Surprise! Real Mexican pizza has no sauce; catsup or salsa is offered on the side

Don't call it breadsticks.

If you’ve visited non-tourist Mexico and attempted to grab a slice of ‘za, you may have been disappointed by the dry, round dish presented. If immediately embraced, good on you, because it’s not bad and NO THEY ARE NOT BREAD/CHEESESTICKS.

Surprise! Real Mexican pizza has no sauce; catsup or salsa is offered

Luckily, a long array of red and green salsa options will usually line the front of a pizza food truck’s front counter, along with ketchup bottles for patrons who may want to wet their pizza, as is customary. Dabbing the sauce of choice on top is normal; dipping is okay, too.

By the way, ketchup and catsup are the same thing! Spanish speakers say catsup. The moniker for the sweet, tomato sauce differs only in cultural recognition. There is no direct ingredient difference—only manufacturers’.

Did you know the first ketchups were made from mushrooms? Yummy. Before we (Western world) settled on tomato ketchup, there were a number of ketchups with what we may consider “unusual” bases today.

After hearing about banana ketchup, I want to try it!

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