Going Beyond the Chip: Cooking with Salsa

I’m the first to admit that my go-to salsa “recipe” includes a bag of tortilla chips and a container of salsa—and that’s it. However, with such a vibrant ingredient, we needed to come up with a few new ideas that can help you incorporate it into more everyday cooking. If you can’t get enough salsa, but can’t quite justify eating more chips, give these ideas a try!

salsa recipes

Southwest Salsa Burgers

Southwest Salsa Burgers from CookingLight.com

¼ cup finely chopped shallots
3/8 teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon ground chipotle chile pepper
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
1 pound lean ground beef
¼ cup Parker’s Farm Salsa
Cooking spray
4 (1-ounce) slices Monterey Jack cheese
4 Boston lettuce leaves
4 (1 ½-ounce) hamburger buns, toasted
8 (1/8-inch-thick) tomato slices


  1. Combine the first five ingredients with two tablespoons of Parker’s Farm Salsa. Divide the seasoned mixture into four equal portions, shaping each into a patty.
  2. Heat a large skillet or grill pan over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add patties to pan; cook 5 minutes on each side or until desired degree of doneness. Top each patty with one cheese slice; cook one additional minute or until cheese melts.
  3. Place 1 lettuce leaf on bottom half of each bun; top with 2 tomato slices, 1 patty, and 1 ½ teaspoons of Parker’s Farm Salsa.
Salsa recipe

Nacho Cheese Bites

Nacho Cheese Bites from Campbell’s Kitchen

8-ounce package of puff pastry sheets
1 egg
1 tablespoon water
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
¼ cup Parker’s Farm Salsa
5 pitted ripe olives, cut into quarters (optional)
Chili powder


  1. Heat the oven to 400˚F. Beat the egg and water in a small bowl with a fork or whisk. Stir the cheese and salsa in a small bowl.
  2. Unfold the pastry sheet on a lightly floured surface. Roll the pastry sheet into a 15×12-inch rectangle. Cut into 20 (3-inch) squares. Place about 1 tablespoon cheese mixture in the center of each pastry square. Top each with 1 olive piece, if desired. Brush the edges of the pastry squares with the egg mixture. Fold the pastry over the filling to form triangles. Crimp the edges with a fork to seal. Place the filled pastries onto baking sheets. Brush the pastries with the egg mixture and sprinkle with chili powder.
  3. Bake for 15 minutes or until the pastries are golden brown. Remove the pastries from the baking sheets and let cool on wire racks for 10 minutes.

Other than these fun new recipes, we have a few suggestions for using Parker’s Farm Salsa to liven up a few traditional dishes:

  • Put salsa on your scrambled eggs to create lightness and new flavor
  • Use salsa in place of pizza sauce on a homemade pizza
  • Add salsa to ground beef or turkey when making burgers
  • Marinate chicken in salsa and grill
  • Stir salsa into mashed avocado for a quick and easy guacamole
  • Thin salsa with olive oil and lemon juice and use it as a salad dressing

Parkers Farm

Parkers Farm has produced the finest Cold Pack Cheese since the company’s conception in 1977. Parkers Farm has expanded its growing product line to include one of the best all-natural Peanut Butters available. We have also added pimiento spread, six varieties of bagel spreads and five varieties of fresh salsa to the line as well as Con Queso and Jalapeno Nacho Dip.

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