Mayan Tomato & Chile Salsa
This recipe for ancient Mayan tomato and chile salsa comes courtesy of the Legacy Program at the University of Texas at San Antonio’s Center for Archaeological Research, via Archaeology.org. It is prepared with easily-located ingredients, and preparation should be rather simple.
This recipe is a modern adaptation of a traditional and ancient Mayan dish. The people of ancient Mayan civilization, noted for having the only writing system in the Americas before Columbus’ arrival, had a diet that was diverse, especially for their time, due to their advanced technologies in agriculture (among other areas). For example, the Mayans pioneered many farming techniques, and their diets consisted of many grains and starches. The common Mayan diet was centered around corn, and they would cultivate and process it to extract the most nutritional value possible; turkey was the most common meat, and still is with the Mayans today.
- 8-10 tomatoes, chopped
- 2 onions, chopped
- 2 habanero chiles, chopped
- Juice from 2 sour oranges (or a mixture of orange and lime juice)
- Salt, to taste
- Mix them all together.