3 Fresh and Simple Ways to Cook with Salsa

Three recipes to get that leftover taco night salsa out of the pantry and onto your plate.

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Sure, you could serve salsa as part of a classic chips-and-dip platter, but we use it to add zing to all kinds of dishes. Because it's full of zesty tomatoes, onions, and spices, it brings big flavor and tang to a shortcut jambalaya. Blend it with softened butter to amp up simple steaks or baked potatoes. Or fold it into prepared corn muffin mix with some melty cheese to turn humble muffins into a side worthy of an olé.

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1. Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya

To call this the easiest-ever jambalaya is an understatement—what normally can be an all-day affair takes no time at all, thanks to this shortcut recipe. The andouille is already cooked, the chicken is shredded rotisserie, and the white rice is quick-cooking. But the real time-saving star of the show? A jar of salsa.

Get the recipe: Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya

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2. Salsa Butter

You might be wondering, why add salsa to your butter? But after trying this recipe, you might be wondering why wouldn't you add salsa to your butter? Mixed in alongside the salsa are fresh cilantro, lime zest and juice, plus cumin and garlic. Adding a pat of this flavorful compound butter can do more than you think.

Get the recipe: Salsa Butter

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3. Salsa Corn Muffins

Here's a clever way to upgrade a standard box mix of cornbread: Jarred salsa and a spicy hit of pickled jalapeños add just the right amount of heat without going too far. And while salsa isn't a classic cornbread batter ingredient, it's a welcome one.

Get the recipe: Salsa Corn Muffins

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