16 Easy Dinners to Make with a Jar of Salsa

Easy Taco Casserole
Photo by Snacking in the Kitchen.

Salsa, it's for so much more than tortilla chips. It's the tasty little secret to super-fast meals, adding big flavor to recipes without piling on the calories. Salsa is actually very healthy. The tomatoes and chile peppers are power houses of nutrition. In fact, a recent study found that people who frequently eat spicy foods tend to live longer. Research has also shown that the chile peppers may have anti-cancer properties and may help protect against obesity.

In these simple dishes, salsa steals the show. Prefer to make your own salsa? Here are some top-rated homemade salsa recipes to choose from. Either way, these simple healthy dinner recipes are ready in under an hour.

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Quick and Easy Mexican Chicken

Quick and Easy Mexican Chicken
Photo by Baltimore Tom.

Rave Review: "I have been making this Mexican chicken for years now and it is a family favorite." -- cara1997

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Cilantro Garlic Lime Sauteed Shrimp

Rave Review: "Delicious, easy, full of fresh flavor and tender shrimp, thoroughly enjoyed. Used a red jalapeno instead of a red chile pepper, which gave a kick of heat, and added more lime juice. Definitely will be made again." -- lutzflcat

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Easy Taco Casserole

Easy Taco Casserole
Photo by Snacking in the Kitchen.

Rave Review: "Awesome recipe, a definite keeper! I've made this twice, once with mayo and the next time with sour cream. Turned out wonderful both times but think we preferred the mayo over sour cream. The mayo made it more tangy." -- Dae

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Fantastic Chicken Burgers

Rave Review: "My family loved this recipe - I made them as sliders. Served topped with salsa and guacamole. yummy!" -- lengland

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D's Taco Pizza

Rave Review: "If you like tacos, you'll like this! To save time, I opted for purchased salsa. Was a hit with everyone!" -- Holly R.

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Fast Chicken Over Black Beans and Rice

Rave Review: "Very good, cheap and easy! Something I can whip up fast after work. I did add more salsa (almost double) and threw in a little cayenne for an extra kick!" -- Von424

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Black Bean and Salsa Soup

black bean soup in two turquoise bowls
Photo by bd.weld. bd.weld

Rave Review: "This recipe is so fast and delicious I couldn't believe it. The best thing is you can make it as spicy as you like depending on your salsa." -- JANEBALFOUR

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Salsa Chicken

Salsa Chicken
Photo by Rock_lobster.

Rave Review: "Very easy and very quick, yet it tastes so good people will think you slaved for hours over this dish!" -- Jillian

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Black Bean Breakfast Bowl

Rave Review: "It has everything in it I love. Nice Southwestern breakfast that is easy to make, healthy, and will keep you satisfied all day long." -- Sherri

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Meatloaf...a Little Southwest Style

Rave Review: "Meatloaf was awesome! I added some jalapenos, black olives and muschrooms to spice it up and give it a little zing." -- eagle10

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Ground Chicken Taco Burgers

Rave Review: "Totally great! I did add bread crumbs as well. Very moist burger with lots of flavour from the taco seasoning. Great too with the avocado and salsa." -- Stacey

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Baked Black Bean and Spinach Flautas

This healthy vegetarian flautas recipe features a jar black bean and corn salsa, a couple cans of black banes, fresh spinach, and Monterey Jack cheese. KIMBERMARIE calls it, "A vegetarian take on a classic Mexican dish. These delicious flautas are baked until crispy using cooking spray instead of vegetable oil to "fry" the tortillas. Topped with plain Greek yogurt for a wholesome and tasty alternative to sour cream."

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Chicken and White Bean Chili

Rave Review: "DELISH! This was so good, it was eaten before I could even get a pic! I made a half batch, but wished I had made a full batch. I used a medium roasted tomato and chipotle salsa, and the flavors were perfect!" -- LilSnoo

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Salsa Chicken Rice Casserole

Salsa Chicken Rice Casserole
Photo by Ashley Nicholson.

Rave Review: "Layers of rice, chicken breast, a creamy soup and salsa mixture and two kinds of cheese add up to a simply yummy salsa casserole! This recipe is a family favorite because it's delicious and easily made with ingredients found in the pantry." -- Gweneth

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Instant Pot® Salsa Chicken

Instant Pot® Salsa Chicken
Instant Pot Salsa Chicken | Photo by Tammy Lynn.

Rave Review: "This was awesome. So I made this a couple days ago and it was wonderful. I'm making it again tonight with green salsa peppers and onions and eating on tortillas with cheese like fajitas." -- Karen Sanchez

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Baked Chicken with Salsa and Sour Cream

Rave Review: "This is one of my most favorite ways to make chicken. I use a homemade taco seasoning mix and serve this with Spanish rice and homemade refried beans. This also excellent filling for tortillas. When I make this I ALWAYS double it." -- Sarah Jo

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