Easy Restaurant Style Salsa

Easy Restaurant Style Salsa - Cooking Up Happiness

Snacking has always been my weakness, for sure… Crackers and cheese, any kind of salty snacks, and of course my favorite: chips and salsa. So many diets and plans out there limit you to certain foods and cut out a lot of things that you love, but I don’t feel like that’s realistic.

There are certain situations that I totally get this approach; for example, if you are someone who doesn’t feel strong enough to stop eating chips after a few servings, then maybe start off your program without those foods… But as you get more results and it isn’t so hard to stick to a healthy lifestyle, you can start to incorporate the food you love back into your diet.

To be successful in your diet – whether for weight loss or just changing your overall lifestyle – it doesn’t mean you have to be miserable and eat things that you don’t enjoy!

Easy Restaurant Style Salsa - Cooking Up Happiness

A great game plan is to give yourself little goals all week. For example, I track my foods all week (using MyFitnessPal on my iPhone) and if I hit those goals that week then my husband and I will go out and treat ourselves to a margarita and chips and salsa. But then the next day – or even next meal – just eat how you normally would.

The key is to not overdo it but still enjoy those things once and while! When you have these foods in moderation instead of eliminating them completely, they become a treat and something you look forward to all week… Which makes them so much more enjoyable!

And that brings me to this recipe: easy restaurant style salsa. Simple, delicious, and refreshing – perfect with tortilla chips and an ice cold beer 🙂

Tip: To keep the calories down on a snack like this, portion out your chips beforehand. The chips I used are Target’s Organic Yellow Corn Tortilla Chips which are 130 calories for 14 chips! You could have 2 servings of chips and an ice cold Corona Light for a total of 350 calories! Not too bad, if you tracked it and portioned it out… Cheers to that!


2 14.5-oz. cans organic diced tomatoes (no salt added)
3 garlic cloves, minced
juice of 1 lime
1/2 red onion, finely chopped
3/4 cup loosely packed cilantro
1 jalapeno, chopped
1 stevia
1 tsp. kosher salt


  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender or food processor and pulse until smooth.
  2. Add more salt if desired.
  3. Store in the fridge until ready to serve.

If you’re looking for some great low calories beers to serve along with this, here is a list of my Top Ten Favorites!

Easy Restaurant Style Salsa - Cooking Up Happiness


EMILY NESS is a full-time food and lifestyle author who’s passionate about developing simple yet mouth-watering recipes that anyone can make. Since founding her website CookingUpHappiness.com in 2013, she’s went on to share her passion for cooking healthy and tasty recipes with the thousands of people around the world.
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