In Spanish and Italian, salsa is just a generic word for “sauce”. Like how chai means “tea”, so “chai tea” is redundant.
Salsa overtaking ketchup as America’s No. 1 condiment was just the start.
These days, tortillas outsell burger and hot dog buns; sales of tortilla chips trump potato chips; and tacos and burritos have become so ubiquitously “American,” most people don’t even consider them ethnic.
Preferably the salsa is home made, because of the preservatives in stuff on the shelf. But depending on what you make it with, it is certainly healthier than ketchup (about vitamin k, or how much it’d take to kill you).
The uptake of Hispanic food isn’t surprising when Spanish is generally considered the second language of the US, just unlike how Canada has both English and French. But another aspect of the interest in spicy food/sauce, stuff like tabasco, sriracha…
And of course: