I was born & raised in the Valley of the Sun; growing up in a family tradition of culinary success. The Talent in most of our household kitchens didn’t stay at home, and many of the local staples in Phoenix were started by the women I called, Tia & Nana. My formative teenage years were spent in the kitchen of the original Garcia’s Las Avenidas, on 35th Ave & Encanto. In our household salsa & hot sauce were everyday condiments, and I learned to make both before I was in high school. After school & work, my mom, a great cook too, would make such fluffy and delicious tortillas, I had to share them with you. She along with all the other wonderful women & yes, men too. Gave me the knowledge, desire & real life examples of what it takes to open your kitchen to the public.
I have been adding to & adjusting my recipes as the years have passed. I became known as the “go to girl” for hot sauce & salsa at work luncheons, my son’s school & youth group events, and friends & family parties. One friend told me that I had hot sauce in my veins, and have been nicknamed “Anna Salsa”.
I contemplated going into business selling my hot sauce & salsa for years. After a conversation with my son, Vincent Salazar, we decided it was time. We named the company after my dad Raul Salazar who passed away when I was 5 years old. My mom shared many stories about his kitchen prowess. I am blessed to have great recipes encoded in my genes & hot sauce in my veins.
From Our Family To Yours,
Anna “Salsa” Salazar