Serve your guests up a heaping bowl of this easy pineapple salsa recipe at your next cookout! The sweet and spicy flavor is delicious with your favorite tortilla chips or pairs perfectly as a refreshing topper for grilled chicken, pork, and fish…
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Think outside of the salsa box this summer, and serve your guests up a heaping bowl of this amazing pineapple salsa at your next cookout! Whoa, hold on just a minute… Those of you that are slowly backing away from your screens thinking, “Pineapple salsa? This chick has lost it!” Let me just say to you: TRY IT.
I, too, was a little skeptical of pairing pineapple with tomatoes, but pineapple tomato salsa TOTALLY works. The fresh sweet pineapple perfectly complements the juicy Roma tomatoes, while the diced orange bell pepper adds some crunch and another pop of color. Combined with some jalapeño peppers, garlic, lime juice and zest, and cilantro, you’ve got an absolute flavor explosion that’s irresistible!
My Favorite Tortilla Chips
What’s more, this pineapple salsa recipe is incredibly versatile, doing double-duty at cookouts as a refreshing topper for grilled chicken, pork, and fish. But I have to admit I’m a little old school, and I prefer to dive in with some crispy tortilla chips.
Not just any tortilla chips, though… I choose my food battles wisely, and tortilla chips is one of those items where I stand firm. Too much salt is a total turnoff, and I like them light and crispy, yet still sturdy enough to stand up to a chunky salsa like this one. For me, the chip has to be every bit as good as the dip, or what’s the point?
Mission® Thin & Crispy Tortilla Chips hit all of these requirements and then some! With plenty of crunch and just the right amount of salt, they’re one of those “must-have” snacks at every gathering we host. Made with just four simple ingredients, they’re tasty enough to eat right out of the bag. But at the same time, they pair perfectly with this pineapple salsa. Use the store locator on the Mission website to find them near you.
How To Make Pineapple Salsa
This pineapple salsa recipe is SUPER simple to make. I mean, it practically makes itself — if it weren’t for all the chopping… Yeah, chopping all of the ingredients does get a bit tedious, but it’s definitely worth the effort. Luckily this recipe makes a BIG batch that’s perfect for feeding a crowd!
The main thing to keep in mind is you want to keep the pineapple, tomatoes, and peppers roughly the same size dice. About 1/4-inch pieces are perfect. I go a little smaller with the red onions and jalapeño peppers, since they’re more potent, and then chop the cilantro up very fine. Or eliminate it altogether if you’re one of those people that can’t stand cilantro, but I happen to loovvveeee it, so the more the merrier!
Pineapple Salsa Recipe Variations
We adore this pineapple jalapeño salsa as is, but you can doctor it up in SO many different ways. Need some inspiration? I’ve got you covered:
Grilled Pineapple Salsa — already have the grill fired up for a cookout? Try grilling your pineapple before dicing it up. This is especially good when you’re pairing it with a grilled protein.
Canned Pineapple Salsa — are the pineapples at your store looking a little suspect? No problem! You can substitute canned pineapple in a pinch.
Pineapple Mango Salsa — add a couple diced mangos to the recipe for a version that’s slightly more tropical and absolutely fabulous.
Pineapple Avocado Salsa — add a couple diced avocados to change things up. I’m a sucker for anything with avocado in it!
All of these variations would be delicious with Mission Thin & Crispy Tortilla Chips! And you get the privilege of taste-testing your salsa on these tortilla chips before your guests, because I always recommend checking the salsa seasoning with your chips of choice. A salsa that seems bland on a spoon is often perfect again the backdrop of a salty tortilla chip.
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More Fresh Salsa Recipes To Try
Serve a batch of this pineapple salsa with tortilla chips at your next summer BBQ and relax knowing you’ve got one easy, multipurpose salsa recipe that complements all the components of your meal.
Try these other yummy fresh salsa recipes:
- Watermelon Salsa — Light and fresh, with a touch of sweetness, this watermelon salsa is amazing on your favorite tortilla chips. Turn up the heat with diced jalapeño chile peppers or make it milder with Anaheim chile peppers. Either way, it’s a winner!
- Fresh Tomato Salsa — Sweet, juicy tomatoes, red onion for a little bite, cilantro, lime juice, and a little diced jalapeño pepper, plus a dash of salt are all you need for a deliciously homemade fresh tomato salsa… SO simple and packed with flavor!