A few months ago, I came across a tomato-based salsa at a Mexican restaurant that I couldn't stop dipping my tortilla chips in. It had all the major salsa players: tomatoes, onions and chiles. But there was something a little different about this salsa, a spice or herb that I couldn't put my finger on.
It added a touch of earthiness, a little smokiness? What could it be? I finally coaxed it out of our waiter. Cinnamon. Genius.
It made me ponder other secret ingredients to elevate salsa. Cumin, smoked paprika or a touch of oregano? Specific dried chiles, ground pumpkin seeds or roasted garlic?
So what's your secret salsa ingredient?