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Hot, mild and everything in between in Eagle

Sarah Mausolf
Eagle, CO Colorado

EAGLE, Colorado – The secret to making a popular salsa is keeping it simple.

So said Annie Egan, the organizer of Saturday’s salsa competition in Eagle.

“The key to winning the contest is really having a good basic recipe,” she said. “When you start getting fancy with ingredients, they’re good but they’re not good for everyone.”

Appealing to everyone will be important for the contestants who show off their salsa-making skills. It’s a people’s choice contest, so members of the public will pick the winner.

If you go, you’ll get 2-ounce plastic containers each with a dollop of salsa, plus tortilla chips for dipping. You cast your votes on a paper ballot. There are three categories: professional, amateur and hot.

“A lot of people don’t like hot, so we thought we’d have the hot category be all-encompassing for amateurs and professionals because some people won’t even taste the hot ones,” Egan said.

Salsas must be homemade within the past 72 hours. For the whole list of rules, competitors should check out the contestant handbook online.

The winner of the professional category gets a plaque to hang in the restaurant. Prizes for the amateurs and hot categories had yet to be determined by deadline.

Of course, bragging rights are the main prize.

Last year, Blu’s Restaurant in Vail won the professional category, Brush Creek Saloon in Eagle scored best hot salsa and Eagle resident Susie Kincade topped the amateurs.

In the past, people have entered everything from pineapple or mango salsas to a recipe with basil, Egan said.

When it comes to picking a winner, though, it really boils down to personal preference, said Glenda Wentworth, an organizer for the salsa competition.

“I’ve seen some fruit salsas that are pretty good,” she said. “Personally I like the fresh salsas, so it just depends on a person’s preference.”

What: Salsa competition

When: Saturday; Contestants should bring their salsas to the Eagle River Center between 2 and 4 p.m.; The people’s choice tasting begins at 4 p.m.

Where: Eagle River Center in the exhibition area

Cost: free

More information: 970-328-6825 or

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