Quick and Easy Recipes That Start with Salsa

Recipes That Use Salsa as a Shortcut Ingredient

Store-bought salsa is one of my favorite shortcut ingredients for quick and easy recipes. Salsa adds incredible flavor to recipes for everything from meatloaf to soups. Plus, it eliminates the need to simmer vegetables (most salsas are made with cooked vegetables). Finally, you can use good-quality, gourmet salsa in all of these recipes, so you don't have to sacrifice great flavor when you make these quick and easy recipes.

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  • 01 of 08

    Chili Mac Recipe for the Slow Cooker

    Mac and cheese
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    This easy recipe uses salsa in combination with salsa con queso (a cheese dip) to add incredible flavor to pre-cooked meatballs and macaroni. Try different salsa to vary the flavor of this easy chili mac recipe.

  • 02 of 08

    Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe

    Tortilla soup
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    This recipe uses salsa and condensed tomato soup as the base for a super easy, yet authentic-tasting, chicken tortilla soup. As with all of the recipes featured here, use the best-quality salsa you can find for this soup. It makes a big difference!

  • 03 of 08

    King Ranch Chicken Recipe

    King Ranch Chicken
    King Ranch Chicken Casserole. Stephanie Gallagher

    King ranch chicken is the mother of all Southern casseroles, because it's creamy, cheesy and perfect for feeding a crowd. This king ranch chicken casserole gets a bit of "gourmet" flavor from good-quality salsa and organic creamed soups.

  • 04 of 08

    Chicken Enchiladas Recipe

    Chicken enchiladas
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    Instead of peeling and chopping fresh tomatillos and simmering them with authentic Mexican herbs and spices, this chicken enchiladas recipe uses jarred salsa to make a super easy, yet deeply-flavored enchilada casserole that tastes amazing.

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  • 05 of 08

    Easy Chili Recipe

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    I recommend a black bean salsa or tomato salsa for this uber easy and incredibly flavorful chili recipe. Make a big batch of this chili - you'll want to enjoy the leftovers!

  • 06 of 08

    Taco Casserole Recipe

    Taco Casserole
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    Salsa and black beans add flavor to ground beef in this easy layered casserole recipe. You can make this quick and easy recipe in advance and freeze it for later, too.

  • 07 of 08

    Teriyaki Beef Burgers with Mango Salsa

    Teriyaki burger
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    Sweet mango salsa balances out the tangy flavor of these burgers perfectly. Although I've included a recipe for mango salsa from scratch with this recipe, more and more stores are carrying prepared mango salsa (sometimes in the produce section; sometimes in the Mexican food section), and there's no reason to make it from scratch when there are lots of good-quality store-bought salsas to buy.

  • 08 of 08

    Mexican Meatloaf Recipe

    Mexican meatloaf
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    This quick and easy meatloaf recipe uses salsa in place of sauteed vegetables and tomato sauce -- and to great effect. This meatloaf moist, well-seasoned and super simple to prepare.