This jalapeno pineapple salsa is sweet, spicy, tangy and so much fun! It is the perfect teammate to your tacos and nachos, or even as a side to any of your party appetizers.
Plus, it is vegan, super healthy and incredibly easy to put together, making it the perfect choice for your cookouts, potlucks and BBQ parties this summer.
Time to go beyond your regular salsa- you absolutely need to try your hands at this refreshing and fruity take on the absolute party essential.
What's So Great About the Recipe?
What I love the most about this jalapeno pineapple salsa is the fact that it is super customizable. I can play around with the ingredients to my heart's content, and based on my personal taste preference.
My family loves everything spicy and tangy, so I don't mind adding in an extra jalapeno or two. And when I have an extra bell pepper lying around in my refrigerator, I like to chop it up and add it into the mix too.
- Orange juice
- Orange zest
See recipe card for quantities.
How to Make the Jalapeno Pineapple Salsa
Start by chopping up the pineapple, jalapenos and onions finely.
Transfer everything to a bowl, add the remaining ingredients and mix well.
Serve with your favorite nachos or tortilla chips.
Substitutions & Variations
- If you're one of those who feel any salsa is incomplete without tomatoes, don't hesitate to add them to the mix. Just remember to choose red and juicy ones for the best taste and flavor.
- Another incredible add-on that you could consider throwing into the mix is Pasilla Chile, which is a dehydrated pepper that's super flavorful and delicious.
- If feel your salsa is lacking that little tanginess, you can also add a dash of vinegar into it and give it a good mix.
Remember to use sweet, mild tasting onions for the salsa. They'll add that nice flavor you're looking for, without overpowering the taste of the other ingredients with the pungent flavor.
This fruity salsa is actually a great make-ahead side. All you need to do is transfer it to a good quality food safe container and refrigerate it. It should stay fresh in there for up to 5 days.
Don't be surprised if you find the salsa tasting even better the next day!
Tips & Tricks to Nail the Recipe
- To take the flavors of this salsa up a notch, you can also take a few extra minutes to first grill the pineapple, allow it to cool down, chop it up and then use it for the recipe. This will transform your salsa into a nice smoky pineapple salsa.
- Fresh mangoes are another great addition to this salsa, especially if you're trying to put together a salsa with a tropical vibe.
- The mint leaves add a nice touch of freshness and brighten up the salsa. If you don't have them, you can use dried mint or chopped basil, cilantro and/or any other fresh herbs of your choice.
- If you have some green onions, you can add them to the salsa too! They'll lend a bit of extra flavor and those little green specks can really win points with the way the salsa turns out looking too!
- Chopped, ripe avocados are another great addition to the salsa, especially if you're looking to make it a healthier one!
Serving Ideas & Suggestions
This super fruity and delicious jalapeno pineapple salsa is the perfect party appetizer to team up with your tortilla chips or nachos. Layering it on your tacos and enchiladas is also a great idea.
I recently whipped it up and served it with my favorite strawberry pineapple salsa and avocado ranch sauce, and turned it into a dipping station with some chips and nachos, and I can't tell you how much everyone loved it!
When I have some leftover, I like to serve it with my grilled chicken and veggies- it really takes the flavor of a simple dish up a notch that way.
I also think topping it on a simple salad can be a great way to put it to use if you're not really whipping up a Mexican meal anytime soon.
If you don't have fresh pineapple, canned pineapple can work too! Just remember to drain all the excess liquid and adjust the amount of jalapeno and orange juice you're adding in to hit the right flavor.
Orange juice brings a nice bit of freshness and sweetness to the salsa. If you're looking to make the salsa more tangy, lemon juice is your next best alternative.
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Jalapeno Pineapple Salsa
- 1 medium pineapple cut into byte sized cubes
- 1 medium onions chopped
- 1 medium jalapeño finely chopped
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 cup orange juice
- 1 teaspoon orange zest
- 4-5 pcs mint leaves chopped
- 1 tablespoon cilantro chopped
- Start by chopping up the pineapple, jalapenos and onions finely.
- Transfer everything to a bowl, add the remaining ingredients and mix well.
- Serve with your favorite nachos or tortilla chips.
- Cook to a minimum temperature of 165 °F (74 °C)
- Don't leave food sitting out at room temperature for extended periods
- Never leave cooking food unattended
- Use oils with high smoking point to avoid harmful compounds
- Always have good ventilation when using a gas stove