Salsa has a long history that can be traced all the way back to the ancient Aztecs: In Mexico, Aztec nobility would combine chilies, tomatoes, ground squash seeds and sometimes beans to make a dish that would evolve into contemporary salsa. With the Spanish conquest of Mexico came the “discovery” of tomatoes, the Aztec recipe and the birth of the name “salsa.”
Salsa was being manufactured y commercially as early as the 1800s, but by the 1970s, people coast to coast began discovering Mexican food and sales of salsa skyrocketed. Today, salsa’s popularity has grown so large that it rivals ketchup in sales figures.
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