Objectively, chips and salsa might be the best party food combination. The simple magic of the duo lies in the acidity of the salsa, says James Peterson, author of Sauces, Salsas, and Chutneys. Combined with the salt of chips, and the natural sweetness and umami of tomatoes, you’ve hit four of the five basic tastes. Add a pint of beer and you’ll check off the fifth too, bitterness.
The salsa shelf at a well-stocked store is crowded, and the online options are endless. So to cut through the sea of red and green jars for your next party, here are the six salsas worth buying.