In the world of snacks, there’s always something new, interesting and different to try. So when we found out that Beanfield’s created a new tortilla chip, we had to be the first to taste them. While they have always made their chips with rice and beans, rather than corn like most tortilla chip companies, they’ve switched up their recipe to make them more nutritious and tastier. Now, all of the rice in their chips is 100% brown rice. The result–more protein, more fiber and a heartier crunch.
Well, wouldn’t it be a shame to dip this new and improved chip into the same old salsa? We thought so too! Instead, it’s time to add your own personalized spin to your recipe. Here are 6 different ways to make your salsa stand out:
Pick a new pepper: You may be used to a classic salsa made with jalapeno, but who’s to say that you shouldn’t spice up your next dish with an extra hot habanero or smoked poblano salsa.
Add sweet to your heat: Diced pineapple, mango or papaya give a tropical sweetness to salsas that pair really well with fish, chicken or your favorite (perhaps, Beanfields?) tortilla chips. When blended with spicy peppers, these fruits offer a cooling sensation as you eat to keep the burn slow and steady.
Make it minty: Traditionally cilantro is the sweetheart of salsa recipes here in the states. Interestingly, many authentic Mexican recipes call for mint instead. Even if you only change this one ingredient, you’ll notice refreshing change to your regular ol’ recipe.
Get a little corny: If you can get your hands on some super fresh corn, simply cut it off of the cob and use that as the base of your salsa. Want to intensify the flavor? Simply grill the corn on the cob until it’s lightly brown. Allow to cool to the touch, cut kernels off the cob and have at it.
Fire up the grill: From tomatoes to peppers to pineapple, grill or roast your ingredients and you instantly give them superpowers. (You think I’m kidding?) Seriously though, a little touch of high heat will increase the flavor or almost any ingredient you choose and make your salsa stronger than ever.
Find a new citrus substitute: There’s something about lime and cilantro that makes people think the two are married or something. Not true. Drizzle some fresh tangerine juice, a hit of lemon juice or even a splash of red wine vinegar into your next salsa and you’ll give everyone something to talk about as they dip their next chip.
What do you do to make your salsa sing? Post in the comments section below.