Hot Salsas

In Spanish or Italian salsa can refer to any type of sauce, but in American English it usually refers to the spicy, often tomato or corn based hot sauces typical of Mexican cuisine, particularly those used as dips, whereas in British English it more typically refers to Salsa Cruda which is common in Spanish or Italian cuisine. Salsa is the Spanish word for sauce, from Latin salsa "salty", from sal, "salt"; "saline" and "salad" are related words.

Mexican salsas were traditionally produced using the mortar and pestle-like Molcajete. Well-known Mexican salsas include: Salsa Roja, ("red sauce"), Salsa Cruda ("raw sauce"), Salsa Verde, ("green sauce"), Salsa taquera, ("Taco sauce"), Salsa Ranchera, ("ranch-style sauce"), Salsa brava, ("wild sauce"), Guacamole, (any sauce where the main ingredient is avocado), Mole, (Mexican sauce made from chili peppers mixed with spices, unsweetened chocolate, almonds, and other ingredients), and Mango Salsa, (a spicy-sweet sauce made from mangoes and used as a topping for nachos).