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Recipe Starter Sauces

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The table is where we gather, nourish, connect, create memories, and create community. 

Crafted by Chef Kirsten Helle Sandoval, these jars are packed with a complex, concentrated blend of aromatic vegetables, spices, and herbs. We've made it easier to cook a healthy meal full of vibrant global flavor that will bring life to your table!

Saute, Simmer, Slow Cook, Season; Soups, Stews, Skillet Meals, and More. Start with Mesa de Vida's bold, 100% natural starter sauces to easily transform simple ingredients into an incredible meal.

You don't need to be a gourmet chef to enjoy meals that will make you feel great, and you'll be proud to serve to your family and friends.

Combine our chef-crafted flavor concentrates with meat, vegetables, beans, or grains to easily create a restaurant-worthy meal right at home. 

Tired of unhealthy and expensive takeout? Don't want to chop a basket full of vegetables or buy every spice and herb under the sun just to make one recipe?

Take a shortcut without compromising health or great flavor and open a jar of Mesa de Vida instead!

Let our concentrated, flavor-packed, multi-tasking blends help you create a healthy, amazing meal, any night of the week.

Flavor You Can Trust

Hi, I’m Chef Kirsten Helle Sandoval, the founder and C(hef)EO of Mesa de Vida. I’m a performance and recovery chef to professional athletes, nutrition consultant, and a busy mom. 

I turned my health around (and accidentally lost over 100 pounds) when I set out to break the cycle of heart disease in my family and create a new healthy family legacy through real food. I'm also a living kidney donor, and mom to two kids with a rare genetic condition, so I am committed to my health, and the health of my family.

I'm also an unabashed food lover. There was no way I was going to compromise health or great flavor in the name of convenience. (If you feel the same, you're in the right place!) 

I knew there was a way we could have it all: exciting flavors, convenience, ingredients that boost flavor AND nutrition, versatility, and above all GREAT taste.

I just had to create it for us. And thus, Mesa de Vida was born!

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Melissa Hartwig Urban

Co-Founder & CEO Whole30;

New York Times #1 Best Selling Author

"I was thrilled when Mesa de Vida cooking sauces effortlessly added a world of flavor to my Whole30 dinners."

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Jen Kendall

Whole30 Approved Program Manager

"Mesa de Vida Cooking Sauces are absolutely magical for creating healthy, fast, and insanely delicious meals that burst with flavor. From tasty proteins to veggies to eating spoonfuls right out of the jar, Mesa de Vida Cooking Sauces make Whole30 cooking a dream."

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Alyssa Anthony

Whole30 Brand Partnership Manager

"I eat 90% of my meals at home, live for cooking, and mostly only like to cook from my own recipes. However, Mesa de Vida has become a welcome "helper" and "secret weapon" in my kitchen, because I can get all those levels of flavors that I would otherwise spend up to hours building, from a jar! Super clean, full of flavor, and super multi-functional in the kitchen!"

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"...the amount of flavor alone packed into each 9-ounce jar is worth it." "...felt like I was an Iron Chef six minutes later when it was all ready for eating."


Chowhound testimony

Mesa de Vida named by Chowhound as one of "The Best Slow Cooker Sauces Money Can Buy"!

It's amazing what you can do with a pot, rice or potatoes, favorite protein and a bit of this magical sauce. So much flavor and goodness packed in each jar!

I'm a busy working mom and these sauces help speed up home cooked meals. I usually do meat and veggie then add some sauce to taste. Consider it like a curry or spaghetti sauce you get from the store - it helps to speed up and enhance your cooking!

Amazing! I sent these as a gift to my sister who literally will not stop raving about them.

Such great flavors and so simple to use!

I love all 5 choices! I have been trying the recommended recipes for each of the sauces from the website and they are amazing! I am a huge fan and love the variety, especially with no added salts and sugars.

So glad this is now in my life. Makes my dishes so much easier and tastier! My husband and I are very happy and I can't wait to share with my family and friends when we're able to get together again.

Love these little treasure jars of flavor!! So many easy-to-make dishes when all the prep work has been done for you to get such great flavors in your dish! We keep coming up with more ideas and ways to incorporate a spoonful or a jar full of flavor to our meals.

One word...AMAZING! LOVE the flavors! LOVE the convenience! This stuff is a crowd-pleaser for sure...yummy, healthy, versatile, and easy to use! Bravo to Mesa de Vida as this became a pantry staple after just one taste!

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Recent Recipes

Braised Carrots Recipe

By Kirsten Helle | April 16, 2021

This recipe for braised carrots is a simple, elevated side dish for any night of the week. I made my braised carrots using our North African flavor recipe starter sauce for Moroccan-inspiration,… read more

Choose Your Flavor Adventure – Power Bowl Recipe

By Kirsten Helle | April 8, 2021

This easy-to-make power bowl recipe is nourishing, satisfying, and delicious. The perfect flavor-packed meal any time of day! This recipe is a great meal-prep option, as well. Make the ingredients ahead of… read more

Moroccan-Inspired Lamb Kefta Kebabs and Syrah-Infused Couscous “Risotto” Recipe

By Kirsten Helle | March 23, 2021

Looking for an easy, yet impressive food and wine dinner party menu? How about recipes for your next date night at home? Or, are you looking for the perfect Syrah wine and… read more

Whole30 Chicken Taco Recipe – Chick-A-Jica Tacos!

By Kirsten Helle | March 15, 2021

This is a healthy and delicious Whole30 chicken taco recipe! It’s also Paleo and Keto-friendly, gluten-free, low-calorie, and lower carbohydrate chicken taco recipe that is incredibly easy to make. This flavorful saucy… read more

Chicken Tagine Recipe

By Kirsten Helle | February 5, 2021

Mesa de Vida’s North African flavor Recipe Starter Sauce helps you create this incredibly delicious, easy, and flavor-packed chicken tagine recipe! This stewed chicken braised in rich, complex Moroccan flavors is a… read more

Choose-Your-Flavor-Adventure Braised Beans Recipe

By Kirsten Helle | January 28, 2021

How to transform ordinary canned or cooked beans into a healthy restaurant-quality side dish in minutes: make them with Mesa de Vida’s Recipe Starter Sauces! Use any flavor of our sauces, and… read more

Braised Chicken with Caribbean-Coconut Sauce

By Kirsten Helle | January 27, 2021

This is a 4 ingredient, 20-minute quick skillet braised chicken recipe packed with incredible flavor. Our Caribbean flavor Recipe Starter Sauce makes it easy to create an exciting, gourmet meal in minutes!… read more

Smoky Latin Bean and Cheese Enchilada Recipe

By Kirsten Helle | December 16, 2020

This is an easy, healthy enchilada recipe that takes just minutes to make! Transform the humble pantry-staple favorite – a can of beans – into a delicious and flavorful filling for your… read more

Crispy Oven-Baked Smoky Latin Bean and Cheese Taquitos Recipe

By Kirsten Helle | December 8, 2020

It’s so easy to make these delicious, fiber-rich, flavor-packed vegetarian bean and cheeze taquitos! They’re crispy on the outside, have a tasty filling, and are a great quick meal option any time… read more

Hamburger, Potato and Cabbage Soup with a Global Gourmet Twist!

By Kirsten Helle | November 18, 2020

Hamburger, potatoes, cabbage and canned tomatoes – simple, staple ingredients. Transform these basics into a gourmet meal with a global flavor twist when you start with a jar of Mesa de Vida… read more

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