Fun Facts About Salsa

By Alexandra Pettit AZFB Communications Intern

Did you know that May is national salsa month! May is also known for a very popular holiday Cinco de mayo! In celebration of this holiday, we wanted to share some interesting facts about salsa. So grab your tacos and chips and get ready to dip into these cool facts!


Fun Facts about Salsa:

  1. May is national salsa month!
  2. There are many different varieties of salsa, they all vary in peppers and ingredients used.
  3. 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. (
  4. The origins of Salsa (which literally means sauce in Spanish) can be traced as far back as the civilizations of the Aztecs, Mayans, and Incas. (
  5. The Spaniards first recorded encountering salsa around in the early 1500s. (
  6. In 1948, Texas became the home to the first salsa manufacturing site in the United States. (
  7. Salsa is one of the most popular condiments along with ketchup, mustard, and mayonnaise.
  8. 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). (
  9. Tortilla Chips and Salsa was designated as the Official State Snack of Texas in 2003. (
  10. Their original sauces were a mix of chiles, tomatoes, squash, and beans, among other indigents. The Aztecs passed these traditions on to later cultures in Central America and eventually the United States. (


Looking for a salsa recipe check out Fill Your Plates recipe sections for some fun salsa recipes!




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