Appetizers

Dip into Millbrae-based Casa Sanchez’s organic salsa

Few food pairings say summertime like salsa and chips.
Few food pairings say summertime like salsa and chips. apierleoni@sacbee.com

Summer is almost here, which means it’s time to break out the salsa and chips. As the weather warms, we shop around searching for what’s new in the way of the summertime staple. Frankly, we’ve never found any commercial salsa (bottled or refrigerated) that comes as close to homemade as Casa Sanchez, a family-owned business in Millbrae.

Its line of 14 organic salsas (find them in stores’ refrigerated cases), two flavored guacamoles and four kinds of chips are made daily from fresh organic ingredients, using recipes from “Great Grandma and Grandpa Sanchez,” who came to the Bay Area from Mexico in 1924.

Our go-to is Hot Salsa Roja, with simple ingredients: tomatoes, onions, peppers, cilantro, sea salt and garlic, though we do add chopped cilantro to the plastic tub and mix it around. The texture is chunky, the flavors deep, and the heat just right. We teamed it with Casa Sanchez’s “thick and crispy”-style tortilla chips, hefty morsels that, for a change from most chips, aren’t over- or under-salted (stone-ground corn, canola oil, lime, sea salt).

Salsas ($4 to $5.30 for 15 ounces) and chips ($3.50-$4) are in many area supermarkets and grocery stores.

The next step for the company is to spread the word. “We’re not global yet, but we’re working on it,” said a spokesman.

Allen Pierleoni: 916-321-1128, @apierleonisacbe

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