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Ever wonder, “what can I do with a jar of salsa?” You aren’t alone. Salsa is good for so much more than just dipping your corn or tortilla chips in. It is a great way to add flavor, veggies, or heat and spice to many different recipes in a quick and healthy way.
You can put salsa in chili, on eggs, rice, or any of your favorite lean-cooked proteins to add an extra layer of flavor. Here are some great recipes that you can make with a jar of salsa that the whole family will love!
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What Does Salsa Go With?
Salsa will taste great in many dishes without adding a lot of calories. Salsa typically goes well with foods that pair well with lemon juice, lime juice, garlic, jalapeno peppers, hot peppers, chile peppers, vinegar, cumin, and chili powder. It’s even great on steak!
A classic salsa will taste great in many dishes. You can make it as spicy as you like with the addition of jalapeño peppers or other hot peppers. You can adjust the salt content as well, if you make your own. Store-bought salsa tends to have a lot of sodium added.
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Homemade Salsa Recipes
Need to make some salsa first? While jarred salsa works great for any of these recipes, making your own is a delicious option too. Here are some recipes for simple salsas you can make at home. Make a large pot so you have enough to season recipes all week long, if you wish!
Note that the above salsa recipes are not canning recipes. They have not been formulated for preserving. They must be kept in a refrigerator. But canning jars are a great option for storage. Pint jars work well as long as they have a well-fitting lid and ring. And just like when canning, you’ll want to make sure the rim of the jar is clean before you close up the jar for the fridge.
What Can I Do With A Jar Of Salsa?
Here’s a bunch of ideas for you!
Whether you are looking for a simple side dish to go with dinner or a full-on, one-pot meal that you can use to make tacos or burritos, this salsa rice recipe is for you. The basic recipe is perfect for a flavorful side dish, or you can add a few extras to the recipe like black beans, corn, and avocado and turn it into a topping for nachos or a filling for burritos.
Are you looking for a healthy and delicious dinner recipe that you can throw together and toss in the oven to cook while you take care of other things around the house like laundry or homework? Then this easy dump and bake salsa chicken recipe might be perfect for you! You can use this dish for tacos, and nachos, to top a salad or pair it with some rice for a Mexican bowl.
This dish is a flavorful and hearty meal that the whole family will enjoy. A perfect comfort food recipe for a chilly Fall or winter evening! You can make these Mexican Cabbage Rolls as the recipe is written and serve them with some grilled corn, refried beans, or your favorite veggie, or you can turn all of the ingredients into a hearty pot of Mexican cabbage roll soup!
Looking for a healthy dinner that you can have on the table fast? Then this quick cooking salsa fish recipe is for you. Only two ingredients (you can probably guess what they are) and 20 minutes in the oven before dinner is done. Serve it with a salad and your favorite veggies and dinner is done!
If you are looking for a comforting and delicious casserole then this recipe is for you. This Clean eating Cheesy Mexican Casserole does take a while to cook, but it’s worth the wait, and any leftovers you might have will be too. Chicken, cauliflower rice, your favorite clean-eating salsa, and a handful of spices are all you need for this delicacy!
These sheet pan nachos are the perfect snack to throw together when you have unexpected guests, or if you just need an easy-to-make dinner that the whole family will enjoy. Not a fan of ground beef? You could easily substitute ground turkey or even shredded chicken or pork for this delicious meal!
Looking for Mexican flavor and an easy meal, but not in the mood for tacos, burritos, or nachos? Then check out this recipe for taco burgers, a flavorful and juicy recipe for burgers with a Mexican twist thanks to your favorite jarred salsa. All you need for this recipe is some ground turkey, a few spices, and a little bit of your favorite clean eating jarred salsa.
If you are looking for a meal that the family will ask for again and again then check out this recipe for cheese-stuffed salsa chicken. Juicy chicken breasts, melty cheese, and salsa for a little kick. Serve these chicken breasts over some rice or quinoa and dinner is done!
If you are looking for a delicious and healthy meal that you can have on the dinner table in just a few minutes then this is the salsa recipe for you. Canned refried beans, frozen corn, a few spices, and a jar of your favorite clean-eating salsa are all that you need for this recipe. Serve it alongside some of your favorite chips and a salad and dinner is done!
If you are looking for a new spin on meatloaf then try it with a jar of your favorite clean-eating salsa added into the mix. This taco meatloaf provides loads of spicy flavors the whole family will enjoy, and the leftovers are pretty amazing too! Serve it with a salad and your favorite vegetables for a well-rounded meal.
Looking for a salsa recipe that you can throw in the crockpot in the morning and come home to a delicious piping hot meal? Then this Sweet and Spicy Crockpot Chicken recipe is the one for you! Make this in the morning and then when you come home all you will need to make is a side of rice or quinoa and salad for a well-rounded meal on the table in minutes!
Black bean salsa burgers are delicious, healthy, and vegan! This is a great recipe to try with the family if you are looking to add more meatless meals to your family’s diet. These burgers are so flavorful that they won’t even miss the meat!
Had a rough day and searching for a really simple dinner that you can get on the table quickly that the whole family will love? Then check out these loaded sheet pan quesadillas! All you need is your favorite tortillas, and cheese, some refried beans, diced tomatoes, onions, cilantro, and your favorite salsa for dipping in. This is one of those awesome recipes that you probably always have the ingredients for on hand.
Told you that there is so much more that you can use salsa for besides dipping your chips in it! Instead of thinking of salsa as just a condiment or topping, start thinking of it as an ingredient that can be added to casseroles, skillet meals, and more! Do you have any other delicious recipes that incorporate salsa to share?