The internet is full of fabulous facts about everything from current events to the history basket weaving and salsa fun facts. As we research for our daily content on food trucks, food carts and street food, we stumble upon some items of knowledge that we just did not know.

We have decided when these fun facts pop up, that we would share them with our readers in our section titled “Did You Know?”

For today’s Did You Know we will look at Salsa Fun Facts.

Salsa Fun Facts: Salsa is the Italian and Spanish term for sauce, and in English-speaking countries usually refers to the sauces typical of Mexican cuisine known as salsa picante, particularly those used as dips.

  • Salsa originated with the Inca people. Salsa (combination of chilies, tomatoes and other spices) can be traced to the Aztecs, Mayans and Incas.
  • May is National Salsa Month.
  • Tortilla Chips and Salsa was designated as the Official State Snack of Texas in 2003.
  • Between 1988 and 1992 households in the US buying salsa increased from 16% to 36%. Sales of salsa overtook Ketchup sales in 1991 (in terms of dollar value).
  • The only real difference is that the word relish is it’s French origin, and the word salsa is of Spanish origin.

Salsa Variations

There are a variety of different kinds of salsas. Some of the more popular ones include:

  • Salsa roja (red sauce) – used in Mexican and Southwestern foods. Made with tomatoes, chilies, onions, garlic, peppers and cilantro.
  • Salsa cruda (raw sauce) – also known as pico de gallo. Made with raw tomatoes, lime juice, chili peppers, onions, cilantro leaves, and other coarsely chopped raw ingredients.
  • Salsa verde (green sauce) – Made with tomatillos or green tomatoes.
  • Salsa negra (black sauce) – Made with dried chilies, oil, and garlic.
  • Salsa taquera (taco sauce) – Made with tomato paste
  • Guacamole – Made from avocados, generally used as a dip instead of a sauce
  • Chipotle Salsa (a smoky, spicy sauce) – Made with smoked jalapeno chili peppers, tomatoes, garlic and spices.
  • Mango Salsa (a spicy-sweet sauce) – Made with mangoes

Salsa Fun Facts We Missed

Let us know if we may have missed any salsa fun facts in the comment section below. If we can verify that the facts is just that, a fact, we will give the reader credit in the article.

Reference: Wikipedia: Fun Facts about salsa.

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