This has actually been my go-to store-bought salsa for the past few years, and while I usually devour the whole jar with chips, it's equally good at sprucing up most tacos. Robert Carr, executive chef of La Cantera Resort & Spa in San Antonio, Texas, said he also chooses the Frontera brand when buying a jarred salsa. The roasted tomatoes here are vibrant and engaging, with a deep roasted profile and a prominent heat. My worst moment: ‘Transparent’ star Amy Landecker on being fully exposed and the embarrassment of sex scenes, [Most read] As their D.C. days dwindle, Ivanka Trump and Kushner poised for a quick departure from Washington — where they struggled to fit in. Plus, the shelf life is incredible," she added. But keep eating, and the burn continues to build and build. "At this point in time we are not planning on making any changes to the manufacturing of the product," Connolly said. "The flavor of this salsa is tangy, and it particularly makes a great base for cooked dishes. But what you may not have known is that Frontera has 13 different salsas on the market (not counting some seasonal offerings, which change so frequently I decided not to include them here). Chicago celebrity chef Rick Bayless has sold his Frontera Foods to ConAgra. Like the Double Roasted Tomato, this is a fantastic multiple-purpose salsa, ready for any task. Connolly said ConAgra will look to grow Frontera through expanded distribution, while respecting "the tremendous culinary integrity" of the brand. To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number. Very useful for entertaining, Reviewed in the United States on June 25, 2005. Frontera Foods was launched in 1996 by Bayless and Manny Valdes, a former Kraft Foods executive, to produce regional Mexican food products using all natural ingredients. Meet Rick Bayless; Upcoming Appearances; Awards and Affiliations; Recent Press; The Bayless Gardens; Rick’s Travel Guides; Rick Bayless FAQ; RESTAURANTS. Also particularly successful are more familiar dishes to which salsa adds zip: Chipotle Mashed Potatoes, Slow-Grilled Turkey Breast with Mediterranean Salsa, Smoky Glazed Ham for a Crowd. This was the one that won our best salsa competition a few years ago, and it's easy to see why. If you don't like olives, you need to stay as far away from this one as possible, because it's not the least bit shy about its olive profile. Frontera Foods, the Chicago-based gourmet Mexican food company started by chef Rick Bayless, has been purchased by ConAgra Foods, the packaged food giant known for such brands as Slim Jim, Banquet and Reddi-wip. ConAgra settles into new HQ at Chicago's Merchandise Mart, "It is our strategy to reshape our ConAgra portfolio to be more premium and more contemporary," said Sean Connolly, ConAgra's president and CEO. If you're looking to replace your regular jarred salsa to eat with chips, this is probably the best place to start. However, it has been unable to keep up with growing demand in recent years as it has evolved into a national brand. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. Post whatever you want, just keep it seriously about eats, seriously. The acquisition, which closed Monday, moves the Frontera, Red Fork and Salpica grocery brands under the ConAgra banner, but does not include any of the Frontera-branded restaurants. Habanero Salsa You can always count on Rick Bayless to put real effort into everything he does. Authentic Mexican 20th Anniversary Ed: Regional Cooking from the Heart of Mexico, More Mexican Everyday: Simple, Seasonal, Celebratory, Rick Bayless's Mexican Kitchen: Capturing the Vibrant Flavors of a World-Class Cuisine, Fiesta at Rick's: Fabulous Food for Great Times with Friends, There's a lot more going on with salsa than its traditional role as a dip or dunk for corn chips. Please try again. Account active Frontera Foods was Rick’s way of creating authentic, flavorful food that could bring people together and connect them to the bold taste and spirit of Mexico. "There's a little bit of trepidation and sadness in the whole thing, but we feel we need to take the next step with it and see it grow to its full capacity.". Unlike so many fruit salsas, this one isn't sickeningly sweet. Still, the mix of roasted and fresh tomato means that it has some character, while the cilantro adds some freshness. Your recently viewed items and featured recommendations, Select the department you want to search in. Please try again. "I highly recommend Trader Joe's Spicy, Smoky Peach Salsa. Here are 5 things to know. Bring your club to Amazon Book Clubs, start a new book club and invite your friends to join, or find a club that’s right for you for free. Use Coupon Code: SHIP2ME4FREE. That led to a January meeting with Connolly and months of discussions before ConAgra agreed to buy Frontera. Xoco, his venture into "casual" dining, serves incredible sandwiches and hot chocolate made from cocoa beans roasted in-house. Please try again. Frontera Grill; Topolobampo; Xoco; Bar Sótano; Tortazo; Tortas Frontera; Frontera Cocina; Private Dining & Catering; Restaurant Gift Cards; EVENTS; TV & BOOKS. The sauces are manufactured in Houston, while the chips are made by El Milagro in Chicago at a South Side plant. Trader Joe's Spicy, Smoky, Peach Salsa is a top pick for one culinary pro. The homegrown 20-year-old chips and salsa company is the first acquisition for ConAgra since it moved its headquarters from Omaha to Chicago in June, and it meshes with ConAgra's ambitions. So he launched Frontera Foods just one decade later. If you see something not so nice, please, report an inappropriate comment. This fall, ConAgra will complete the spinoff of its frozen potato business, Lamb Weston, which generates nearly $3 billion in annual sales supplying french fries to fast-food chains. I've owned this book since it was published and I like it. But this isn't just about pure pain: the habaneros lend a truly alluringly fruity flavor (I picked up hints of pineapple). Both Bayless and Valdes will stay on as advisers, helping to develop new products from the Frontera test kitchen several blocks away. Frozen Bowls & Skillets. Ronald DeSantis, certified master chef and CulinaryNXT principal adviser, said he also has a soft spot for Chi-Chi's salsas, but his favorite variety is Fiesta-Style Smoky Chipotle. There's a problem loading this menu right now. Find all the books, read about the author, and more. Renamed ConAgra in 1971, the company built its portfolio through acquisitions, with signature brands including Marie Callender's, Healthy Choice, Hebrew National, Orville Redenbacher's, Hunt's and Peter Pan. The chunks provide most of the flavor here, lending sweetness and a smoky heat. There was an error retrieving your Wish Lists. 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