Mexican Salsa

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

Lamb Skewers with Salsa Verde

Food & Wine

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.

Total: 2 hrs 30 mins

Mexican Enchilada Casserole with Mango Salsa: Make the Takeout

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.

Grilled Skirt Steak with Salsa Verde

Food & Wine

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.

Total: 35 mins

Ginger-Pear Salsa

Better Homes and Gardens

Try this Mexican-inspired salsa over grilled chicken or pork.

Burrata Salsa

Food & Wine

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.

Total: 15 mins

Quesadillas con Salsa

RO*TEL

Tasty bean and cheese quesadillas grilled to a golden brown and served with quick-to-fix chunky tomato salsa.

Total: 20 mins

Pineapple and Red Chile Salsa

Food & Wine

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.

Total: 30 mins

Grilled Vegetable Salsa

Betty Crocker

In addition to tomatoes, this salsa features corn, zucchini and red bell pepper. Ole!

Total: 1 hr 25 mins

Salsa and Cheese Dip

Better Homes and Gardens

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.

Gazpacho Salsa

Better Homes and Gardens

When you use fresh ingredients from your garden, this snack dip will really pop with flavor.

Avocado Salsa Verde

Ladies' Home Journal

Peanut-Ginger Chicken with California Salsa

Better Homes and Gardens

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.

Verano Fresco Salsa

Better Homes and Gardens

Serve this fresh and crunchy salsa with chips or on top of grilled meats, chicken, or fish.

Sonoma Harvest Salsa

Better Homes and Gardens

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.

White Bean-Turkey Chili with Corn Bread Dumplings

Better Homes and Gardens

A corn bread topper gives this zesty chili a homey touch. Turkey is a healthier alternative to the red meat.

Total: 22 mins

Salsa Verde

The Food Channel

This "green salsa" packs a fresh and spicy flavor. Ideal for chip dipping or for adding extra zest to many Mexican entrees.

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