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Salsa is fat-free, fresh-tasting, and so flavorful.  There are plenty of uses for salsa beyond just eating it with tortilla chips.  Watch the short video of the TV spot I did last week talking about the many uses of this versatile condiment. Read on for some ideas and add your own!

Trader Joe’s has so many varieties of salsa, both refrigerated and shelf stable. There’s green tomatillo salsa, double roasted salsa, chunky salsa, fruit salsa…even if you don’t like tomatoes, there’s corn and chile salsa!  Here is just a sampling of things you can do with salsa, several of which are featured in our cookbook:

1.) Serve salsa on eggs.  Stir into scrambled eggs, or create a lighter Mexican-flavored alternative to Eggs Benedict by taking English muffins and topping with poached eggs, guacamole, and salsa.   Serve on corn tortillas for Huevos Rancheros.

2.) Use salsa in place of pizza sauce.  In our cookbook, we make a Southwest Pizza using salsa, beans, and cheese…after it comes out of the oven, we top with guacamole and cilantro.  The perfect mesh of hot and cold!

3.) Use salsa to liven up plain dishes.  Add salsa to dishes like macaroni and cheese, rice and beans, or a grilled cheese sandwich.

4.) Add salsa to soups and chilis. We use salsa in our Black Bean Soup as well as our Chipotle Turkey Chili recipes among others.

5.) Add salsa to ground beef or turkey and make tasty burgers.

6.) Marinate chicken in salsa and grill.  Brush with a little olive oil before tossing on the grill to preserve juiciness.

7.) Make gazpacho by blending salsa with cucumber, bell pepper, and tomato.

8.) Mix salsa with lime juice for a great ceviche marinade.

9.) Use salsa to bake chicken or fish. See our “Go Go Mango Chicken” recipe demonstrated in the video.

10.) Use salsa as cocktail sauce for shrimp.  Get creative with other dipping sauces for shrimp such as chutneys, wasabi mayonnaise, aioli mustard, and stir-fry sauce.

11.) Stir salsa into mashed avocado for a quick guacamole.

12.) Thin salsa with olive oil and lemon juice and use as a salad dressing. We use it in a Blue Corn Taco Salad!