The best store-bought salsas

Armed with tortilla chips, Real Simple staffers dug in to find the tastiest jarred salsas. By Emily McKenna and Lindsay Funston

Best Mild

Tostitos All-Natural Chunky
Talk about a crowd- pleaser: Kids love the tomatoey sweetness; grown-ups appreciate the crunchy onions and bell peppers. And kudos for the excellent cling factor-it really stays on your chip.

To buy: $3.70 for 15.5 ounces.

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Wild Harvest Organic Mild Thick and Chunky Salsa

Extremely mellow and just a tad sweet, this budget-friendly jar is a reliable option for kids.

To buy: $2 for 16 ounces, for stores.

Best Medium

Green Mountain Gringo
As close as you'll get to homemade without picking up a knife. Fresh cilantro, parsley, and garlic tame the feisty jalapeño and pasilla chilies.

To buy: $4.30 for 16 ounces.

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Best Hot

Frontera Roasted Habanero
Unlike the searing, one-note competition, this scorcher has fire and flavor. Beer, please!

To buy: $5 for 16 ounces.

White Girl Salsa Hot

Chili peppers deliver serious heat in a recipe produced in small batches by a Colorado foodie. With its not-too-chunky consistency, it can double as a zesty marinade for grilled chicken or pork.

To buy: $7 for 16 ounces,

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Laurie's Buffalo Gourmet Fire Hot Salsa With Habanero Peppers
Feeling hot, hot, hot? Taste this fiery-but intensely addictive-habanero-loaded pick (at your own risk).

To buy: $5 for 16 ounces, for stores.

Best Chipotle

365 Everyday Value
Ready for a flavor bomb? Scoop up this combo of earthy chipotles (a.k.a. smoke-dried jalapeños) and juicy roasted tomatoes.

To buy: $3 for 16 ounces, Whole Foods Market.

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Amy's Spicy Chipotle Salsa
A trio of peppers (fire-roasted poblanos, hot jalapeños, and smoky chipotles) makes this a tasty option for anyone who loves a chunky salsa.

To buy: $5.60 for 17.5 ounces, at grocery stores.

Best Salsa Verde

Stonewall Kitchen
This puree vibrates with tangy tomatillos, serrano chilies, and a shot of lime. Worth every peso.

To buy: $7 for 16 ounces.

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Frontera Gourmet Mexican Tomatillo Salsa
In classic salsa verde fashion, this mild favorite is loaded with tomatillos, serrano chilies, and cilantro. It's a great topper for tacos and enchiladas.

To buy: $4 for 16 ounces, at grocery stores.

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