Pineapple Jalapeno Salsa

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Sweet bits of pineapple and spicy jalapeño combine to make this easy pineapple salsa one of our favorite condiments and snacks.

If you’ve been reading this blog for very long you already know that there are not many recipes that I label “the best”. This salsa is well qualified for that title.

Pineapple Salsa

There is a Mexican restaurant in my city that serves a pineapple salsa that I have enjoyed for a while now.

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I have no idea why it took me so long to try making my own, but a sale on pineapples finally pushed me to try. What was I waiting for? This pineapple jalapeno salsa absolutely smokes my former favorites.

Jalapeno Pineapple Salsa

I ate this salsa three days in a row and I am not even going to pretend that I shared more than a taste or two with my family. They all liked it, but I lucked out and was able to hide it away.

Most of it, I ate straight out of the bowl with tortilla chips (and, if I’m being honest, a few times with a spoon). I also spooned some on top of some leftover chicken and salad for lunch.

I am making more of this today and will have to share this time because I promised. My oldest son was not happy that the first batch “disappeared” so quickly.

pineapple salsa in mixing bowl with lime wedges

Pineapple Jalapeno Dip

Over the past ten years, this spicy pineapple salsa has become a solid favorite with family and friends. I’ve given this recipe out countless times after sharing the salsa with friends.

We love this salsa on Hawaiian Hot Dogs, Carnitas Street Tacos, and Carnitas Salad Bowls. I make a double batch of this salsa almost every time we’re barbecuing with friends and it disappears fast. Eaten with a spoon, scooped up with chips, or piled over burgers, it’s a win.

As a dip, it’s irresistible on its own, but it would also be phenomenal on top of Caramelized Onion and Chicken Quesadillas or in these Chicken Burritos.

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How to Make Pineapple Salsa

You’ll need just a few ingredients to make this salsa recipe:

  • pineapple
  • jalapeno
  • lime juice
  • cilantro
  • green onions
  • salt and pepper
fresh pineapple with herbs for jalapeno salsa

Pineapple Salsa Recipe

The most time-consuming part of this recipe is peeling and dicing the pineapple. To make it even easier, you can buy ready-to-eat fresh pineapple from most grocery stores. Be sure to use fresh pineapple though! The salsa won’t taste the same with frozen or canned pineapple.

As written, the recipe calls for two tablespoons of chopped jalapeño pepper. I often double or triple that amount if the peppers I’m using aren’t especially hot. If you’re sensitive to heat, start with about a tablespoon of the chopped pepper and add more to taste.

Green onions add a distinct bite to this salsa that I find incredible. Freshly chopped cilantro leaves, salt, pepper, and lime juice mixed with the pineapple and jalapeño complete this delicious easy salsa recipe.

Once mixed, it’s ready to serve right away. The salsa also keeps beautifully in the fridge for a couple of days, but it rarely lasts that long in this house.

Pineapple, jalapenos, cilantro, green onions, and lime in mixing bowl

Over the past few years, this easy pineapple salsa has become one of the most frequently requested snacks that we make for family and friends. It doesn’t matter how much of it I prepare, it disappears in a flash every time.

More often than not, I find myself planning our meals around this salsa whenever we have it around. One of our favorite ways to eat this is over Teriyaki Glazed Salmon and rice.

pineapple salsa in mixing bowl with lime wedges

Salsa Recipes

Many of you might remember that I’m picky about my homemade salsas. I want my salsa recipes to be both easy to make and full of amazing flavor with just the right amount of heat.

Along with this pineapple salsa, I can enthusiastically recommend this Pico De Gallo recipe and this tasty Black Bean Salsa. If you’re a mushroom lover, this Mushroom Jalapeno Salsa is a completely unique salsa that surprised us all by how delicious it was

Strawberry Salsa should definitely happen while berries are at their best this year. And Mango Corn Salsa? Seriously, try it. You won’t regret it.

Hand over a bag of chips and a bowl of Cowboy Caviar, dinner is ready. Fresh peppers, onion, tomatoes, and avocados in a light dressing, this is so good. I am not at all joking when I say that I make this appetizer my dinner. I can happily dig into this and call it a meal.

For a roasted salsa option, check out this Smoky Roasted Salsa by Rebecca over at Foodie with Family. I can also testify that her Pickle de Gallo is a whole new kind of fresh salsa that is going to blow your mind.

Fresh Pineapple Jalapeno Salsa

Pineapple Recipes

I love to cook and bake with pineapple and can’t ever get enough of it. If you like pineapple anywhere near as much as we do, you’re bound to like this Pineapple Mojito Fruit Salad and this Sweet and Spicy Pineapple Shrimp Stir Fry

For a sweet summer cocktail, try a  Pineapple Mojito. And don’t forget about the dozens of delicious pineapple desserts out there! We love Pineapple Cake with Coconut Frosting, Pina Colada Ice Cream, and this easy as can be Mango Pineapple Ice Cream.

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pineapple salsa in mixing bowl with lime wedges

Pineapple Jalapeno Salsa

4.84 from 12 votes
Sweet bits of pineapple and spicy jalapeño combine to make this easy pineapple salsa one of our favorite condiments and snacks.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 6 (1/2) cup servings


  • 1 small pineapple peeled cored and very finely diced, about 3 cups
  • 1 large jalapeno seeded and finely minced, about 2 tablespoons, add more for a spicier bite
  • 1 small lime juiced, about 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1 handful cilantro leaves only, finely chopped, about 2 tablespoons
  • 3 green onions very thinly sliced, about 2 tablespoons
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt adjust to taste
  • teaspoon freshly ground black pepper adjust to taste


  • Place all ingredients in a bowl and stir to combine. Cover with lid or transfer to an airtight container. Chill until ready to serve. This will keep well in the refrigerator for about a week.


Calories: 77kcal · Carbohydrates: 20g · Protein: 1g · Fat: 1g · Saturated Fat: 1g · Sodium: 99mg · Potassium: 181mg · Fiber: 2g · Sugar: 15g · Vitamin A: 147IU · Vitamin C: 73mg · Calcium: 24mg · Iron: 1mg
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{originally posted 4-30-13 – recipe notes and photos updated 5/31/23}

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Pineapple Salsa - this disappears within minutes every time we make it!

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Mary Younkin

Hi, I’m Mary. I’m the author, cook, photographer, and travel lover behind the scenes here at Barefeet In The Kitchen. I'm also the author of three cookbooks dedicated to making cooking from scratch as simple as possible.

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  1. Hannah - from says

    One of my most favorite recipes. I could eat the entire bowl in one sitting, and my husband adores it, too.

    We love pairing it with Jamaican Jerk Chicken, Red Beans, and Rice for a killer meal. So yum. Thanks for sharing, Mary.5 stars