Red sauce

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The term red sauce has several meanings in English.

  • It is used as a slightly pejorative description of tomato-heavy Italian-American cuisine in the United States, and specifically to marinara sauce
  • It is also known in the United States for the spicy red-colored salsa that is served in Tex Mex restaurants
  • Along the Gulf Coast of the United States, it is used within the seafood culture as a nickname for cocktail sauce
  • In the United Kingdom and Ireland, it can be used to refer to tomato ketchup. Often, this refers to ketchup with a higher level of vinegar than normal.
  • In North America, it also refers to sweet and sour sauce, specifically the variety served in Chinese restaurants