Monday, Labor Day, my family gathered together to celebrate the holiday and I had a fiesta. This was the first time we were all together for a while and I was happy as a clam cooking away in my kitchen. I was glad to be home after traveling Friday – Sunday. For my fiesta I served tacos using Mrs. Renfro’s mild salsa, along with my sister’s recipe for chicken enchiladas, and I created a dip using Mrs. Renfro’s peach salsa and I must say it was quite tasty! I received the wonderful jars of Mrs. Renfro’s salsa to try and review. Dessert to wrap up the meal was decadent Texas cake!
The dip was a first for me. My friend Annie Jansen told me about it. It was a combination of a layer of refried beans, next came sour cream then the topping was Mrs. Renfro’s peach salsa. The flavor was mild and rich. We used tortilla chips to scoop up the dip. For the Ladages, it was a big hit. My daughter and son-in-law would to try some of Mrs. Renfro’s hotter salsa’s because they both like to spice up their food while we like ours a bit on the milder side. So for those with a hotter palate, this same recipe could be spiced up with one of Mrs. Renfro’s hotter salsas!
Mrs. Renfro’s mild salsa was the perfect blend for the tacos and a great addition for anyone that wanted to add some more flavor to the chicken enchiladas as well.
I love reviewing products in part because I love the stories behind the products. Mrs. Renfor’s started out in 1940, when George Renfro quit his job selling restaurant supplies and condiments. he and his wife, Arthurine, co-founded George Renfro Food Company in the garage of their north Fort Worth home. They started out distributing packaged spices and pepper sauces throughout Fort Worth and the surrounding areas.
The website shares, “With hard work, George Renfro Food Company grew steadily. By 1948, the Renfros expanded the company’s product line, buying a local syrup manufacturer. Through the tireless efforts of George, his family and a small sales staff that literally sold goods from the back of a truck, the company’s Dixieland Syrups soon had wide distribution throughout Texas grocery stores. Virtually every Dallas-Fort Worth restaurant purchased the syrup from George Renfro Food Company, approximately 85% of the restaurants in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex.Only four short years after adding syrup to its manufacturing line, George was again looking for his next quality product. This time George and Arthurine acquired the formulas of Gold Star Foods. They reworked the ingredients, making them taste more like family recipes. Before long, George Renfro Food Company had entered the jelly, preserve, vinegar and chow chow business as well.”
The story goes on that they expanded adding vegetables and spices and during the summer created their own corn relish and tomato relish and in 1972 incorporated under their own name Renfro foods expanding into to wave of interest in Mexican foods. They had purchased the rights to Ole Foods and expanded the recipe and they began making sauces and salsas.
I could go on and on about the expansive type of salsas they make and the awards they have won, but the best thing to do is to try it for yourself. There is literally a salsa or sauce for your taste. When I heard the peach salsa, I was hooked. I have to admit, I may have to get the Pomegranate or Pineapple next! For those that like it really, really hot, they even have a ghost pepper salsa! To find out more about the salsa, log onto https://www.renfrofoods.com/.
As far as our fiesta, we ate enough that afterwards, we all needed a siesta! It was great fun getting together as a family and celebrating American Industry and hard work. Mrs. Renfro is one example of US ingenuity and it fit perfectly into our celebration and will fit perfectly into yours as well!