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What Makes the Best Salsa

Ed Currie

Here’s the spicy truth behind salsa. It’s no ordinary condiment. It’s an ancient Aztec recipe, traced back to the Aztecs, Incans and Mayans.  It was revealed to the world through the written word of a Franciscan missionary, who’d lived with the Aztecs and learned their ways.  Today, salsa is one of the most loved sauces in Mexican cuisine. Also known as salsa fresca or salsa picante, it’s used as a favorite dip and to top favorite dishes with a punch of cool freshness, spice and flavor.

So let’s bow to this ancient dish and celebrate it’s perfect blend of freshness, spice and flavor, on your taste buds. And try out as many different types of salsa as you can.

 What makes the Best Salsa’s So Good

Well, for one, just like all great tomato based sauces, salsa just keeps getting better with each day as the flavors start to meld.

  • First, it’s all about using the right tomatoes. Since tomatoes are the main ingredient in red salsa, their flavor is key. For instance, Fresh Salsa tomatoes, their name says it all. This superb tomato is ideal for making homemade salsa. Heirloom variety tomatoes are also great for salsas and is some of the best tasting tomatoes around.
  • Second, the right balance of liquid and hearty substance is key. So draining excess tomato juice is crucial. To ensure the right texture and consistency of your sauce the main ingredients of fresh tomato, onion, garlic and chili peppers should be roughly chopped.
  • Lastly, flavor from herbs and seasoning  is crucial: from fresh cilantro to fresh lime juice, hints of cumin and coriander, salt and pepper.

Salsa is typically piquant, ranging from mild to extremely hot. The right balance of heat, fresh vegetables and spice is what separates average salsa’s from the best and most addicting ones.

Our line of Smokin Organic Salsas have each end of the heat scale covered. For those with a need for heat, go straight for the our  Smokin’ Organics Hot Salsa. Or you can always start with our Smokin’ Organics Mild Salsa and add a few dabs of The Reaper Sauce made with fresh Carolina Reaper ® peppers to build up heat to your taste bud’s liking. These salsa’s are USDA Organic, naturally gluten free, flavorful and so darn delicious!

 Smokin' Organics Salsa - Mild

Trust us, you will not run out of new and tasty recipes and salsas to try. That’s the beauty of salsa all over the world.

From our farm to you,

Smokin’ Ed ® and the PuckerButt Pepper Company team