Store-bought salsa is a great shortcut in any Mexican recipe, but making your own salsa brings a burst of flavor to every dish. Try different salsas in different Mexican dishes for creative variations.See Popular Mexican Salsa Recipes
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Seamus Mullen marinates leg-of-lamb pieces in a mix of more than 10 ingredients (including saffron and Spanish paprika), many of which he also uses to make the accompanying salsa verde. Save a step and marinate the lamb in a bit of the salsa verde.
We love all Mexican recipes, but this one for a vegetarian enchilada casserole (click here for the recipe), with fresh salsa, is simply irresistible. And we swear, we can do this better than even the Mexican takeout joint down the block. And it's not just healthy but also one of the prettiest dishes around.
Skirt steak, nicely marbled with fat, takes well to marinades, like this simple mix of herbs and garlic. Mario Batali accents the grilled meat with a sauce made with more herbs and garlic, plus capers and anchovies; he likes to make his salsa verde superthick.
Try this Mexican-inspired salsa over grilled chicken or pork.
Chris Cosentino serves this puree of burrata (cream-filled mozzarella) with his bison strip loin, a combination he calls "Italian cheesesteak." Buffalo mozzarella can also be substituted for the burrata. The sauce is a luxe match for any grilled meat.
Tasty bean and cheese quesadillas grilled to a golden brown and served with quick-to-fix chunky tomato salsa.
When grilling a meal, chef Robert Del Grande of Cafe Annie and Bar Annie in Houston threads ingredients for sauces onto skewers to cook alongside the meat. While the meat rests, he purees the sauce ingredients in a blender.
In addition to tomatoes, this salsa features corn, zucchini and red bell pepper. Ole!
Create a chunky dip by combining sour cream with a bit of salsa and chunks of queso fresco--a white, crumbly Mexican cheese. A swirl of fresh herbs and green onion add vivid flavor.
When you use fresh ingredients from your garden, this snack dip will really pop with flavor.
This marinated, grilled chicken thigh recipe has Asian flavors. Serve the chicken, topped with fresh salsa, on Ti leaves, which can be found at some florist shops. Wash and pat dry the leaves as you would any green.
Serve this fresh and crunchy salsa with chips or on top of grilled meats, chicken, or fish.
This fruity and spicy salsa combines chile peppers, cantaloupe, apples, and sweet peppers. It works as a sauce for your favorite meat or as an appetizer served with tortilla chips.
A corn bread topper gives this zesty chili a homey touch. Turkey is a healthier alternative to the red meat.
This "green salsa" packs a fresh and spicy flavor. Ideal for chip dipping or for adding extra zest to many Mexican entrees.