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Fresh Pineapple Salsa With Jalapenos

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My fresh pineapple salsa recipe is a game changer. Made with fresh pineapple, jalapenos, tomatoes, red onion, cilantro, lime, and more. A sweet salsa that packs a punch. Dip tortilla chips in your pineapple salsa or top fish tacos with the salsa. Either way, the flavor punch is phenomenal.

Bowl of pineapple salad next to tortilla chips.

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This fruit salsa is a great appetizer, side dish, or topper for chicken, fish, or even pair with some shrimp. Unlike tomato salsa, this is a sweet and spicy salsa that is truly loaded with tons of flavor.

Now, you have to try out my jalapeno peach salsa, and my salsa verde if you enjoy making sauces and salsas. Both of these are made with fresh ingredients that really elevate the flavor compared to a jar salsa you purchase at a grocery store.

Why readers love this recipe

Let me share a few reasons why readers love this recipe so much. It is one recipe I get visits on often.

  1. This pineapple salsa uses fresh ingredients, so it is very fresh and vibrant.
  2. The colorful look of the salsa is so appealing and great for serving up guests.
  3. Kids will even grab a chip and dive in. It is a great way to get more variation into their diet.
  4. Use as a topper for a salad, tacos, or pair with chips and dip and eat that way.

Fresh Pineapple Salsa Ingredients

Pineapple, jalapenos, red bell pepper, tomatoes, red onion, cilantro, lime, salt and pepper on a countertop.

The complete list of ingredients, quantities, and instructions can be found in the printable recipe card below.

  • Pineapple – Fresh, finely diced.
  • Jalapenos – Seeded, diced finely.
  • Pepper – Red bell pepper, diced and seeded.
  • Tomatoes – Diced finely.
  • Red onion – Finely diced.
  • Cilantro – Chopped.
  • Lime – Squeezed fresh juice.
  • Salt and Pepper – To taste.

How To Make Pineapple Salsa with Jalapenos

Collage of mixing ingredients for pineapple salsa.
  1. Prep all the ingredients and then add all the fruit and veggies in a large bowl. (Photo 1)
  2. Squeeze the lime juice over the mixture, and season with salt and pepper.
  3. Once well mixed, cover and refrigerate before you serve. Then serve as you would like. (Photos 2 & 3)
A bowl of pineapple salsa with chips sitting on a wooden platter.

Tips from our Recipe Developer

Jalapeno – If you want, use green bell pepper if you don’t want the jalapeno in the recipe. It will tame down the spice level of the salsa. Or ramp it up and use a habanero pepper for added heat.

Spices – You can use a mix of spices to add more levels of flavor. Cayenne pepper, cumin, or chili powder all would be great additions of flavor to the salsa.

Serving – Serve as an appetizer; mix in black beans and quinoa to make into a salad, top tacos, etc.

Pineapple – You can use canned pineapple if you want. The tidbits would work nicely; just drain off the juice.



This pineapple salsa is perishable, so it will need to be refrigerated until you are ready to serve it up. So store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.

You can make the salsa a day in advance of when you plan to serve it up. It will help blend the flavors even more if you do this.


Due to the fruit and vegetables, you will find it won’t freeze and thaw very well. The vegetables and fruit will become very soft, watery, and lacking in flavor.

I recommend not freezing the jalapeno pineapple salsa.

What To Serve With Fruit Salsa

Use the salsa to top your cilantro lime shrimp tacos, sheet pan fajitas, or even top these rolled tacos. This salsa pairs nicely with fish tacos as well, it is going to bring out tons of flavor to your fish.

Serve up a mango margarita or strawberry margarita on the side to your sweet salsa!

Small plate of pineapple salsa and tortillas.


What is pineapple salsa made of?

Pineapple salsa is made with pineapple, peppers, onion, tomatoes, lime juice, and more, all finely chopped. You will find it is a similar texture to a pico de gallo, where it is chunky in texture.

What is the taste of pineapple salsa?

This pineapple salsa offers a sweet and spicy flavor. Since you de-seed the jalapeno, it is mild in terms of heat. This is 100% flavorful, and a must try recipe.

Do I need to allow the fresh pineapple set before serving?

You need to let the salsa sit in the fridge for at least 30 minutes before you serve it up. The reason is it needs time for the flavors to blend together. Otherwise, it will lack flavor.

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Colorful pineapple Salsa on a white plate with tortilla chips on the side.
5 from 13 votes

Pineapple Salsa With Jalapenos

Author: Kim Schob
Course: Appetizer & Snacks
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Chill time 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Fresh pineapple salsa is an easy and delicious sweet salsa. Made with pineapple, jalapeno, lime juice, tomatoes and more. Serve as an appetizer, top fish or shrimp tacos, or make into a salad with some quinoa and black beans.


  • 1 large fresh pineapple cored and diced (about 4 cups)
  • 3 large jalapenos seeded and diced (for more spice, keep the seeds intact)
  • 1 medium red bell pepper diced
  • 2 tomatoes diced
  • ½ cup (80 g) diced red onion
  • ¾ cup (12 g) chopped cilantro
  • 1 lime juiced
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Prep all your vegetables and fruit and add into a large mixing bowl.
  • Pour the lime juice over the top, and season with salt and pepper. Toss to mix.
  • Once mixed cover and place the fresh salsa in the fridge to marinate for at least 30 minutes.
  • Then serve up the pineapple salsa with chips, top tacos, or pair with any of your favorite meals.


Pineapple – You can use canned pineapple. If so reach for tidbits and drain off the juice. 
Spice – If you want a spicy salsa leave some seeds in the jalapeno pepper. Otherwise de-seed and remove white membrane of the pepper for a mild flavor. 
Seasonings – Chili powder, cayenne and cumin can be used to flavor the salsa even more. 
Pepper – You can use a bell pepper in replace of the jalapeno if you would like. 
Cilantro – Not a fan? Then leave out the cilantro in the recipe. 

Nutrition Information

Calories: 99kcal (5%) Carbohydrates: 25g (8%) Protein: 2g (4%) Fat: 0.4g (1%) Saturated Fat: 0.1g (1%) Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g Monounsaturated Fat: 0.05g Sodium: 6mg Potassium: 362mg (10%) Fiber: 4g (17%) Sugar: 18g (20%) Vitamin A: 1266IU (25%) Vitamin C: 116mg (141%) Calcium: 34mg (3%) Iron: 1mg (6%)

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  1. 5 stars
    This was such a sweet yet spicy salsa that does not disappoint! Quick, easy and delicious; definitely, a new favorite recipe!

  2. 5 stars
    Oh wow! Such a vibrant and refreshing salsa. Love all that color and it sounds fantastic paired with fish tacos.

  3. 5 stars
    How yummy! I bet this would be delicious on the lime flavored tortilla chips. I can’t wait to try it!

  4. 5 stars
    This was absolutely delicious! I had it on fish tacos, and the kick from the jalapenos was amazing with the sweetness of the pineapple.

  5. 5 stars
    Pineapple is always so good with fish and this recipe is so easy and packed full of flavour. Perfect for summer eating.

  6. 5 stars
    I adore pineapple salsa with fish dishes and this was a superb recipe! Great balance of sweet, savoury and sour!

  7. 5 stars
    I originally made this to put on fish tacos. However, by the time the tacos were ready, there was barely any left because I’d spent the last 4 hours snacking on it… oh well. I guess I’ll have to make it again!

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