Published on May 06, 2016

Feliz Cinco de Mayo! Homemade Salsa & Chips [RECIPE]

While this date actually celebrates the Mexican victory over the French on May 5th in 1862, Americans often view this as a festive opportunity to consume good old Mexican cuisine.

I, like many of you, will take any excuse to eat Mexican, which is truly one of my favorites. But if you are healthfully watching what you eat, you may find this challenging.                                         

Chips and salsa are truly synonymous with Mexican cuisine. It’s the chips that get you though. If you can just go easy on the chips and focus more on the salsa, you may still meet your nutrition and health goals.  

Here are some great recipes for you to try. 


6 fresh tomatoes chopped into ¼ inch chunks

1 medium red onion, chopped

3 green onions, sliced

1/8 cup, loosely-packed, fresh cilantro, finely chopped

1 jalapeno, chopped fine

¼ tsp. cumin

½ tsp. chili powder

½ tsp. oregano

¼ tsp. garlic powder

1 - 8 oz. can tomato sauce

1 – 4 oz can chopped mild green chiles

2 TBSP red wine vinegar

Salt and pepper to taste

Combine and let chill overnight, makes about 6 cups.

Spicy Bean Salsa

1 can (15 ounce) black-eyed peas, rinsed and drained

1 can (15 ounce) black beans, rinsed and drained

1 cup thawed corn whole kernel corn

½ cup chopped green onion

½ cup chopped bell pepper

1 diced jalapeno pepper

1 14 ounce can no salt added diced tomatoes

1 tablespoon red wine vinegar

Mango Salsa

4 ripe tomatoes, diced

1 mango, peeled and diced

1 (15 ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed

½ cup green onions, sliced

1/4 cup cilantro, chopped

Juice of 2 limes

1 tablespoon olive oil

Toss all ingredients together and chill until serving time.

Baked Tortilla Chips

8 fat free flour tortillas

Cooking spray

½ tsp chili powder (optional)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Briefly spray each side of tortillas with cooking spray.  Add chili powder if desired.  Cut each into 8 triangles.  Bake on cookie sheet for 8-10 minutes or until crisp and golden in color.

Buenos dias!

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