Colorado Springs Woman Launches Black Girl Salsa | Food
Not just any salsa can induce spontaneous singing.
But that’s what happened once with Shauna Sankey’s salsa. As her three sons, nieces and nephews munched on her creation, they began to sing a made-up song: “Gotta get your Black girl salsa!”
When it came time to name her new business, Sankey felt she had little choice. It would be Black Girl Salsa.
“I wanted him to be representative of me,” she said. “It made sense. “
Sankey, 42, started Black Girl Salsa in August after years of salsa for friends and family. On birthdays or holiday gatherings, “everyone would always want salsa,” she says.
Going from home cook to business owner was a product of the pandemic, as Sankey found herself with an awesome work schedule at work with the Colorado Department of Corrections.
With periods of time off, Sankey would undertake house projects like repainting the walls of the house that did not even need to be repainted.
“I just needed something to do,” she said.
Soon she began to research how to start a business. And Black Girl Salsa was born with the tagline, “Just a Black Girl from Pueblo, Colorado.” Spice up your life!
Growing up in Pueblo, Sankey turned to Mexican cuisine and began experimenting with making one of his favorite dishes: Yes, salsa.
“It’s something that I grew up loving and wanted to try to make it taste like it’s mine,” she said. “So I spent a lot of time playing around with the recipe. “
Sankey, who now lives in Colorado Springs, sticks to local ingredients to make the salsa “really a taste of southern Colorado.”
It has four flavors – mild, tangy and smoky habanero and one called “Boo-ya Ghost Pepper,” which is the hottest on the Scoville scale.
Of course, its salsa is ideal to accompany fries or Mexican dishes. But as Sankey might suggest to visitors to his stand at the Fountain Farmer’s Market, slipping salsa into a plate of spaghetti “will turn it into a whole new meal.”
There is something else that sets Black Girl Salsa apart. It does not come in a mason jar or a glass bottle as you might expect. The salsas come in a self-standing plastic bag with a resealable cap, something akin to how an ice-cold drink might be packaged.
“A lot of people are drawn to this,” Sankey said. “Because it’s just different. “
It works. Her salsa sells regularly online (at blackgirlsalsa.company.site) and was recently picked up by Wild Goose Meeting House.
“It’s just great to turn this thing that I love into something,” Sankey said. “Even if it doesn’t get bigger from here, it doesn’t matter. It’s already pretty awesome.