Ways To Incorporate Salsa Into Meals

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Known for its tart, savory flavors, Mexican salsa typically consists of fresh, chopped tomatoes, onions, lime juice, garlic, and cilantro to taste. It may also contain jalapeno peppers, depending on its spiciness level. Although it's most often paired with chips as an appetizer, you can use salsa in a variety of other ways. 

Whether you're cooking breakfast, lunch, or dinner, you can find a way to incorporate salsa into it. Some traditional Mexican dishes, such as huevos rancheros, call for a topping of fresh salsa, but you can work it into other not-so-typical recipes as well for a burst of unexpected flavor. 

Salsa is versatile in that it can be served at any time of the day. It's also easy to tweak the recipe to suit anyone's preferences. For instance, if you're throwing a party for both kids and adults, be sure to provide mild salsa for the young guests, as well as medium and hot salsas for the grown-ups. Salsa is ideal for serving at  build-your-own taco and burrito bars at special events. 

You can either make the salsa yourself from scratch or buy it premade in jars from a retailer specializing in Mexican foods. While the jarred salsa will last at least several months or longer prior to opening, you'll have to enjoy the fresh salsa within a few days. 

Here are some ways that you can work salsa into your favorite recipes and meals:

1. Low-Calorie Topping

If you're counting calories and are looking for a way to add flavor without the fat, consider topping food with salsa. For instance, instead of slathering high-calorie cheese, sour cream, and butter onto a baked potato, add a few spoonfuls of salsa instead. This is also a great topping alternative if you're a vegan or are allergic to dairy products. 

As another idea, instead of melting cheese on top of your eggs, give your breakfast a spicy kick with salsa instead. Salsa will also add moisture with the fat to baked fish. As a tropical twist, top the seafood with a slightly sweet pineapple- or mango-based salsa. 

2. Mexican-Style Rice 

A simple way to transform basic white rice into a standout side dish is with the addition of salsa. Stir your desired amount of salsa into cooked rice, and serve alongside refried beans, fajitas, and quesadillas, or use as a taco or burrito filling.

Making your own Mexican-style rice may save you money and is most likely healthier than its prepackaged counterpart. 

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