Beyond Tomato Salsa: 23 Inspiring ways Serve Corn Chips

When it comes to corn chips, most people think of pairing them with tomato-based salsa. But these chips are actually incredibly versatile. From hearty soups to loaded nachos, Instant Pot nachos for a quick snack fix, and even offer a vegan cheese sauce that rivals the real thing. And salsas? Ours go way beyond tomato. Hope about pineapple, mango, peach and kiwi? And Salsa Verde, of course. Read on for inspiration. We’ve got 23 recipes and a link to an article of what to serve with your favorite corn chips.

Salad Nachos

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Love salad? How about nachos? We got to thinking, why not combine them? Crunchy corn chips, with hot, melted cheese get topped with fresh and crisp salad – featuring avocado, of course. Get the recipe for Salad Nachos.

Mile High Chili Nachos

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Load ‘em up! Mounds of corn chips layered with chili, radishes, chile, cheese, scallions, tomatoes and more. A sour cream based avocado drizzle crowns it all. Get the recipe for Mile High Low FODMAP Chili Nachos.

Shredded Pork Nachos with 3-Cheese Beer Queso

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Warm corn chips and shredded pork, creamy queso cheese sauce made with beer and all kinds of fresh and crunchy add-ons: tomatoes, bell peppers, scallions, jalapeno, olives, fresh lime, and cilantro. The “3 cheese” designation comes from the cheddar and Monterey Jack in the queso sauce and additional feta cheese scattered about on top. Get the recipe for Shredded Pork Nachos with 3-Cheese Beer Queso.

Baja Tempeh Taco Salad

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Our plant-based Baja Tempeh Taco Salad features spicy, seasoned tempeh as the star of the show, but it doesn’t stop there! In addition to cumin, cayenne, smoked paprika and oregano tempered with maple syrup and soy sauce we have a fresh crunchy salad with arugula, cilantro, cabbage and pepitas. More texture and flavor from nutritional yeast and tortilla chips top everything off with a garlicky lime dressing. Get the recipe for Baja Tempeh Taco Salad.

Salsa Verde

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This is our green salsa – salsa verde – based on canned tomatillos. Very quick to put together and you will think of ways to use it, from dipping your chips, to using in our Instant Pot Salsa Verde Chicken recipe, to adding to eggs…so many ways. Get the recipe for Salsa Verde.

Papaya Salsa

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Papaya Salsa is a little sweet (the ripe fruit), a little tart (lime juice) and a little bit spicy (jalapeño) – or very spicy depending on the amount of jalapeno that you add. It is as simple as stirring everything together in a bowl. Lots of cilantro rounds out the flavors. Get the recipe for Papaya Salsa.

Strawberry Salsa

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Condiments can elevate a dish from just okay to company-worthy WOW! Our Fresh Strawberry Salsa is easy to make, a nice option from classic salsa, and we particularly love it with pork, fish or chicken – and of course, corn chips. You can whip this up while your protein is grilling and then just spoon some right on top before serving. Use the reddest, sweetest berries you can find. Get the recipe for Strawberry Salsa.

Grilled Corn Salsa

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My favorite corn is actually early September corn here in the Pioneer Valley, an area that encompasses parts of northern Connecticut and our area of western Massachusetts. This Grilled Corn Salsa, which can also easily be turned into a salad/side dish, is easy, fabulous and tastes like late summer. Get the recipe for Grilled Corn Salsa.

Grilled Pineapple & Kiwi Salsa

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Did the recipe title, Grilled Pineapple & Kiwi Salsa, pique your interest? Have you only had tomato-based salsa? You are in for a treat! Both fresh pineapple and kiwi are brushed with our Onion-Infused Oil and then these fruits hit the grill until char marks form. Chop them up and combine with scallion greens, cilantro, lime juice and jalapeno and you will be enjoying a whole new taste experience. Get the recipe for Grilled Pineapple & Kiwi Salsa.

Grilled Tomato Peach Salsa

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This Grilled Tomato Peach Salsa came about after we had been grilling fruit (to great success) and had some extra peaches around. The smoky flavor from the grill elevates the simple ingredients. Get the recipe for Grilled Tomato Peach Salsa.

Cranberry Salsa

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This Cranberry Salsa blew our minds and our palates, and we couldn’t stop eating it. Finely chopped fresh cranberries, scallion greens, cilantro, chiles, lime, sugar and salt come together to be more than a sum of their parts. Tart, crunchy, a tad sweet, a hit if hot and spicy; juicy too. Try this. Trust us. You will be thrilled. Get the recipe for Cranberry Salsa.

Fresh Tomato Salsa

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Have you ever made a tomato-based fresh salsa? A few ingredients combine to create a salsa with bright flavors that are nothing like jarred version. Get the recipe for Fresh Tomato Salsa.

Pineapple Salsa

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We LOVE this Pineapple Salsa! It is incredibly versatile, working well with seafood, poultry or meats – even tofu! Most well-stocked supermarkets these days will offer fresh pineapple cored and ready-to-use. We highly recommend going this route for ease and as a time saver. Get the recipe for Pineapple Salsa.

Leftover Thanksgiving Nachos

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These came about right after Thanksgiving but could be made anytime you have turkey around – and gravy, mashed potatoes, stuffing and cranberry sauce! I was in shock and couldn’t believe I was actually drizzling gravy over corn chips and stuffing – and Robin and I were laughing so hard I was about to cry. However, the results were SUBLIME! Trust us; you gotta try these. Get the recipe for Leftover Thanksgiving Nachos.

Instant Pot Nachos

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Gurgling in the stomach? Try these easy, quick, and crispy Instant Pot Nachos! A Mexican-originated snack/appetizer prepared in Instant pot. Get the recipe for Instant Pot Nachos.

Simple Beef Nachos Recipe with Doritos

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Who wouldn’t want nachos for dinner?! The family just loves this loaded nachos recipe. Especially since I usually reserve them for my planned family fun nights where we play different games together for a fun evening and I make this simple nachos recipe! Get the recipe for Simple Beef Nachos Recipe with Doritos.

Vegan Nacho Cheese Sauce 

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Our favorite Vegan Nacho Cheese Sauce is nut-free, oil-free, but absolutely creamy, delicious and nutritious. Definitely healthier than any store-bought processed stuff. It is also easy to make, and you can be ready within 20 minutes. No cashews here, so I dare to say that it is also quite budget friendly. Get the recipe for Vegan Nacho Cheese Sauce.

Vegetarian Taco Soup – Pressure Cooker

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Stay warm with this healthy Vegetarian Taco Soup made in a pressure cooker. This hearty soup is a dump-and-go recipe with lots of black beans, corn, peppers, and tomatoes to create a delicious, satisfying dinner. Garnish with corn chips. Get the recipe for Vegetarian Taco Soup – Pressure Cooker.

Beef Chili & Chips

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Sure, we love our pure beef chili with a side of rice, and all the toppings, but sometimes we just want to ladle it on top of a pile of corn chips, add some cheese (melted or not) and chow down. PS: the toppings work well here too, like sour cream, died avocado, diced tomatoes, salsa – you choice! Get the recipe for Beef Chili. 

Fresh Corn and Bean Nachos

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Your kids will love these Fresh Corn and Bean Nachos for dinner or an after-school snack. Loaded with fresh summer corn, kidney beans, jalapenos, and cheese. They are impossible to resist. {gluten free}. Get the recipe for Fresh Corn and Bean Nachos.

Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup

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This Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup is loaded with spicy flavors and tender shredded chicken. It’s ready in under 30 minutes and tastes great as leftovers the next day. Your family will thank you for this one! {gluten free}. Get the recipe for Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup. 

Pineapple Mango Salsa

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This sweet, spicy Pineapple Mango Salsa is so refreshing and bursting with tropical flavors, just perfect for summer. Serve it with tacos, fish, or enjoy just as a dip with chips. Get the recipe for Pineapple Mango Salsa. 

Vegan Taco Soup in 20 minutes!

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This is a super quick and easy Vegan Taco Soup with the meatiest Vegan Taco Meat ever. If you are craving a simple, delicious taco-flavored soup, make this one in 20 minutes! Serve it hot with tortilla chips, avocado slices, and sour cream. Get the recipe for Vegan Taco Soup.

What to Serve With Nachos

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Do you plan to have a movie night soon? Or are you craving and fun day with your friends? In either case, add nachos to your menu. What to serve with nachos? The best side dishes to serve with nachos are salsa, Israeli couscous with beef, ground beef and rice, chili con carne, chicken tortilla soup, turkey chili, pav bhaji, chicken rice and beans, brown lentil soup, pozole, guacamole, avocado salad, crack dip, corn salad, Mexican slaw, and Mexican roasted vegetables. So, if you love nachos and can’t wait to serve them with new dishes, try one of our options. Get the recipes for What to Serve With Nachos.

20 Favorite Side Dishes To Pair With Burgers

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 Here are 20 of our favorite side dishes to pair with burgers, from oven-baked fries (2 kinds), green salads to hearty potato and pasta sides, even a quick stovetop mac and cheese. READ: 20 Favorite Side Dishes To Pair With Burgers

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  • Dede Wilson

    Dédé Wilson is a journalist with over 17 cookbooks to her name and is the co-founder and managing partner of the digital media partnership Shift Works Partners LLC, currently publishing through two online media brands, FODMAP Everyday® and The Queen Zone.

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