Who Is Valentina Named After? - The Mexican Mulan

We all love Salsa Valentina, but do you know who it was named after?

Salsa Valentina Namesake

The sauce is named in honor of a brave woman from the early 1900's that pretended to be a man so that she could go to war.
Her name was Valentina Ramírez Avitia, from El Norotal, Durango, and she was only 17 years old when she decided to join her local troops and fight in the Mexican revolution in place of her father, who died without being able to fight for his family.

She went under the name "Juan Ramírez" and dressed as a man, hiding her braids under her hat and imitating the body language of her brothers. She was such an outstanding warrior that within less than a year, she was promoted to first lieutenant. For a long time, her secret was well kept, and nobody questioned her because of her strong personality, which made most of her fellow soldiers fear her. Eventually however, a soldier saw her braids while she was taking care of her horse and denounced her, causing her to be discharged.

Valentina was congratulated for her bravery and service, but was never given veterans pension, because women were not allowed to fight in war and could not be recognized as soldiers.

Even though she died alone, forgotten and unrecognized, there have been many tributes to her in the years after her death, such as songs, films, and of course, our favorite hot sauce!

Valentina Hot Sauce Namesake
Valentina Ramírez Avitia was a truly exceptional woman whose spirit could not be tamed by fear nor law, and her bravery and courage will always be remembered through Mexico's best hot sauce named after this valiant hero: Salsa Valentina.

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