My Brother’s Salsa REVIEW & GIVEAWAY

by Robyn Wright on June 26, 2014

in Food

A few weeks ago the wonderful folks from My Brother’s Salsa sent me some samples to try out. Oh my gosh, they are so good! I love that these are not the tomato-heavy type you find at the grocery store. These salsas taste much fresher and lighter but still with a ton of great flavor.

My Brother's Salsa - 4 Jar Sampler, Black Bean & Corn, House Medium, Fire Roasted Medium, and Original Hot

Since I started my weight loss journey one thing has been very evident to me, I crave flavor and spice in all foods. Since I have taken away a lot of the fat in the foods I eat (most of the time), I think that is one of the reasons I am craving bold flavors. Salsas are a great way for me to add this to my meals or snacks. All of these varieties I tried were under 30 calories per serving, all natural, no preservatives, naturally gluten free, and contain no artificial colors or flavors. Umm, yes please to all of that!

My Brother's Salsa - Fire Roasted - with tortilla chips

The first way we had to try My Brother’s Salsa was just with tortilla chips. Now chips are not known for being healthy, but there are a lot of varieties and options available out there. Find one that fits your needs most and keep your portion size in check with them.

The photo is My Brother’s Salsa Fire Roasted Medium. It was delicious. Fire roasting brings out this great smoky depth to the salsa. This makes it great for richer dishes like ones containing pork and beef especially I think. It compliments the protein very well but does not overpower it at all. With just chips it was great too. No complaints!

My actual favorite variety out of all of them for general salsa use is My Brother’s Salsa House Medium. This reminded very much of a salsa I used to get at a local restaurant that is now closed. Very fresh, thinner than typical salsas, very small pieces of veggies instead of large chunks, and a great light flavor that was good on chips, tacos, enchiladas, fish, chicken, and everything I tried it on.

Another great way I used some of the salsa was to mix it with plain Greek yogurt to make a creamy dressing for a healthier taco salad at home. The ratio is about 3 parts salsa to 1 part Greek yogurt. This was delicious and gave us that creaminess we love on taco salad but without all the fat!

Finally, I wanted to try cooking with the samples. I browsed the recipes on their website and found a recipe for Spanish paella. I have never made paella before, but I like it, so I thought I would give it a shot. I kept my recipe simple since it was the first time making it and I was not sure how Hubby would feel about this. Heat up some chicken stock and add turmeric – okay traditional paella calls for saffron threads but it is crazy expensive so I went the frugal way and used turmeric instead and it was just fine. I chopped up an onion and garlic and sautéed it in olive oil in a cast iron skillet (because I don’t own a paella pan). Then stir in the Arborio rice. Now is where the salsa came in. I added about 3/4 of a cup of My Brother’s Salsa Original Recipe Hot to the rice. This was the only other seasoning I used in the entire dish and it gave it a great deep flavor I thought.

Making paella using My Brother's Salsa, Original Recipe Hot, as a primary seasoning

After you add in the salsa, you add your stock and let it cook. Then at the end I threw in the seafood. I used shrimp, scallops, clams, mussels, and calamari. You can use any seafood you like. The original recipe from My Brother’s Salsa has options for a vegetarian version and a version that uses chicken and sausage.

Seafood Paella made with My Brother's Salsa

This is right after I added the seafood, but it is not quite done yet. When it was time to eat I was so anxious to try it that I forgot to take a picture of the finished dish. Doh! It really was a great dish. The rice gets extra well done on the bottom of the pan (it is supposed to) so you have some contrast in the rice alone and the salsa really add a tremendous amount of flavor. I like hot, but Hubby is more a medium-heat kind of guy but this was okay for him. I knew that the rice and stock would soften the overall heat of the dish. If you really lean towards very little heat in your foods I would use mild or medium though. I made a half recipe of the original and it was still a ton of food. Next time I will just have to invite guests over when I make this paella. Anyone want to join Hubby and I?

You can shop for My Brother’s Salsa in their online store or use their store locator to find a shop in your area that carries My Brother’s Salsa. Be sure to follow them on your favorite social networks also. My Brother’s Salsa on Facebook, follow the My Brother’s Salsa Pinterest boards, follow @MyBrothersSalsa on Twitter, and you can even find My Brother’s Salsa on Instagram!

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The Giveaway: One lucky reader is going to win this seasonal sampler of salsas from My Brother’s Salsa including their seasonal favorite, Peach Tomatillo!

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1 GabbyLowe June 26, 2014 at 6:46 pm

My husband makes an great omelet using salsa. timmiedeluca@comcast.net

2 GabbyLowe June 26, 2014 at 6:47 pm

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3 GabbyLowe June 26, 2014 at 6:49 pm
4 furygirl3132 June 26, 2014 at 8:04 pm

I love putting salsa in a taco casserole that we bake in the oven with all the fixings! Thanks so much for hosting this giveaway!

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5 furygirl3132 June 26, 2014 at 8:04 pm

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7 yonawilliams June 26, 2014 at 9:17 pm

I love salsa on my crunchy beef tacos, and I also add it to some of my chili recipes. email: yona(at)pricelesswriters.com

8 yonawilliams June 26, 2014 at 9:17 pm

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9 Christie June 26, 2014 at 9:25 pm

I love grilled shrimp with salsa, it adds a nice kick!

10 Christie June 26, 2014 at 9:26 pm

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11 Christie June 26, 2014 at 9:27 pm

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12 Leela June 26, 2014 at 10:24 pm

I mix it with fresh guacamole.

13 Leela June 26, 2014 at 10:24 pm

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14 tannawings June 26, 2014 at 11:47 pm

Like you I like using salsa as part of a dressing on salads. I hadnt thought about using greek yogurt and usually use sour cream. It’s also good with horeseradish mixed in !

15 tannawings June 26, 2014 at 11:47 pm

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16 tannawings June 26, 2014 at 11:49 pm
17 Marie Moody June 26, 2014 at 11:58 pm

I put salsa on pork chops when I’m cooking them, and I also make an appetizer using a layers of cream cheese, a layer of no bean chili and then a layers of salsa and sprinkle shredded mexican cheese on top and micro wave 2 minutes and use chips. It’s really good.

18 Marie Moody June 27, 2014 at 12:00 am

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19 Marie Moody June 27, 2014 at 12:01 am

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20 Marie Moody June 27, 2014 at 12:02 am
21 allysmama June 27, 2014 at 1:33 am

I like to put salsa on ANY of my Mexican food!!

22 allysmama June 27, 2014 at 1:34 am

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23 allysmama June 27, 2014 at 1:35 am
24 missdeb1 June 27, 2014 at 3:00 am

I put salsa on my omelets

25 missdeb1 June 27, 2014 at 3:02 am

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26 missdeb1 June 27, 2014 at 3:04 am
27 Christie June 27, 2014 at 7:43 am
28 latanya t June 27, 2014 at 9:03 am

I enjoy it over cornbread

29 latanya t June 27, 2014 at 9:03 am
30 Dandi D June 27, 2014 at 1:43 pm

I love putting salsa in eggs and in enchiladas.

31 Dandi D June 27, 2014 at 1:44 pm

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32 Dandi D June 27, 2014 at 1:45 pm
33 Happi Shopr June 27, 2014 at 2:24 pm

I like salsa on eggs.

34 Happi Shopr June 27, 2014 at 2:25 pm

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35 Happi Shopr June 27, 2014 at 2:30 pm
36 latanya t June 28, 2014 at 9:16 am
37 tannawings June 28, 2014 at 9:43 am
38 gina71 June 28, 2014 at 10:10 am

I love to put salsa on eggs, meatloaf, mixed with avocados and on tacos.

39 Dandi D June 28, 2014 at 1:56 pm
40 Cori Westphal June 28, 2014 at 7:08 pm

I put salsa on chicken in a crockpot. And I love salsa on fried potatoes!

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41 Cori Westphal June 28, 2014 at 7:10 pm

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43 Christie June 28, 2014 at 8:46 pm
44 allysmama June 28, 2014 at 8:55 pm
45 tannawings June 29, 2014 at 12:20 am
46 Marie Moody June 29, 2014 at 12:56 am
47 Christie June 29, 2014 at 8:27 am
48 Deb Jackson June 29, 2014 at 3:54 pm

I love putting salsa in my homemade chili.

49 tannawings June 29, 2014 at 11:12 pm
50 Jackie Preas June 30, 2014 at 5:55 am

I love adding salsa to an omelet.

51 Jackie Preas June 30, 2014 at 5:57 am
52 Christie June 30, 2014 at 8:51 am
53 Dandi D June 30, 2014 at 1:25 pm
54 Margie June 30, 2014 at 2:46 pm

I like to bake fish and chicken with salsa. Adds a little zip!
Thanks for the giveaway.

55 Margie June 30, 2014 at 2:47 pm

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56 debbiewelchert June 30, 2014 at 3:31 pm

I love cooking with it by putting it in my spanish rice recipe.

57 debbiewelchert June 30, 2014 at 3:31 pm

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58 debbiewelchert June 30, 2014 at 3:34 pm

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59 Marie Moody June 30, 2014 at 7:38 pm
60 Ellen C. June 30, 2014 at 8:07 pm

I like to bake boneless, skinless chicken breasts with salsa. It makes it moist and delicious. Thanks for the chance.

61 Ellen C. June 30, 2014 at 8:08 pm

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62 Christie July 1, 2014 at 6:57 am
63 tannawings July 1, 2014 at 12:46 pm
64 Dandi D July 1, 2014 at 1:07 pm
65 Kathryn King Elder July 1, 2014 at 2:24 pm
66 tannawings July 1, 2014 at 11:38 pm
67 Dandi D July 2, 2014 at 12:50 pm
68 Christie July 2, 2014 at 3:49 pm
69 tannawings July 2, 2014 at 11:57 pm
70 Marie Moody July 3, 2014 at 12:35 am
71 Dandi D July 3, 2014 at 4:22 am
72 nanlara July 3, 2014 at 8:46 am

I use it in my Mexican lazagna

73 nanlara July 3, 2014 at 8:46 am
74 Christie July 3, 2014 at 2:28 pm
75 tannawings July 4, 2014 at 12:40 am
76 Kristin Goodson July 4, 2014 at 9:05 am

Love salsa on my enchiladas and tacos!

77 Dandi D July 4, 2014 at 8:30 pm
78 Christie July 4, 2014 at 8:48 pm
79 tannawings July 5, 2014 at 12:42 am
80 Dandi D July 5, 2014 at 1:37 pm
81 Christie July 5, 2014 at 8:10 pm
82 tannawings July 5, 2014 at 11:34 pm
83 Christie July 6, 2014 at 8:47 am
84 tannawings July 7, 2014 at 12:33 am
85 Dandi D July 7, 2014 at 12:48 pm
86 Christie July 7, 2014 at 7:06 pm
87 tannawings July 8, 2014 at 12:42 am
88 Christie July 8, 2014 at 7:27 am
89 georgie c July 8, 2014 at 11:45 am

I love salsa on baked potatoes or mushed together with avocado

90 Dandi D July 8, 2014 at 12:43 pm
91 tannawings July 8, 2014 at 11:40 pm
92 Christie July 9, 2014 at 7:31 am
93 Dandi D July 9, 2014 at 12:03 pm
94 tannawings July 9, 2014 at 11:58 pm
95 Dandi D July 10, 2014 at 12:00 pm
96 Christie July 10, 2014 at 5:40 pm
97 Margaret July 10, 2014 at 8:58 pm

I enjoy them with taquitos and with my eggs

98 Margaret July 10, 2014 at 9:01 pm
99 Annette July 10, 2014 at 10:12 pm

I like eating salsa on burgers and as a dip with veggies. I also add it to ground beef. waytoomanycats (@) gmail (dot) com

100 Annette July 10, 2014 at 10:15 pm

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102 Melissa Herrera July 10, 2014 at 10:43 pm

Your story sound a lot like mine, once I started my journey to clean eating I experimented with bold flavors to make up for no longer frying everything lol i grill chicken and then add some salsa over it before it done and cover it to let the flavors sink in. I add a sprinkle of cheese on top and once its all melted I serve it on top of a war pita with lettuce and avocado! Delicious thank you for sharing

103 tannawings July 10, 2014 at 11:51 pm
104 tannawings July 11, 2014 at 11:52 pm
105 kim monahan blanca March 4, 2015 at 10:47 am

because of your page I have ordered from My Brother’s Salsa. They should give your part of the profit :)

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