Roasted pineapple tomatillo salsa is a delicious combination of sweet and spicy. Pair with chicken, fish or simply tortilla chips.
The best part of making salsa from scratch is the delicious fresh ingredients. Pineapple tomatillo salsa is no different than other salsas in that regard.
When making this salsa, you’ll need these fresh ingredients. It’s possible that you may not have ever bought some of them and it’s fun to experiment with something new.
When you make it fresh, you will at least know all your ingredients. No extra fillers or unusual preservatives.
Frequently Asked Questions
Tomatillos look a lot like green tomatoes and, in a pinch, you could substitute green tomatoes. Tomatillos are more tart and citrus-y.
Tomatillos are tart but they’re not spicy. Any spicy heat in this salsa comes from the chiles/peppers used.
For this recipe, using canned pineapple can be done but will have a different look and taste. Be sure to get one canned in water instead of sugar.
How to Select a Pineapple
You can’t go by the color. A ripe pineapple will be firm with a little give when you squeeze it. If it’s rock hard, it’s not ripe.
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How to Ripen a Pineapple
Place the pineapple in a plastic or paper bag and leave at room temperature. It should ripen in a day or two. It will ripen even more quickly if you place a banana in the bag with it.
How to Cut a Pineapple
For this recipe, you won’t need any special cutting skills for the pineapple. It’s very straight forward.
- Cut off the top
- Flip it around to cut off the bottom
- Stand it upright and cut off the sides
When you cut down the sides, make sure you get all the little “eyes”. Then, make thick slices to go on the baking sheet.
Since this could be your first time with fresh pineapple, I found a step by step guide on How to Cut a Pineapple, if you’re curious.
You may be able to reuse the top of the pineapple to grow your own pineapple plant! Check out what the Empress of Dirt has to say about growing your own pineapple houseplant.
How Hot are Jalapenos?
On a scale, jalapenos are spicy but not super spicy. Removing the inner veins and seeds will make them even less spicy.
With only two jalapenos used in this pineapple tomatillo salsa recipe, it’s not very spicy at all. In fact, I think it would be fine for little kids too.
The next time I make it, I think I will add a serrano pepper too. It was that low on the spicy heat scale. I would prefer a bit more heat.
If you love chiles and you love experimenting, be sure to check out my Scoville Heat Scale. You will find a list of common peppers.
You may even want to try a red chile pepper. A little bit of red mixed in with the yellow and green of the pineapple and tomatillo would make a pretty salsa.
How Long Will This Salsa Keep in the Refrigerator?
Because of the added vinegar, this salsa will keep almost a week but it could lose some of its freshness in about 3 or 4 days.
You can also divide it into portions and store it in the freezer for 3 to 6 months.
Can You Can Pineapple Salsa?
This salsa can be canned in a water bath to make it shelf stable for 12 to 18 months.
Unlike tomato salsa, I would suggest you boil pints for 40 minutes. The National Center for Home Food Preservation recommends more time for tomatillos than tomatoes.
When you’re boiling the salsa, you are actually cooking it more. This can cause the fruit and vegetables to break down even further so the consistency can be different from fresh.
Where Would You Serve This Salsa?
Have a look at our Mexican food recipes for a larger variety. Specifically, I think this salsa would be great with any of these recipes:
- Milanesa de Res Breaded Beef Steak
- Chile Lime Shrimp Tacos with Avocado Cream
- Chicken Tinga Tacos Dorados
Don’t forget the chips! You can make your own blue corn tortilla chips from scratch with this recipe.
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- Large baking sheet
- Food processor
- Cooking Spray, like Pam
- 1 Pineapple, top, bottom and sides removed, then cut into 6 or 7 slices horizontally
- 1 pound Tomatillos, husks removed, cleaned to remove sticky residence and cut in half horizontally
- 1 Onion, large, top, bottom and peel removed, then cut into 4 slices horizontally.
- 2 Jalapenos, whole, cleaned
- 1 head Garlic, whole, unpeeled
- 1 teaspoon Olive Oil
- 1 Lime, juice only
- 1 tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar
- 1 teaspoon Salt
- Preheat oven to broil (usually about 550℉.
- Prepare pineapple, jalapenos, tomatillos and onion as directed. Spray baking sheet with cooking spray and place all the fruit and vegetables flat on the sheet. Set aside.
- While whole head of garlic is still in one piece, slice off the top to expose the tops of the cloves. Discard the top. Place the whole garlic head with top facing up on a piece of foil about 10". Carefully spoon over the olive oil on the top of the garlic and, if desired, sprinke on a little salt. Close up the foil around the head of garlic, carefully keep it upright.
- Place the baking sheet on the highest level of the oven, closest to the broiler. Place the wrapped head of garlic in the center of the oven.
- Cook for 15 minutes. Remove sheet from oven. Close the oven door, leaving the garlic inside to continue cooking.
- Remove the tomatillos to a food processor. Set aside.
- Turn over the remaining fruit and vegetables. Return the sheet to the oven. Cook for 10 to 15 minutes more. You should see a nice liitle char.
- Remove the baking sheet and foil wrapped garlic from the oven. Immediately place the jalapenos in a ziploc bag.
- Place the onion slices in the food processor.
- Cut chunks of pineapple away from the core. Discard the core. Place the pineapple chunks in the food processor.
- Remove the foil from the cooked garlic and squeeze the garlic cloves out of the peel. Place the garlic cloves in the food processor. Discard the peel.
- After the jalapenos have been in the bag for 10 or 15 minutes, remove them from the bag. Remove the charred outer skin, stem and seeds then discard. Place the remaining jalapeno in the food processor.
- Place the remaining salsa ingredients in the food processor and process to desired consistency. Serve chilled.
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