If you live in the Pikes Peak region, odds are you have heard of Black Girl Salsa. In just three short years, the Colorado-born salsa business has grown from an idea into a condiment staple at two local restaurants, a hot commodity at a downtown grocery store, and a local favorite at area farmer’s markets.
An Idea was Born
Founder Shauna Sankey credits the pandemic, her family and some valuable financial advice as the catalyst for starting her business. She had been bringing her salsa to gatherings for years and always received positive feedback. During the pandemic, a relative who works as a financial advisor was teaching family classes about financial success and building wealth. Inspired, Sankey got right to work securing an LLC for her new business.
Strong Family Ties
A Colorado Native, Sankey has strong family ties to the area. She and her husband Steve have three sons. Her business is a family affair with her husband as co-owner and her children helping out whenever they can. In fact, it was her children and their cousins who came up with the name for the salsa company.
“Black Girl Salsa is my opportunity to provide my family with a legacy and an attempt to make my ancestors proud of the opportunities that I have had and the ability to make it profitable,” Sankey says.
In the spring of 2023, Black Girl Salsa was officially trademarked. Sankey says it was her proudest moment since starting her business. The name and image are forever protected so future generations may continue their legacy.
All Heat Levels
When asked what sets Black Girl Salsa apart from the competitors, Sankey replies, “Black Girl Salsa is made fresh every week. We have seven different flavors that cover the Scoville scale, so no matter what your heat tolerance is, we have a salsa that will work for you.”
The salsa line-up includes Original Hot & Mild, Smokey Habanero, Ghost Pepper Booya, Carolina Reaper, Moto Moto, and pico-style sauces include Embe Mango Salsa and Mahindi Corn Salsa.
Black Girl Salsa is proudly served and sold at Wild Goose Meeting House and Good Neighbors Meeting House. It is also available at Bread & Butter Neighborhood Market, and seasonally at various local farmer’s markets.
Facebook + Instagram: @blackgirlsalsa