10 Superior Salsa Recipes That Put Store-Bought to Shame
There are few joys in life that compare to a jar of homemade salsa. Sure, the sound of your children's laughter comes pretty close, but it's not like you can put that on top of a tortilla chip.
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Maybe salsa is so exciting because it's versatile: You can make one out of almost anything, to top almost anything. As long as you've got a cutting board and a few key ingredients lying around, you can throw together a roasted corn salsa from a leftover ear of corn, or make a cool, crunchy salsa from a rapidly ripening cucumber. Or, if you're not feeling super adventurous, you can always blend up a traditional restaurant-style salsa for taco night.
Whichever way you go, a fresh homemade salsa is sure to put a smile on anyone's face, adults and children alike. But again, don't stress too much over your kids. Their smiling faces are nice and all, but it's not like you can spoon those over a burrito.
(Little Inspiration, La Buena Vida, Mountain Mama Cooks, Scarletta Bakes, Make Something Daily, How Sweet It Is)
Summer Pico de Gallo
Pico de gallo is pretty good as-is, but it's predictable. Shake things up with a summer pico recipe from Angie at Little Inspiration, complete with oranges, pineapple and daikon in place of those typical tomatoes.
Tipsy Weekend Salsa Borracha
Salsa borracha (literally "drunk" salsa) is made with tequila, but it's not going to get anyone tipsy. Most recipes — like this smoky, spicy recipe from Meagan at Scarletta Bakes — are brought to a boil before serving, which cooks off the alcohol so only the tequila's flavor remains.
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Grilled Avocado and Peach Salsa
"If you’ve never grilled an avocado before, I highly recommend it," writes Jennifer at Savory Simple. While you're at it, she also suggests charring a few peaches for her smoky and sweet salsa recipe, which is likely to go well with anything else you happen to be grilling.
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Roasted Corn Salsa
Nicole at La Buena Vida suggests making her roasted corn salsa recipe as a topping for fish, meat or eggs, but we're be lying if said we didn't want to pair them with those contrasting blue tortilla chips she's got pictured above. After all, we eat with our eyes first.
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Quick and Easy Blender Salsa
Sick and tired of not being able to find restaurant-style salsa in the store? Make your own with this salsa recipe from Kelley at Mountain Mama Cooks. "It literally comes together in under 5 minutes," she says.
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The secret to a good cucumber salsa is getting rid of the seeds, says Vianney at Sweet Life Bake. Otherwise, you're going to end up with a watery salsa that doesn't top a plate of nachos nearly as nicely as her cool, refreshing recipe.
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Roasted Tomatillo and Jalapeno Salsa Verde
Nothing goes better with braised pork than a nice salsa verde, and it doesn't get much nicer than this spicy recipe from Sara at Three Blondes and a Tomas. With hot jalapeno and smooth tomatillo, it's bold enough to stand up to full-flavored meats but light enough for fish, too.
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Salsa criolla might not look like a typical salsa we'd serve with chips here in the States, but it's a standard condiment down in Peru — and a favorite of Meghan at Make Something Daily. Try her recipe on fattier pork or beef dishes to cut through the richness.
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(Make Something Daily)
Pineapple Jalapeno Salsa
You don't normally bite into a pineapple and think, "This would be better with salt and onions," but maybe you should (at least sometimes). Jessica from How Sweet It Is proves as much with this piquant pineapple salsa recipe that she piles atop her BBQ-spiced salmon.
(How Sweet Eats)
Bloody Mary Guajillo Salsa
If you've ever made the mistake of drinking from a bowl of salsa (or conversely, asking the waiter for a basket of tortilla chips when presented with a bloody mary), this recipe isn't going to make things any easier for you. In addition to tomatoes and peppers, this cocktail/salsa mash-up contains vodka, horseradish and Worcester sauce.
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