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Jalapeno Pineapple Salsa

Jalapeno Pineapple Salsa is a sweet and spicy condiment that’s great on fish, tacos, or chicken. It’s can even be enjoyed with chips as an appetizer!

Our jalapeno pineapple salsa is full of fresh fruit flavor and comes together in about 15 to 20 minutes. It may not be the first thing you think of when you hear the word salsa, but it’s amazing on seafood and is great with tortilla chips. We love to serve it with blackened mahi mahi, oven baked mahi mahi, and baked chicken breasts.

Wooden bowl filled with pineapple jalapeno salsa.

Jalapeno Pineapple Salsa

This salsa recipe is very similar to our mango pineapple salsa recipe with a couple ingredient changes. The main difference are the jalapenos and the mangos. Jalapenos add a slight spiciness to this salsa that pairs well with the sweetness from the pineapple. The heat level can easily be adjusted to fit your tastes.

Make sure to cut the ingredients small and in similar sizes. It’s kind of like making pico de gallo. Not only does it help the ingredients to mix better, but it’s also easy to eat. If you’d like to skip cutting a whole pineapple, see if your supermarket has pre-cut pineapple slices or pieces. Those can also be cut down further into small cubes.

How to Make Pineapple Jalapeno Salsa:

  1. Core a whole pineapple, and cut away the spiny outer edges. Cut the pineapple into 1/4-inch chunks and place in a large bowl.
  2. Add chopped onion, jalapeno, fresh parsley, freshly squeezed lime juice, and salt. Toss to combine.
  3. Serve chilled!
Collage showing how to make jalapeno pineapple salsa.

Tips and Variations:

  • Jalapenos: Add more jalapenos to give this salsa more heat. To amp up the spiciness even more, leave the seeds and membranes in when chopping the jalapenos.
  • Bell Peppers: Toss in some red, orange, or yellow bell peppers for some added texture and sweetness.
  • Fresh Herbs: Swap out the fresh parsley for cilantro, basil, or your other favorite fresh herbs.
  • Onions: For a milder onion flavor, try green onions or sweet onions.

Can you use canned pineapple in jalapeno pineapple salsa?

Fresh is the best variety of pineapple to use for this recipe. It has the best texture and flavor without the added liquid and syrup of the canned variety.

How do you choose the best pineapple for salsa?

The pineapple shouldn’t be too soft; otherwise, it will be too mushy for the salsa. Choose a pineapple with green leaves, that’s firm to the touch, and smells slightly sweet when you smell the bottom.
Top down view of pineapple jalapeno salsa.

Storage Recommendations:

Refrigerator: Jalapeno Pineapple Salsa should be refrigerated in an airtight container and leftovers discarded after 3 days.

Freezer: This salsa does not hold up well to freezing.

Top down view of jalapeno salsa with diced pineapple.

Jalapeno Pineapple Salsa

Yield: About 5 Cups
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Jalapeno Pineapple Salsa is a sweet and spicy condiment that's great on fish, tacos, or chicken. It's can even be enjoyed with chips as an appetizer!


  • 1 whole pineapple, rind and core removed
  • 1 Medium Jalapeno, finely diced (seeds and membranes removed)
  • ¼ cup purple onion, diced
  • 2 tablespoons parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • ¼ teaspoon salt


  1. Cut the pineapple into ¼ - inch thick pieces, and transfer to a large bowl.
  2. Add the jalapeno, onion, parsley, lime juice, and salt. Toss to combine.
  3. Serve over fish, chicken, or with tortilla chips.
  4. See post for storage recommendations.


*The calories listed are an approximation based on the ingredients in the recipe card and a serving size of ½ cup of salsa.. Actual calories will vary.

*For more information, tips, and answers to frequently asked questions, please refer to the post.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 10 Serving Size: 1/2 cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 45Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 54mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 1gSugar: 9gProtein: 1g

*The calories are an estimate and are based on the ingredients and serving size listed. The calories can vary depending on the brand of product purchased.

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