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10 Easy Dinners With Salsa Ready in Under an Hour

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 10 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.

Easy Dinners Made with Salsa & Ready in Less Than an Hour

1.) Quick and Easy Mexican Chicken  | Ready in 40 minutes

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


Quick and Easy Mexican Chicken

Photo by Baltimore Tom

2.) Cilantro Garlic Lime Sauteed Shrimp | Ready in 25 minutes

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


Cilantro Garlic Lime Sauteed Shrimp

Photo by lutzflcat

3.) Fantastic Chicken Burgers  | Ready in 25 minutes

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


Fantastic Chicken Burgers

Photo by sugarplum

4.) Salsa Chicken | Ready in 45 minutes

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


Salsa Chicken

Photo by ~*MyHotSouthernMess*~

5.) D's Taco Pizza | Ready in 45 minutes

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.


D's Taco Pizza

Photo by Sherri

6.) Fast Chicken Over Black Beans and Rice | Ready in 35 minutes

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


Fast Chicken over Black Beans and Rice

Photo by Linda T

7.) Black Bean and Salsa Soup | Ready in 20 minutes

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


Black Bean and Salsa Soup

Photo by angela

8.) Black Bean Breakfast Bowl | Ready in 15 minutes

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


Black Bean Breakfast Bowl

Photo by Sherri

9.) Ground Chicken Taco Burgers | Ready in 25 minutes

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


Ground Chicken Taco Burgers

Photo by Linda T

10.) Chicken and White Bean Chili  | Ready in 1 hour

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


Chicken and White Bean Chili

Photo by bd.weld

Want more simple dinner recipes? Check out our collection of Quick and Easy Recipes


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