People have been spicing up their meals with salsa for centuries.
And there are as many variations of salsa, if not more, as there are ways to make a great spaghetti sauce.
By way of instance, many American salsas contain tomato. It is up to the maker. (Originally salsas from Mexico didn’t contain tomatoes and mainly used chiles, tomatillos and ricado, a blend of spices.) Although hot peppers predominate, salsas can also be spiced up with ingredients like cilantro, cumin and oregano. Some folks even add garlic for their salsas.
Beans are another healthy variation into the salsa mix. Black beans tend to be the bean of choice for salsa manufacturers due to their texture and taste. They are low in fat and contain fiber and protein.
Sweet salsa ingredients may include cherry, passion fruit, papaya, raspberries, as well as lemon, lime, orange and chiles. Some folks add plantains or even nuts. Pretty much any fresh sauce can be a salsa.
Salsa cruda means uncooked and is made from finely chopped uncooked ingredients like raw tomato, hot chiles, peppers, onion and cilantro.
Picante means”hot and spicy,” and is generally just a thinner sauce compared to your typical salsa cruda.
Salsa fresca means”fresh sauce” and is your typical American salsa. It is usually a mixture of chopped tomatoes, chiles and onions.
Salsa rojo literally means”red sauce” and its base is the tomato.
(For the record, tomatillo is not a tomato, regardless of its name, but rather is a reportedly a relative of the gooseberry. It is a tart, green fruit with a papery husk. It looks like a green, unripe tomato in look.)
Our offerings in Cosmic Chile show how many different kinds of salsa exist. Offerings include a traditional salsa like Jose Goldstein’s XXX Garlic, made out of habanero peppers and plenty of fresh garlic, to something more exotic like Thai Jungle Salsa, which comprises three types of thai chiles, lemon and soy sauce.
Salsa is not only fun, it’s healthy.
They are easy to prepare and a simple way to dress up grilled fish, poultry, meat or pork for a fast meal during the week. Salsa is also a wonderful snack when paired with chips.
So next time you run out of something to have for a fast, but fun dinner during the week, try adding a little salsa to your entree.