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Salsa Rises To The Top

By Christine Szalay-Kudra

Salsa literally means “sauce.” It has a long, rich history. It is believed that salsa began with the Aztecs of the 15th century. The first written mention of what could have been salsa was a description of a sauce that was sold in what is today Mexico City. It was made from pumpkin seeds, tomatoes, and hot peppers. It was eaten with venison, fish, and turkey.

Centuries later, salsa made it to the United States. In 1917, La Victoria Foods started making a commercial salsa in Los Angeles. More companies added salsa to their list of products as the years went by. Salsas were all pretty much the same until recent years. Today you can find all sorts of salsas like black bean or fruit.

Salsa became the most popular condiment in America in 1991. While ketchup had held the title for generations, as people have become more interested in fresh and healthy foods, salsa has been able to rise through the ranks and snag the top spot.

There are lots of different commercial salsas that you buy today at your local grocery store. Many people are discovering how simple this tasty condiment is to make at home, however. All you need are some fresh tomatoes, peppers and other ingredients. You can make your homemade salsa smooth or chunky. At home, you can leave out ingredients you do not like and substitute ones you do like.

You can eat salsa with chips as a snack or serve it as a condiment with your meal. Salsa has really come into its own and you can find it in many different colors. You can even make a salsa bar when you host a party. Serve several different salsas and let your guests eat their favorites. There are so many different types of salsa that you will not have any trouble filling it up.

If you need something fast, make salsa. All you need to do is gather your favorite ingredients and give them a rough chop. Place the parts into your food processor and push the button. Instant salsa! Your salsa will be chunky if you run the processor only briefly, and smooth if you run it longer.

If you are a fan of Mexican appetizers you will also love salsa. Add some to your plate with these appetizers. It complements them well. Salsa goes well with many different foods like quesadillas, tacos, burritos and more. You must add some salsas if you make a taco bar for your family or friends.

Salsa will become a family favorite. Try to make a variety, especially when friends come over. They can choose the one they like best. Some people like mild salsas with fruit added, while others like it hot and spicy. Some people prefer salsa verde, which is a green salsa made with tomatillos instead of tomatoes. You can even enjoy a delicious simple salsa made with flavorful heirloom tomatoes of many colors. Add in some garlic, onions, and peppers until it tastes the way you want.

There are plenty of make ahead appetizers that you can plan for your next party. Say you’re planning for a graduation or a big game. You want to get these made and out of the way so you can enjoy yourself instead of having to stay in the kitchen! This is the easy way to do it.

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