Daily Condiment: Salsa Picante

I care not that salsa outsells ketchup in my home state of Texas. The reason that I do not care is that the stuff that is selling is a poor substitute, at best, for real salsa. If it is packaged, the odds are that it doesn’t taste nearly as good as it should. Witness the market leader, Pace. It’s passable, for emergency uses. But even Pace recognizes a major shortcoming: flavor. Witness all the different varieties of Pace “picante” sauce on the shelf. There’s the regular stuff in three different temperature variations, extra chunky, roasted garlic, chipotle, etc. Most of what you buy in the store is pretty bland, red colored water with lumps and varying degrees of “hotness”. The flavor went away a long time ago in a manufacturing facility far, far away. Of course, most of the dearth of flavor can be blamed on the fact that there hasn’t been a decent commercial tomato in 4.6 million years, but that is another rant.

Go to your garden and pick some tomatoes. Get some fresh onion, some jalapenos or whatever chili suits your fancy, some cilantro and a little chopped garlic. Chop it all up, throw it in a warm skillet. Maybe add some lime juice or a splash of beer. Let the flavors mingle. Serve on anything.


2 Responses to “Daily Condiment: Salsa Picante”

  1. 1 Anna
    May 26, 2008 at 10:04 pm

    unfortunately, the directions for my favorite salsa of all time begin with –

    Step 1: Fly Susan’s mother-in-law in from Mexico, or fly yourself to her.

    Fortunately, she’ll be in S.C. in 3 weeks.

  2. May 27, 2008 at 7:12 am

    There’s an incredibly pejorative statement in there somewhere…

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