Pineapple Salsa (One Bowl)
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Quick and easy pineapple salsa recipe, made with simple ingredients for side dish or appetizer in one pot or bowl in 20 minutes. Loaded with canned pineapples, peppers, jalapenos, onions.
It’s fun to make during Summer time and can also be made ahead of time!
How to make pineapple salsa?
- Add chopped pineapples, tomatoes, onion, jalapeno, cilantro, ginger, garlic, salt, pepper, lemon juice in a large mixing bowl.
- Toss everything together.
- Chill in fridge.
- Serve and enjoy.
What to serve with fresh pineapple salsa?
It’s typically served with tortilla chips or pita chips as as appetizer for game day or tailgating parties or even Cindo de Mayo.
You can also serve it as a side dish with grilled or baked fish, salmon, pork, beef, chicken. You can even use it to make a deliciously sweet and spicy pineapple salsa chicken.
Use it as a topping in rice bowls, burrito bowls, tacos, tamales, burritos, enchiladas, tostadas, nachos, quesadillas, along with rice, beans, Vegetable Fajitas (One Pan)and cooked meats such as Mexican Shredded Chicken (One Pot) or Steak Fajitas (One Pot) or,Chicken Fajitas (One Pot).
One of my favorite things to do at parties is to set up a taco bar with this salsa and and all the other sides and main dishes and allow your guests to get creative and make their own rice bowls or tacos.
Pineapple mango salsa– Mix in 1 finely chopped fresh mango.
Pineapple strawberry salsa– Mix in 1/2 cup cup finely chopped strawberries.
Spicy pineapple salsa– Add red chili flakes, or finely chopped habanero peppers or jalapenos.
Pineapple avocado salsa– Mix in 1 large finely chopped avocado.
Cooked/ Grilled pineapple salsa– Grill pineapple slices and then finely chop them and use them in this recipe.
Add other herbs– Cilantro is the classic choice but you can also add parsley or chives or mint.
Add fresh vegetables– This would also help balance out the spice factor. My personal favorite add-ins are cucumbers and corn.
Tips and Techniques
Serve it with warm or cold– Some people in my family like to heat it in the microwave and then serve it with chips but I prefer it cold. I think heating it makes it “watery.”
Don’t use canned tomatoes- You must use ripe, fresh tomatoes. Roma tomatoes, plum tomatoes or even cherry or grape tomatoes are the best. Be sure to remove the seeds.
White onions vs. Red onion– Either can be used and it’s a personal preference. Red onion is a little sweeter.
Do not use a blender-This salsa is typically served chopped. Adding everything in the blender will turn it into a chunky, mashed paste.
Adjust amount of ingredients– This is such a versatile recipe that all the ingredients can be adjusted to your preference. Don’t like onions? Reduce the quantity. Too spicy? Add less jalapenos.
Canned pineapples vs. Fresh pineapples- Either can be used. I prefer canned because it’s just convenient. You can use diced pineapples and chop them up a little more or you can also use crushed pineapples.
Let it rest– Once you have tossed all the ingredients together, cover and chill in the fridge for 20-30 minutes to allow the flavors to deepen. This is an optional step but I truly think it enhances the overall flavor.
More Pineapple Recipes
Pineapple Salsa Recipe (One Bowl)
- 3 cups Pineapples, Diced into small pieces, Fresh or canned
- 1/3 cup Tomatoes , Diced into small pieces
- 1/3 cup Red onions, Finely chopped
- 1 cup Bell peppers, Variety of red, orange, yellow, green peppers
- 1 Jalapeno, Deseeded, Finely chopped
- 1/3 cup Cilantro, Finely chopped
- Salt, To taste
- Pepper, To taste
- 1 tsp Garlic powder
- 1 tsp Ginger powder
- 2 tbsp Lemon juice, Or lime juice
- In a large mixing bowl, add pineapples, onions, peppers, jalapenos, cilantro, salt, pepper, garlic, ginger, lemon juice.
- Mix everything together.
- Cover and chill in the fridge for 20-30 minutes to let the flavors deepen. Enjoy!
- Read all my tips above.
- Leftovers can be stored in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 2 days.
Happy cooking everyone!