Every now and again, I pick up a product that I'm not totally into trying. But for the sake of public information, I put it out there. And every now and again, I get something I love and something I absolutely hate. Now, even though I have over 900 Trader Joe's reviews, I can't say that I've done too much of a deep dive into the salsas. Some people can say they've tried them all.
Taste and review
I've tried the Peach Salsa and was a bit underwhelmed. The refrigerated Pico de Gallo was pretty good. So while I have a few jars of salsa waiting to be photographed and reviewed, I cracked into this as it is likely a seasonal item.
Now, I'm not going to lie, but the bar wasn't very high when I cracked this open. I saw the pumpkin on the front thinking this might be more pumpkin flavored. But it isn't.
The pepita or pumpkin seeds is the nod to pumpkin, without that familiar pumpkin flavor.
But when I tried it, I was pleasantly surprised. Here is a salsa that is mild in heat, but full of flavor.
Yes, it is a tomato base, but there is the addition of red peppers. It gave my bowl a bit of red pepper oily sheen too. It is on the acidic side. There is a subtle smokey flavor here too from the chipotle powder.
But you might not notice the pepitas areas they are chopped and almost disappear into the salsa.
Because they are chopped I didn't feel like I was tasting them that much. The salsa didn't feel gritty. It had almost a slight creaminess to it in addition to a slightly orange hue. And I don't mean that there is any addition of a dairy product.
Nope, this is creamy in texture in the same way that Trader Joe's Vegan Kale and Cashew Pesto are creamy. It had that very smooth mouthfeel.
With only 2 net carbs per serving, this is a low carb option, but not necessarily Keto-friendly due to the addition of canola oil.
For $2.99 it's a reasonable price for this item.
Would I buy this again? Yes. I might pick up a couple of jars of this before the season is up. This sets the bar very high for other salsas.
The jar of Trader Joe's Pepita Salsa:
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Trader Joe's Pepita Salsa
Product Name: Trader Joe's Pepita Salsa
Product Description: Salsa with tomatoes, peppers, and pepita seeds
A new bright flavored mild salsa that contains pumpkin seeds, but no other pumpkin beyond that.
- A very flavorful jarred salsa that is unique, bright, flavorful, and tasty
- It is very likely that this is a seasonal item when it does deserve to be on shelves year round.
- Those who love salsa who bring the heat might not enjoy this. It is mild in heat, but doesn't say that on the package