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What’s the Secret Behind the Best Salsa in Salem, Oregon?

What’s the Secret Behind the Best Salsa in Salem, Oregon?

“This salsa is the best I’ve ever had.”-Comment Left by a Recent Salem Convention Center Guest

Ask anyone who has ever enjoyed a Fiesta Lunch Buffet or Afternoon Fiesta Break during an event at The Salem Convention Center, and they will tell you there is something extra special about our Tortilla Chips with Salsa! In fact, it’s one of the most requested items in our catering kitchen, Why is this the case?

Maybe it’s the passion and love that is put into each dish that comes out of our kitchen using fresh local ingredients by seasoned cooks like Maria Villa, a.k.a. “Mama”.

Maria Villa Aka "Mama" Makes the World's Best Salsa for the Salem Convention Center

Maria Villa Aka “Mama” Makes the World’s Best Salsa for the Salem Convention Center

Like many on our award winning culinary and catering team, “Mama” has been with the Salem Convention Center since we opened our doors 11 yeas ago. At the age of 82, she knows a thing or two about homemade cooking and shows no signs of slowing down!

Mama is known for her passion for cooking, but it’s her salsa that seems to receive the most amount of praise. Time and time again, event guests and conference attendees at The Salem Convention Center have approached members of our Catering Team to find out where they can find Mama’s remarkable tasting salsa dip, described by a recent guest as “the best I’ve ever had”.

“This tastes like home…so authentic,” one guest says. “I love the kick in the salsa,” says another. “I wish I could buy this at the store”.

To our guest’s disappointment, The Salem Convention Center’s “Salem Famous Salsa” is not available to purchase, and we have kept the recipe top secret. Until now.

You asked, and we listened. Now you can enjoy the amazing salsa available only at The Salem Convention Center right in your kitchen, thanks to our beloved “Mama”.

Mama’s Salem Famous Salsa Recipe

2-3 Jalapeños
1 bunch of Cilantro
6 Tomatoes
1 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. salt
3 tsp. lemon juice
1 tsp. oregano
And a whole lotta love!

Add jalapeños & tomatoes to a pot of boiling water and cook until skins start to loosen on tomatoes. Remove jalapenos & tomatoes from water and place in a blender. Add in all spices and stir. Pulse until smooth. Cool & enjoy with tortilla chips or add to your favorite Mexican dish!

What Can Salem Convention Center’s Catering Service Do For Your Event?
When it comes to events, whether it’s formal or informal or small or large, delicious food and excellent service is a must. When you host an event with us, you can rest assured that The Salem Convention Center culinary and catering team will go out of their way to serve your guests high quality Northwest inspired cuisine, while supporting local growers and sustainability. Led by Executive Chef Tory Knaus and Director of Catering Theresa Greco, the Salem Convention Center has arrived on Oregon’s culinary map! Please contact our catering department at 1-866-614-1900 and ask what we can do for you.

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