I first heard of Jake in an article in Chile Pepper Magazine. Jake is a youngster that lives in Texas that makes his Jake’s Atomic Salsa to help pay for college. I figured, well, if nothing else I gotta give the guy major kudos for looking down the road and planning for his future. So I went online and ordered a few bottles of each heat level of Jake’s Atomic Salsa. And boy am I ever glad I did.
Jake’s salsa has a great texture to it. It reminds me of the authentic table salsa at our local Mexican restaurant. Not mega chunky, not at all. Not thick and gloppy, nope. Nice and smooth and not runny. Perfect for tortilla chip dippin’ because you don’t have to worry about the salsa running off your chip before you get it to your mouth.
This salsa is not overly tomatoey, not overly anything. Just good stuff with the right mix of everything. This is my kind of salsa. Authentic stuff, with a fresh taste and feel to it. As Jake says, it’s “straight from the grill to the mason jar” with a nice light char to it.
Jake’s Atomic Salsa comes in 4 levels of heat.
Molecular Mild is pretty darned mild, and is perfect for well, my mom or dad. They can’t handle the heat and I know they’d thoroughly enjoy the mild.
Foreshock Medium is your pretty-much-fantastic salsa for a crowd. No one is going to run out the door screaming that their mouth is on fire, but the head-lovers (like me) will still be happy.
Things start to take a turn with the Aftershock Hot salsa.Oh yes, it has a burn, but it’s a very pleasant heat. It’s a very addicting heat. All of a sudden you’re like… where did all my salsa go?
… and then there’s Nuclear Atomic. As Jake says, “Don’t say [I] didn’t warn you”. Yeah, well, it’s hot. Very hot. Get ready to sweat. A lot. If you can’t handle it, tame it down a bit by mixing in some mild or medium.
My only complaint about Jake’s Atomic Salsa is that I can’t get it here in Indianapolis. I bet that’ll change, because this is mighty good salsa. In the meantime, I’ll keep ordering it online. The salsa is reasonably priced, packaged well, shipped quickly, and rates highly on my ‘Mater Rater.