Changing Demographics Influencing Taste Buds; Salsa Beats Ketchup!

My Fox DC, October 18, 2013

Salsa overtaking ketchup as America’s No. 1 condiment was just the start.

These days, tortillas outsell burger and hot dog buns; sales of tortilla chips trump potato chips; and tacos and burritos have become so ubiquitously “American,” most people don’t even consider them ethnic.

Welcome to the taste of American food in 2013.

As immigrant and minority populations rewrite American demographics, the nation’s collective menu is reflecting this flux, as it always has. And it goes beyond the mainstreaming of once-esoteric ethnic ingredients, something we’ve seen with everything from soy sauce to jalapenos.

This is a rewrite of the American menu at the macro level, an evolution of whole patterns of how people eat. The difference this time? The biggest culinary voting bloc is Hispanic.


With Hispanics making up more than a quarter of the U.S. population today–and growing fast–experts say this change is dramatically flavoring the American culinary experience. Hispanic foods and beverages were an $8 billion market in the last year, according to consumer research firm Packaged Facts. By 2017, that number may reach $11 billion.


As the entire menu of the American diet gets rewritten, the taste is getting spicier, with salsa and chipotle popping into the mainstream vernacular. {snip}

From queso fresco to chorizo, traditional Hispanic foods–or even just the flavors of them–are making their way into our everyday diet, particularly among the millennials–those born between the early `80s and the turn of the century. Generation Y’s Hispanic community was born into an American culture but still holds onto its traditions, often eating white rice and seamlessly switching between English and Spanish.


Another Hispanic beverage making ever more rounds in households across America is tequila.

In 2006, nearly 107 million of liters of tequila were exported to the U.S., a 23 percent increase over 2005, according to Judith Meza, representative of the Tequila Regulatory Council. Tequila entered the top 10 of liquors in the world five years ago, she said.

Even our choice of side dishes is feeling the influence. In general, Americans are eating fewer of them. Except white rice, a staple of Hispanic cuisines, says Darren Seifer, a food and beverage analyst for The NPD Group, a consumer marketing organization.


Why has rice resisted the death of the side dish? It’s one of the traditions millennial Hispanics have held onto, says Seifer.

And that’s just the start. Rice also was the top-rated side dish in a National Restaurant Association chefs survey of what’s hot. The same survey also found chefs touting taquitos as appetizers; ethnic-inspired breakfast items such as chorizo scrambled eggs; exotic fruits including guava; queso fresco as an ingredient; and Peruvian cuisine.

The influence goes deeper than the numbers. Like Italian food before it, Hispanic food enjoys broad adoption because it is easy for Americans to cook at home. Few Americans will roll their own sushi, but plenty are happy to slap together a quesadilla. Hispanic ingredients also are more common than those of Indian or other Asian cuisines. Ditto for the equipment. While nearly every American home has a skillet for sauteing (a common cooking method in Hispanic cuisines), only 28 percent of homes have a wok, according to NPD.

All of this has meant a near complete loss of ethnicity for many Hispanic foods. Americans now more closely associate tacos, tortilla chips and burritos with fast food than with Hispanic culture.


As testament to their popularity, the Tortilla Industry Association estimates that Americans consumed approximately 85 billion tortillas in 2000. And that’s just tortillas straight up. It doesn’t include chips.


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  • To be fair, I like salsa.

    You don’t use ketchup very quickly, while it’s easy to go through a jar of salsa in short order. It’s easy to see why more jars of salsa are sold than bottles of ketchup.

    • ncpride

      Salsa is also much healthier than ketchup when it’s made properly, that is.

      • Sick of it

        I like sour cream, ranch dip, and French onion dip better.

        • ncpride

          Those are awesome, too! Truth is though, a fresh homegrown tomato is without a doubt my favorite thing on this planet to eat. I love anything tomato-based. The thing I dread the most about the coming winter months is no more fresh tomatoes from my little garden. I could seriously eat them every day of the week and never tire of it.

          • Sick of it

            I never could stomach regular tomatoes. These days they literally make me sick if I eat them. Ketchup doesn’t bother me.

          • Bossman

            Ketchup is made from tomato paste. In fact, it is the main ingredient.

          • Sick of it

            You obviously don’t have a medical background or you would know what I’m talking about.

          • Good tomatoes are the best.

          • Ditto here. I wish I had a greenhouse attached to my home.

          • Lagerstrom

            Aye. Just chop some tomatoes and mix them with whatever you like, onion, celery etc. No need for salsa.

          • Jesse James

            Keep an eye out for old windows. If you are lucky you might find someone upgrading their windows with the new double paned energy efficient windows. Stop by and talk to the homeowner or contractor, they would probably be happy to get rid of the some of the old windows and thus save on dumping fees, You can make a decent greenhouse with the windows, just use 2 X 4 s to frame them.

    • Who Me?

      I grow my own tomatoes, peppers, onions and cilantro and make my own salsa, then can it for winter use. Much better than ketchup.

  • D.B. Cooper

    What’s next, roasted dog? Monkey meat? Fish eye soup?

    • MBlanc46

      Eyeball tacos.

  • Let’s please get off the “Mexican” is so popular idea.

    A sitting with tortilla chips requires much more salsa than a hot dog or hamburger requires ketchup.

    There aren’t Mexican restaurants all over, just Chipolte and Qdoba.
    A place cooking up some crap and throwing it in a tortilla doesn’t make it Mexican.

    • mgs166

      “A place cooking up some crap and throwing it in a tortilla doesn’t make it Mexican.”

      In the same sense that giving an illegal alien an EBT card and a driver’s license doesn’t make them an American.

  • Salsa is just better. I used to get Sonoma Salsa’s “Meza” brand at Costco, but this has been discontinued.

    • Katherine McChesney

      Trader Joe’s salsa is great.

      But, I am disgusted to hear Cantina music coming from passing cars as I walk through the village near me. It’s as repulasive as hearing rap and hip hop from ghetto blaster cars.

      • Mariachi music is foreign, but I think it is a celebration of life, rather than the denial of it that (c)rap “music” represents. As little as I like Mexicans, they don’t sing about mistreating women and murdering innocent men. Blacks do that. Yes, the Greaseritos y Greaseritas are obnoxious alien invaders, but they’re not black. As little as I like them, I was locked up with both sorts, and the greasers were fair with me.

        I like Celtic music.

        • WhiteGuyInJapan

          Mariachi has a strong German polka influence, by the way.

          • Skip Wellington

            How the *f* did the accordion make an appearance in Mexican music anyway?

          • Germans.

          • WhiteGuyInJapan

            Truly an amazing people who produced a rich body of scientific innovation. Whole continents have produced much-much-less.
            While I’m on the topic of interesting but minor acts of German influence around the world, the Chinese beer Tsingtao is actually a German-style lager.

          • Yes; Tsingtao was a German colony until the beginning of World War One. Of course they set up a brewery!

          • Alexandra1973

            That brings me to another thing that’s grabbed my attention…while we’re on the subject of racial differences.

            My dad said that when he was in Germany in the 50s he’d see little kids in the bars ordering beer. They could hold their liquor.

            And Amerinds have an issue with “firewater.”

          • Bossman

            Mexican music has European and Black roots.

          • WhiteGuyInJapan

            African roots? Do tell.

          • Bossman

            I don’t feel like going to Google right for the details but all popular music throughout the Americas has been influenced by the African slaves, yes even Mariachi music.

        • MBlanc46

          I’ve got no problem with Mexicans as long as they stay in Mexico. I’ve been eating Mexican food since before most of the people on AmRen were born, and I’m happy to have enough Mexicans here to keep the restaurants staffed. I’m sorry that their country is such a hellhole, but what do you expect, they’re Mexicans.

          • Bossman

            You cannot separate Mexico from the rest of North America. Many things that the average American does on a daily basis has American Indian roots and by extension Mexican Indian roots.

          • MBlanc46

            Im not trying to separate it. I’m just advocating that our border be sufficiently policed that, absent documents for temporary visits, we stay on our side of the border and the Mexicans stay on theirs.

          • WhiteGuyInJapan

            Another thing I like about Japan: I can go to a Mexican restuarant without walking through a Mexican neighborhood. There are two Mexcian restaurants in the city near me. There are about 15 people of Mexican ancestry in that city. They all work at those two restaurants.
            Yup, I can walk through a Japanese neighborhood to get a burrito and cerveza.

          • MBlanc46

            I’m surprised to hear that. Alas, it’s unlikely that I’ll ever get to Japan, but I’m glad to know that I could find some enchiladas should I ever do so.

          • WhiteGuyInJapan

            I was also surprised! Mexican food is not very popular in Japan. Not many Mexicans, for one thing. Also, if the Japanese want spicy food, nearby Asian countries provide plenty of choices. Indian curry and Chinese stir-fry are far more popular here.

          • MBlanc46

            But corn and beans are distinctly American. Nothing like it anywhere in the world.

          • Puggg

            Recipes can cross international borders.

        • Bossman

          There has been a degeneration in black music in the USA. The Blues used to affirm life even if it was through suffering.

          • WhiteGuyInJapan

            Interesting that African-Americans are constantly creating new forms of music and generally hate the music of their parents while Mexicans often listen to the same music as previous generations and do not create nearly as many new genres/sub-genres.

  • MekongDelta69

    If this was the only ‘problem’ facing America today, then I couldn’t care less.

    However, it represents one more piece of America being chipped away, day after day – until there IS no more America (as we knew it).

  • convairXF92

    I believe ketchup was an Indonesian invention, after tomatoes spread to that part of the world. “Ketjap” refers to a thick savory smooth condiment, like the thick black soy paste that goes by the name ketjap today.

    • Spartacus

      The name comes from a chinese recipe that had no tomatoes. The ketchup we eat today was created by an American, Sandy Addison .

    • MBlanc46

      It’s something like that according to a history of ketchup (or catsup) published a few years ago by Heinz.

  • Hal K

    This must not be true if you count fast food restaurants.

    Salsa vs. ketchup is an apples and oranges comparison anyway. They are used on different foods and in different quantities per serving. This is just another example of pro-nonwhite cheerleading in the mainstream media. They love to report things that make nonwhites look good or successful relative to whites.

    • Great comment.

    • So CAL Snowman

      Yes salsa is vibrant and flavorful and representative of an enlightened culture. Ketchup is dull and tasteless, the hall mark of a boring non vibrant culture.

      • Bossman

        Tomato paste is the main ingredient in both of them. Tomato is a Mexican Indian word. Salsa has one more ingredient that gives it more flavor and that is chilli peppers also native to Mexico.

    • Bossman

      The main ingredient in ketchup and salsa is tomato paste and guess what! Tomato is a Mexican Indian word and the plant is native to Mexico and the tropical Americas.

  • Sick of it

    Wait a minute, rice is a traditional side dish in the South. We were eating rice 300-400 years ago.

  • bigone4u

    A white man named David Pace (as in Pace’s Picante Sauce created in 1947) popularized what the cheerleaders for the Mexican invasion call “salsa.” I call it Pace’s in honor of the man who created the stuff. Pace was a family business until Campbell’s soup bought the company maybe 20 years ago and began promoting it. i also note that Taco Bell, created by a white man, popularized Mexican food across the USA.

    • So CAL Snowman

      “This stuff’s made in New York City”

      “New York City!?”

      • Brian

        Get a rope!

  • Spartacus

    Think I’ll stick with my Mujdei . It’s healthier, and doesn’t have a stupid name .

    • Bossman

      Before Columbus discovered the Americas, European food was very dull. Columbus himself traveled west in hope of finding a quicker way to the spices of Asia: those wonderful spices such as cinnamon, nutmegs, cloves, peppers, etc.

      • Brian

        So Columbus was seeking the cultural enrichment of vibrant diversity? 😉

    • Lagerstrom

      I like the ‘Ajvar Paprika’ that I get from the local continental grocery store. I just looked at the bottle, it’s from Macedonia. Peppers, eggplant, paprika and garlic.

  • DLRisVH

    This article is written like they can’t wait for Whitey to be gone and what in the hell is taking so long for him to go!!!!

  • JDInSanD

    “With Hispanics making up more than a quarter of the U.S. population today”

    I call BS. According to Wikipedia the numbers are:

    Hispanic/latino of any race 16.3%
    NonHispanic/latino of any race 83.7%

    • Anon

      Hispanics don’t make up a quarter of the US population these days. Such a thing implies they are evenly dispersed across our country. The truth is that the US has shrunk. All the places with these large numbers of mexicans are contiguous with the land mass of mexico.

      There is not a large number of mexicans in the “US”. The border has moved.

      The only reason mexico doesn’t simply annex the land is they are scamming us for welfare money.

      Again…look at the map:

      Where is the real border with mexico.

      Essentially, what has happened is the US has shrunk by about a third, Half of that third belongs to mexico. The other half of that third is an unrecognized failed black country. The two thirds of the country, north of those areas is the REAL United States….with vastly different attitudes, philosophies and beliefs than the rest and a nearly separate economy those other two countries are latched onto parasitically via a federal system that is no longer relevant. In fact, a map that looks at prosperity vs collapsed job markets in the US would look pretty similar to that race map. Why?

      The US has changed. No…I don’t mean our culture has changed or that our people have changed. No demographics are not destiny because multiculturalism is a lie. There is no such thing as diversity. These people are not mixed in with us. Instead, our borders have moved.

  • NoMosqueHere

    I favor a total and immediate ban on all further third world immigration to the US, including but not limited to hispanics, muslims, africans, chinamin, etc. But burgers and white flour buns are unhealthy, especially for middle aged and older people.

  • Anon

    A far more disturbing question is why. Why are bread, noodles, wheat and corn, gluten etc. suddenly bad enough to provoke hypersensitivity reactions in many people. Why are peanuts suddenly something to be handled like toxic waste these days.

    Twenty years ago, people would look at you weird if you suggested such a thing. Now, it’s a huge health concern.

    The answer is genetically modified food. Corn, wheat, peanuts etc. are not the same as they were 20 years ago. Now they are poisonous.

    • I agree. I do not know of a kid that ever had an allergic reaction to peanut butter when I was in school. It was one of the free for all foods in the cafeteria, they had big bowls of it in the lunch line, help yourself.

      • Nut allergies are very strange, very weird, and very serious. I am very allergic to macadamia nuts. Even their smell starts dry heaves, though I can eat anything else, in any condition. My sister is violently allergic to scallops but not other shellfish. Our mother is allergic to aloe. Some strange proteins just disagree with us.

        • Strange allergies developing all of a sudden.

          I think it might have to do with the reason why more and more people have more general allergies in recent decades.

          That’s because more and more of us are being born without having gone through the full gestation period. Those last few weeks are actually crucial in terms of mother transmitting her immune system to her child.

          • Brian

            Amish and third-worlders don’t get allergies much. The hypothesis is that we non-farmer first-worlders are over-sanitized and our immune systems don’t get enough of a workout, so they turn on things they shouldn’t. Kind of like the GIs in Europe after the Germans surrendered– no one left to fight, and a bunch of young men with testosterone, guns, beer, and too much time. You get more bar fights, jeep accidents, etc.

          • Sick of it

            We’ve also generally stopped breast feeding babies. Almost everyone uses formula now.

          • Ella

            Many stay-at-home Moms still breast feed. We just do not make breast-feeding obvious in public. It is good for the baby and actually relaxes Mom.

          • Alexandra1973

            The Amish also don’t vaccinate.

            I’ve read that vaccinations can really mess up your immune system and cause food allergies.

            And stuff being genetically modified doesn’t help matters either. We’re bombarded.

          • Brian

            Whatever problems may be caused by vaccines, I would not want to live in a world without them (a woman has six kids and only three make it to adulthood). The Amish get to enjoy the benefits of herd immunity because the rest of us vaccinate– much like the pacifist who gets protected by the army he won’t join.

        • Bossman

          After eating some macadamia nuts recently, I felt like puking so I’m going to avoid eating them.

          • Lagerstrom

            Aww, I love macadamias. We call them ‘Queensland nuts’ here. In some areas you can pick them up from the footpath and fill a bag for free.

        • Ella

          I get a really itchy throat and tongue with Brazil nuts, but I can eat all other nuts. It may be an oil or chemical.

        • Kenner

          Your sister must be allergic to sulphur. Not all, but most scallops are treated with it. My mother was allergic to sulphur drugs and scallops, back then we didn’t know the connection, it wasn’t listed on the label.

      • Ella

        We had peanut butter (p.b.) cookies and cornflake bar desserts in school; I don’t remember one child who ever had a reaction to it. Day cares and schools ban p.b. to prevent one harmful case out of thousands of students. Why? Lawsuits P.b. does not fly through the air or spread like dry nuts.

  • Ella

    Well, this explains why American bread has gone down the toilet for taste. America will keep on getting fatter eating Mexican food. On the rice as a side-dish, Germanic cultures do not eat much rice or at all. Guess what! We like potatoes!

    • Bossman

      Guess what! The word “potato” is an Indian word so is “tomato” and so is “tobacco.”
      They are all American Indian words derived from the tribes in Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean Islands. Before Columbus discovered the Americas, no European had ever heard of the potato. In fact, American Indian food energized and saved Europe.

      • Brian

        Well there was that little potato famine in Ireland.

        • Bossman

          After the Irish were introduced to the potato, there was a vast increase in their numbers and they could not survive without it.

  • Mexico declared war on the Axis. Some of their pilots flew P-47 Thunderbolts in the Philippines.

    I don’t like them, but they sure weren’t with the Nutzis.

  • Never seen those.

  • pcmustgo

    Mexican food is great. I don’t know what the big deal is about. Fresh tomatoes, beans, cilantro, lime, guacomole, jalapenos… yum, yum, yum.

    • My wife loves my Mexican cooking. My mother loves my French cooking. I made a dish I had memorized when I was five for her when mom turned 70. I reproduced it – and the sauce – perfectly. She said it was just like being back in that restaurant in Cherbourg.

  • Fighting_Northern_Spirit

    I don’t mind our borders being open to recipes.

  • JohnEngelman

    In the San Francisco Bay area there is a restaurant chain called “Gourmet Burrito.”

    When I lived there I liked to order a vegetarian burrito. It consisted of a whole wheat tortilla, brown rice, beans, and vegetables. I hope Gourmet Burrito becomes a national restaurant chain.

    By combining corn, rice, and beans, it is easy to prepare vegetarian Mexican food.

    • I make that sort of thing myself at home, usually 50-25-25 rice, lentils and split peas.

      Ariadne likes a scrambled egg in hers.

    • shmo123

      That’s the reason there are so many fat Mexican women. While combinations of rice, beans and corn taste good and are nutritionally beneficial, they are carb heavy; and unless you’re doing hard physical labor every day, it’s gonna show real fast.

      • Brian

        Why do the Mexican women get that spare tire around the middle like a man, instead of getting fat just in the thighs and hips?

        • Neuday

          Beer, er, Cerveza.

  • Brian

    Generation Y’s Hispanic community was born into an American culture but
    still holds onto its traditions, often eating white rice and seamlessly
    switching between English and Spanish.

    Sometimes you’re standing outside a Home Depot; sometimes you’re at the welfare office. One must remain flexible.

  • Bossman

    Completely wrong. All the Americas were solidly behind the USA in the effort to defeat German Fascism during WWII. During WWI, the Germans tried to get the Mexicans to side with them and they promised to help them recover the lost territories. The Mexicans refused.

    • Sick of it

      You’re ignoring the fact that both Wilson and FDR were elected as peace candidates. We didn’t want to get involved in foreign wars.

    • M&S

      Read _Trading With The Enemy_. Even just the online excerpts.
      It’s enough to make you sick to your stomach at the kinds of betrayals this nation’s industry begat upon it’s fighting men.
      First off, the Germans had an in with an American shyster and Con Man who knew a little about oil and essentially bought up all the Mexican oil development and production contracts which was then sold through intermediaries in the Banco de Algemenne (sp.) which was the South American connected ‘branch’ of ye olde Deutsch Bank. Germany was getting Mexican oil as late as 1942. The oil would end up in Sweden under neutral flag and then be sent south across the Baltic.
      Similar shenanigans happened with U.S. branch companies like Siemens Telefunken and a couple of the big auto giants.
      A Swedish Ball Bearing multinational with factories on all continents was so influential in protecting their investments that Schweinfurt was repeatedly denominated from the daily ATO frag list (Ball Bearing plant in a world where BBs made everything run smooth) and when hmmmm, Hap Arnold I believe, refused to be told what targets he could and would attack, the ENTIRE German Air Force was alerted.
      To the extent that it was almost laughable (bomb dropping FW-200 Condors and Ju-87 Stuka along with He-111 and Ju-88 bombers in addition to veritable swarms of Me-109s and FW-190s).
      These were the ‘Black Thursday’ missions which cost us 60 aircraft downed and another 120 or so so badly shot up that they or their crews were written off. But from 800 aircraft that was still not enough to stop the continued bombing of this facility whose production literally made the German War Effort move.
      Yet halted the bombing was, all through the winter months of 1943. So the Germans could recover and invent alternatives.
      Because this was such a crippling strike that the German war manufacturing of everything from tanks to submarines was all but brought to it’s knees.
      And how did we know? Because that same Swedish company sourced and imported before reticketing the end-user destination of supplemental ball bearings.
      Something which was proven when a FW-190 rammed a B-17 and in it’s BMW-801 powerplant were found HUNDREDS of ball bearings.
      With the factory stamp of a plant in Philly.
      This at a time when we ourselves were having a heck of a time sourcing BBs for our own use.
      The Bank Of International Settlements kept the German currency sufficiently alive to do such things as buy munitions fuzes from the Swiss and the diamond dies from the South Africans, flying 12,000 mile missions to pick them up and paying for fuel all along the route.
      This trading being done, with full knowledge of the Roosevelt Administration, via Argentina who acted as purchasing agents and escrowed check cashers.
      Had we closed down the multi-combatant BIS bank (U.S., Italy, Germany, Russia, Britain to name a few on the board) -at any time- during the war, the Germans would not have been able to bust enough gold teeth from the skulls of dead Jews to pay for their continued war effort.
      Finally, when the end was near, late in August 1944, Himmler, Bormann and Speer presented the Flight Capital program to German industry at a French hotel in Strasbourg.
      Bormann (via Scheid) basically made it clear that everyone was well aware the war was lost and the laws against defeatism and betrayal by industry would be suspended if they agreed to pay a cut into the post war recovery fund in trade for assistance in evacuating their companies soft capital which the Allies would otherwise surely seize.
      In addition to cash out of stocks, this included patents, overseas business agreements, even some key engineers.
      The end came, the Allies did indeed pillage German holdings and yet, by 1960, in a nation half it’s initial size, Germany was starting to lead the EEC as the first of the nations to really recover from the war.
      Part of this was due to the importation of cheap Turkish wage slave immigrants.
      But mostly it was because the Operation Feurland (Fireland, an area of volcanic activity in Patagonia, or Southern Argentina) took piles of German industrial processes and joint holdings out of the reach of the Slavering Western Powers (who still got hundreds of thousands of key chemical and process descriptions from raiding the German national patent bureuax) via U-Boat.
      Don’t kid yourself sir. The purpose of WWII was to shatter forever the European powers so that they could not pose a continuing block of independent, colonialist resource supported, nationalist power.
      Had it been anything else, the entire conflict would have lasted only as long as it took to bomb the large electrical transformation and rectification facilities with their 20 ton plus copper and silver wound turbodynes. Copper which could not be replaced.
      No electricity = no industry.
      A total razed earth policy was no more necessary than it was wise for a people concerned with the future of their race. But the people behind that drunkard fool Churchill and the insane teetotaler Hitler did not ‘hire them’ for their brains but to make sure that Europe was utterly devastated.
      On Purpose.
      Along the way, the first of the multinationals made an /enormous/ profit.
      And by May 1945, there were only two superpowers.
      And then in 1992, there was only one.
      And with the strip-mined ruination of our economy, soon there will be none.
      And the role of nationalist states as reservoirs of ethnic intellect as moneyed wealth safety will be done as we see the elites of our ruling classes attempt to govern an unruly planet as ‘citizens of the world’, beyond any one government’s reach.
      That they have actually bought into their own kool aid agenda in believing a savage planet will accept them without nationalist armies at their backs shows that deranged, world conquering, megalomaniacal greed of socialistic leadership hardly ended with Hitler.
      But it may well have begun with him. Because he saw it coming. Or perhaps was told and given a chance to join in.

  • Bossman

    That is because white Americans have been eating Mexican food from day one although most of them don’t know it. The word potato and the word tomato are of Mexican Indian origin.

    • Bunky

      See origin below.
      Last I heard Mexico isn’t Spain and messicans aren’t Spainiards.

      But that’s just me.

      po·ta·to [puh-tey-toh, -tuh] Show IPA

      noun, plural po·ta·toes.
      Also called Irish potato, white potato. the edible tuber of a cultivated plant, Solanum tuberosum, of the nightshade family.
      the plant itself.
      sweet potato ( defs 1, 2 ) .

      1545–55; < Spanish patata white potato, variant of batata sweet potato < Taino

      • Bossman

        The Taino are the native Indian peoples of the Caribbean.

  • willbest

    I spent 3 months in Bejing and a couple other regions in China a decade ago. Fast food Chinese ala Panda Express isn’t what the Chinese eat, but if you go into any halfway decent Chinese restaurant it will taste the same and is probably better for you owing to health codes. Though it was nice being about to stuff myself on $1.80 over there.

  • Bossman

    Fast foods are very American so is a lot of Hispanic foods. With the exception of rice which came from Asia, the basic ingredients and staples are mainly foods first grown by the American Indians such as corn, potatoes, tomatoes, peppers, etc.

    • willbest

      You seem to be hung up on who used a raw material first, which really is just a function of who found it first and was hungry enough to eat it.

      • Bossman

        What I’m saying is that if you’re a white American, most of the food that you eat on a daily basis, is food that was first cultivated by American Indians. The word potato and the word tomato are both Mexican Indian words.

        • willbest

          You are repeating yourself over and over again clinging to a little factoid, and I still fail to understand the relevance of the statement. to pretty much anything.

          Languages borrow words from each other as certain concepts spread. Internet is the same in multiple languages, and many common words associated with computers throughout the world borrow the English word.

          As I said the American/Mexican Indians were just the first be to be hungry enough to eat it in proximity. Its not like they discovered advanced agricultural techniques that were necessary to grow those crops in mass. Hell the Insects were living off tomatoes and potatoes long before the Indians were, why aren’t you mentioning their contribution.

          Also, what about black and brown Americans, is their food different from white Americans? Why are you qualifying your statement to white Americans.

          • Bossman

            I used the qualifier “white” as an emphasis. It is people like you who seem to thing that salsa is un-American and non-white, when in fact the ingredients are as American as apple pie.

          • willbest

            That makes no sense. The Apple tree originated in central Asia, and was imported to the US by the Europeans. The American contribution to the Apple generally speaking was horticultural in the development of thousands of new variants.

            Americans didn’t develop the apple pie either, though thanks to the sugar trade with the Caribbean Americans were generally the first to widely use sugar in their pie.

            It is the process of converting the raw ingredients into a finished product that makes apple pie American and the widespread adaptation of apple pie as the desert of choice that made it American. It had nothing to do with the raw ingredients.

          • Bossman

            So then what is the problem with salsa? Is it just the name or the fact that it is associated with Hispanic Americans?

  • CivilWar2

    It is true, many aspects of foreign cuisine are good. Seems no one would even attempt to argue against that preposition, the one exception being Filipino food. Overall though Mexican cuisine is carb dense, in fact, or at least in currently received statistical fact, Mexico is now the most obese country on earth.

  • Magician

    C’mon black folks!! We must work hard together to bring ketchup back to the #1 spot!! We could not ask for a better group of people than blacks to help with this matter

  • WhiteGuyInJapan

    You say Czech? I read it was Germans. Could you “Czech” your source? hehehe

  • DaveMed

    Such irrelevance. A clearly desperate push by the AP to extoll the wonderful benefits of diversity.

    Kind of funny, because, if you ask liberals to name some benefits of diversity, they excite really quickly. But if you quickly add the condition “besides food”, their mouths drop open and they actually have to think for several seconds.

    • Lagerstrom

      Yep, that’s the only ‘benefit’ of diversity that these clowns can come up with. Someone (a former friend) once declared to me, ‘One thing I don’t understand about racism is all the great food’, I responded, ‘I suppose it’s worth all those teenage girls getting raped so you can duck out and get a turkish pizza or a felafel eh?’
      I don’t really have any friends any more.

  • Bossman

    The important spices that I mentioned all came from islands in the Indian ocean. The Middle East got their spices from there also and because they were Muslims, they refused to let Europeans have direct access to it and preferred to act as middle men in that trade.

  • Ella

    I’m not against small ethnic communities, but a flood of 1,000 Mexican restaurants have a lunacy presence! We have an onslaught here. You no longer have any French, Slavic or Dutch eats as the small family-owned Euro restaurants, even Italian, start to perish. How much Mexican food can you eat?

  • Lagerstrom

    If I want tacos and enchiladas or whatever, I make them myself too. Same with any other sort of ‘ethnic’ food.

  • Lagerstrom

    I’ve never heard that one before. Are you sure?

  • M&S

    European food is more balanced. More greens, less starch. Better for you in terms of minerals and proteins. And more satisfying after a hard day’s work.
    Which is why Europeans are bigger and healthier with fewer chronic gastro intestinal diseases that the rest of the planet’s runt populations who eat half cooked, wormy, food.
    Indeed, we have had ‘multi culturalist’ food in greater variety since _long_ before the tastes like raw-flour and dirt bean and tort peoples have been involved with us.
    Most of what we call ‘Mexican’ is in fact Tex-Mex which is more American than anything (no hamburger in the original NA or Mestizo recipes, no lettuce, no cheese, no sour cream, no tomatoes…).
    Where the problem comes in is that we don’t acknowledge the variety of our own foods origins because we don’t fix them. Nobody having the time to properly cook them leads to nobody having the ingredients or the knowledge how to mix them in preparation to hand.
    Forget quiche` or roast beef, even a hamburger takes at least 10 minutes to slow fry on each side so that you boil the grease out and leave a little pink on a browned not burnt seared outer layer.
    Where you have to slice a tomato and /buy/ a head of lettuce to chop and peel, we’re talking serious planning effort for a single dish in a single meal.
    Note that all the burrito + chips crap is essentially what used to be defined as ‘finger food’ or ‘snacks’ for the simple reason that preparation seldom involved more than a refrigerator, a microwave and a rap of the lid on the counter.
    No thank’s ma, I just have to wash the plate!
    Which is why our people look less and less healthy and we have rising incidences of ‘bad dates’ food poisoning by fixing or allowing to be fixed cheap replacements which are poorly cooked.
    Women not being kept in the kitchen (and no I don’t mean that in a derogatory fashion) may have ‘liberated’ the work force to be paid less for fewer hours with no benefits but it has also drastically sabotaged our diets and our _known_ cultural richness.
    One other thing to remember folks: The brain needs a specific diet of vitamin and mineral enriched foods to function properly. At a basal level, it’s gonna suck 250 calories out of a 1,250 (girls) to 1,600 (guys) functioning metabolic day. Roughly 15-20%.
    Ratchet things up to fight or flight or heavy _learning_ as operative intelligence based activities and the active brain requires double that amount. 500 calories per day. 30-50% of what you suck down at the Taco Shack is feeding your mind.
    Again, the ethnic crap they advertise as being ‘so great’ to eat (like a recipe is worth 30 million feed-me idiots) is in fact a caloric as well as nutritional desert when looked at.
    If you start to flake out as you are doing White Work, after that La Bamba meal, don’t say you weren’t warned.
    We are better than this.

  • Magician

    • Lagerstrom

      Really wish I didn’t see this…