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Last post May 17, 2007 12:22 AM by Treble_Clef . 23 replies.

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  • What to do with leftover salsa...
    I have quite a bit of fresh salsa left, and I'm out of chips. I'm looking for recipes using salsa (preferably a cup or 2).

  • RE: What to do with leftover salsa...
    This is my favorite recipe that calls for salsa. I have always used the salsa from the store and never fresh salsa, but it may work.


    1 pound boneless pork chops, cut into stir fry size pieces

    1 TBS oil

    1 packet taco seasoning( I usually use a little less)

    1 large jar of salsa (mild, medium, or hot)

    1/2 jar peach or apricot preserves


    Brown the outside of the pork in the oil and sprinkle with taco seasoning. Then add the salsa and let simmer until cooked through. Add the preserves and cook another minute or two. Serve over rice.

  • RE: What to do with leftover salsa...
    I'd use it to grill chicken -- and then some on the eggs for breakfast and it'd be gone in a flash.

    Fresh salsa doesn't last long at our house.

    The Pork Picante sounds great too.
  • RE: What to do with leftover salsa...
    Throw it in a big batch of chili.
    Make a pasta sauce mixing it with a jar of spaghetti sauce, bell peppers, corn and black beans and make a mexi-pasta topped with Jack cheese.
    Make chicken tortilla soup and mix it with the broth, it will flavor it nicely.
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    Make some quesadillas, and put the salsa on top.
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    Serves: 2
    Source: LaDonna
    Effort: easy
    Comments: It’s spicy, but not too spicy. Really really good. The original recipe came in our ONG bill. I tweaked it just a tad. This is also published in Cooking for 2 on pg. 15, Summer 2005 issue.

    2 boneless, skinless chicken breast
    2 T. + 1/4 c. med. Flavored salsa
    2 T. + 1/4 c. Zesty Italian salad dressing
    2 slices mozzarella cheese
    Cooked rice

    In a plastic bag combine the 2 T. medium flavored salsa and 2 T. Zesty Italian salad dressing. Add chicken. Let marinate for at least 1-2 hours in the fridge. I let mine marinate all day.
    Remove chicken and discard marinade. Place chicken on gas grill over low heat. I cooked for 30-45 minutes or until chicken breast has an internal temperature of at least 170 degrees. (cooking time depends on how big the chicken breast are)
    While chicken is cooking, heat remaining salsa and dressing over low heat.
    When chicken is about done, lay a slice of cheese on top of the chicken until melted.
    Serve over rice and top with heated sauce.

    “A secret may be kept a secret, by not telling it’s a secret”
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    Serves: 4
    Effort: easy
    Comments: This should be a very low fat meal. It is so good.

    1-1/2 c. picante sauce
    3 T. brown sugar, packed
    1 T. dijon mustard
    4 skinless, boneless chicken breast
    3 c. of hot cooked rice

    Mix first 3 ing.
    Put chicken into quart shallow baking dish.
    Pour sauce over.
    Bake till done.
    I cook it on the stove over low heat

    Bake at 400 45 min. or until done.

    Serve over bed of rice.

    "Men are born with two eyes, but only one tongue, in order that they should see twice as much as they say"
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    Zippy Dilly Beef Sandwiches

    Serves: 12
    Source: LaDonna
    Effort: easy
    Comments: We liked Head Country Barbecue sauce on our buns with this. I know your wondering about all those pickles. Believe you me, I did to. But this is fantastic. Give it a try, you won't regret it. I decided to try something a little different with the original Dilly Beef Reciped that I got from a "98" Quick Cooking" magazine. To this recipe I added 1 cup of my homemade picante sauce. It added a wonderful zip to it

    1 boneless beef chuck roast (about 5-6 lbs.)
    1 jar (16 oz.) whole dill pickles, undrained
    1 (12 oz) bottle chili sauce
    1 c. picante sauce
    2 garlic cloves, minced
    12 hamburger buns

    Put roast in slow cooker. Cut in half if necessary.
    Add pickles with juice, chili sauce, picante sauce & garlic.
    Cover & cook on low for 8-9 hrs. Or until beef is tender.
    Discard pickles.
    Remove roast
    When cool enough to handle, shred the meat.
    Return to the sauce & heat through.
    Using a slotted spoon, fill each bun with about 1/2 c. meat mixture

    “Yesterday is gone, tomorrow is near, so learn to listen, observe and hear"
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    Serves: 6
    Effort: average
    Comments: The basic recipe came from Sharon. I changed it just a bit so I wouldn’t have to pre-cook the shells. Here is what I ended up with. This heats up wonderfully in the microwave.

    2 lbs. Lean ground beef
    2 envelopes taco seasoning
    1 pkg. (8 oz.) cream cheese
    1 pkg. (12 oz.) jumbo shells, uncooked
    1 c. picante sauce
    2 (8 oz.) jar taco sauce
    1 (10 oz.) can diced tomatoes with green chilies
    2 c. (8 oz.) shredded pizza cheese (mozzarella, cheddar blend)
    1 1/2 c. crushed tortilla chips
    1 c. (8 oz.) sour cream
    chives, optional
    parsley flakes, optional

    In a skillet brown beef, drain. Add taco seasoning—prepare according to pkg. directions.
    Add cream cheese, cover and simmer 5-10 minutes or until melted.
    Put in bowl, cover, chill one hour in refrigerator.
    Spray a 9x13” baking pan with a non-stick cooking spray.
    Place Salsa in the bottom of the pan.
    Stuff UNCOOKED jumbo shells with meat mixture. Lay on top on salsa.
    Then mix taco sauce and diced tomatoes with green chilies. Cover shells, making sure to cover each shell. Cover pan and place in refrigerator overnight.
    Set out about 15 minutes before baking.
    Preheat oven to 350.
    Place casserole, covered, in oven for 35 minutes.
    Uncover and sprinkle with cheese and then tortilla chips.
    Put back in oven for 15 minutes.
    Let set about 10 minutes before serving.
    Serve with sour cream, chives and parsley flakes.

    “God gives us the ingredients, but He doesn’t give us the recipe”

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    Serves: 2
    Effort: easy
    Comments: I usually cook it more like 30 minutes or more. I like to make sure my pork is good and done. I also use an instant read thermometer to check for doneness. Pork is done at 170.

    3/4 c. picante sauce
    1/4 c. orange juice
    1/4 t. garlic powder or 2 gloves garlic, minced
    2 boneless pork chops, 3/4" thick

    Mix picante sauce, orange juice & garlic powder in shallow nonmetallic dish.
    Add chops & turn to coat. Cover & refrigerate 1 hr., turning chops occasionally. (I marinated over night)
    Remove chops from marinade & place on lightly oiled grill rack over med.-hot coals, Grill uncovered 15 min. or until chops are no longer pink, turning & brushing often with marinate, if desired.

    "Life is an echo. What you send out, you receive back. What you give, you get"
  • RE: What to do with leftover salsa...
    Thanks. These look good!
  • RE: What to do with leftover salsa...
    I also add it to chili. I also put it in meatloaf in place of ketchup or tomato sauce, also use it in bbq sauce....


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  • RE: What to do with leftover salsa...
    melt it with some velveta cubes, to make a sauce............ stir in some maccaroni....... a new twist on mac n' cheese.

    or pour it over some baked potatoes or steamed broccoli or french fries.
  • RE: What to do with leftover salsa...
    I make Mexican omelettes a lot . We really enjoy them.

    Mexican Omelette
    3 eggs 1/8 tsp salt

    1 tablespoon butter
    1/4 cup total chopped green peppers/Vidalia onion (about 1/8 cup each)

    1/2 cup shredded monterey jack cheese
    1/4 cup salsa,

    Combine eggs and salt in bowl and mix well.
    Heat up small skillet with butter until butter is melted ( over medium heat) add eggs .
    As the omelette cooks lift edges with spatula and tip pan so uncooked portion moves underneath the cooked edge of the omelette When omelette is relatively firm sprinkle top with
    cheese onions and peppers .Fold in half .The heat from the cooked and folded omelette will soon melt the shredded cheese. Top the folded omelette with a generous center line of fresh salsa . (A piece of garden grown cilantro for taste and color is optional)

    I like to serve my omelette with a dollop of sour cream on the side of the platter and a couple of perfect fresh strawberries.

    Susan-Serving as a Taste Of Home Field Editor since 2009



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