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what is in the salsa at papalote?

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Does anyone have any idea what is the secret ingredient(s) in the salsa at Papalote? (Mexican place at 24th and Valencia)

I can't get enough of their salsa: it is pureed, and it tastes a bit richer than other salsas, and maybe there is a hint of smokiness to it.

When I asked the super-friendly guy behind the counter what was in their salsa, he uncharacteristically fell silent.

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  1. Just a guess, but if there's a hint of smokiness that makes me think chipotle chile.

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    1. re: Ruth Lafler

      I havent tried it but from what people are saying, ground roasted seeds, either pumpkin or sunflower, will provide the richness, the smoothness, the smokiness and even a little oily tongue massage as well. I'll have to check this place out!

    2. I wish I knew. We go through jars and jars of it. If we forget their special mason jar, they just fill a large soda cup with the goodness. I tend to agree with Ruth that it has some chipotle in it. I think maybe even a little bit of oil (although I hope not) because it is very rich and smooth.

      1. Their salsa is definitely great, whatever is in it.

        Anyways, I suspect that the secret ingredient is ground roasted pumpkin and/or squash seeds. (Along with probably chipotles, etc.) El Toro on Valencia/17th has a salsa of similar color and consistency, though not quite as good (or perhaps just really good rather than great), that I also suspect to have roasted seeds as an ingredient.

        1. My husband and I swear we taste cinnamon sometimes....

          And yes - we also go through jars and jars (or Pepsi cups and Pepsi cups) of it!

          1. Hey Y'all..Mr.Papalote Himself here...=)
            Papalote Salsa is made fresh everyday at both of our locations..
            It's 100% Vegan..and FYI Sorry,but there is NO Chipotle or Seeds of any kind in the Salsa...
            but ask away if you have any other guesses..

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            1. re: Papalote

              come on! it's got to be pepitas that are toasted and ground...and other things...but i don't want to give it all away!

              1. re: Papalote

                An employee once told me that it contains roasted dried chilis that are put into blender. That's all I was able to ascertain.