Ten Favorite Phoenix Hot Sauces and Salsas

The salsa bar at La Condesa
The salsa bar at La Condesa

A few years ago, salsa surpassed ketchup as America's number one condiment. Shocking? Not for Phoenicians. Especially since there is a Mexican food joint on practically every corner in the Valley of the Sun.

Which also made this an especially difficult list to compile. Narrowing down all the great salsas in town to just 10 wasn't easy but we think we managed to put together a pretty awesome list of the red (and green) stuff we just can't live without.

10. Red Sauce, Los Taquitos -- This simple taco shop really packs a punch with their zesty red taco sauce. Flavorful and balanced with just the right amount of heat, sweetness, and smoke -- we would put this stuff on everything if we could. (And we always contemplate hijacking a bottle and smuggling it out in our purse to make that dream a reality.)

9. Globe Salsa, Casa Reynoso -- Is that cinnamon we're tasting? Maybe a dash of nutmeg? We'll probably never find out because there isn't a chance in hell the Reynosos are giving up the recipe for their salsa. The mix of chunky tomatoes, onions, and cilantro has just the slightest hint of heat, the perfect match for a bean and cheese burro. Want something hotter? Just ask, and they'll bring out a little jar of the secret hot stuff. It's just as good as the original but with a burst of heat.

Ten Favorite Phoenix Hot Sauces and Salsas

8. The Salsa Trio, Canteen -- At Canteen, variety is the spice of life in the form of a homemade salsa trio. Savor the smoky chipotle-spiked red salsa, a tangy tomatillo salsa, and good old-fashioned pico de gallo. While each stands on its own, it also holds true that you can double dip across a couple salsa varieties and still come out on top. Each packs plenty of flavor and a surprising amount of heat, but if you're craving more fire, ask for the extra-hot ghost chile salsa that Canteen keeps in the back.

Ten Favorite Phoenix Hot Sauces and Salsas

7. Chunky Salsa, Mattas -- This traditional Mexican food spot in Mesa has been serving up their signature chunky salsa for almost 60 years. That's a long time to be makin' salsa! The red stuff is on the mild side but has an awesome homestyle flavor and you can tell by the vivid colors that it's made from fresh ingredients. Yum!

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