Is Salsa Vegan? [Brand List: 123 Products Checked]

Did you know the “salsa” dance got its name from the food? Yep. Salsa is just that good. Now, if you’re newly vegan, you may be wondering if you can still indulge in salsa—and which specific brands are in the clear.

Well, for this guide, I read the ingredients for 123 different salsa products you can find in the grocery store. I used my 13 years of vegan experience to assess which ones are vegan and which ones aren’t. And I’ve got some great news…

Is Salsa Vegan?

Salsa is almost always vegan. Out of 123 salsa products I checked, 118 were vegan (96%). All salsa products from Herdez, Great Value, Frontera, La Victoria, and Mrs. Renfro’s are vegan. In the five non-vegan salsas, the animal ingredients were dairy, egg, and honey.

When it came to some of the most popular brands of salsa, like Tostitos, Pace, and Newman’s Own, they were still mostly vegan—but they each just had one or two non-vegan salsa products each. See the full lists below for details.

Does Salsa Contain Dairy?

Salsa does not typically contain dairy. Out of 123 salsa products I checked, 120 were dairy-free (98%). The only three salsas I found containing dairy were Tostitos Avocado Salsa, Old El Paso Creamy Salsa Verde Sauce, and Newman’s Own Salsa Con Queso.

As you may be able to tell from the names, the “salsas” that contain dairy are not normal salsas. So it’s not like dairy is really showing up in normal-looking salsa products. There’s really only a reason to suspect dairy ingredients when it looks creamy or cheesy.

Which Salsa Contains Honey?

I found two salsa products that contain honey: Pace Four Chile Pepper Salsa and Pace Honey Chipotle Salsa. I wasn’t expecting to find honey as an ingredient in salsa, but those two products by Pace do have it.

Which Salsa Brands Are Vegan?

Alright, it’s time to dig into the data! Let’s check out the following list of salsa brands and whether their products are vegan.

This is not a complete list of all vegan salsa brands. I just checked a bunch of the most popular brands. Click a brand name to skip to their section (or just scroll down):

Is Doritos Salsa Vegan?

Doritos salsa is considered vegan. Both flavors, Mild and Hot, are free of animal-derived ingredients.

Doritos salsa dips seem to be a British and Australian thing. I’ve never seen them in America so far. Here are the two flavors I was able to find online and check:

SalsaIs it Vegan?
Doritos Mild Salsa DipVegan
Doritos Hot Salsa DipVegan
Is Doritos Salsa Vegan?

Side note: The actual “Salsa” and “Salsa Verde” flavors of Doritos chips are not vegan.

Is Frontera Salsa Vegan?

Frontera salsa is vegan. None of the twelve flavors contain meat, dairy, egg, or other animal-derived ingredients.

Here’s the full list of flavors I was able to check:

SalsaIs It Vegan?
Frontera Chipotle SalsaVegan
Frontera Chunky Salsa (Mild)Vegan
Frontera Chunky Salsa (Medium)Vegan
Frontera Double Roasted Tomato SalsaVegan
Frontera Especial Avocado Tomatillo SalsaVegan
Frontera Especial Mango Habanero SalsaVegan
Frontera Especial Tequila Borracha SalsaVegan
Frontera Guajillo SalsaVegan
Frontera Jalapeño Cilantro SalsaVegan
Frontera Roasted Habanero SalsaVegan
Frontera Roasted Tomato SalsaVegan
Frontera Tomatillo SalsaVegan
Is Frontera Salsa Vegan? (Source)

Is Great Value Salsa Vegan?

Great Value salsa is vegan. None of the sixteen flavors contain meat, dairy, egg, or other animal-derived ingredients. If you’re not familiar, Great Value is the Walmart store brand. So you would find these at Walmart.

Here’s the full list of flavors I was able to check:

SalsaIs It Vegan?
Great Value Borracho Bean SalsaVegan
Great Value Cantina Style Salsa (Medium)Vegan
Great Value Cantina Style Salsa Verde (Medium)Vegan
Great Value Chimichurri SalsaVegan
Great Value Fire Roasted Tomato SalsaVegan
Great Value Mango Pineapple SalsaVegan
Great Value Organic Garden Pepper Salsa (Medium)Vegan
Great Value Organic Hot SalsaVegan
Great Value Organic Medium SalsaVegan
Great Value Peach & Pineapple Chipotle Salsa (Mild)Vegan
Great Value Pineapple Tomatillo SalsaVegan
Great Value Restaurant Style Salsa (Mild)Vegan
Great Value Roasted Garlic Salsa (Mild)Vegan
Great Value Thick & Chunky Salsa (Hot)Vegan
Great Value Thick & Chunky Salsa (Mild)Vegan
Great Value White Corn & Black Bean SalsaVegan
Is Great Value Salsa Vegan? (Source)

Is Heinz Salsa Vegan?

Heinz salsa is vegan. None of the flavors contain meat, dairy, egg, or other animal-derived ingredients.

Here are the specific products I was able to check. I don’t believe all of these are actually widely available in stores. Some may only be used in food service:

SalsaIs It Vegan?
Heinz Salsa Sauce & DipVegan
Heinz Tomato SalsaVegan
Heinz Argentinean Style Sweet Tomato Salsa (UK)Vegan
Is Heinz Salsa Vegan?

Is Herdez Salsa Vegan?

Herdez salsa is vegan. None of the seventeen flavors contain meat, dairy, egg, or other animal-derived ingredients.

Here’s the full list of flavors I was able to check:

SalsaIs It Vegan?
HERDEZ Cilantro Lime Salsa CremosaVegan
HERDEZ Chipotle Salsa CremosaVegan
HERDEZ Roasted Poblano Salsa CremosaVegan
HERDEZ Guacamole Salsa MildVegan
HERDEZ Guacamole Salsa MediumVegan
HERDEZ Salsa Casera MildVegan
HERDEZ Salsa Casera MediumVegan
HERDEZ Salsa Casera HotVegan
HERDEZ Salsa Verde MildVegan
HERDEZ Roasted Salsa Verde MediumVegan
HERDEZ Roasted Salsa Roja MediumVegan
HERDEZ Salsa Taquera MediumVegan
HERDEZ Salsa Ranchera MediumVegan
HERDEZ Salsa Mexicana Mild/MediumVegan
HERDEZ Salsa Mexicana Medium/HotVegan
HERDEZ Salsa Piquiña Medium/HotVegan
HERDEZ Salsa Roasted Poblano Medium/HotVegan
Is Herdez Salsa Vegan? (Source)

Is Kirkland Salsa Vegan?

Kirkland salsa is vegan. It doesn’t contain any meat, dairy, egg, or other animal-derived ingredients. If you’re not familiar, Kirkland is a Costco store brand. So you can find this salsa at Costco.

Here’s the full ingredients list:

Kirkland Signature Organic Salsa (Medium) Ingredients: “Organic Tomatoes, Organic Jalapeno Peppers, Organic Onions, Water, Organic Tomato Paste, Organic Cilantro, Organic Sugar, Sea Salt, Organic Vinegar, Organic Cayenne Pepper, Organic Garlic, Organic Cumin.” (source)

Is La Victoria Salsa Vegan?

Lac Victoria salsa is vegan. None of the eighteen flavors contain meat, dairy, egg, or other animal-derived ingredients.

Here’s the full list of flavors I was able to check:

SalsaIs It Vegan?
La Victoria Thick ‘N Chunky Salsa MildVegan
La Victoria Thick ‘N Chunky Salsa MediumVegan
La Victoria Thick ‘N Chunky Salsa HotVegan
La Victoria Thick ‘N Chunky Salsa Verde MildVegan
La Victoria Thick ‘N Chunky Salsa Verde MediumVegan
La Victoria Suprema Salsa MildVegan
La Victoria Suprema Salsa MediumVegan
La Victoria Salsa Roasted Pepper MildVegan
La Victoria Salsa Ranchera HotVegan
La Victoria Salsa Mango Habanero MediumVegan
La Victoria Salsa Verde Fire Roasted MediumVegan
La Victoria Salsa Cilantro MildVegan
La Victoria Salsa Cilantro MediumVegan
La Victoria Salsa Victoria HotVegan
La Victoria Green Salsa Jalapeña Extra HotVegan
La Victoria Red Salsa Jalapeña Extra HotVegan
La Victoria Organic Chunky Salsa MildVegan
La Victoria Organic Chunky Salsa MediumVegan
Is La Victoria Salsa Vegan? (Source)

Is Mrs. Renfro’s Salsa Vegan?

Mrs. Renfro’s salsa is vegan. None of the nineteen flavors contain meat, dairy, egg, or other animal-derived ingredients.

Here’s the full list of flavors I was able to check:

SalsaIs It Vegan?
Mrs. Renfro’s Black Bean SalsaVegan
Mrs. Renfro’s Blackberry Serrano SalsaVegan
Mrs. Renfro’s Carolina Reaper SalsaVegan
Mrs. Renfro’s Chipotle Corn SalsaVegan
Mrs. Renfro’s Craft Beer SalsaVegan
Mrs. Renfro’s Garlic SalsaVegan
Mrs. Renfro’s Ghost Pepper SalsaVegan
Mrs. Renfro’s Green SalsaVegan
Mrs. Renfro’s Habanero SalsaVegan
Mrs. Renfro’s Hot SalsaVegan
Mrs. Renfro’s Mango Habanero SalsaVegan
Mrs. Renfro’s Medium SalsaVegan
Mrs. Renfro’s Mild SalsaVegan
Mrs. Renfro’s Peach SalsaVegan
Mrs. Renfro’s Pineapple SalsaVegan
Mrs. Renfro’s Pumpkin SalsaVegan
Mrs. Renfro’s Raspberry Chipotle SalsaVegan
Mrs. Renfro’s Roasted SalsaVegan
Mrs. Renfro’s Tequila SalsaVegan
Is Mrs. Renfro’s Salsa Vegan? (Source)

Is Newman’s Own Salsa Vegan?

Most flavors of Newman’s Own salsa are vegan. Only the Salsa Con Queso contains dairy and egg ingredients. The other six flavors of Newman’s Own salsa are free of meat, dairy, egg, and other animal ingredients.

Here’s the full list of flavors I was able to check:

SalsaIs It Vegan?
Newman’s Own Black Bean & Corn SalsaVegan
Newman’s Own Mango SalsaVegan
Newman’s Own Medium SalsaVegan
Newman’s Own Mild SalsaVegan
Newman’s Own Peach SalsaVegan
Newman’s Own Pineapple SalsaVegan
Newman’s Own Salsa Con QuesoNo (Milk and Egg)
Is Newman’s Own Salsa Vegan? (Source)

Is Old El Paso Salsa Vegan?

Most flavors of Old El Paso salsa are vegan. Only the Creamy Salsa Verde Sauce contains dairy and egg ingredients. The other four flavors of Old El Paso salsa are free of meat, dairy, egg, and other animal ingredients.

Here’s the full list of flavors I was able to check:

SalsaIs It Vegan?
Old El Paso Salsa Verde (Medium)Vegan
Old El Paso Thick ‘N Chunky Salsa (Hot)Vegan
Old El Paso Thick ‘N Chunky Salsa (Medium)Vegan
Old El Paso Thick ‘N Chunky Salsa (Mild)Vegan
Old El Paso Creamy Salsa Verde SauceNo (Egg Yolk, Whey)
Is Old El Paso Salsa Vegan?

Is Pace Salsa Vegan?

Most flavors of Pace salsa are vegan. Only the Four Chile Pepper Salsa and the Honey Chipotle Salsa contain honey. The other thirteen flavors of Pace salsa are free of meat, dairy, egg, and other animal ingredients.

Here’s the full list of flavors I was able to check:

SalsaIs It Vegan?
Pace Chunky Green Chile SalsaVegan
Pace Chunky Salsa (Mild)Vegan
Pace Chunky Salsa (Medium)Vegan
Pace Chunky Salsa (Hot)Vegan
Pace Fire Roasted Poblano ‘N’ Corn Salsa (Mild)Vegan
Pace Four Chile Pepper Salsa (Medium)No (Contains Honey)
Pace Honey Chipotle Salsa (Medium)No (Contains Honey)
Pace Mango Habanero Salsa (Hot)Vegan
Pace Organic Salsa (Medium)Vegan
Pace Organic Salsa (Mild)Vegan
Pace Peach Mango Jalapeño Salsa (Medium)Vegan
Pace Pineapple Serrano SalsaVegan
Pace Restaurant Style Salsa (Mild Recipe)Vegan
Pace Restaurant Style Salsa (Original Recipe)Vegan
Pace Salsa VerdeVegan
Is Pace Salsa Vegan? (Source)

Is Tesco Salsa Vegan?

Tesco salsa is vegan. Both flavors, Mild and Hot, are free of animal-derived ingredients.

Here’s the full list of flavors I was able to check:

SalsaIs It Vegan?
Tesco Mild Salsa DipVegan
Tesco Hot Salsa DipVegan
Is Tesco Salsa Vegan?

Is Tostitos Salsa Vegan?

Most flavors of Tostitos salsa are vegan. Only the Avocado Salsa contains whey (a dairy ingredient). The other five flavors of Tostitos salsa are free of meat, dairy, egg, and other animal ingredients.

Here’s the full list of flavors I was able to check:

SalsaIs It Vegan?
Tostitos Chunky Salsa (Medium)Vegan
Tostitos Chunky Salsa (Mild)Vegan
Tostitos Restaurant Style Salsa (Medium)Vegan
Tostitos Chunky Habanero Salsa (Hot)Vegan
Tostitos Avocado SalsaNo (Contains Whey [Milk])
Tostitos Salsa VerdeVegan
Is Tostitos Salsa Vegan? (Source)

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