Salsa is the Spanish word for "sauce." Salsas are generally chunky in texture and almost always contain chiles. Salsas add zest to meats, poultry and fish as well as serving as a dip for chips or vegetables and a topping for meatless entrees.
Picante is a Spanish word that means "hot" or "spicy." Picante sauces are made with similar ingredients as salsa, but are often smoother in texture and thinner in consistency.
Salsas and picante sauces can be used interchangeably, but the recipe's texture may be affected.