Here's What To Grab Instead Of Trader Joe's Beloved Discontinued Island Salsa

mango pepper salsa
mango pepper salsa - Ravsky/Shutterstock

From the San Francisco sourdough to the wasabi mayo, it can be hard to accept when Trader Joe's discontinues something. The beloved Island Salsa hasn't been since 2022, but people are still talking about it. The $3 salsa delivered tropical flavors with pineapples, mango, and red peppers. It was good enough to dip your chips in or throw into your slow cooker for a quick weeknight dinner. While you should never give up hope — there have been a few occasions where the grocer has brought items back  — you have to remember: When one item is taken off the shelf, it only makes room for something new that you can grab instead. In this instance, that something is the Corn and Chili Tomato-less Salsa.

Described by Trader Joe's as corny "in a good way," this salsa might not deliver all the same island flavors as its predecessor, but the two do have a few things in common. For one, it's tomato-less — something many people appreciated about the Island Salsa. It's also relatively chunky, pairing the same chopped red bell peppers used in the discontinued Island Salsa with lots of sweet corn, onions, and jalapeño for just the right amount of kick. Even without the fruit, this salsa carries the same sweetness thanks to the sweet corn base, only it's balanced out by the spice from the jalapeño peppers. It might not be an exact swap, but it can be adapted and used in a lot of the same ways.

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Rebound With Trader Joe's Corn And Chili Tomato-Less Salsa

Trader Joe's Corn and Chili salsa
Trader Joe's Corn and Chili salsa - Trader Joe's

Like any breakup, there are periods of grievance you might experience after Trader Joe's takes your favorite item away from you: Denial, anger, bargaining (AKA searching the internet for resellers), depression, and, finally, acceptance. While it's been years since the mango salsa was discontinued, you won't be ready to rebound until you've made your way through each — at which time the Corn and Chili Tomato-less Salsa will be there, waiting for you to grab it instead.

Being a salsa, one of the more obvious ways to use the Corn and Chili Tomato-less Salsa is as a dip or condiment. It pairs naturally with any of your favorite Mexican dishes, your California breakfast burritos, and your morning eggs — bringing them that nice touch of sweet heat. However, it can easily be dumped into your slow cooker with your choice of protein in the morning. Tossed with more onions and peppers — or possibly even some pineapple and mangos if you really want to bring back those sunny flavors — you can leave your dinner to cook low and slow. In about six hours, it'll be ready to serve, either over rice or in tacos.

While slightly different, Trader Joe's Corn and Chili Tomato-less salsa offers you something new to appreciate with your go-to meals. But not until you're ready, of course.

Read the original article on Tasting Table.