This easy pineapple and jalapeno salsa is bursting with flavor and strikes the perfect balance between sweet and spicy. It's very versatile and is great served on fish, chicken, beef, or pork of can also be eaten as a dip on your favorite tortilla chips!
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You can find homemade salsa in my fridge pretty much any time of the year. This pineapple and jalapeno salsa is one of my go-to summer salsas. Not only is it great with chips, but it adds so much flavor to many other dishes.
This salsa is featured in my blackened fish tacos, but it is also delicious on cilantro and orange grilled chicken, with coconut shrimp, on carne asada, or pork carnitas just to name a few. Also, if you are looking for a more traditional salsa recipe, be sure to check out my easy homemade salsa.
Ingredients and Substitutions
These ingredients are the foundation of this salsa, but feel free to add more or less of each item to suit your preferences. Also, be sure to check out the variations section for some other flavor ideas.
- Pineapple - Fresh pineapple is best, but you can use canned pineapple in a pinch
- Red Bell Pepper - You can also use orange or yellow bell pepper
- Red Onion
- Jalapeno or other hot pepper of your choice
- Lime Juice
See the recipe card for quantities.
This homemade salsa only requires very basic tools. You will need the following:
- A knife and cutting board
- measuring cups and spoons
- A medium bowl
- Citrus juicer (optional)
Many people ask about using a food processor for this salsa. Using a food processor often results in smaller, uneven cuts. If you prefer this then using a food processor is absolutely fine.
Almost all of the work for this pineapple salsa is in the prep. Once all of the ingredients are chopped it's just a matter of mixing everything together.
In a medium bowl, combine the chopped pineapple, red bell pepper, red onion, jalapeno, and cilantro.
Add the lime juice and salt, and gently stir everything together.
Once everything is combined, you can serve the salsa immediately or keep it covered in the fridge for up to 5 days. This salsa is best if you allow it to sit for at least an hour before enjoying it.
Here are some of my favorite ways to change up this recipe:
- Adjust the heat - This is mild salsa. If you prefer to make it hotter leave some of the seeds in the jalapeno, or use a hotter pepper such as cayenne or serrano. You can also add a bit of ground cayenne. You can get an idea of how spicy each variety of pepper is by checking out this chart.
- Change the fruit - You can add fruit with the pineapple or completely swap the pineapple for something else. Some great options include mango, watermelon, kiwi, peach, or cantaloupe just to name a few.
- Add in other ingredients - Make this salsa a little more substantial by adding in a can of rinsed and drained black beans and/or a diced avocado.
Be sure to check out my recipe for a quick and easy traditional tomato salsa that is ready in minutes!
This salsa can be stored in the fridge for up to 5 days. I don't suggest freezing it as it will leave the salsa mushy when thawed.
This pineapple salsa is mild. If you prefer a spicier salsa, be sure to check out my suggestions under the variations section.
Pineapple is great enjoyed with tortilla chips as a delicious dip, but it also makes a delicious topping for blackened cod, pork carnitas, and most other grilled meats.
This pineapple salsa will keep in the fridge for about 5 days.
- This salsa is mild. If you want to make it spicier swap the jalapeno for a hotter pepper such as cayenne or serrano
- This salsa can be served immediately after it is made, but it's best if you allow it to sit in the fridge for at least 1 hour before serving
Pineapple and Jalapeno Salsa
- Measuring Cups and Spoons
- Small Bowl
- Cutting Board
- Citrus Juicer
- Combine all of the ingredients for the pineapple salsa in a bowl.1 cup Pineapple, ½ Red Bell Pepper, ¼ cup Red Onion, 1 Jalapeno, 2 tablespoon Cilantro
- Add the lime juice and salt. Stir to combine. Serve immediately or store in the fridge for later.1 tablespoon Lime Juice, pinch Salt
The nutrition information listed here is only an estimate and is simply provided as a courtesy. It nor any other information within this post should constitute medical or nutritional advice. Be sure to read all packaging and ingredient labels for potential allergens. Optional ingredients are not included unless otherwise specified.