Homemade salsa always tastes better than the stuff out of the jar, and it’s so much healthier, too. You can use your favorite ingredients to create combinations that you won’t find in store-bought varieties. Substitute strawberries or watermelon for tomatoes and you’ll have a fresh and light fruit salsa. Adding beans is another way to create a salsa you’d never find in a jar. They add texture and make your salsa a more satisfying dish so you can use it as a filling for quesadillas or as a topping on salads for a big boost in flavor.

Avocado and White Bean Salsa

Summer is avocado season and this salsa captures all of the flavors we associate with warmer weather. This recipe uses just one avocado, so it’s great for an afternoon snack. Creamy avocado and vine-ripened tomatoes are mixed with white beans. A little red onion adds a punch of flavor and acidic lime juice is not only tasty, it helps keep the avocado from turning brown.

Corn and Pinto Bean Salsa

Loaded with vegetables and meaty pinto beans, this salsa gives any dish a fresh layer of flavor and texture. You can use it as a condiment for grilled meats like fish and chicken, or serve it with tortilla chips for your next summer party. You’ll love the  layers of heat from canned mild green chilies and fresh jalapeno peppers that give the salsa a spicy bite.

Chili Pepper Bean Salsa Recipe

Calling all pepper lovers! This hot and smoky salsa is for you. Ancho chilies and your favorite chopped fresh peppers give this salsa levels of heat that you’ll feel from the back of your throat to the tip of your tongue. You can dial up the heat as much as you want by leaving the seeds in the peppers and using hotter varieties of peppers like Serrano, Thai or the king of heat – habanero. Pinto beans help balance out the abundance of peppers in this salsa that should be served with a word of caution.

Salsas recipes are easy to prepare and kick up the flavor of any meal. What are your favorite ways to use salsa?

Grilling out tonight? Here’s the perfect side dish for your grilled meat featuring Randall Beans Great Northern Beans

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