There is a salsa site with nearly 200 different recipes for just the salsa! There’s other easily found sites with many more. For those who have more tomatoes than they can use fresh, salsa is an easy and quick way to preserve them to use later.
But using them later – and once everyone is tired of chips and salsa….what then? There’s many ways to use salsa!
1. Your favorite cheesy hashbrown recipe – add salsa for some extra zing in the morning. .
2. Top eggs with salsa for a different start to the day.
3. Add to chili or soups.
4. Top or mix with meatloaf, burgers or sloppy joes.
5. Mix in with pizza sauce and make homemade pizza.
6. Add to leftover suprise casseroles and top with cheese.
7. Use on nachos.
8. Stir in with macaroni and cheese – add some left over meat and that cup of left over vegetables that isn’t enough to do anything else with for a one dish meal that’s cheap and tasty.
9. Top baked potatoes with it.
10. Mix in with spaghetti sauce for a different spaghetti meal.
11. Stir in a batter of corn meal for tex mex muffins.
12. Add to taco meat for nachos.
13. Mix with leftover ground meat, the broken chips it seems always is in a bag of chips – use on salads for those days it’s “too hot to cook”.
14. Use on hot dogs instead of relish.
15. Top grilled meats with it.
16. Add to red beans and rice.
17. Make beefy rice – add salsa and a little cheese.
18. Tired of wasting the skins on baked potatoes? Bake potatoes and dish out the potato. Put the skins over a broiler for 5 minutes, turn over one minute. Spoon salsa evenly over the skins and top with cheese. Broil just until the cheese melts.
19. Trim fat from a beef roast; cut beef into 1-1/4″ pieces. Brown, stir in salsa, 2 tablespoons brown sugar, a tablespoon soy sauce, a clove of crushed garlic, – Bring to a boil, cover tightly and simmer for an hour. Remove cover and cook until beef is tender. Remove from heat, stir in chopped cilantro and a splash of lime juice. Spoon over rice.
20. Thinly slize two zucchini, about 1-1/4 pound. Heat a teaspoon of oil and stir fry zucchini 2 minutes or until crisp-tender the put on a serving platter. Pour 2-2/3 cup water ito skillet, boil and stir in a box of range top stuffing; cover and let stand 3 minutes, stirring to fluff. Stir in zucchini and arrange on serving platter, covering loosely to keep it warm. Over medium high heat saute thin sliced pork cutlets 30 seconds per side until light brown. Place cutlets on stuffing and spoon salsa over it.
21. Serve with pork chops and rice, with salsa drizzled over all.
22. Serve over tuna fish patties or salmon patties.
23. Add to cooked pasta – without anything else.
24. Add to soups to spice up a “just soup” meal.
With hundreds of variations of salsa available it’s a shame to use it just for chips! Use your imagination and come up with new meals to use salsa in different ways – some which won’t be recognized as salsa! It’s a great way to *use* that garden bounty and as you start looking for ways to include it you’ll never again give away produce because you “don’t know what to do with it.” Make salsa! It’s inexpensive, versatile and tasty – and can be made hundreds of ways!