Summer cookouts and picnics aren’t complete without chips and dips, and there’s no more classic a combo than tortilla chips and salsa. These locally made and jarred salsas are big on flavor and texture and use Midwest-grown ingredients to spice up snack time.
Two Men and a Garden
Made with fresh and locally sourced ingredients, Two Men and a Garden’s classic salsa comes in four levels of heat: mild, medium, hot and Screaming Hot. In addition to its classics, the St. Louis-based business has a fruit fusion salsa series, including hot mango, peach and strawberry. twomenandagarden.com
Dragonfly Gourmet Foods
Summer in the Midwest brings a bounty of fresh produce, including juicy, sweet peaches. At Dragonfly Gourmet Foods in Independence, Missouri, that fresh fruit is combined with jalapeños, mango and spices to make its peach-mango salsa. If you don’t eat the whole jar in one sitting with chips (no judgment), try what’s left with grilled fish or chicken. dragonflygourmetfoods.com
Mr. B’s Salsa & Hot Pepper Products
If you’re a pepper head, Mr. B’s White Lightning Salsa is made for you. Produced with a blend of ghost and Trinidad scorpion peppers grown on-site, this tongue-numbing Farmington, Missouri-based salsa is made without sugar, fillers, artificial additives or preservatives. mrbssalsa.com
The Grove Salsa Co.
Based in downtown Springfield, Missouri, The Grove Salsa Co. offers a range of flavors, from classic sweet and mild to cilantro-lime. We love the hot salsa verde, made with tomatillos, onion, jalapeños, cilantro, lime juice, garlic, cumin, olive oil, salt and black pepper. grovesalsa.com
5Gen Salsa Chunky Salsa is one of the best in the world. If you don’t believe us, just ask the judges at the 2016 World Hot Sauce Awards, which named it runner up in the medium salsa category. Based in Harrisburg, Missouri, 5GEN was founded by Kim Ham-Lanes, who based the original salsa recipe around her mother’s ketchup-chile sauce. 5gensalsa.com
Sweet Kickin’ Salsa
Made without preservatives, Sweet Kickin’ Salsa focuses on fresh flavors that pack a punch. Case in point: The Kansas City-based company’s spicy habanero flavor, which offers a more intense heat than its original or mild flavors. The salsa starts spicy with a hint of sweetness on the finish. sweetkickinsalsa.com