Dining With Denise Neil

El Zarape salsa: Garden City greatness available in Wichita

El Zarape salsa, made in Garden City, is now available in Wichita Dillons stores.
El Zarape salsa, made in Garden City, is now available in Wichita Dillons stores. The Wichita Eagle

Wichita’s store shelves are filled with jarred salsa options, from Tostitos to Pace to Mama Lupe’s.

But there’s a Kansas-made salsa on the shelves that puts them all to shame: El Zarape.

The salsa, available in mild, medium and hot, is produced by a restaurant of the same name in Garden City. The family-owned business has been in operation there since 1967 and now jars and sells its well-known salsa. It used to be available in Wichita Target stores. Now several Wichita Dillons have started carrying it. (At the moment, the jars are displayed on end caps in the store, not in the salsa aisle.) El Zarape owners are in the process of trying to get the salsa in to Wichita Sam’s and Wal-Mart stores, too.

You can order it by the case at http://elzarapesalsa.com, and don’t think I haven’t considered it.

The salsa is pureed smooth. It has no onion or tomato chunks. The mild is my favorite. The salsa clings perfectly to a chip and the flavor has a nice tomato acidity without too much garlic or salt flavor. And the hot really is hot. It’s perfect for chips-and-salsa snacking or for drenching your favorite dish.

A 16-ounce jar is $3.89 at Dillons.

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