In honor of San Antonio's very favorite grocery store, here are 26 locally beloved H-E-B products that we hope you never have to live without...
There’s nothing more "Texan" than shopping at H-E-B. From the moment you’re welcomed out of the scorching heat and into the automatically-sliding arms of your local air-conditioned store, you’re treated like a part of the family.
Here, you can find everything from the classic comfort foods of home to novelty items (think: Texas-shaped tortilla chips and whiskey-and-honey ice cream). Here are 26 local H-E-B favorites to prove it!
1. Whataburger-Style Products
In a San Antonio powerhouse move, H-E-B teamed up with Whataburger to release and distribute an exclusive line of drive-through-worthy products: including Fancy Ketchup, Spicy Ketchup, Jalapeno Ranch, and the forever classic Honey Butter.
2. Mootopia Milk
In case y’all forgot, Mootopia is the Spurs’ favorite post-workout drink...and we’ve heard even lactose-intolerant customers sing Mo otopia’s praises! Do you like reduced fat, fat-free, or chocolate?
3. Specialty Series Texas Barbeque Sauce
4. Cafe Olé Taste Of San Antonio Coffee
In case living and breathing San Antonio isn’t enough for you, H-E-B is kind enough to let you taste it in your coffee, too. Offering "a taste of San Antonio," Cafe Ole roast has notes of cinnamon, chocolate, and vanilla.
5. Central Market Exotic Mediterranean Blend Vegetable Chips
Okay, seriously? H-E-B just transformed the entire “eating your vegetables” experience. Thank you, Central Market Exotic Mediterranean Blend Vegetable Chips.
6. Central Market Hatch Green Chile Queso
According to their website, “All you have to say is Central Market Hatch Green Chile Queso, and people will come running to your table.” To summarize: who needs online dating anymore when you have H-E-B?
7. Creamy Creations Ice Cream
8. That Green Sauce
An absolute local classic, That Green Sauce is a spicy blend of jalapeños and poblanos perfect on tacos, eggs, fajitas, or whatever else you can think of.
9. Wild Alaska Seafood
We especially recommend the Fish Market’s Sockeye Salmon Fillet!
10. San Antonio Vino
11. Mixla Tortillas
Life is too short to eat sub-par tortillas...which is why H-E-B-brand Mixla Tortillas have gained a following of their own. The best of both worlds, these puppies combine the authentic taste of corn with the flexibility of flour.
12. Finishing Butter
H-E-B is getting gourmet, y’all. Their most recent line of Select Ingredient Finishing Butter includes velvety-smooth flavors, including Tuscan Herb and White & Black Truffle.
13. Filled Pastas
For those nights when you have to be fancy in a hurry, these Filled Pasta combos are a lifesaver.
14. Sushiya! San Antonio Roll
Most folks don’t pair San Antonio and sushi, but we’re thankful for the genius who created the San Antonio Roll (obviously containing avocado).
15. Cookie Butter
We're addicted to H-E-B Cookie Butter. It's smooth as creamy peanut butter and tastes like Christmas morning.
16. Pure Cane Sugar Soda
17. Roasted Red Pepper Hummus
Did you think all hummus was created equal? Tell us that again after you taste this stuff.
18. Fresh In-Store Guacamole
If there’s one area San Antonio claims expertise, it’s guacamole.
19. Natural Uncured Applewood Smoked Bacon
If you’re partial to breakfast food, try H-E-B’s Natural Uncured Applewood Smoked Bacon at any time of the day.
20. Cranberry Pistachio Bread
According to their website, “If man had to live by bread alone H-E-B Cranberry Pistachio Bread would be our winner.” We’re inclined to agree. Pro tip: fry it up for a Texas twist on French Toast.
21. Freshly Ground Honey Roasted Peanut Butter
Available in the bulk aisle of most H-E-B Plus stores, fresh ground HRPB has captured the hearts of peanut butter lovers across the city.
22. Prime 1 Boneless Ribeye Steak
We wouldn’t be Texans if we didn’t mention Boneless Ribeye Steak: summer grilling, holiday feasting, whatever. Snag some.
23. Anything from Cafe On-The-Run
Have you ever made the mistake of grocery shopping while hungry? It doesn’t end well for your wallet. Next time, try out Café on the Run! Alon Market, 1604/Blanco Rd, and 281/Evans locations offer chef-prepared meals, snacks, and side dishes for your ready-to-eat pleasure. ( See full locations here.)
24. Central Market’s Small-Batch Ice Cream
25. Bare Bread Crustless White Bread
For those of us who don’t have time for crusts, Bare Bread is uber-convenient and super delicious.
26. San Antonio Lager
Looking for your new favorite brew? H-E-B offers a special San Antonio Lager in all its six-pack glory. Created by Ranger Creek Brewing and Distillery to celebrate our city's tricentennial, this beer hints at the city's German roots and comes in a colorful can.
If you weren’t hungry when you started reading this post, we’re willing to bet you are now...and if you don’t live in Texas, maybe you’re holding back a few (understandable) tears. Thankfully, many H-E-B products are available online. And, whether you’re a “Tex-pat” or an out-of-state novice, San Antonio is ready to welcome you in at a moment’s notice.
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Note: This blog was originally published in July 2016 and has been updated to reflect current info.