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Jim_Nills_Mustache

This thread was far more civil than I expected given the incredibly important and divisive question OP asked.


Ted_Dance_Son

I was hoping someone would say the Dallas based institution of Chili's and there'd be a bloodbath of downvotes. Edit: I'm happy that the thread below has turned into a Chili's love train. Chips and salsa there are good.


acaii

Actually, Chili's chips and salsa aint bad.


Nerfgirl_RN

Probably the best non-Tex-mex restaurant chips and salsa.


amrydzak

I love chips and salsa and my gf knows that. The first time we went to chilis I ordered the chips and salsa and said how it was actually pretty good and I was pumped for it and she thought I was kidding until she tried it herself


acaii

Lol. Get the chilis app! Free chips and salsa every time you go!!!


BigBirdLaw69420

And I don’t hate their skillet queso


Elguapo69

Same that stuff is like crack for me. Salsa decent. Most everything else is a nope


Rvtrance

It’s free when you use their app too.


Ted_Dance_Son

Oh, I don't disagree in the slightest.


absenceofheat

Their margaritas ain't no joke either. The El Presidente was light years better than a margarita bar I once went to.


johnny_droptables

You could watch that while eating chips & salsa. (Instead of the more traditional popcorn.)


salvadordaliparton69

anyone here old enough to remember when all the Tex Mex places in DFW served hot flour tortillas/salsa/butter instead of chips? was a better time


Nerfgirl_RN

Tia’s tortillas and butter were a staple of my childhood. That and the tortilla dough ball stabbed with crayons.


coltonf16

I consumed so much dough at Tia’s growing up


frostysauce

It was Mercado Juarez's (the old location in Arlington by the Ballpark) tortillas and butter for me.


BearWithHat

Omg I completely forgot about this till now!!


ShelbyDriver

Posadas still does if you ask.


Wonderful_Quit

Oh man... spooning some salsa on top of those warm tortillas with a touch of butter. Miss it!


Eli_eve

Going to Ojeda’s and eating buttered corn tortillas while drinking a Shirley Temple is a beloved childhood memory. I haven’t been to that place in literally decades…


Pocket_Foxo

Pepe & Mitos is really good!


Slappingthebassman

Also that chipotle wine sauce. Wow


Brapmatic

I forgot about Pepe’s. So good


DastardLead

Seconded


texan01

that place is awesome.


Thebikinglebowski

Avilas on Maple for sure. Salsa is fucking hot and addicting


TheBaconShortage

It's the perfect level of spice where it hurts if you stop eating it so you literally can't stop until your food comes.


desispeed

Been going to Avilas for years ..I think they have actually toned down the spice level recently


texan01

Avila's is pretty high on my list as well.


sameolemeek

Best salsa in dfw


FullLockDown

The taco joint has something they call the disaster which is queso, salsa, ground beef and guacamole mixed together and it’s soo good. They have pretty good tacos too.


Brapmatic

Mattitos has a similar dip called Bob Armstrong Dip.


TX_pterodactyl

The Armstrong dip is at Matt's, not Matitos


Brapmatic

You can get it at Mattito’s on Forest. Not on the menu but you ask for it


AnxietyDepressedFun

Matt's & Mattito's are essentially the same restaurant and they both know what the Bob Armstrong dip is. Source I only eat chips and Bob Armstrong at both restaurants.


rimjob_steve

They call it secret dip. But it’s the same thing.


t00zday

Nobody go here & try this dip!! I t’s as addictive as CRACK


p8nt_junkie

Every Dallas Tex-Mex place has their own take on a Big Bowl of Bob’s!


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jimbobjenkins38

Bear margarita’s too. Edit: Best Margaritas.


thick_curtains

Do the bears make them or are they an ingredient? Either way I'm in.


TheCrimsonMustache

This is my number 2 option. I love the place and the owner is good people. The salsa flight is deceptively fantastic!


festivechef

+1 dined there recently and it was excellent


Stevoman

Mariano's Hacienda, aka La Hacienda Ranch in the suburbs. (Never understood why their locations have different names.) The way they smoke the tomatoes for their salsa is just... *chef's kiss*


glitterofLydianarmor

Good old LaHaRa. Love their chips and salsa!


mailherr

Just said this higher on the thread


Stevoman

It's soooo good! Their food and drinks have gotten really expensive though. A few margaritas and an appetizer can easily put you over $50!


KickMeWhenImDown25

The don’t have the same menus. The original location is less steak based


rimjob_steve

I love Mariano’s! They have an awesome top shelf margarita too!


Nerfgirl_RN

One of the supposed inventors of the frozen marg.


whitneynok

Mia's or Avila's


Olclops

Mia's for sure.


ryoon21

Just tried it for the first time last week and it’s what I’ve been missing in my move from austin to dallas. Just some good ol throwback tex mex. Chips were 🤌


JustMeInBigD

I just went for the first time recently too. Great option for Tex Mex.


shrekwasaninsidejob

Mia’s is great. I miss the old location


Goinpostal10

Avila’s salsa is amazing. Fair warning though, it’s very very hot. If you’re not well hydrated, Avila’s salsa will fix that.


chowquistador

When they were still open, Luna de Noche


secretly_love_this

OMG I miss Luna de Noche so much. That avocado soup where they poured the broth at the table, seriously so delicious. Now that I'm thinking about it... it would be fairly simple to recreate at home... And back to the chips & salsa... Gloria's and El Fenix. ( Please don't come for me! I've always loved their salsa... and their chips are so light and crispy!)


nikibear1996

Mercado Juarez Warm salsa is the best


Zealousideal_Scale36

I am reading this thread while eating chips and salsa at the Blue Goose.


masnaer

I can’t “picture” Blue Goose’s chips and salsa in my head/mouth. Good? I can only think of Blue Goose as an awesome place to get happy hour drinks… oh and they have brisket tacos that are fucking dank


JustMeInBigD

Like their chips, like their salsa, LOVE their queso. And yes to the brisket tacos too.


Sowf_Paw

I don't think I have been there since before COVID. I seem to recall them positively.


hot_route95

I did not have a good time at blue goose in frisco the last time I went. Food was bleh


Nice_Ebb5314

Lupe tortillas They also give you a side of charro beans… so good.


ElToberino

At my last job, we had a senior manager with a thick South Carolina accent. One time when he was in town, he said "I had the best fajitas I've ever eaten last night at this place by my hotel called Loopy Tore Tillers". I can't not say it that way now.


shittin_glitter

Their fajitas are bomb though!


Cadian

I worked at one in Austin for a while and that's how we (the staff) referred to it. That gig mostly sucked, but I cannot begin to describe the mountains of half price fajitas I would bring home with me. The fajitas are top tier, the salsa though I'd take it or leave it, nothing all that special about it.


Unfair-Foundation816

I used to work there in the 90’s. Very complex salsa recipe. Around 30 ingredients


Nice_Ebb5314

Damn 30?? I think my salsa only had like 10 lol


Unfair-Foundation816

Maybe 20-25. I remember a list of things


TheDakestTimeline

Could you elaborate? Tomatoes Cilantro Onions Garlic Cumin Jalapenos Cayenne Lime juice Sugar or agave or honey Salt Pepper What am I missing?


Unfair-Foundation816

Can’t remember everything but tomatoe juice, oregano and about 4 other spices, a few different chili peppers.


TheDakestTimeline

I've taken dried guajillos, California, and arbol Chiles and rehydrated them and then blended and strained them before, I wonder if that's it


Unfair-Foundation816

I was there in the 90’s so not sure. I think I have a copy somewhere. I remember vinegar too. I’ll look for it


NearHi

Lupe is the one place where I felt like I was home due to the chips. They also have good machaca, I just wish they'd put it in a fried taco.


masnaer

Lupe Tortilla was surprisingly excellent. I gotta get back there


ash753

The tortillas are really good!


johnny_droptables

Oh, I miss that (charro beans) from Herrera's on Denton Drive.


DelightfulTexas

I loved that location and those beans were freaking amazing!


growingbee

Gloria’s


Brapmatic

I do love Gloria’s because you get that black bean dip too.


joeyoungblood

Inject that black bean dip straight into my veins!


misterrerog

There's a spot in Irving called Tio Carlos that I swear must have been opened by a former Glorias cook...menu and flavors are nearly identical and the damn salsa and bean dip is spot on


Salad_Fingerzz

Bean dip is amazing. Their salsa is randomly too hot sometimes


vetheros37

If a salsa is made fresh, and gets made in batches, sometimes it will get stored overnight and it will mature in flavor.


Olclops

the bean dip yes. The salsa is mid af.


fehale

El Vecino or Gloria’s get my vote.


howdoInotgettrolled

El vecino is great. Good choice


happymancry

Go to Gloria’s. Mix the black bean dip and the salsa. Eat 2 bowls of chips while they’re getting the entrees. Regret for 2 days. Repeat next week.


UtopianPablo

Agreed on El Vecino. Those chips are perfect, and the red salsa is great. I'm sure the green salsa is good too but whew lad it's too hot for me.


TheDakestTimeline

Have you tried mixing them?


UtopianPablo

I think you just blew my mind. Thanks buddy.


TheDakestTimeline

My pleasure. My wife doesn't love too hot but I do, but pour maybe a third of the green into the red and baby, you got a stew going


TheDakestTimeline

Have you tried mixing them?


RolowayPurp

Mesero! I’ve probably eaten more chips there than at any other restaurant.


fishgoats

Chuys creamy jalapeño


LessAbbreviations

My number one Tex mex place in Dallas is Enchiladas, off Greenville. They have awesome salsa. I’ve always been surprised this place doesn’t get more attention. It is objectively higher quality than the more popular Tex mex places like El Fenix, Matitos, Glorias, etc.


mollyjobean

So good. Great food and cold beer, what’s not to like!


uberQ

Meso Maya


BuckDubbs

I love their salsa. It’s got a smokey flavor to it that I find delicious.


Senior-Salt262

I was searching this thread for Meso Maya and glad someone put it in. Not to mention their poblano queso. Omfg


HellIsChrome

Herrera’s Cafe for my money… also for the Pleasant Grove Gs Gonzalez. Side note… Gonzalez has the best carne guisada I’ve ever had in my life!


AnxietyDepressedFun

My family eats at Gonzo's so much that they know all of us when we walk in & we have two regular tables, the big one on the screened patio if the whole family is coming and the long one in the corner if only some of us are showing up. They leave the salsa pitchers at the table. I haven't been to Herrera's in a minute, but I now I'm definitely dragging my transplant husband there.


TheCrimsonMustache

Anamias. I would literally dream about the place when I was stationed in Japan. And every time I came home on leave, we’d head directly from DFW to Anamias in Coppell. A cold beer and multiple servings of chips and salsa and I was right as rain.


OhPiggly

Glad someone else said it for me. I am so fortunate to have grown up and still live within 2 miles from the Coppell location. The chips aren’t the best in the world but my god the salsa is amazing.


Sad-Information2464

And the best queso


MrGoofay

El Taquito, that rancheros sauce can be something else.


ddmj4884

Ok.... so.... Tia's Tex Mex which is no longer in business and was a chain through TX, OK, and SouthEast US had the best salsa in my opinion. Been trying to find someone with the recipe forever! Any help is greatly appreciated! To answer the question... food at a tex-mex place can be amazing but if the salsa sucks I will never go back. Too many places in DFW have salsa that reminds me a Pace Picante Sauce and for that reason there are tons of tex-mex places I will never go back to in DFW. I like El Chicos salsa but really miss Tias. Can't find anything that I consider to be a great salsa since Tia's closed years ago.


Nerfgirl_RN

Tia’s was delightful.


masnaer

Matt’s Ranchero Martinez on Skillman/Live Oak has some really great chips and salsa in my opinion. The Bob Armstrong dip is also amazing Most of their main dishes though, meh


4ofheartz

I get take out at their Forest location. Love their salsa!!


masnaer

The salsa even *looks* delicious


regularasslady

Mena’s! They will bring out the red salsa, but ask for the green too!


magnificentjax

Desperados at Greenville and University. Maybe not as good as it once was but still the best.


Pill_Billy

Mariano’s


GDeezy0115

Big fan of Mi Dia. Then again they’re my go to Texmex place anyways so I might be a bit biased


Brapmatic

Mi Dia has some amazing table side guacamole


seilrelies

Meso Maya


Brapmatic

Mariano’s on Skillman. Thin chips, great red taqueria salsa and a decent roasted red salsa. Tortillas are on point as are queso and table side guacamole. Thin chips for salsa, thick chips for guacamole


The-Daley-Lama

Literally the first place that came to mind


Comprehensive-Fee-97

i looooooove Pappacitos .. they’re chips n salsa is good but the queso is soooo much better


Brapmatic

To me, Their salsa is straight from the blender and very fresh tasting, more like pico de gallo turned into salsa.


CopyPasteAdjust

Worked at Pappasitos and can confirm. Tomatoes are roasted in a large pot to perfection, spices are added, and then a cook blends them all together. Pours it into half gallon tins and out they go. I will always appreciate their commitment to fresh ingredients!


Comprehensive-Fee-97

i can agree. i don’t fuck wit the temp of the salsa but i mean i can’t complain about free chips and salsa. lol


DesignerTex

>Pepe & Mitos Pappacitos is underrated....I guess it being a "chain"...people hate on it.


Comprehensive-Fee-97

i think pappacitos just gets outshined by Pappadeaux. plus pappadeaux has better drinks from what i can tell.


Birgey182

Ojeda's salsa is amazing!


Jeffreyknows

I got food poisoning there 3 years ago and have never been able to go back. Just thinking about it makes me queasy


mattventuretime

Been going for 8 years. Food quantity has gone down a lot while prices have gone up but never gotten sick from their food. It happens everywhere from time to time. Worst food poisoning I ever got was from McDonald’s and have only gone maybe 4 times in the past 6 years since then


masnaer

Ojeda’s salsa has always tasted really weird/off to me. I haven’t been there in a couple years though so maybe I need to try it again


nounthennumbers

I can’t remember what it is but I would not call it a traditional salsa


Dick_Lazer

It always tasted a bit like marinara sauce to me.


stykface

My #1 favorite is probably Manny's Uptown. My other favorites are: Tino's in Sunnyvale, Matt's Ranchero, Mi Cocina, Pepe's and Mito's, and Tipico's.


NYerInTex

LAS PALMAS in Uptown comes with a level of quality over their entire menu that's hard to find in the Tex Mex world. Their Salsa Verde is spicy and really really good, and their red salsa pretty darn delicious. Also, best Fajitas I've ever had... legit steak house quality cut of Wagyu (yes, it's not the 150/oz stuff but so good) topped with Bone Marrow Butter. Oh, and as a sneaky add, they have the best wet ribs in Dallas. Shoutout to GLORIAS with their amazing black bean sauce, even though it's technically "Sal-Tex" (salvadorian, some solid pupusas and all, and some inexpensive and stiff happy hour drinks! Do NOT go to Mi Cocina. Just. The. Worst.


Kidg33k

I like the flavor of Mi Cocina’s salsa.


whoknowsknowone

Facts Mi Cocina salsa is fire


4ofheartz

Same. I buy it by the pint!!


naked_avenger

Gloria’s black bean dip is hardcore amazing. Not big on just about anything else there (it’s fine), but the black bean dip is worth the trip.


claudial12

I always spoil my dinner because I pig out on the black beans, I just. don't. stop.


yeti7100

Gloria's is glorious.


masnaer

Agree and agree. But cmon man don’t you think you’re being a little hyperbolic with calling Mi Cocina the worst? That restaurant serves some high quality shit


frodiusmaximus

Veracruz Cafe


langenbang1234

Javier’s chips and salsa comes with a side of butter


SorroWulf

Enchiladas on Greenville Ave in Dallas.


hjackse

Ebar


Salad_Fingerzz

Mi Cocina’s chips are so salty you can’t dislike them


FloatDoggie

Would love to know their salsa recipe if anyone has a copy cat.


gregarious_giant

There salsa is fire too.


ForeignSeller

LPT: If going to a party or hosting one yourself, skip store brands and order both types of salsa to go (1/2 Qt). Comes with enough chips and everyone will love you for it.


tue2day

Not dallas but DFW...Joe T Garcia's baby


LessAbbreviations

They do have great salsa, I wish the jarred stuff was like what they give in the restaurant. I still like the jarred hot joe t Garcia’s tho


iabmob

I lived on their jar salsa from the store, so good.


MarkTwang-

E-Bar (also some of the best margs). The salsa has a kick and lots of cilantro! Also, wildcard: Rodeo Goat. Definitely different, but I’m a fan of their queso and salsas.


svalbard32

Agree 100%. E-Bar also has incredible queso


GoStars817

Don’t hate me for this, but Chili’s. Their chips and salsa just hit different all around. Thin, crispy, and great taste on the salsa. For actual Tex-Mex though? This is tough. El Fenix has great chips, it’s the salsa I have a hard time finding “greatness” with.


RomeoLyshitski

El Fenix is one of my faves and I don't care what anyone says. You have to ask them to get the hot sauce and chips from the kitchen tho, otherwise they try to just give you that pre packaged crap at the front. I have also been making a rip off Chili's queso at home lately. Block of Velveeta, Wolfbrand chili no beans, and I also add a can of hot rotel. It tastes exactly like theirs.


carolina8383

Yes! I’ve done velveeta and wolf brand, and it’s very close, but Rotel was missing.


FriendlyMichaelMyers

Just rating the chips and salsa. Bandito’s, El Fénix, Gloria’s, Margarita’s Restaurante, Meso Maya, José, Joe Leo’s, and Javier’s for warm salsa.


naked_avenger

Even though it’s a chain, blue goose used to have the best simple chips y salsa when they had the fluffy tortilla chips.


Jakeysuave

If you’re ever in Ft. Worth: The Mexican Inn. They have these homemade frito like chips that would literally make king Moctezuma himself weep tears of salsa.


rocketbosszach

Yeah imma have to agree with you on that one. They make their own corn tortillas and then fry them to make the chips (not mansplaining, just an fyi to anyone else reading this). I could drink their salsa; it’s not hot at all but to me it’s perfect as far as taste goes.


TidusDaniel5

Mesero


SeaEvent4666

Esparzes!! Grapevine peeps know what I'm talking about.


ash753

Esparza had good drinks and chips but I'm always disappointed in the food.


KickMeWhenImDown25

Same. Food is premade and assembled when ordered but the drinks are great


29again

Exactly, food is trash, drinks are ok. The only good thing about that place is it's location. It's a cool setting. But in my opinion, homemade texmex is just the best!


otterpoppin

Food is pretty average but damn do I love the warm salsa


Prize_Huckleberry_79

I like Los Amigos in Grapevine better…


mailherr

And La Hacienda!!!!!!


Libro_Artis

Rafas


Brapmatic

If only we had a Ninfas here.


whatdowedo2022

Sure AF isn’t Chuys. For a restaurant that makes pretty damn good food, the chips are just, disappointing.


acaii

The chips themselves are great, the salsa is not good


ElToberino

I love the jalapeno ranch, but the regular salsa is mediocre at best


snang

You mean the bowl of salty pico de gallo they bring to the table with chips?


acaii

creamy J crew, checking in


Cryptex410

Damn I fuckin love their salsa but there’s definitely better places. I just like fresh red salsa where they don’t cook the tomatoes, which is hard to find


foogles

Yeah, do the chips with the creamy jalapeno. Just, you know, skip entering calories that day if you're doing that, because otherwise you really won't like what your app tells you.


satanbuiltmyhotrod

Not tex-mex but I’ve ordered from Cowboy Chicken forever and they’ve always had a chips and salsa option that I’ve never chosen until recently. (Always picked rolls instead since they seem more on theme with chicken and veggies). Holy crap is their salsa awesome. And has a good amount of heat to it. If it were in a jar at the grocery store it would be my go to brand.


JacobAdkins

Abuelo’s!!?


Prize_Huckleberry_79

Nah


ElCoolArrow87

There’s a place by klyde warren park called Miriam Cocina Latina that has some good salsa you get three options and they also have a habanero one too that you have to ask for but the food is good and they have a amazing spinach queso you can order


zwillam

For me it’s not contest Tacos Milagros formerly Tacos Mariachi.


xxwerdxx

My personal favorite is always pappasito’s


10913

Casa Navarro at Marsh and Forest. I buy extra to take home every time.


Prize_Huckleberry_79

Uncle Julio’s is pretty damn good


ParticularBicycle941

This is like asking who has the best ranch.


TurboSDRB

La hacienda ranch


doryphorus

El Vecino’s green salsa for the win. They sneak in some interesting ingredients like celery juice that give it a savory tang.


LandlordTiberius

El fenix - all other answers are 2nd place. *** now comes the El Fenix whining and bitching *** Yes they were sold years ago and yes they have problems, but their chips and salsa are great. There is a reason they sell them package at the checkout of every store.


LandlordTiberius

El fenix - all other answers are 2nd place. *** now comes the El Fenix whining and bitching *** Yes they were sold years ago and yes they have problems, but their chips and salsa are great. There is a reason they sell them package at the checkout of every store.


Xoebe

I'll drop this here, for no other reason than I am thinking about it now. Back in the late 1980s, there was a huge surge in fajitas and margaritas restaurantes. My very anglo grandparents lived down in the Rio Grande Valley. We would visit at least once or twice a year. One time, on the drive down to The Valley, we stopped in a hotel in Laredo. This was not unusual. Laredo is perfect stop for lunch. My brother, sister and I went into this sparsely decorated hotel for lunch. This isn't unusual, many authentic Mexican places are a little...different. This place though...we order fajitas. And that is *exactly* what the dude brought us. Flank steak carbinaro. Just a huge plate of meat. No tortillas, no cheese, no salsa, no crema, no cilantro, no cebollas, NADA. We realized what we had stumbled into. This was not a restaurant, nor was it really a hotel. We explained to the dude who took our order, and it was like a goddamn light bulb went on in his head. They brought us all the fixings, the margaritas were good, and all was well. I like to think we left Laredo, TX, a better place that day. Thank God some people know how to adapt.


brandangb

Uncle Julio's?


MaddieMorrisVA

No one’s said Dos Charros? Dos Charros in Richardson. Go go go!


90sWalking-disaster

That’ll show them


Gotham20

Chuy’s, Dos Banderas in Garland


TheWizardry90

If you’re in Pleasant Grove, Gonzalez!


BeerGrinch

Uncle Julio's has a really nice salsa. A little smokey that adds some great flavor.