National Salsa Month

Did you know that May is National Salsa Month?
Which is awesome because we love salsa! And having a whole month dedicated to celebrating it only seems right. Salsa adds intense complementary flavor to whatever it is paired with. Whether you are sticking to the classic duo of chips & salsa, or adding salsa to your salads, fish, chicken, tacos, or desserts, you won’t be sorry you added that extra kick of flavor.

 

Salsa originates in South America from the Aztecs, the Mayans, and the Incas.
They would take tomatoes, peppers, and pumpkin or squash seeds, combine them all and eat it with proteins like fish, lobster or venison. But salsa has come a long way from that ancient world. In the last 100 years, we have seen the growth of the salsa industry as different companies have started to mass produce their wares. These production companies had some strong competitions with Pace, Old El Paso, Frito-Lay, Chi-Chi’s, La Victoria, Ortega, Herdez, and Newman’s Own leading the charge in the 1990’s. However, in the last 30 years or so we have seen a resurgence of smaller companies creating a vast amount of different types of salsas available to the public. Today it is normal to walk into a store and see tomato based salsa next to a mango salsa on the shelves.

 

But we think nothing beats homemade salsa.
Fresh salsa from fresh ingredients still beats out anything that has been canned. That’s why we make fresh salsa every day at Redlands Ranch Market. But if you want to try your hand at making some of your own salsa, there’s nowhere else to get the freshest ingredients you’ll need all in one spot. We always have chili’s, tomatoes, onions, cilantro and more available.

 

Here are a couple of salsa recipes that you can try out this month to celebrate!
Easy Salsa De Chile Chipotle from the Latin Kitchen
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