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  • Reader: Jonathan Contreras, South LA HEAC Youth Ambassador
  • Produced by Public Matters
  • Production Assistance: Sharlene Gozalians, Arianna Taboada

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TAPATÍO is:

WATER, RED PEPPERS, SALT, SPICES, GARLIC, ACETIC ACID, XANTHAN GUM AND SODIUM BENZOATE

and just in case you're curious:

SODIUM BENZOATE is used in fireworks as a fuel in whistle mix, a powder that causes that whistling fireworks sound when compressed in a tube and ignited.

XANTHAN GUM is used in large quantities to thicken drilling mud.