Spicy Chakalaka Salsa

Happy Heritage Day/Braai Day South Africa! To pay homage to South African braai culture, I have taken a very popular braai side dish called chakalaka and made it healthier, oil free and requires no cooking at all.

If you are South African or living in South Africa there is a very slim chance that you have been to a braai and there was no chakalaka as one of the side dishes. Chakalaka is one of those dishes that are part of South African heritage and culture. I have taken this very popular dish and turned it into a salsa.

Changing the chakalaka into a salsa means there is not cooking required, thumbs up for that. Plus it means that there is no excessive oil needed to prepare the dish. From my experience, I always see chakalaka being cooked with excessive amounts of oil. I have also realised that tinned chakalaka has a very thick layer of oil sitting on top. However, there is no need to worry as this version is lower in calories, fresh and tasty.

There is no need to give up chakalaka this braai day or any other day.

Spicy Chakalaka Salsa

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 0 minutes

Serves: 4-6


3 medium carrots

¼ brown onion

2 medium tomatoes

2 jalapenos

1 tinned lite baked beans

Salt and pepper to taste

1t dry oregano

½ lemon


  • Peel and grate carrots into a large mixing bowl.

  • Finley chop onion, tomatoes and jalapenos and mix into the grated carrots.

  • Open tin of baked beans and mix into the salsa. Season the salsa well with salt and pepper.

  • Add in the oregano and squeeze in the juice of ½ a lemon. Give the salsa a good mix.

  • Serve the salsa immediately or let the salsa sit in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour to allow the flavours to mix and mingle.

Why not try…

Adding in sweet corn or finely chopped cabbage to take this salsa to the next level.

Ps: All weight loss starts in the kitchen...


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