Garden Pantry Pineapple Salsa {5 minute recipe}

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One of the things I love best about the holiday season is unexpected guests at meal time. No, really. I genuinely mean that with zero sarcasm at all. Why do I love something that so many dread? I love the excitement, the conviviality, the boisterous fun, and the challenge of stretching a meal that was intended for seven into a meal for however many we may have had the great blessing to collect at our doorstep. Part of the reason for this is that I keep a pretty well-stocked pantry. And by ‘pretty-well stocked pantry’ I mean if you saw my basement you might think I was a doomsday prepper. I’m not. I’m just hungry and capricious and live in the middle of nowhere and want to satisfy my every food whim without driving to Timbuktu or Rochester to get little things. It pays off, though, my people! When friends or family call and say they will be in the area, I can easily exclaim, “Stop by! I’ll make dinner!” and actually mean it. I personally can a ton of produce myself throughout the summer, filling about five hundred or so jars of various sizes, but even so I can’t get to it all. Del Monte® fruits, tomatoes, and vegetables help fill in the gaps that were left by what my garden failed to produce or I couldn’t buy at farmer’s markets. For instance? My sorry old garden didn’t turn out one single tomato this year. Thank goodness for Del Monte® tomatoes. Most of what Del Monte cans (just about 90%!!) is grown right here in the United States and packed at the peak of ripeness to lock in nutrients and flavour which makes me one happy camper.

Bonus: 95% of what they can is preservative free. Garden Pantry Pineapple Salsa and Garden Pantry offerings from Del Monte on

Having a pantry well stocked with garden quality ingredients is like having shelves full of ideas. What do you think when you see those cans? I think peach cobbler, pineapple salsa, corn and black bean dip, Italian style tomato soup, and restaurant style salsa. Now how about that for inspiration in feeding unexpected guests? That’s probably a grand total of about $10 worth of cans, which makes that laundry list of deliciousness economical, too. Partay at my house! If you’d like to see some other great ideas for stocking garden quality™ canned fruits and vegetables in your pantry and get more information on the Del Monte® family of products, please hop on over to their facebook page and ‘like’ them!

The recipe I’m sharing today is a classic in our family. It came about when my stepmom talked me off of a culinary panic cliff when the mangos I had purchased to make mango salsa were mealy and gross. She suggested I replace the nasty mangoes with cans of crushed pineapple, which -she pointed out- would also save us a little work by being already cut up and bite sized. Gosh, but she was brilliant. We all liked it so much that we made sure we had ingredients for it at all times. It is a chameleon, being fantastic as a chip dip OR served spooned over grilled, roasted, broiled or fried fish, chicken, pork, or beef. It’s also a light, refreshing topper for beans and rice or black bean soup or chili, as my stepmom also did regularly. Our family is a little obsessed with it… We hope you love it, too!

Garden Pantry Pineapple Salsa {5 minute recipe}

Rating: 51

Make use of delicious canned crushed pineapple and fresh produce in this fabulously fast and flavourful Garden Pantry Pineapple Salsa. It's great as a tortilla chip dip or served on grilled, broiled or roasted fish or meat, or as a topping for black bean soup or chili among other things!


  • 1 can (15.25 ounces) Del Monte Crushed Pineapple in 100% Juice (not heavy syrup!)
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, stemmed, seeded, and diced
  • 1/2 small red onion, peeled
  • 1/2 jalapeno pepper, stemmed, seeded, and minced
  • 1/4 cup packed fresh cilantro or parsley leaves
  • 1 lime, juiced, or 2 tablespoons bottled lime juice
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled and minced or pressed
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt


Don't blink or you'll miss how to make this.

Strain the pineapple juice away from the crushed pineapple in a fine mesh strainer. (Save the juice for smoothies.) Stir the pineapple and rest of the ingredients together. It can be served immediately, but flavours improve if allowed to sit together for 20 minutes in the refrigerator if time allows. Leftovers taste best within 3 days, but are safe to eat for up to a week after stirring together.

Serve as a chip dip or spooned over grilled/broiled/roasted fish, chicken, pork, or beef. It's also wonderful on fish tacos, with beans and rice, or on black bean chili.


  1. Karen Doyle says:

    Diced tomatoes and canned 100% juice pears are my favorites.

  2. Canned pineapples, diced tomatoes, corn, black beans and garbanzo beans!

  3. Leah Eldridge says:

    Tomatoes are a staple in my pantry, as well as canned pineapple, canned fruit in juice during the winter months when local fresh fruit is not readily available. As I looked at the picture of the Del Monte cans it was nice to see they are grown in the US! Thanks for the chance to win!

  4. Canned tomatoes and peaches. Oh, but pears, too!

  5. Diced tomatoes, canned beans and mandarin oranges.

  6. These are the kind of recipes that make me love you more! I will be making this for our next church get together! :)

  7. Diced tomatoes for sure!

  8. Sara Golden says:

    We always have diced tomatoes, pineapple, corn, peaches, pears, sliced carrots and do kidney beans or black beans count? Because I keep loads of those too:)

  9. looks good! I do one with black beans, pineapple, corn, tomatoes, cilantro, and jalapenos. It is finished within a couple hours. sweepstakes entry!

  10. sharon taylor says:

    I always have diced tomatoes and canned peaches and pineapple in my pantry.

  11. My girls LOVE DelMonte sliced peaches. No other brand works for them! I also keep pineapple on hand, and of course corn. Cause everyone loves corn!!

  12. I loved canned tomatoes and canned mandarin oranges. :-)

  13. pineapple!

  14. Tomatoes, beans and pineapple!

  15. I love the pineapple!!! This salsa sounds so delicious!

  16. I always have diced tomatoes (spicy and plain), black olives, and various kinds of beans

  17. I always have canned tomatoes and lots of fruits!

  18. I didn’t get nary a tomato this summer either, after netting hundreds last summer. So in my pantry are plenty of diced tomatos, corn, ranch beans, diced mango and diced pineapple (the latter two to make pineapple-mango salsa).

  19. I like to keep diced tomatoes and cut green beans on hand.

  20. Kayley Maybe says:

    I LOVE snacking on pineapple, so I always keep that around! I also cook with a lot of canned tomatoes and beans, so we have tons of cans of those sitting around.

  21. Kayley Maybe says:
  22. We can peaches, pears and applesauce, along with salsa and tomatoey stuff. But the best is hot pepper jelly. We always have a dish to bring to a party ready to go.

  23. lots and lots of tomatoes!

  24. Diced tomatoes & black beans can always be found in my pantry! So excited to hear the produce is grown in the US!

  25. Tomatoes, salsa, applesauce and green beans.

  26. Tomatoes, corn & pineapple.

  27. We always have some canned pineapple in our pantry… never know what you might need it for… ham glaze, Jell-O salad, after dinner treat, etc.

  28. Canned tomatoes, pineapples, peaches, mandarin oranges, garbanzo beans, corn.

  29. Amy Livers says:

    Tomatoes (crushed, petite diced, sauce, and paste), beans (black, cannellini, and garbanzo), and pumpkin.

  30. I like to stocked canned pineapple and corn on my pantry.

  31. We have tons of tomatoes in various forms and also peaches and pineapple!

  32. I have lots of beans in my pantry, green beans, black beans, pinto beans, etc. I also have a few cans of pie filling for certain desserts when fresh is just not avilable. I can up a bunch of apple sauce and apple butter too! Thanks for the chance to win this Bec. I love me some Crate & Barrel!

  33. Canned tomatoes are what I use the most of, to make salsa, soup and sauce for pasta.

  34. PINEAPPLE!!!! yum. and mandarin oranges. and peaches. and pears. and pineapple. and more pineapple. :)

    yay for more entries! :D

  35. Tomatoes of every variety, stewed, diced and juice. Pineapple, and tons of apple sauce.

  36. Peaches & pears!

  37. beans, tomatoes and pineapples

  38. I always keep a can of diced tomatoes

  39. Green beans!

  40. Tomatoes, pineapple, black beans, and green beans are always in the pantry.

  41. Ellen Renee says:

    I keep black beans, tomatoes, pineapple and green beans in my pantry. I adore pineapple salsa! When I make your Cuban pork recipe I do that instead of your mango salsa because I can’t seem to choose a great mango consistently!

  42. Joella Chudy says:

    Diced or crushed tomatoes, corn, black beans

  43. I always have green beans, tomatoes, and Mandarine oranges on hand!

  44. Canned beans and tomatoes, and frozen peas. When I find myself out of any of them, I actually panic.

  45. Pam Gurganus says:

    My favorite fruits and vegetables to stock in my pantry are fruit cocktail, mandarin oranges, peaches, pears, pineapple, beets, corn, green beans, lima beans and potatoes!


  1. […] Pineapple relish or salsa by itself is a delicious thing and will forever live in my recipe repertoire, but GRILLED PINEAPPLE RELISH? Oh baby. This relish has it all for the summer. Fresh pineapple can be tricky to find where I live (read: next to a cow pasture in the woods in the middle of nowhere), but canned pineapple rings in juice are pretty ubiquitous. Interesting factoid? I have not one, not two, but THREE friends who are unrelated and do not know each other that have allergies to fresh pineapple but can eat the canned stuff because of the heat and pressure of the canning process killing a certain histamine causing compound. Wild, huh? […]

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