet sweet base is welcome on any taco of ours.
The salsa purists will probably poo-poo us for even liking fruity salsas, but we’re way into Desert Pepper Peach Mango Salsa. With sugar from the fruit perfectly cutting the spice, we found we were unable to stop dunking our chips. Spoiler alert: It also makes a rad marinade for chicken and tofu.
Like its orange-fruit counterpart, KYVAN Hot Honey Apple Salsa surprised us with its delicious taste. Fruity salsas FTW. It’s spicy and sweet (though mild enough to let the tomatoes do the talking), and we can’t wait to dunk beef and turkey meatballs into it, cocktail-style.