New Rosarita salsas

I’m back from a nice 2+ week vacation and trying to get into a routine.

I will blog about my trip soon… including my couponing experiences while traveling. It was the first time I attempted to clip coupons from my inserts and organize them before a trip.

While I was away, I received some opportunities to try items and also do a giveaway. I will be posting them first and then plan to get back into sharing deals I find.

On a quick note, if you haven’t been to CVS this week, Christmas items are 50-75% off at most stores in Dallas. I was able to get several toys at 75% off, including Bendaroos, which my daughter has been asking for since early December. I wasn’t prepared to spend $19.99 for something that had mediocre reviews, but I was willing to pay $4.99 in expiring Extra Bucks! Also, your fall Extra Bucks coupon is printing now, so be sure to scan your card on your next CVS trip.

One of the email I received while away was from Mom Central. They offered to send me three bottles of the new Rosarita Salsas (mild, medium and hot) to try, and I couldn’t pass up the opportunity! I have used the Rosarita refried beans in bean and cheese burritos for years and was curious to see how these salsas tasted.

I decided to be brave and try the Salsa Taquera (hot) variety first. I really liked the taste, but then the “hot” kicked in. It wasn’t as hot as I expected (I shy away from spicy foods), but it is not something I could eat regularly with tortilla chips. I would definitely add this to a recipe to provide some ‘kick’ though*.

Next I tried the Salsa Verde (medium, green salsa). This variety tastes a lot like the salsa I get at Mexican restaurants. It was good — very fresh tasting, but a bit hotter than I can handle.

After waiting for my taste buds to cool off, I tried the Salsa Mexicana (mild) variety. I’m partial to chunky, mild salsa with tortilla chips, and was happy to see the Rosarita mild salsa was chunky. It’s very good, and also tastes like restaurant-style salsa. It has a little more kick than I am used to getting from a mild salsa, but I have a very low tolerance to spicy foods. I plan to share all three salsa varieties with some friends on Saturday night to see what they think.

Here’s a drawback… the new Rosarita salsas are currently only available in Los Angeles, Dallas, Phoenix, and Denver at select Walmart and grocery stores. So if you live in another city, you will have to wait until they expand their distribution.

I went to the Rosarita Website and tried to search for the salsas in Dallas, but I got zero results (LA does produce results). Hopefully ConAgra/Rosarita will update the Dallas store database soon.

* Megan at Mom Central provided a recipe that she’s created with Rosarita salsa. I haven’t had a chance to try it, but it looks good (and easy to make!).

Recipe for Chicken Tostadas

Ingredients

* 2 cups of canned Rosarita refried beans
* Rosarita Salsa
* 2 packages tostadas (6-inch diameter)
* 3 cups shredded cooked chicken
* 4 cups shredded iceberg lettuce
* 1 cup Queso Fresco (fresh Mexican cheese)
* 1 large, firm ripe avocado, pared, pitted, sliced
* ½ cup sour cream

Directions

* Heat refried beans
* Spread onto tostadas
* Apply thin layer of shredded chicken
* Top with thin layer of lettuce
* Top with salsa
* Sprinkle cheese/garnish with cream and avocados

Disclaimer: I wrote this review while participating in a blog campaign by Mom Central on behalf of Rosarita and received a sample to facilitate my candid review. Mom Central sent me a gift card to thank me for taking the time to participate.

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