Initially, I mistook the smoky flavor of this salsa for a chipotle pepper. My wife had to point out that I needed to “read the label” for me to realize that it was the mesquite that I was tasting. I really enjoy this salsa, and it’s currently my favorite for my breakfast meal. The smoky flavor goes really well with eggs, guac, and spinach. It’s not too spicy, either so it really does fit the bill.
That is until I tried it with Tostitos. The smoky flavor is overwhelming when this salsa is used as just a chip condiment, and I can’t say that I enjoyed it at all that way.
The Salt Lick is an Austin BBQ staple that has gone the way of Austin – it’s great for the tourists, but not so great for the locals. I’d say this salsa represents them fairly well in that regard.
However, as part of a dish where you want the salsa flavor, but something a little extra, this is a great choice.
At only 5 calories per 2 tablespoons, it’s also a good low-calorie snack. I normally like anything smoked, especially with mesquite, but this one is just too strong on its own for my taste.