Cooking With Salsa

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I’m a big fan of shopping local and supporting small businesses. I am also all about brand loyalty. When I find something I really like, I will continue buying it again and again. When it comes to fresh fruit and vegetables, I like to shop in smaller markets, especially since they do their best to buy first from local growers. I can do this because I live in Southern California. We are lucky to have to have small grocery chains like Henry’s Marketplace, Sprouts, Trader Joe’s and even smaller ma-and-pop markets that offer fresh produce for so much cheaper than the big grocery stores. This helps me and my family to eat healthier and more economically than ever before.

Several months ago I was contacted by local salsa makers, Chips N’ Dip Fresh Salsa. Located in here in Southern California, they make their salsa here in San Diego County and they specialize in high pressure foods. This keeps the salsa fresh without the use of preservatives. Which means to you and me, organic, real food without harmful chemicals or preservatives.

That’s a win-win situation in my book.

The nice boys from Chips N’ Dip brought me a case of their delicious salsa. They have four levels of heat: mild, medium, hot and x-tra hot. Each heat level has a cute color-coded smiley face to go along with it.

I received two of each heat level. My husband thought the whole thing was funny.

What on Earth was I going to do with all of this salsa?

Lucky for my husband, he was going to go on a father-daughter camping trip and he took several of the salsas with him to test out. They were a huge hit. We also shared the salsa with our cub scout pack during a biking event. The only complaint I received was that x-tra hot wasn’t hot enough. Well, it was hot enough for me!! OUCH!

Salsa is great alone with tortilla chips and an ice cold margarita. Trust me, I did a lot of that!

We also know salsa is a terrific condiment on eggs, tacos and other Mexican dishes. But, it is also a great short-cut for other recipes, too.

I like to add salsa in my Chicken Tortilla Soup. It offers great flavor and intensity. And who couldn’t use a nice bowl of soup during these cold months?

Click here for the recipe.

And for a quick appetizer for those upcoming holiday parties, why not try this Baked Goat Cheese with Mango Salsa? Chop a little mango, mix it with your Chip N’ Dip salsa, pour it over some goat cheese & cream cheese mix and bake it. You’ll have a creamy, sweet and spicy dip that all of your guests this holiday season will love.

So much fancier than plain chips and salsa. And so easy to make. You can find the full recipe here.

Thank you Chips N’ Dip for sending me your salsa to sample.

What is your favorite way to use salsa?

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9 Responses to Cooking With Salsa

  1. mjskit at #

    One of my biggest weaknesses is chips and salsa so something like a tortilla soup is a great way to get both and not feel so guilty! :) In fact, it's on the menu for tomorrow night. Both of your recipes are great! I'll have check out the appetizer a little closer by making it too!

  2. Wendy at #

    LOVE the idea of adding mango to salsa and putting over goat cheese! I love quick appetizer ideas this time of year…seems there's always last-minute guests and party invites!

  3. I love salsa and I can practically get full with chips and salsa before the main menu comes to the table… I LOOOOVE your Chicken Tortilla Soup and going to check it after this. I have never made one before but looks soo good!!

  4. Ohmigoodness! That Baked Goat Cheese with Mango Salsa sounds AWESOME! Couple that with an ingredient that comes with super adorable smiley faces and I think you might have the best dish ever :) Glad you got the swag to show off on the blog!

    Buzzed

  5. salsa looks fabulous lovely pictures

  6. redkathy at #

    I like to braise chicken, smother it with salsa then slow simmer on the stove. Goes great with black beans and rice!

  7. Kalyan at #

    Just mouthwatering…looks so easy to prepare and delicious!

  8. Looks scrumptious! Ahhhh… the wonderful dishes you can make with salsa… Just the thought makes my mouth water. Your photos are awesome! Glad to have found your page.

  9. I love salsa on most anything savory…I have not tried this brand but will look for it :)

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