Papalote Roasted Tomato Salsa is the culmination of nearly 50 years of family tradition, secret recipes and culinary expertise.
In 1999, when Miguel, Victor and Victor’s wife Jodi opened Papalote Mexican Grill on 24th Street, in the heart of the San Francisco Mission district, they had one goal in mind: To prepare outstanding Mexican dishes with the freshest meats and produce available and serve them in a comfortable and exciting atmosphere.
Miguel was responsible for coming up with all the recipes and training the kitchen personnel, while Victor and Jodi were in charge of the front of the house as well as the bookkeeping. Miguel’s talent, commitment to quality, as well as techniques he learned from working at his uncles’ restaurants and watching his parents cook, helped him create many unique renditions of traditional Mission-Style Mexican dishes. Though these dishes are all outstanding, one item stands head and shoulders above the rest: Papalote Roasted Tomato Salsa.
Many taquerias and taqueria-style restaurants offer a variety of salsas which are either delivered to your table or are available at a salsa bar. Miguel and Victor believe that the salsa should represent the house. Every restaurant should have a salsa--ONE salsa--that embodies the essence of the restaurant. Papalote Roasted Tomato Salsa is inarguably distinctive, delivering an unmistakable burst of flavor when accompanying a single tortilla chip, while complementing Miguel’s dishes without overpowering the complex and sometimes subtle characteristics of his marinades and sauces.
Papalote Roasted Tomato Salsa was inspired by the salsa served at our uncles’ restaurants, and perfected by the influence of Victor
and Miguel’s father, a master salsa maker. Papalote Roasted Tomato Salsa has been reviewed and celebrated by many publications,
including CHOW Magazine, which went as far as sending a sample of the salsa to France to have it reverse engineered. Throughout the years many recipes have appeared on the Internet attempting to recreate Papalote Roasted Tomato Salsa. Miguel is flattered people would put so much effort into trying to uncover his secret recipe.
Without a doubt, the most exciting accolade Papalote Roasted Tomato Salsa has received came from Iron Chef Bobby Flay who, while battling Miguel and Victor in the Burrito episode of his show Throwdown! with Bobby Flay, proclaimed that “the salsa is the secret weapon!” . . .a secret weapon that proved to be powerful enough to help the brothers defeat the Iron Chef.
For the past ten years or so, the only place Papalote Roasted Tomato Salsa lovers have been able to get their hands on a jar of Papalote Roasted Tomato Salsa has been at the original Papalote Mexican Grill location on 24th and Valencia, or at our second location which opened its doors in 2006 on Fulton Street. However, in 2010 Papalote Salsa Trading Co. was formed with the sole purpose of making Papalote Roasted Tomato Salsa available to consumers at finer stores or shipped directly to their homes. Now you too can add this outstanding salsa to your culinary arsenal and come out victorious every time you prepare your favorite secret recipes. Order yours NOW!