Today’s History Lesson: Mexican Salsa
Salsa is a delicious dip perfect for chips or topping off a taco. You likely enjoy salsa when dining at Mexican restaurants or at parties, but have you ever wondered about the origins of salsa? For today’s history lesson, read on to learn about the origins of Mexican salsa.
Salsa can be traced back to the indigenous Aztec, Mayan, and Inca people of Mexico. These people would mix tomatoes, chilis, and spices into their food to create a rich and flavorful sauce. While the dish existed in Mexico for many years, it wasn’t until the Spaniards conquered Mexico in the 1500s that the food received its name.
Traditional Mexican salsa is made from several different chilis. These chilis include jalapeño, poblano, arbol, habanero, and serrano. While these chilis are the original ingredients, there are many modern moderations that make the salsa more mild or sweet.
There are also three main Mexican salsas, which are all made from a base of onions, tomatoes, garlic, and chilies. From this base, you can find roasted salsas made from roasted ingredients, chile based salsas made from dried chiles such as pasilla and huajilos, and tomatillo salsas made with green tomatoes for a citrusy flavor.
Did that history lesson make you hungry? If so, get a taste of delicious salsa at Barito Tacos & Cocktails. Snack on our salsa and chips, while enjoying tacos, tortas, enchiladas, cocktails, and more! Find our restaurant at 201c Main Street in Port Jefferson to satisfy your hunger. We are open Tuesdays through Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Fridays from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m., and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.