If you have ever eaten Mexican food, you know that salsa is a delicious condiment that pairs well with a wide variety of dishes. From burritos to enchiladas and everything in between, salsa is a great way to add more flavor and spice to any dish. Best of all, salsa is low in calories, so you can make any meal taste better without feeling guilty. This power condiment isn’t just for Mexican cuisine anymore either; you can put salsa on pretty much any savor dish, and it will taste great! At El Charrito, we know how salsa can make all the difference in the world in terms of the tastiness of your food, and we love that it is so healthy. That is why we offer five different delicious varieties! In this blog, we will go over why salsa is such a nutritious way to flavor your foods.

Vitamin C

Salsa is a great source of vitamin C as it contains onions, tomatoes, and lime juice. Vitamin C is important to our bodies for a variety of functions, including preventing heart disease and slowing aging. While foods that are rich in vitamin C can sometimes lose this nutrient upon heating, when you eat raw salsa, you can rest assured that you aren’t losing any of the benefits of this powerful vitamin.


Tomatoes are very hydrating; in fact, 95 percent of its weight comes from water! Because it is so important to stay hydrated, water-rich foods like tomatoes are an important part of your diet. Every part of your body needs water to function properly, so adding salsa into your diet can help you get more water throughout the day.

Cancer Protection

Tomatoes are one of the best sources of lycopene, a carotenoid that research has connected to a decreased risk of contracting cancer. While there are several fruits and vegetables that have lycopene, roughly 80 percent of the lycopene consumed by Americans come from tomatoes.

Fat Burning

If you are a fan of spicy foods, you’re in luck: they may help you lose weight! Many types of salsa (including three of ours!) contain jalapenos, which contain capsaicin. Capsaicin speeds up your body’s ability to burn fat, which helps you lose weight.

Heart Healthy

When you are looking for a condiment that’s good for your heart, salsa is a fantastic choice. Salsa is naturally cholesterol free and is not made from any animal products, making it healthy for your heart.

Low Calorie

As we mentioned above, salsa is a low-calorie condiment, but you may not realize just how few calories are in this tasty food. On average, there are fewer than 10 calories in two tablespoons of salsa! This means you can be guilt-free when you slap some salsa on any of your favorite foods. It is shocking to so many people that salsa is so low calorie considering how full of flavor it is.

At El Charrito, we offer five different types of salsa you can choose from, whether you prefer spicy or mild. Regardless of which salsa you choose, you can rest assured that your meal will be muy bien. Come into El Charrito for an authentic Mexican restaurant in Monterey.