The Art of Random Willy-Nillyness: Red Gold Tomatoes with Green Chiles Queso Challenge + Giveaway!

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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Red Gold Tomatoes with Green Chiles Queso Challenge + Giveaway!


I was asked to do a taste-test challenge using Red Gold Tomatoes. I was asked to compare the Red Gold   Diced Tomatoes with Green Chilies and another leading brand. You know I am all about food so I said yes.

I do love Red Gold tomatoes. I discovered them in the past year and they have become a staple in my pantry. One reason I love Red Gold is because they are a family owned company.

Here is a little info about Red Gold:  Red Gold has been around since the 1940s focusing on growing local in the Midwest where true seasons impact the flavor of tomatoes. The Midwest, while it's cold in the winter, has the perfect growing season for tomatoes, perfect angle of the sun, perfect temps -- and even the winter is good for tomatoes, as it breaks up the soil for tiny root systems. Red Gold grows its tomatoes in Indiana, Michigan and Ohio.

I really wanted to see if there is a difference in the type of tomatoes one purchases so I agreed to the taste test. I decided to try the Queso Dip recipe from the Red Gold site. I LOVE Queso Dip. It is one of those dishes that is just good. I could eat Queso all day long. Here is the recipe:

Recipe Overview
Servings: 12
Preparation Time: 05 minutes
Cook Time: 05 minutes 
Ingredients
1(10 ounce) can Red Gold® Diced Tomatoes & Green Chilies
1pound (16 ounces) pasteurized prepared cheese product, cubed 
Directions
  • In microwave safe bowl combine the RED GOLD® DICED TOMATOES & GREEN CHILIES and cheese. Microwave on HIGH for 5 minutes or until cheese is melted; stir after 2 minutes.
  • Serving suggestions: Serve with hot bread sticks, tortilla chips or assorted fresh vegetables. Add 1/2 pound ground beef for a variation.


That's how easy Queso is. So it was easy to make two batches using the Red Gold Tomatoes and the Rotel variety of tomatoes. To complete the taste test, I recruited my hubby. I also took the test as well.

We tried the Red Gold Queso first then the Rotel Queso. Here is the verdict:
Hubby: He thought both were delicious. He couldn't decide which was the better one so he continued eating both!  
Me: I tasted both. I felt that the Rotel was good. The Red Gold was good as well. I preferred the Red Gold because the tomatoes were spicier. I also thought the tomatoes were sweeter. The Rotel brand was a little tinny and the green chilies were sharp. The Red Gold tomatoes had a more mellow flavor. Overall, my vote went for the Red Gold. 

There you have. One vote for Red Gold and then hubby not really caring as long as it is Queso. LOL There are brads you discover and then stick with them. I am lucky that Red Gold is a brand found in North Carolina.

I also have a treat for one lucky reader. I have a gift pack of Red Gold Tomatoes to giveaway. The pack will include several varieties of the Red Gold line. I especially like the Diced Tomatoes with Basil, Garlic and Oregano. And I am now a huge fan of their Tuttorosso Tomatoes. So if you want to win, just enter on the Rafflecopter widget below!

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Disclosure: I received a sample product for review purposes. No other compensation was given and the opinions in this post are solely mine and are based on my experience with the product. Sponsors are responsible for shipping prizes unless otherwise stated. Please allow 6-8 weeks for delivery of any prizes.

77 comments:

  1. I would cook a chili!
    ( d schmidt in widget)

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  2. This time of year I might make a Taco Soup---yum! I might make enchiladas any time. Oh and maybe King Ranch Casserole.
    bethelderton59 at gmail dot com

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  3. I would make my world famous (formerly) Ro*tel Meatloaf

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  4. I make spaghetti sauce with tomatos. Thanks for the giveaway. Happy Holidays!
    mtakala1 AT yahoo DOT com

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  5. I would make my stuffed tomato recipe

    my4boysand1@gmail.com

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  6. I would use them to make marinara sauce!

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  7. i would make a soup

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  8. I would make Chili.

    janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

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  9. I tweeted!

    https://twitter.com/MaryGallardo7/status/281176775013314560

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  10. I love Red Gold brand and use them all the time. I make soups, sauces,and chili with them. Delicious!

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  11. I'd make a batch of my slow cooker chili!

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  12. I would love make baked macaroni and cheese with the Red Gold Diced Tomatoes with Green Chilies.

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  13. Lentil tomato soup
    seyma_bennett@hotmail.com

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  14. I'd put them in my chili. Thanks.
    partymix25(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  15. I use so many tomatoes that they would end up everywhere! Spanish Rice, Chop Suey, tomato bisque, and tomato scallop for starters! Thanks
    hondaray6 at hotmail dot com

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  16. We use a LOT of tomatoes! That is one thing for sure.. I would cook some Jambalya with them! Among hundreds of other good dishes... Tomatoe are such a good thing, aren't they?

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  17. I love Red Gold Tomatoes. Hope I can win this.
    gardencourt.jenks@gmail.com

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  18. I would cook paella with this.
    Julie B. icedmorrison@aol.com

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  19. I would make chili.

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  20. Pasta and homemade tomato sauce

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  21. vegetarian chili. Yum.

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  22. natalie rose machowskiDecember 19, 2012 at 10:19 PM

    Id use them in a big pot of chili

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  23. I love Red Gold tomatoes. I put them in everything, and in the winter (and spring and fall and anytime my garden isn't producing), when fresh tomatoes are not good, we use them on tacos and in salads.

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  24. I'd make chili!

    Thanks,

    selinda_mccumbers at yahoo.com

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  25. I would try them in my spanish rice. dwelchert@yahoo.com

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  26. Cheesy beef enchiladas.
    magickalblessings26{at}gmail.com

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  27. A big pot of chili.

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  28. I love making homemade sauce with the tomatoes in the winter. Nothing smells better than a big pot of sauce simmering all day. LKVOYER at aol dot com

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  29. I would use them in Chili! thanks for the great giveaway!

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  30. I would love to make nachos! or tomatoe soup!
    -Lynn

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  31. I would make some spagetti & meatballs

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  32. michelle gilliland mcafeeDecember 26, 2012 at 2:01 AM

    lasagna

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  33. i would make the queso dip for a football party! thanks

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  34. today snowy and cold so chili is on the menue

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  35. Chili, s'ghetti, enchiladas, etc., etc., etc...

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  36. Chili! I use this recipe - it is amazing! http://allrecipes.com/recipe/fantastic-black-bean-chili/detail.aspx?event8=1&prop24=SR_Title&e11=turkey%20chili&e8=Quick%20Search&event10=1&e7=Recipe%20List

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  37. A big pot of chili and a big pot of spaghetti sauce!

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  38. I'd put them in my spaghetti sauce!

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  39. I would make a huge pot of chili and invite the family over!

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  40. I'd make Spanish Rice

    Wanda McHenry
    wbailey113 at hotmail dot com

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  41. I would make sweet and spicy tomato soup
    Thank you for hosting this giveaway

    Louis
    pumuckler {at} gmail {dot} com

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  42. With the Red Gold Tomato products I would make my delicious pasta dishes, chilli, soups, and great dips !

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  43. Some homemade chili for these cold winter days!

    coriwestphal at msn dot com

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  44. I would love to make some lasagna for the family

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  45. I would use them for pasta, chili, and soup. Thanks!

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  46. We like to combine tomatoes with ground turkey, kidney beans and pasta.

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  47. Taco Soup.

    wendym at cableone dot net

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  48. The first thing I think to make are Enchiladas!

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  49. I put Ro-tel in my chili, spaghetti sauce and meatloaf...yummy!!!!

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  50. I'd probably use them in a pasta dish

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  51. We'd probably make some type of curry with it.
    Michelle Tucker

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  52. I'd like to make some Bacon and Tomato Cheddar Dip! tylerpants(at)gmail.com

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  53. I'd make the Potato & Tomato Casserole

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