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This Pineapple Habanero Salsa has fresh sweet pineapple mixed with habaneros, mint, red onion, and lime for a punch of flavor. This salsa goes perfect on Fish Tacos, Grilled Chicken or eat it with tortilla chips as a snack.

Overhead view of pineapple salsa in a dish.

When pineapple is in season, I love to make this fresh salsa to have on hand for easy snacking or to elevate my tacos. It’s quick to make and tastes even better after a couple hours in the refrigerator.

Ingredients Needed

The ingredients for this pineapple salsa are simple, and If you are using a fresh pineapple you’ll have leftovers, unless you need to make a large batch.

Use the leftover pineapple shell and remaining chunks to make my Thai Pineapple Fried Rice for another day.

Ingredients labeled with text for pineapple salsa.
  • Pineapple– I prefer the taste of fresh pineapple, especially when it is in season. Alternatively, you can use canned pineapple if fresh is not available.
  • Habanero– Habaneros are spicy! I used one, and remove the seeds and ribs.
  • Red Onion– I love the color of red onion, but white onion works too.
  • Mint– You can also substitute cilantro, but I love the combination of pineapple and mint together, so refreshing!
  • Lime– You’ll need 1-2 limes depending on how juicy they are. Start with 1 and add more if needed
  • Salt– Add salt to taste.

How to Cut a Pineapple

There are a few different ways to cut a pineapple. In the video here, I show how I remove the skin first then dice the pineapple after removing the core.

If you plan on saving the pineapple shell like I did for the Fried Rice recipe, then slice the pineapple in half length wise and hollow it out that way.

Pineapple shell hollowed out with chunks of pineapple in a small bowl.

Another way to cut a pineapple is by cutting the top crown and using this handy pineapple cutter. You’ll get perfect pineapple slices and the core will be removed.

How to Make Pineapple Habanero Salsa

Once the pineapple is cut, reserve about 2 cups of chunks, unless you need to make a large batch, then double the recipe.

When cutting the habanero, I recommend using gloves or wash your hands really well afterwards. I’ve learned the hard way! You can also remove the seeds and ribs from the pepper to make it less spicy.

For the red onion, I made thin slices, but small dices work too. I decided to leave the mint leaves whole, since my mint was still small. If your leaves are wider, you can rough chop the mint.

Pineapple habanero salsa in a small dish.

Combine the pineapple, habanero, red onion, and mint leaves. Squeeze 1 lime and add salt. Taste the salsa and see if additional lime juice or salt is needed. Place the pineapple salsa in a container with a lid and allow it to refrigerate for 30 minutes to let the flavors develop even more.

If you love pineapple, check out my easy dessert recipe for Pineapple Loaf Cake.

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Pineapple Habanero Salsa Recipe

Renee
Fresh sweet pineapple mixed with habaneros, mint, red onion, and lime for a refreshing balance of sweet and spicy flavors.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 6

Ingredients
  

  • ½ Fresh Pineapple (about 2 cups once it's cubed)
  • ½ cup Red Onion thinly sliced
  • 1 Habanero Pepper sliced and seeds removed to control spice
  • ¼ cup Mint leaves or substitute cilantro
  • 1-2 Limes
  • Salt to Taste

Instructions
 

  • See the post on the different ways to cut a fresh pineapple. You want to end up with about 2 cups of small pineapple chunks.
  • When cutting the habanero, I recommend using gloves or wash your hands really well afterwards. I've learned the hard way! You can also remove the seeds and ribs from the pepper to make it less spicy.
  • Combine the cubed pineapple, habanero, red onion, and mint leaves. Squeeze 1 lime and add salt. Taste the salsa and see if additional lime juice or salt is needed.
  • Place the salsa in a container with a lid and allow it to refrigerate for 30 minutes to let the flavors develop even more.

Video

Notes

Store leftover pineapple habanerso salsa in a sealed container in the refrigerator for 2-3 days.

Nutrition

Calories: 48kcalCarbohydrates: 13gProtein: 1gFat: 0.1gSaturated Fat: 0.02gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.1gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.01gSodium: 2mgPotassium: 129mgFiber: 2gSugar: 8gVitamin A: 145IUVitamin C: 43mgCalcium: 21mgIron: 0.4mg

Nutritional information is provided as an estimate only and depends on ingredients and amounts used. Thai Caliente makes no guarantees to the accuracy of this information.

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