We want Texans and visitors alike to have a well-balanced diet, so of course that means chips and salsa! As the very foundation of the Texans food pyramid (followed by barbeque and Whataburger), salsa is no joke and we hunted down some of the best in the city. We asked our staff for the low down on their favorite salsas in Arlington, and here’s the best of the best:

Cartel Taco Bar

506 E Division Street Suite 150

A new favorite for some, Cartel Taco Bar has a thick salsa perfect for dipping with their homemade style chips. Their red salsa is spicy and has a bold blend of flavors. An order of chips and salsa also comes with their salsa verde – which tastes fresh with a much milder flavor for those who need a break from the heat.

Mercado Juarez

125 E Interstate 20

A staff favorite for several in the office. The buttery tomato flavor is refreshing, zesty and smooth. Even with serrano and jalapeno peppers, the salsa yields a mild to medium mixture that isn’t too hot for sensitive mouths, while still delivering a delightful little kick.

El Gabacho

2408 W Abram Street

The eclectic Tex-Mex restaurant serves their salsa warm with classic thin tortilla chips. For those who shy away from spice, this salsa delivers flavor with a mild heat. When the weather cools, enjoy the evening and your food on their rustic patio.

Los Pastores

704 E Pioneer Pkwy

This cozy, family-owned restaurant prides itself on authentic Mexican food. Their salsa is made from scratch and really packs a punch! They’re open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., so you can stop by on your way to work for breakfast or grab some late-night bites.

Salsa Joe’s Tex-Mex Smokehouse

1700 W. Park Row Ste. 116

Tex-Mex? Smoked meats? Yes, please! Reviewers even say their salsa has a smokey flavor. Perfect pairing with your fajitas and enchiladas. They even have good vegetarian options! Don’t forget to wash it all down with a nice frozen margarita…

What’s your verdict on these salsas? Let us know which ones you’ve tried and who you think belongs on this list!