Public picks Cindy’s Yummy & Healthy Salsa as best New Mexico salsa during State Fair

Chavela’s, Sadie’s salsas round out top three picksCindy Norris of Cindy’s Yummy & Healthy Salsa accepts her top-place buckle from
New Mexico Secretary of Agriculture Jeff Witte.

(ALBUQUERQUE) – Several hundred fairgoers sampled their way to naming New Mexico’s favorite salsa during this year’s Battle of the Salsas, hosted by the New Mexico Department of Agriculture (NMDA) Saturday during the 2013 New Mexico State Fair.

Participants – some whose tastebud fortitude belies the fact that they’re only in grade school – cast their ballots after dunking tortilla chips into each of 31 salsas made commercially across the state.  After the votes were tallied, Cindy’s Yummy & Healthy Salsa was named the people’s choice.  Chavela’s Chunky Jalapeno Hot Salsa took second place, while third place went to Sadie’s Hot Salsa.

Each salsa company was presented with a handcrafted silver Battle of the Salsas belt buckle from the New Mexico Chile Commission, which sponsors the always-popular event.

“Battle of the Salsas is a fun way for people to try some of the best New Mexico has to offer,” said New Mexico Agriculture Secretary Jeff Witte, who announced the winners Saturday. “It’s meant to encourage people to try other foods grown and/or made across the state.”

Battle of the Salsas is an annual contest open to all New Mexico-made, commercially produced salsas available for sale in the New Mexico Country Store. Located in the Agriculture Building on the fairgrounds, the Country Store was created 22 years ago as a place for people to discover New Mexico foods such as salsas and other chile products, spice mixes, baked goods, jams and jellies, candies, fresh produce, nuts, honey, teas, and more.