These recipes to make with salsa are so tasty, you might just be tempted to put away the chips.
Or, you know, at least save them for later.
After all, salsa is fresh, tangy, and loaded with texture. So it’s the perfect addition to all kinds of delicious meals.
20+ Best Ways to Use Up a Jar of Salsa
Between the tomatoes, peppers, and onions, that jar of salsa is good for more than just a snack.
Of course, it’s ideal in Tex-Mex recipes like tacos and enchiladas. But it doesn’t end there!
From dips to stuffed sweet potatoes, I have a ton of fun recipes to make with salsa.
Let’s dive in!
Who doesn’t love an easy one-pot dinner?
This soup is so easy, and it calls for pantry staples like corn, beans, and salsa.
Feel free to jazz it up with chilies or extra beans. But it’s perfectly hearty and delicious as is.
Anyone who says you can’t have Mexican food before lunch isn’t familiar with breakfast burritos.
They’re the perfect way to get through hectic mornings when you have to eat breakfast in the car.
With tender scrambled eggs, sausage, and cheese- these babies check all the boxes and then some.
These steak fajita bowls are everything you love about sizzling fajitas – just without the carb-heavy tortillas.
It’s a great meal to whip up when you want something satisfying and healthy at the same time.
With melt-in-your-mouth steak, cheese, and roasted veggies, these bowls are the perfect diet-friendly meal.
And a spicy salsa takes those rich flavors over the top.
When Taco Tuesday rolls around and you’re low on energy, this casserole is a must-make.
All you need to do is dump all your favorite taco fillings (like ground beef, cheese, and tortilla chips) into a casserole dish. Then bake until bubbly.
Adding a jar of salsa instead of simple tomatoes amps up the flavor and keeps it all moist.
Tired of the same old chicken breast recipes? Then you have to try this one skillet cheesy green chili chicken!
I mean, the name says it all. Cheese, green chilis, and chicken – yum!
The chicken comes out fork-tender, and you’ll need a side of white rice to sop up all that extra sauce.
Taquitos are my favorite late night snack. So, I always make a big batch for when the cravings strike.
Luckily, you can make these with leftover chicken, salsa, cheese, and cream cheese.
They’re crunchy, creamy, and zesty to the max.
Here’s another recipe to use up that leftover salsa verde.
Pork in chile verde is an authentic Mexican dish that sometimes takes all day to come together.
Not this recipe though! Think of this recipe as a shortcut to authentic Mexican goodness.
It pairs tender chunks of pork in a rich green salsa and plenty of garlic.
Pair it with fluffy white rice and watch your family go nuts over this deceptively easy dinner.
A jar of salsa is your secret weapon to create an amazing soup for a cold evening.
And the best part? You can make an entire pot for only a few bucks.
It incorporates canned black beans and a jar of salsa to recreate those rich Mexican flavors.
You likely have everything you need for this bone-warming soup in your pantry right now!
Americans aren’t the only ones stuffing peppers with tasty ingredients!
Mexican stuffed bell peppers are comfort food at its finest – with a spicy twist I know you’ll love.
Adding a jar of salsa with ground beef, black beans, and cheese takes this classic over the top.
Potato huevos rancheros are classic breakfast fare.
But one bite of this and you’ll want it for lunch and dinner too.
The good news is, you can whip it up in a flash and use up that leftover salsa. Talk about a win-win.
Who doesn’t love a reason to bust out the crock pot?
This fun recipe pairs chicken, taco seasoning, cream cheese, and salsa. After a few hours on low, the chicken comes out fork-tender, spicy, and super creamy.
Serve it over rice or inside a crunchy taco shell. It doesn’t get much easier (and delicious) than this.
12. Mexican Lasagna
Give your marinara the night off with this amazing Mexican lasagna.
Dare I say it’s even better than traditional lasagna?
It pairs flavorful Mexican seasoned ground beef, beans, cheese, and zippy salsa between tender lasagna noodles.
Every bite is comforting. And you still get the savory feel of classic Italian cuisine.
Game nights just aren’t the same without this amazing 4-layer fiesta dip. This dip checks all the scrumptious appetizer boxes.
It’s creamy, spicy, cheesy, and oh-so-easy. Oh, and did I mention it’s 100 percent vegetarian?
With so much cheese and bright Mexican seasoning, you won’t miss the beef one bit.
So grab a bag (or three) of tortilla chips- you’ll need them!
Move over, blooming onion. There’s a new sheriff in town.
Bloomin onions are great, but this blooming quesadilla ring is even better.
This stunning app is sure to be a massive hit at your next game night or backyard BBQ.
It pairs simple cheese quesadillas rolled into petals. How easy is that?
And no quesadilla ring is complete without a show-stopping salsa for dipping.
The great thing about these turkey meatloaf muffins is they are pre-portioned. But it’s hard to exercise portion control when they are so flavorful!
Turkey is a wonderful protein option because it’s lower in fat and overall calories.
And when you pair lean turkey with zesty salsa and cheese, it becomes pretty addictive.
These muffins are a great healthy dinner option if you can resist eating the whole tray.
Looking for a quick and easy appetizer to wow your party guests? Mexican pinwheels appear tedious, but they are incredibly easy.
The filling pairs oh-so-much cheese with shredded chicken and earns a kick from salsa.
All you need to do is mix, spread, roll, and watch an entire tray disappear.
17. Taco Pizza
Italy may snub the classic Tex-Mex taco pizza, but it’s probably because they’ve never tried it.
And no, you aren’t seeing things – those are crushed Doritos on top!
This pizza pairs savory seasoned beef and plenty of crispy crunchy toppings.
Get ready, because your family will fall in love with this fantastic take on pizza.
Once you try these baked stuffed sweet potatoes, you’ll never go back to sour cream and butter.
Consider yourself warned.
There’s something magical about pairing the sweetness of sweet potatoes with spicy Mexican salsa and cheese.
These baked spuds are so hearty that they make an excellent main course.
Think of totchos as the ultimate twist on loaded fries. Swapping out french fries for tots makes such a difference in all the best ways.
Totchos (it’s so fun to say out loud!) pairs crispy tater tots with savory Mexican flavors like salsa, fresh veggies, and seasoned ground beef.
And did I forget the cheese? There’s so much cheese!
It’s the perfect appetizer to serve when you want to impress
Arroz con pollo (aka Mexican chicken and rice) is a classic. It’s super simple, explodes with flavor, and comes together in just one pan.
The great thing about this recipe is that it’s not overly spicy. The rice helps to neutralize a lot of the bold spices, so it’s great for the whole family.
It pairs tender chicken with a can of salsa, cheese veggies, and rice. That’s it! Sometimes the best dishes are the simplest.
This Tex Mex potato soup utilizes your handy dandy instant pot in all the best ways.
The potatoes come out perfectly tender simmered in a creamy, zesty soup base.
It perfectly toes the line between creamy and zesty. You’ll never look at basic potato soup the same.
If you are tired of the same old eggs and bacon, give Chilaquiles a try. You won’t be disappointed.
Bonus points: it’s 100 percent vegetarian!
Classic chilaquiles pair hearty cabbage with bold seasoning and salsa served atop nachos.
Who says you can’t have nachos for breakfast?
Looking for an amazing game-day app that isn’t a dip? Then you have to check out these beef taco wonton cups!
Wonton wrappers create the perfectly crispy taco wrapper for delicious Mexican fillings.
Fill them with your favorite taco stuffing like seasoned beef, cheese, and crispy veggies.
And the cherry on top? An amazing salsa.
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