Why is Salsa month in May?
May is National Salsa Month so we decided to seek out and talk with some of
the local Williamson County salsa vendors
We promise to provide you with a little pomme d’amour history lesson and share a little from each Salsa Chef about their secrets to a good salsa.
Early Saturday morning and a few afternoons later in the week, our local blogger at Wilcowellness went out to find and interview a few local Salsa experts at the Williamson County Farmers Markets It turns out this was not such an easy task.
Why, would this simple task be so complicated? There are always wonderful Salsa products at the markets. Returning to our own local garden, it became clear… Are your Tom Tomatoes ripening on the vine in May? Alas, the Texas Tomato growing season begins in May and the best tomatoes are ready during the summer.
Never fear, our salsa producers are way ahead of the game. Turns out the tomatoes that ripen in November are the best of the crop. With a little tender loving and secret recipe care, those tomatoes become May’s salsa.
First a Little History Lesson about Salsa
Salsa is traced back to the times of the Aztecs, Incas, and Mayans. The native people created their own versions of salsa using tomatoes, chilies, and squash seeds. The “official discovery” to the rest of the world did not occur until after the Spaniards conquered Mexico in the 1500s. This mix of ingredients became popular throughout Spanish civilization, and in 1571, Alonso de Molina named the dish ‘salsa.’
Salsa today is a favorite appetizer and snack in Texas, salsa is used at tailgates, in restaurants, and at all parties. Besides the fact that it is so tasty, salsa also has numerous health benefits, large popularity, and is easy to make.
With its use of tomatoes and fresh vegetables, such as onions and chili peppers, salsa is very healthy. Low in calories, high in fiber, and full of numerous vitamins, salsa can be used to boost your immune system and can be incorporated into weight-loss diets. So, with no more hesitation, let us introduce you to a few of the Salsa Vendors in Central Texas.
Chef Flaco’s Salsa
We spoke with Adam who gave us the lowdown on Flaco’s salsa:
“We are local to Central Texas and our owner is a culinary school grad with 25 years in the business”. “We primarily operate out of central Texas markets and shops between Waco and Austin”.
Tell us, Chef Falco, what are the best ingredients for flavor? “Fresh lime juice and cilantro”.
Do you prefer Pico de Gallo or Salsa? There is nothing wrong with a good Pico of course but we’d have to say SALSA ALL DAY!!
The weekend was on its way so our Correspondent picked up a few jars of the Verde sauce and whipped up some chicken Verde enchiladas.
Perfection! Is all we can say. The enchiladas were amazingly tasty, moist, and a smooth creamy flavor! Made from avocado, sour cream, jalapeno, lime, and cilantro.
You can find Chef Flaco’s Salsa at:
Wolf Ranch Farmers Market on Saturday mornings
Order from the Website: www.chefflacossalsa.com
On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/chefflacossalsa – A little birdy told us there is a new product launch. Find out more on Chef Flaco’s Facebook site.
If you are looking for a little spice in your life, remember to
“Put some Flaco on your taco”
Nanny Goat Salsa
A wonderful Family-owned small business. Often touted as the best homemade salsa around. The salsa is fresh, gluten-free, and no sugar added. This is a seriously addictive salsa.
Nanny goat currently offers three flavors of salsa- Original, Cilantro Lime, and Chunky. All three flavors are available in Medium, Hot, and XXHot heat.
They promise us – “No goats were harmed in the making of our salsa”
What makes a good salsa?
Finding the perfect balance between flavor & spice. Fresh ingredients are a must! It also must be visually appealing and have an aroma that makes you want to dive in. If it looks good, smells good chances are it will taste good.
Tell us, Chunky or smooth?
Both but, it really depends on what you are eating. “Nanny Goat tends to lean more towards smooth salsa for enchiladas, fajitas, nachos, and tacos or using it in a recipe”. ” Chunky salsa if the salsa is to complement queso, tamales, or guacamole”.
There is nothing better as a quick snack than mushing up an avocado and stirring in a little good chunky salsa!
You can find Nanny Goat Salsa at:
Stop by the Farmers Markets in:
Elgin Farmers’ Market Thursdays from 4-7 pm at Veterans’ Memorial Park
Taylor Farmers’ Market Saturdays from 10 am-2 pm at Heritage Square Park
Beba’s Pfresh Salsa
All of Beba’s Salsas are made with 100% natural, fresh ingredients. None of her salsas include any additives, imitations, artificial ingredients, or preservatives. All salsas are gluten-free with no added sugar. After opening, each jar will last in the refrigerator for up to 4 weeks – and have an unopened shelf life of up to a year.
Green Jalapeño is one of our go-to’s for Migas. This salsa is made with serrano and jalapeno peppers. It is best on breakfast tacos, chilaquiles, and hamburgers. The hottest salsa that Beba offers makes a great addition to any meal.
Please tell us, Beba Silva, What makes a good salsa?
“Always use fresh and quality ingredients. Keep it simple, let the flavors of the fresh ingredients come to float. If you start adding too many ingredients the salsa will lose its simplicity and fresh ingredients flavors will change.
What do you consider to be the best ingredients for flavor?
“I like to pick tomatoes that are ripe but not completely ripe. For me, it makes a difference”. “When it is completely ripe the salsa tends to be a little sweeter from the tomato but thinner for the extra juice in the tomato if the tomato is not as ripe the salsa will be thicker and still have great flavor”.” I must have fresh garlic, no powder, it makes a difference in flavor”. “I like to use sea salt, this is very important, regular salt is pretty strong”. “Sea Salt is smooth and will let the fresh ingredients float”.
You can find Beba’s Salsa at:
On the Web: www.bebapfreshsalsa.com
Farmers Market locations in Williamson County:
Wolf Ranch Farmers Markets – Georgetown
Lakeline Farmers Market – Cedar Park/Austin
Stores in Williamson County:
Central Markets in all of the Texas locations
Westphalia Meat Market in Hutto
Eli’s Road Side on HWY 79 – Round Rock
Tia Nana’s Authentic Salsa – Family owned Perfection
Tia Nana’s Authentic Salsa is a female-owned small business and was established in 2011.
Tia Nana’s is a homemade family secrete authentic salsa. You have to get your hands on this unique multi-cultural salsa. It’s a whole vibe in itself. You will enjoy every single bite and then find creative ways to enjoy it with every meal of the day. Every bite is a delight to the taste buds!
Please tell us, what makes a good salsa?
A good salsa is great texture balance and consistent flavor from the beginning until the end and if you want more afterward.
What would your team say are the best ingredients for flavor?
Balanced fresh veggies and secrete spices
You can find Tia Nana’s Salsa at:
There will be more Salsa Chef’s pop up at the Farmers Market as summer visits Texas. Please stop by and pick up some fresh, homemade local salsa for your picnic table. Send us your favorites on Facebook and we will share the love.
Happy Taco’n to all the Salsa fans in Williamson County, Tx!