In 1992, actor Jason Alexander—in character as George Costanza on the sitcom “Seinfeld”—alerted us to the fact that salsa had overtaken ketchup as the number one condiment in America.
It’s actually not anymore (mayonnaise is), but that’s beside the point. Salsa remains more popular than ketchup, a factoid that continues to baffle people even today. Reddit user I_Will_Underwhelm petitioned Jerry Seinfeld for an explanation today during the comedian’s “Ask Me Anything" session on the site.
"I don’t know why. And I’ve had some good salsa," Seinfeld replied. “People probably like it because they can see the tomatoes in it? Whereas with ketchup, you have no idea where this came from.”
There you have it, folks. The age old question of why salsa is more popular than ketchup has now been sort-of-kind-of-not-really explained.
Whatever. Here’s a recipe for salsa. In which you can clearly see the tomatoes.
Photo credit: Martha Stewart
From Martha Stewart
1/2 recipe Grilled Tomatoes
1 jalapeño chile
1/4 cup red onion, finely chopped
1/4 cup fresh cilantro, finely chopped
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
While preparing grilled tomatoes, grill jalapeno, turning occasionally, until charred all over. Rub off skin with a paper towel; finely chop jalapeño (include seeds for added heat).
In a bowl, toss tomatoes, jalapeno, onion, and cilantro with lime juice. Season with salt, as desired.
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