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Food glossary

Spicy Mexican salsa

Salsa

A spicy Mexican sauce or dip made from chopped tomatoes, chillies, peppers and onions. There are a wide variety of salsas available ranging from mild to fiery. The texture of salsa varies as well - from finely chopped vegetables in a smooth tomato sauce to a mixture of chunky vegetables. Mild and hot jars of taco salsa are available. Fresh salsa can also be bought.

Uses: Serve salsa as a dip with tortilla chips or chunky crisps, accompany with a cooling dip such as guacamole or cheese and chive. Top cooked chicken breasts with salsa for a quick sauce. Serve with chunky potato wedges as a simple starter. Stir salsa into cooked pasta for a speedy, spicy supper.

To store: Keep unopened jars of salsa in a cool dark place. Once opened store in the fridge and use within 2 weeks. Fresh salsa should be stored in the fridge for up to 2 weeks but eat before the use by date.

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