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COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL Did You Know? Salsa (SAL-sah) is a Spanish word for sauce. Salsa is believed to have originated with the Inca people in what is now Peru. The Aztec and Mayan people also made salsa from tomatoes, chili peppers, and ground squash seeds. Salsa was given its name in 1571 by Alonso de Molino. COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL