Salsa is a delicious dip made in a myriad of ways, but almost always with a base of chopped tomatoes and herbs. Originating with Mayans, Incas, and Aztecs in what is now Mexico, salsa was first made with tomatoes, squash seeds, and chili peppers. Today, it’s a mainstream topping or dip used all over the world. If you love salsa, here are some ways to use it that you may never have thought of before.
Stir Into Mac and Cheese
Known to some families as a classic “hack”, there’s something about the spicy, tomatoey goodness of salsa that just kicks macaroni and cheese up a notch. Whether you’re eating boxed mac or homemade, salsa can add flavor as well as more nutrients thanks to its vegetable content.
Simmer it With Scrambled Eggs
A common easy Chinese breakfast dish is “tomato and egg”, which uses some mirin and soy sauce and is served over rice. It’s easy and delicious, and you can make a “Mexican” take on the dish by using salsa instead of tomatoes and skipping the umami ingredients.
Cook Meat in It
Salsa is kind of like a one-hit simmer sauce, ready-made for cooking chicken or fish to lend them some extra flavor. You can then spoon some salsa on top for an easy and healthy topping.