Habanero Pineapple Salsa

Habanero Pineapple Salsa

Make this delicious habanero pineapple salsa recipe with fresh tomatoes or canned for a spicy salsa dip that is sure to please!

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The Best Fruity Habanero Pineapple Salsa

If you’ve followed the blog much, or have seen many of our other recipes, you’ve probably noticed a few fruity and hot salsas that I’ve put out. Sweet and spicy go together so well in my opinion and I love how certain hot peppers complement fruits so nicely. And I’m hopelessly addicted to salsa, so that helps my drive to want to make new flavor combinations. Today I’m featuring the wonderful fruity flavor of habaneros paired with tropical pineapple, coming together for a wonderful Pineapple Habanero Salsa.

If you’ve never made homemade salsa before, let me be the first to tell you that it couldn’t be easier. Joelle gives me trouble, but I frequently comment while I’m making salsa that I think it should be more difficult or should have more ingredients. But it’s really not difficult; if you have a food processor and a kitchen knife you have the necessary supplies to make salsa on your own. It’s cheaper than most store-bought salsas, and you get to choose what fresh ingredients go into it and know that there aren’t any suspect preservatives or anything else; you’re in control of all ingredients.

top down shot of a bowl of pineapple habanero salsa with a bowl of tortilla chips next to it

Why You’ll Love It

This Habanero Pineapple Salsa is fresh and fruity with a nice kick of heat at the end. It’s a great summer snack or appetizer, either to hog all for yourself or to take to parties and get-togethers. You can easily adjust the heat level up or down for your preference, based on how many habaneros you use. Just make sure to wear gloves when handling the chiles. So feel free to make it as warm as you’d like! As I jokingly tell my friends, if you don’t stop for long enough between bites, the heat won’t really hit you until the end!

This Habanero Pineapple Salsa is the most popular salsa I’ve made among my friends and family and they are always asking if I’ll bring it with when we hang out or get together. I often have to make a double batch so that I’ll have some leftover afterwards for myself! It’s so simple to make with minimal ingredients that are found at most grocery stores, and can easily be scaled up or down to accommodate a batch for the family or for a crowd.

food processor full of ingredients for pineapple habanero salsa: pineapple, habaneros, tomatoes, red onion, cilantro, garlic, and spices

Prep for Your Habanero Pineapple Salsa

As for prepping ingredients, the best way I have found to core and chop the pineapple is to use a pineapple corer. It’s so much easier to get the core out and gives you nice even rings and pieces. I recommend going for a stainless steel one as the plastic ones I have seen don’t seem to work very well. A lime juicer makes getting the lime juice so much easier as well.

As for the habaneros, make sure to food prep gloves. Chile oil is no joke and burns if it gets on your skin or in your eyes, so protect yourself when working with peppers. I cut the top of the pepper off, halve it, and then use a spoon to scrape out the seeds and membranes from each section. Discard the seeds and membranes and just use the flesh.

Grab your ingredients, pulse them up in your food processor, and serve along with tortilla chips for your next party, hang out, or dinner. It’s also great on tacos, nachos, enchiladas, grilled chicken, eggs, and more. Let’s get to it!

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bowl of pineapple habanero salsa with chips in the background

Habanero Pineapple Salsa

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  • Author: Our Sweetly Spiced Life
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes


Make this delicious habanero pineapple salsa recipe with fresh tomatoes or canned for a spicy salsa dip that is sure to please!


  • 42oz fresh or canned tomatoes
  • 4 habaneros, stems, seeds, and membranes removed
  • 1 medium red onion, rough chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 bunch of cilantro
  • juice and flesh from 1 large pineapple. If you want to use frozen pineapple, it’s about 2C of pineapple chunks
  • juice from 1 lime
  • 1 Tbsp Paprika
  • ½  Tbsp chili powder
  • ½ tsp salt


  1. Combine all ingredients in a Food Processor. Depending on the size of your food processor you may need to combine ingredients in a large bowl and work in batches with your food processor
  2. Pulse all ingredients together in food processor until combined and desired consistency is reached
  3. Tasty and adjust salt, seasonings, and lime juice if needed.
  4. Enjoy!


  1. Keep leftover salsa in a sealed container in the fridge for about 7 days (my batches usually are gone long before this time).
  2. This is a fresh salsa recipe and is not an approved canning recipe.

If you’re a fellow lover of salsas, check out some more great recipes here:
Roasted Hatch Peach Salsa
Mango Jalapeno Salsa
Smoky Chipotle Salsa

And if you need some other dips for a gathering, check these out:
5-minute Guacamole
Crockpot Buffalo Chicken Dip
Roasted Poblano Hummus

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Until next time, make sure to enjoy the journey!


bowl of pineapple habanero salsa with tortilla chips in the background and a food processor full of pineapple habanero salsa with a pineapple next to it

8 thoughts on “Habanero Pineapple Salsa”

  • Amazing! Used smoked paprika (I either ran out or just plain could not find regular) and it tastes delicious! Super easy!

    • I’m so glad you like the salsa! I think smoked paprika would work just fine in this recipe as well. Thanks for sharing!

    • Hey,
      we have not done any of the research or testing to see if this would be safe to can. We can only recommend it as a fresh salsa. Hope you enjoy the salsa, though!

  • Would this pair well with pita chips? Tortilla chips? Also creamy cheese sounds delicious with it. I’m looking to gift these and wondering what chips to include with it

    • Hi Hannah,

      We recommend tortilla chips with our habanero pineapple salsa (we personally are addicted to Costco’s Kirkland brand organic tortilla chips; they’re perfectly salty and delicious with all our salsas!). We haven’t tried it over cream cheese; I’m not sure if the tomato base would pair as well with that or not, but if you try it, let us know how it goes! For gifting this salsa, I’d definitely pair it with tortilla chips. Happy holidays!

    • Hey,
      I have tried freezing this salsa before, and it does work, although I will say the consistency isn’t the same when it thaws. It definitely is better fresh but can be frozen if needed!

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