Salsa With A Story


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Our Farmer's Market Crates make a great gift for coworkers, colleagues, gift-exchanges, or for any do-gooder in your life.

Each handmade crate brings together our mission to provide delicious salsa for our customers, fresh water for people in need, and learning opportunities for our immediate community. 

Our collection of fire-roasted, natural salsa comes in a handmade crate which is built by residents of the St. Peter Regional Treatment Center who live with cognitive disabilities. 

Farmer's Market Crates can be purchased individually or in bulk - either way, your gift is sure to impress!

Recipients of Doc E's first well in northern Ethiopia pump freshwater for the first time.

Recipients of Doc E's first well in northern Ethiopia pump freshwater for the first time.

Our Story

It all began when an economics professor handed over his salsa recipe to his students. Paul "Doc E" Estenson wanted to create a real-life learning opportunity for his students at Gustavus Adolphus College, and his students in the Gustavus Social Entrepreneurs club wanted a project that would create real change.

This is how Doc E's Life Changing Salsa started. It's name is true for two reasons: after trying Doc E's, your taste for salsa will never be the same. After buying a jar, you bring us closer to building freshwater wells for communities in need in developing countries.

Back at home in Minnesota, we provide work opportunities for those who need to gain experience, income, or both. 

At Doc E's Life Changing Salsa, we believe that businesses don't have to operate business-as-usual. By providing a delicious salsa, we have the opportunity to provide delicious,  clean and life-changing water for those who need it. 


Our Flavors

...We dare you not to lick the screen.

Our salsa is made from high-quality, all-natural ingredients and is fire-roasted to bring out the natural sweetness of every morsel of tomato, peppers, and spices that makes our salsa so... life-changing. 

Mild, medium or hot - we've got it.   


Roasted Tomato & Black Bean

Try our Roasted Tomato & Black Bean for a smooth, eat-all-day salsa that is mild yet flavorful.


Roasted Corn & Chipotle Pepper

Kick it up a notch with the Roasted Corn & Chipotle Pepper and enjoy how the heat of the chipotle is counteracted by the sweetness of the corn.


Roasted Serrano & Ripe Olive

Last but not least, wake up your tastebuds with our Roasted Serrano & Ripe Olive and see why the two make such a tasty pair.


       MINNEAPOLIS, MN      

Lund's & Byerly's:
St. Louis Park
Maple Grove
Prior Lake  

                                Oak Park Heights




HyVee - Riverfront
HyVee - Adams Street
Mankato Brewery


Family Fresh Market
St. Peter Food Co-op
The Cheese and Pie Mongers
Gustavus Market Place




Life changing taste,
Life changing cause



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Contact Us

For inquiries about our salsa, adding us as a vendor, group fundraising, or anything else, drop us a line!



For immediate inquiries, contact Ivy at
507-995-0439, or

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