2020 presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg knows this is going to sound weird. But where he’s from—South Bend, Indiana—there’s a small chain of Mexican restaurants called Hacienda known for both its salsa and its ranch, and sometimes customers’ DIY combo of salsa-ranch. So when a reporter from the Los Angeles Times asked the candidate whether he, too, mixes the two dipping sauces, Buttigieg said he’s “not above” dipping a tortilla chip in there.
Today, it reports the results of its survey of 1,416 nationally representative Americans, finding that 36% of respondents would try the salsa-ranch combo, while 47% would not. The most disturbing portion of the survey, though, is the 17% of people who “don’t know” whether they’d eat salsa mixed with ranch dressing. Don’t know? They’d have to see it in front of them to make that call?
Drilling down further: 20% of survey respondents indicate they’d eaten this combo before. A full one in five? Amazing. If you’re one of these 20%, please share your salsa-ranch feelings, experiences, and future plans in the comments.