Salsa has been used by the Mayans, Incas, Aztecs, and their descendants for thousands of years to add more flavor to their food. This sauce didn’t have a name until 1571 when a Spanish priest, missionary, and grammarian gave it a name “salsa” which coincidentally means “sauce” in Spanish. Interestingly enough, the popularity of Salsa in the United States started in Texas and slowly worked its way up and throughout the States. Today, salsa is no longer considered as an “exotic” condiment and this is evidenced by the fact that in 2013, salsa became the king of condiments in the United States as sales outpaced those of ketchup as the condiment of choice.
- Salsa, which is associated with Mexican cuisine, is used as a sauce in Mexico, and not shoveled with tortilla chips.
- The dance “salsa” actually took its name from the sauce. According to Juliet McMains, the name was used to promote soulful and spicy music, just like the sauce.
- In 1998, the USDA made the designation that salsa was a vegetable dish, which allowed it to be served in school campuses.
- Salsa and tortilla chips were designated as the State snack of Texas back in 2003.
- Tomatoes and jalapenos, two of the major salsa components, are actually fruits and not vegetables.
- Traditionally, salsa is made by crushing the ingredients with a mortar and pestle. Today, it is mostly made using a food processor or simply chopped by hand and mixed together.