6 Ways to Spice up Your Meal with Salsa
As much as we love the classic burger and fries, it seems like people in this country really bond over a love for salsa. Spicy, mild, medium, and… mango, the choices at stores seem to grow every day, along with the spreads at every football game and party.
When you visit Lewes Gifts and Bayside Gifts, you’ll see that they proudly serve up some of the most savory salsas around thanks to First Town First State. Fresh-made for the town of Lewes, First Town First State has a Hot and Spicy Salsa, a Black Bean and Corn Salsa, a Mango Lime Salsa, and even a Pineapple Salsa! They are all delicious, and a great deal with their 3 for $25 bundle.
If you have the same affinity for the spread as we do, you might want to try these awesome ways to spice up your meals with these unbelievable salsas.
6 Ways to Spice up Your Meal with Salsa:
1. Top Your Meat and Seafood
Who says salsa needs to stay on a chip? Any Mexican-food lover knows that chicken or beef and salsa is a match made in heaven! Drop the carbs for a change and top your meat with a slammin’ new salsa. Cook the meat as you normally would in the oven, on a skillet, or on the grill and then grace it with some fresh, cold spoonfuls of salsa. You can have just standard meat with veggies, or sub rice for a cauliflower rice in a burrito bowl. Salsa even tastes great on some sneakier foods like shrimp, salmon, and tuna (especially when you go for the mango).
2. Cook with It
Using salsa as a topping is great, but you can even cook your main courses with it to really infuse your food with the flavor. There are tons of recipes for cooking chicken with salsa in casserole-style dishes or in zucchini boats/roll-ups. One of the best kept secrets is from the cook of Skinny Taste, Gina Homolka. She cooks chicken breasts in a slow cooker for hours with a jar of salsa and some sprinklings of chili powder. After about 6 hours, you have incredibly tender, flavorful, pull-apart chicken you can eat with anything!
3. Serve it with Fresh Tortilla Chips
Bring you’re a-game, by making your own tortilla chips as a side to the meal. It is so easy to do and makes a world of a difference! Just grab some old tortillas, coat them with oil, sprinkle some salt, cut them into wedges, and bake at 375 degrees until they’re crispy!
4. Add It to a Salad
Salsa really is just fresh tomatoes and herbs, so salad really is a natural pairing! Make yourself a big taco salad and load it up with a combination of fresh salsa, more cut tomatoes, and bell peppers. It is filling and flavorful. It is also a great choice if you are trying to cut back on calories, because the salsa is light, but makes dressing unnecessary.
5. Bring It to Breakfast
Huevos rancheros anyone? Eggs and salsa are fantastic on their own, but absolutely next-level incredible when paired. Something about the rich savory, cheesy egg spiced up with fresh-cut tomato, onion, cilantro, and lime juice takes your taste buds on a trip. Wrap it up in a breakfast burrito to take it to go or enjoy it as-is. As strange as it may sound, savory oatmeal is also taking the internet by storm and might lend well to the salsa topping. The oats act as the plain canvas to umami-style toppings like eggs, scallions, peppers, sausage, and Parmesan.
6. Build a Burrito with Different Flavors
A burrito with salsa is not anything new, let alone, life-changing, but have you experimented with different salsas? There is no rule saying one must stick to classic spicy, and , yet, it seems like everyone does. Challenge yourself to try all-new flavors like mango and pineapple to freshen up your Mexican feast. You’ll be surprised how good different can taste.
Experiment with all of these ways to enjoy salsa, and let us know what you think! Also, if you have any of your own ways to spice up your meals with salsa, we’d love to hear them! Message us on Facebook at Bayside Gifts or Lewes Gifts.
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