National Salsa Month

National Salsa Month is celebrated every May, and it encourages everyone to consider replacing their usual condiment with salsa. Yes, we know that people enjoy ketchup, mustard, and mayonnaise, and use copious amounts of them on their burgers and sandwiches. We understand all of that.

All we’re saying is that salsa is a condiment that can replace all those other ones and can even be used in salads and on vegetable dishes, too. What we’re trying to say is that salsa is a very flexible food item that can be used in a variety of different recipes to great effect. To not try it out, at least once, is almost criminal.

The History of National Salsa Month

When we first started writing about National Salsa Month, we were excited to see who invented it or when it was invented. Was it someone who enjoyed salsa or perhaps one of the many salsa manufacturers who made it?

We were unsure but eager to find out. Unfortunately, we were unable to discover who invented it or when it was invented. A disappointment for sure, but not the first time we came up empty-handed while trying to research a holiday.

Delicious Facts About Salsa

Let’s take a quick look at some fun salsa facts. We’ve gathered together some interesting facts about salsa and placed them below for everyone’s entertainment. Perhaps you should enjoy them with some chips and salsa.

  • Salsa was invented by the Incas.
  • The salsa we make today, however, is more like the salsa made by the Aztecs.
  • In 1991, more salsa was sold in the U.S. than ketchup, and it’s been that way ever since.
  • Currently, salsa is the best-selling condiment in the U.S.
  • Every year, Americans purchase almost half a billion dollars’ worth of salsa.
  • Salsa music was invented in eastern Cuba during the 1920s.
  • The Pace company originally sold syrup, jams, and salad dressings but ditched all those lines to focus exclusively on making their Pace Picante sauce.
  • Pico de Gallo Salsa is Spanish and means “rooster’s beak salsa.”

Observing National Salsa Month

There are only about a million ways to enjoy salsa, but we decided to list some of our favorites below. While you’re enjoying one of these fine dishes with salsa, be sure to post a picture of it online using the hashtag #NationalSalsaMonth. We want to see how you’re enjoying salsa.

Ways to Enjoy Salsa:

When is it?
This year (2024)
May 1 Wednesday
Next year (2025)
May 1 Thursday
Last year (2023)
May 1 Monday
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