Jalapenos have a way of hanging around you like a friend who has overstayed his welcome on your couch. You're never happy to see either the next day, especially when you told yourself this was the last time you'd sit down for a meal together.
Jalapenos are the star of Familia Lopez salsa (the bottled version of the table salsa at Manny's in the Crossroads) and Batch #218 Smoked Jalapeno Salsa from Original Juan Specialty Foods on Southwest Boulevard. Fat City put these two local salsas in bowls to determine which would emerge from the fire on our lips as the victor.
With the salsas picked, I opted for a local chip as well. Silva's Restaurant Style Tortilla Chips (made in Kansas City, Kansas) are thin, as salty as good movie popcorn, and taste freshly fried.
Familia Lopez Hot Salsa: This salsa plops out of the container with a thick splat. If that sounds unappetizing, well, it was a bit gross. But aural presentation aside, the consistency and bright red color are consistent with what you expect to find in a bowl of restaurant salsa.
The salsa is lip-smacking hot. I drank water pretty freely while tasting, but I also felt compelled to keep eating. The salsa sticks to the chips well, adding the heat of the peppers but still allowing the saltiness of the chips to come through.