What to Eat with Salsa, Besides Chips

You ever buy a really great tub of salsa (red or green) from the grocery store because you had some tortilla chips left from last week but then you finish the chips, and now you have a half tub of salsa left but don’t want to go to the store again midweek to get chips and continue this endless cycle of forced chip and dippery? Well, we gotcha covered with this list of the best things to eat with salsa besides chips. Hopefully, you have one of these items (or something similar) lying around and you can finish up your salsa ASAP so that next week you can buy both and your chip and salsa cycles can get back in sync.

El Monterey Extra Crunchy Southwest Chicken Taquitos

I mean, this one makes sense. When wondering what to eat with salsa, going with what is essentially a nacho roll-up seems like a solid move. Plus, these taquitos are out of this world. They are so good, in fact, that they elicited an unprompted “holy s***” from managing editor Gwynedd Stuart when she first tasted them. They are chock full of chicken, cheese, peppers, and beans all rolled in a tube and fried, and we are here for it—so is that half tub of salsa in your fridge.

Related: Best Frozen Taquitos: Our Updated Ranking

Snyder’s of Hanover Snaps

I know, what?!? One of your best things to eat with salsa is pretzels?!? Hear me out. If you have no chips on hand and pretzels are the only salty thing you have around, they will in fact work in a pinch and be actually good with salsa. These pretzels are especially good for the job because their lattice shape means they can actually hold some salsa, provided the salsa is chunky enough (we recommend Casa Sanchez). Sporked contributor Danny Palumbo pointed out that these pretzels have a “buttery, salty, lightly toasted feel to them,” and if you don’t want that with salsa, that’s fine. More for me.

Related: Best Pretzels: An Updated Ranking!

TGI Fridays Mozzarella Sticks

I mean…we already put marinara on these bad boys—imagine a tangy, salty, spicy alternative. Enter mozz sticks and salsa. The ooey-gooey mozzarella with the flavorful onion-y, garlick-y salsa? Plus, TGI Fridays mozzarella sticks were by far the best mozz sticks we tried in our mozzarella stick taste test, thanks to their “good flavor, great quality cheese, and a crispy, crunchy panko breading.” MmmmMmmmMMMM. Now I am craving mozzarella sticks and salsa and don’t know what to do with myself. Don’t be like me, just get some mozzarella sticks and try this.

Related: The 5 Best Frozen Mozzarella Sticks for at-Home Apps

Crunchmaster Multi-Grain 6-Seed Crackers

Aside from being my nickname in high school (anyone else known for eating carrots in class? no? just me?), Crunchmaster is also a brand that makes multi-grain crackers that are “crispy and crunchy and seedy and salty.” They have a crunch to them that Danny could only describe as “masterful.” If you are wondering what to eat with salsa, I say anything with a “masterful” crunch probably has a good chance of being pretty darn good. Dip these in your salsa and let me know how it is! (Spoiler alert: I bet it’s great).

Related: Best Crackers: The 7 Saltiest, Tastiest, Best Crackers

Fast Fixin’ Chicken Breast Nuggets

At this point, you may be thinking to yourself, “Dang, I was asking the wrong question!” It’s not, “What to eat with salsa?” It’s, “Is there anything on Earth that doesn’t go well with salsa?” And the answer is no, everything goes well with salsa. And that brings us to chicken nuggets. Dip ‘em in your salsas, people. Now, granted, these particular chicky nuggs don’t need any salsa. Senior writer Jordan Myrick said, and I quote, “These are one of the few brands of nuggets I’ve ever eaten that, and I can’t believe I’m saying this, might not…need…sauce.” But if we’ve learned anything from Pixar movies, it’s that need and want are two different things and while we may not NEED salsa on these nuggs, a little salsa would almost certainly enhance the experience.

Related: Best Frozen Chicken Nuggets That Are as Good as Fast Food

Triscuits with Sea Salt

Lastly, Triscuits. Still wondering what to eat with salsa? Look no further. Triscuits are neat in that they are far from the texture and taste of a tortilla chip but the salt level is 100% there. These are some oily, salty, wheaty flakey square crackers, and, as Danny said, it’s “hard to beat their coarse texture and unique bite.” But you can beat it. How? By dipping the darn things in salsa and eating them. Just trust me. Have I ever steered you wrong? (And if I have, have you forgiven me yet?).

Related: Best Crackers: The 7 Saltiest, Tastiest, Best Crackers

About the Author

Jessica Block

Jessica Block is a freelance contributor to Sporked, a comedian, a baker, a food writer, and a firm believer that Trader Joe's may just be the happiest place on earth. She loves spicy snacks, Oreos, baking bread, teeny tiny avocados, and trying new foods whenever she can. Also, if you give her a bag of Takis she will be your best friend.

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