Fresh Tomato Salsa & Chips

My husband – Mr. 95 Cholesterol – is a huge snacker. Since ‘the incident’ his type of snacking has had to change. His snack of choice pre-heart attack was salsa FROM A JAR and bags and bags and bags of Tostito Scoops chips. You cannot even begin to fathom the ridiculous amount of sodium in a jar of salsa. The sodium in a bag of Tostitos could quite possibly blow the top of your head off.

During the summer, I always make fresh salsa and guacamole, so it occurred to me I could just as easily, cheaply, and far more healthily make salsa for Mr. Snackenpuss.

One problem solved.

Only thing left was the chips. No salt + No fat = No taste. The chips took a lot of experimenting. What I finally ended up with were baked corn tortillas that have been given the lightest spray of Pam.

I purchased corn tortillas that are 5 1/2″ in diameter.  Pre-heat the oven to 400. Cut the tortillas into sixths.

Spread the cut-up tortillas on baking sheets. The number of baking sheets will depend on the amount of tortilla you cut. I usually do 2 half sheet pans at a time. It saves me having to make them during the week. Give the top of the tortillas a light spray with Pam.

Put trays into oven. This was the tricky part for me. After 5 minutes I shake the tray, take apart any forming clumps and close the door again. After 5 more minutes, I check again. If the tortilla on the edges of the pan are turning brown I turn off the oven and let the trays sit in the oven until completely cool. This lets the tortilla crisp up. Zip-loc bags and we’re golden.

The salsa is simple.

All you need are a few fresh ingredients and a food processor.

Place 2 pints of grape tomatoes in the food processor. Add 1/4 of a red onion, 2 garlic cloves, the juice of1 lime, salt and pepper to taste, 1 1/2 teaspoons dried cilantro.

I use dried cilantro to not waste a whole bunch of cilantro for a few sprigs. You can add jalapeno into this, if you like a little heat. Mr. Snackenpuss does not like heat in his salsa. The measurements for the ingredients are purely subjective to what suits your taste. This is what is loved around this house.

 Blitz and enjoy! I tend to leave mine a little on the chunky side.