Spicy foods, salt, and my salsa recipe

Good news for spicy food lovers.  It my help you to reduce your salt intake according to an article from Live Science.  In many American diets, any reduction in sodium is most likely beneficial.  Packaged and many processed foods tend to have high salt content per serving.  Help to reduce your taste for salt by using my delicious and spicy Salus Update Salsa (almost a spread) recipe:

What you’ll need:

  • Two handfuls of your favorite hot pepper (I use jindungo peppers. They look like habanero peppers, but red in color with different taste)
  • 4-6 green serrano peppers (for flavor and adds a little green color)
  • 2-4 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 small onion (your favorite kind: white, yellow, red)
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon Himalayan salt
  • Baking sheet lined with foil
  • 2 table spoons of vinegar or lemon juice
  • Small food processor
  • Plastic gloves [caution: DO NOT HANDLE THE BAKED PEPPERS WITH BARE HANDS.  The oils from the pepper can be very hot (spicy) if you touch your face or eyes after handling]


  1. Heat oven to 180 deg C (350 deg F)
  2. Spread out your peppers, peeled onion, garlic cloves onto the baking sheet.
  3. Cover everything with olive oil. Don’t worry about using too much, you’ll use the remaining oil when processing the salsa.
  4. Lightly cover the ingredients with salt.  You need very little here.  I use about 3 pinches of salt.
  5. Bake for 25-30 minutes, until you’ll get a slight char on the peppers.
  6. Carefully remove pan from oven, then put on your plastic food handling gloves
  7. Begin adding your ingredients into the food processor. Remove the stems from the peppers.  For better consistency, I cut the garlic and onion into smaller pieces.
  8. Blend your ingredients to the consistency and taste you desire.  Adding the amount of oil, garlic, and onion you prefer.
  9. Blend in the vinegar or lemon juice for preservation
  10. Store in your favorite glass jar and in the fridge
  11. Use on sandwiches, eggs, chips…just about anything!  Very easy to make with only a few, natural and healthy ingredients.
Pre-baked Salus Update Spicy Salsa
Salus Update Spicy Salsa

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Written by Robert Connolly

Source: Spicy Foods Trick the Brain to Use Less Salt

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