Pineapple Jalapeno Salsa
Mix up summer salsa season with this Pineapple Jalapeno Salsa!
I bet you’ve never noticed how many balloons are in grocery stores. I know I never noticed…that is, until I started taking Robbie grocery shopping with me. That kid loves (I mean loves!) balloons, and he is always quick to point them out wherever we are. I discovered a while back that grumpy Robbie becomes happy Robbie when I strap him into a cart and take him shopping…so guess who gets to come along and help Dad on his shopping trips? (In fact, Dad sometimes hunts for reasons to go shopping if Laura has a work dinner or something in the evening…)
But back to the balloons. There are balloons everywhere in stores! And I never noticed them before. This past weekend, all 3 of us headed out to do a little grocery shopping. The weather was nice, and we needed a reason to get out of the house for a bit. So as Dad checked off the items on his list, Robbie called out and pointed to all of the balloons in the store. (Yes, even the ones that “got away” and were stuck up on the ceiling of the store…)
As we were checking out, Laura suddenly said, “Hey, you forgot tomatoes!” Wait, I didn’t need tomatoes this week. “But you said you’re making salsa.” Oops, I forgot to tell Laura I wasn’t making traditional salsa. Nope, this week was Pineapple Jalapeno Salsa. Now I love a good traditional salsa (i.e. one with the aforementioned tomatoes), but sometimes it’s nice to mix things up a bit. I’ve been craving pineapple lately, so I decided to use that as the central flavor in this tasty Pineapple Jalapeno Salsa.
But I didn’t stop at just mixing up the salsa ingredients. I also played around with the “chips.” I used Flatout flatbreads to create mini edible bowls for the salsa…and then I used some extra flatbreads to create chips. The bowls and chips are both baked, and they turned out quite well! Laura sampled one of the bowls after I took these photos, and she pointed out that these would be great for summer parties. We’re always looking for an excuse to hang out on the back deck during the summer, so I might just have to invite some friends over and recreate this Pineapple Jalapeno Salsa + homemade chips.
Flatout flatbreads are one of our favorite staples around here. I always keep a package on hand for either fun lunchtime wraps or easy flatbread pizzas. In fact, I used these flatbreads last summer when I made these Taco Salad Bowls. Those bowls were actually the inspiration for creating these miniature versions filled with a fun, summer salsa. I used a round cookie cutter to create these bowls, and then I cut up the scraps to turn them into chips. Well, most of the scraps turned into chips. Robbie snacked on one of them as part of his dinner that night!
What are some of your favorite “non-traditional” salsas? And I bet you’ll also notice all of the balloons in your grocery store on your next trip…I know Robbie does!
Pineapple Jalapeno Salsa
For the Salsa Bowls
- 6 Flatout flatbreads
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- 1 tsp salt
- ½ tsp chili powder
- ½ tsp smoked paprika
For the Salsa
- ¾ cup red onion diced
- 2 cups pineapple diced
- 1 jalapeno seeded and diced
- ½ cup fresh cilantro chopped
- Juice of 1 lime ~1- 1½ Tbsp
- ¾ tsp kosher salt
For the Salsa Bowls
- Preheat oven to 375°F.
- Brush one side of each of the flatbreads with olive oil. Combine salt, chili powder and smoked paprika in a small bowl. Sprinkle this mixture evenly over top of the flatbreads.
- Using a round cookie cutter (I used a 3½” round cutter), cut 4 circles. (I cut 2 circles each out of 2 flatbreads.) Cut remaining 4 flatbreads as well as the ‘scraps’ into pieces (these will be the “chips.”)
- Press the circular flatbreads into a muffin-tin with the olive oil side up. Spread the “chips” out evenly on a sheetpan.
- Bake at 375°F for 13-15 minutes, or until flatbreads have become slightly crispy. Remove from oven and let cool.
For the Salsa
- Using a medium bowl, add all ingredients; stir until well combined.
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First off, and most imortantly, I love the photo of Robbie! He is sooo cute! You guys must be so proud… Then, this Salsa. Your photos are incredible! I know I say it alot but it´s true. And no, I haven´t noticed all the balloons in the stores… 🙂
Why thank you so much, Johlene! I thought that photo was hilarious since it was my “scraps” from making these salsa bowls. But the little guy loved it! We are indeed proud of him. 🙂 And thank you, thank you, thank you for the kind words about the photos. It really is nice to hear! This pineapple-jalapeno salsa is a super tasty twist on salsa…and the salsa cups just make this one fun to serve (and eat)! Thank you for your support, my friend!
Now that you mention balloons in grocery stores, I know I’ve seen people buying them there and I always thought that was weird. Do they go along with the flower department? I don’t really think of Safeway as the place to meet all my helium balloon needs but I guess it is :). That pic of Robbie is TOO cute! What a doll! This salsa sounds completely delicious. I love salsa in really any form. And those bowls? Genius! Happy weekend to you and the fam!
Yeah, I’m with ya, Kelsie. There are always balloons in the floral section of our Price Chopper (that’s our grocery store over here), and Robbie always (always!) points them out. And then we were in Walmart the other day, and they had yellow clearance balloons up all over the clothes departments…Robbie almost lost his mind! 🙂 This salsa is super tasty, and it’s a great way to mix things up a bit. The sweet + spicy combo totally works! I hope you had a great weekend…and I hope you didn’t pack too much. Haha! Thanks, Kelsie. Happy Monday, my friend!
Well, first off, let me say awwww…that’s the cutest picture of your son! Secondly, I love everything about this recipe. I have only made regular tomato salsa, corn & black bean, and mango salsa, but pineapple sounds awesome, and I can’t wait to try this recipe. I bet it would also make a good topping for grilled something (like fish, chicken, or pork). I have never seen Flat Out Bread (probably because I try to avoid the bread aisle), but I checked their website and it seems my store does have it, so yay! (and those little bowls, how clever–each person can have their own yummy bowl that you don’t have to wash!). Thanks for sharing this!
Why thank you very much, Kim! That photo of Robbie just kinda happened by mistake. I toasted up my Flatout ‘scraps’ from the salsa bowls, and he was such a happy camper nibbling on it! Definitely give the pineapple salsa a shot…it’s a unique combo and so fun to mix up the traditional salsa. Plus, the sweet + spicy together totally works! And do give Flatout a shot. We use them from everything like these salsa cups to wraps to you name it! (Plus, they are a really awesome company…and that’s worth something to me when I’m picking up groceries.) I hope you have a happy Monday, my friend!
Hi David. Great flavors going on here. You know I’m a big fan of anything hand held because it’s always more fun and no dishes. What would you think about grilling pineapple slices and red onion slices and then cutting them up? I know it’s a extra step, but I think it would be interesting.
I’m right there with ya on the handheld thing, Dorothy! Anything to cut down on the dishes at the end of the night is a bonus. (I’d actually rather wash 2 dishes while cooking than one dish at the end of the night.) Oh my gosh, I think you are on to something here with the grilled pineapple. That would add such a fun twist of flavor to this recipe! I might actually have to try that out on Friday for Cinco de Mayo. Do you guys have any Cinco de Mayo traditions? Happy Monday!
Im loving the flavours here David! Pineapple Jalapeno? You really cant beat sweet and spicy!
I totally agree, Lucie! The sweet + spicy combo of this salsa is so darned tasty…and so darned addicting! Thank you! 🙂
I love the combination of pineapple and jalapenos, in fact it’s one of my favorite pizza toppings! This looks so good David! I would eat it all with a spoon!
PS: Robbie is so so cute!!
Oooo…pineapples and jalapenos as a pizza topping?? That’s it. I know what’s going on my next pizza! Thanks so much, Manali…I hope you had a great weekend, my friend!
Pineapple salsa is always super refreshing. I never noticed how many balloons are in the grocery store, but now that you mention it, there is a crazy amount. I can just imagine you and Robbie stomping through the grocery store picking up ingredients for all of your tasty concoctions. I love these cute little bowl chips. Have a great weekend David 🙂
Oh man, stomping through the store with Robbie on Sunday mornings is quickly becoming one of my favorite activities, Mary! The little guy just loves to get out and see things…and as a side bonus, it wears him out, too. Haha! This salsa bowl cups (and the pineapple + jalapeno salsa) turned out so well. Perfect snacks for a warm Spring day. Thanks so much, my friend!
I love that Robbie points out all the balloons! This salsa sounds wonderful. I love a great fruit salsa on fish or chicken. These bowls are perfect for nibbling on….even the leftover pieces!
He totally does, Kathy! In fact, finding balloons has become a bit of a game for him. Now that I think of it, we haven’t had a balloon for him here at home in a while. I should grab him one to play with this week! 🙂 And the salsa bowls are indeed perfect for nibbling. Thanks so much!
David, I love pineapple salsa, and yours looks delicious. But those chip bowls, those are geniou! You get to dip your chips and salsa, and then you eat the salsa Bowl! I love it!
Who ever said you can’t have your cake and eat it, too? Well clearly they were wrong. Because here you can have your salsa and eat the bowl, too. 🙂 Thanks, Jeff! Hope you guys had a great weekend!
Sorry David. Your salsa looks delicious, but Robbie stole the show. 😉
Love these cute little edible bowls and I bet this salsa would be amazing served over grilled fish or seafood too!
Hahaha…I’m totally ok with Robbie stealing the show here. I mean I love that photo of him holding the Flatout scraps. He loved holding the whole thing and nibbling on it! 🙂 Also, these salsa cups were a fun adventure. Nothing like having salsa and eating the cup it was served in, too! Thanks, my friend!
Those flatout bread cups are adorable, but, David, like Marissa said, Robbie is simply more so! Too cute and I see he’s gonna be a foodie like his mom and his dad cos he’s tackling food that’s bigger than his head without any fear! Go Robbie! Lil Shashi used to point out those balloons too – the Publix near us used to give her a free one every time we shopped – that child would insist on taking a bath with that balloon tied to her wrist!
By the way – that sweet and tartish and spicy pineapple salsa sounds wonderful – that jalapeno+lime+pineapple sounds incredible – and a combo I need to try (instead of the mango salsa we sometimes male) – especially served in spiced flatout bread bowls!
Why thank you very much, Shashi! I had fun making these salsa cups, but Robbie taking the leftovers for dinner was just too funny to not share! He’s definitely going to be a foodie. Well, if we can ever get him to branch out a bit. Pasta is still a very iffy topic, and we all know Robbie better like Italian food if he wants to live here! 🙂
I totally went looking for the free balloon at our grocery store…but I guess our store doesn’t do that. I was bummed! Another reason to move back to the South! Oh, and this salsa is indeed delish. Try subbing in pineapple instead of mango next time…or do both? Thanks, my friend!
There are baloons EVERYWHERE in grocery stores. The Harris Teeter give away free ones – or at least they used to. I love the pineapple jalapeno combo and cutting out those flat breads was a genius idea for a all in one snack! I love that pic of Robbie. He is adorable and it looks like he’s in training for the food blogging world!
Yeah, I totally remember Harris Teeter having free balloons! Oh, man, that makes me miss Raleigh. Anyways, this salsa is perfect for hot summer days. And Robbie loved his Flatout scraps. I’m tempted to make it for him again one of these days. Thanks, Rachelle! 🙂
I have been searching for such a fun recipe, David! Those flatout bread cups seem so finger-licking! Awesome recipe!
Oh, they are so much fun, Agness! It’s kinda cool to have your fun summer dip…and then eat the bowl. Less dishes that way! 🙂 Thank you!!