3 Common Salsas and Their Pairings

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When it comes to Mexican food in New Hampshire, there are many variations presented to the diner. From the protein to the topping, even the side dish, authentic Mexican cuisine provides options suitable for every taste bud. Often, one of the most unique choices offered is the sauce and salsa varieties. Salsa, especially, can take on so many different faces. Spicy to mild, beans to fruit, we have to admit, our family at California Burritos just loves salsa!

However, selecting the right pairing of salsa for your meal can be tricky. Sure, choosing the heat level is a preference and generally an easy choice, but what about all of the other options? In this article, we’re taking you inside some of the most popular types of salsa paired with NH Mexican cuisine, and how to know which will best compliment your meal.



Pico de Gallo

One of the most common types of salsa in restaurants, food stores, and even homes is Pico de Gallo. Fresh and made to order, Pico de Gallo is a combination of tomatoes, onion, cilantro, garlic, lime, and pepper of choice. However, one of the best features of this type of salsa is the versatility it provides for customization. From controlling the heat through pepper selection to sweeten the creation with freshly chopped pineapple, the choice is yours.

However, if you’re creating this type of salsa at home, keep your protein in mind. Fruit salsas are typically best with lighter dishes such as fish and chicken.


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Salsa Verde

Another common, but misunderstood option is Salsa Verde. Distinct in color, this green salsa is created with tomatillos, onion, cilantro, and your choice of pepper. Beyond the control of spice with pepper selection, many verde blends incorporate roasted or smoked tomatoes to bring an even more distinct flavor to the meal. If this is the case, these flavors pair best with heartier meats such as steak and pork.


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Salsa Roja

On the other hand, Salsa Roja is a red sauce and one of the most common among Mexican food in New Hampshire and across the country. Most recipes include a blend of vine tomato with garlic, onion, and chili peppers. This type of salsa pairs well with many dishes and is great for snacking!


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Mexican food in New Hampshire, well anywhere really, provides consumers with a wide variety of options. From the protein to the sauce, the possibilities are truly endless. Here at California Burritos, our menu is no exception! From Salsa Verde to Pineapple Pico de Gallo, we’re here to help you create a meal that will hit the spot.


Visit our menu online and give us a call today. We’re open for takeout and excited to see those faces we’ve missed these past months!

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