Salsa is a staple in this house. We love it. Though we’ve been eating it for years, I never really gave much thought to its origin or story. I just know I need it, I love it, I crave it and will eat it on almost everything, and must always have it on hand.
So, I thought since I am posting this yummy salsa recipe, maybe I should do a little homework and see how it came in to being. So here’s a little History lesson for the day…the Spanish term for salsa is “sauce”~derived from the Latin salsa (salty). From what I learned, “pre~blender” era, Mexican salsa was prepared using mortar~pestles (we have one, but I love my blender). It dates back to the Aztec, Inca and Mayan civilization (the Aztecs used a mixture of chili peppers, ground squash seeds and tomatoes). The Spaniards were the first to come across tomatoes, after they succeeded in taking over Mexico~1519-1521. It has evolved over the years and there are countless ways to prepare it.
The great thing about this delectable condiment/sauce is that you can make it any way you like. Hot, medium, mild, with “this”, without “that”, etc. So, whip up a quick batch, grab some tortilla chips, a beverage perhaps and start dipping (double dipping is really ok)!
This concludes today’s lesson. Thank you for attending class and for your attentiveness. You all get an A+.