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!

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Garden Pantry Pineapple Salsa {5 minute recipe}
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!)
  • ½ red bell pepper, stemmed, seeded, and diced
  • ½ small red onion, peeled
  • ½ jalapeno pepper, stemmed, seeded, and minced
  • ¼ cup packed fresh cilantro or parsley leaves
  • 1 lime, juiced, or 2 tablespoons bottled lime juice
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled and minced or pressed
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  1. Don't blink or you'll miss how to make this.
  2. 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.
  3. 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. 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!

  2. 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:)

  3. molly says

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

  4. Daina says

    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).

  5. 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.

  6. jana says

    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.

  7. Rebecca says

    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.

  8. says

    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!

  9. 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!

  10. 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!

  11. Yvette N. says

    Canned tomatoes, all types of beans, and mandarin oranges! I have a huge rack in the basement where I keep all my pantry overflow. I just love to run down the stairs to pick something off the shelf, instead of having to jump in the car for something last minute at the store:)

  12. Christopher Sorel says

    tomatoes, dices, paste and stewed. The pineapple, pears and cheries. BEans I get dried ones as like the flavor more.

  13. Beth says

    Juice packed peaches, apricots, pineapple…canned diced tomatoes and fire roasted tomatoes…black beans, kidney beans, pinto beans, just some of my favorites:)

  14. says

    I always have diced tomatoes with onion and pepper–you can do so much with those! And green beans, always green beans. :) The kitchen sliced variety

  15. S. Harris says

    My favorite fruits to have in the pantry are apple cause (think oil free baking!), pineapple, and mandarin oranges (my daughter loves them…. at least they’re better than candy!) and my favorite vegetables are tomatoes (soup, salsa, pasta sauce, etc!) and BEANS. Strange, I know, but I keep about 5-10 different varieties of canned beans on hand at all times and I can do many, many different things with them (hummus, burritos, soups, chili, even cake!). Thanks for hosting the super awesome giveaway!

  16. says

    I actually converted part of our basement into a storeroom for food items. I keep LOTS of kinds of beans, corn, soups, any kind of tomato product that comes in a can, and even canned butter. I keep a few canned potatoes for a crisis, too.

  17. Kristen says

    We always have canned tomatoes for quick sauces, as well as tomato paste. Canned peaches are one of my favorites as well- great with cottage cheese or on top a quick salad with arugula and some parm!

  18. says

    Stewed tomatoes for mac and cheese, canned tomatoes for just about anything, corn for chili and soups, peaches for cottage cheese, cherries for Russian sandwiches…I mean really the pantry thing is endless, I open it every time I cook. :)

  19. Jessica says

    I like to buy canned peaches and pears for quick cobblers or crisps when we are invited over for dinner at friends or have unexpected guests. Set it out with a carton of good vanilla ice cream and you are the star of the party!

  20. says

    Most of the canned veggies I keep around are tomatoes and artichoke hearts. Oh! And diced chiles to make into a wonderful hot, cheesy dip with the artichoke hearts!

    I don’t keep a lot of canned fruit except pineapple.

  21. D SCHMIDT says

    I like to keep tinned carrots, green beans and sweetcorn in the pantry! I also keep a large amount of tinned fruit because my children are big fans, some of our favorites are pineapple chunks and mandarins in light syrup.

  22. MJ Feldstein says

    Green beans, butter beans, peaches, tomatoes, corn, lots and lots of beans (canned and dried)water chestnuts, artichoke hearts, potatoes, onions, garlic, pineapple, oh gosh! So many!!!

  23. Kimberly Misch says

    Pineapple, Pumpkin, Peaches, Artichoke Hearts, Tomatoes, Beans. Living in California I dont store alot of fruits and veggies…I prefer fresh!

  24. says

    I love to keep diced tomatoes and green beans stocked in my pantry, because there are so many uses for them!
    (Thank you for the giveaway!)

  25. Kate says

    My kids are obsessed with mandarin oranges. It’s clementine season now, but when that ends, it’ll be right back to the mandarins in the cans.

  26. Margot C says

    Tomatoes, tomatoes and more tomatoes – every kind – diced, stewed, whole, sauce, paste tomatoes with chiles – I have them all; with a shelf dedicated to just tomato cans!

  27. Bobbi Gallegos says

    I stock cans of tomatoes – various small/stewed/ etc., kidney beans, corn, canelloni beans, pineapple, mandarin oranges

  28. Jenny Park says

    I like storing as many canned items as I can in my food storage…peaches, pears, pineapple, apples, beans, corn, green beans, we love it all! This sounds delicious…I have never tried pineapple in my salsa but I will now!

  29. says

    I always keep tomatoes of all kind, stewed to mix with a pasta for a quick side, with green chillies to mix with rice. I also always keep a good supply of canned fruits for a quick fruit salad, just mix with vanilla yogurt.

  30. Wild Orchid says

    I love keeping canned peaches on hand for a healthy snack.

    Thanks for the chance to win!
    wildorchid985 at gmail dot com

  31. says

    Your salsa looks amazing. can’t wait to try. My favourite fruits and vegetables to stock in my pantry are tomatoes and peaches.

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

  32. MotorCityMich says

    I always stock all kinds of beans and tomatoes in my pantry. I also try to have different types of pineapple, peaches and pears handy… just in case!

  33. sally says

    always have bananas, apples and oranges but persimmons are in season so I’m a happy camper. Always have organic baby spinach and kale and onions.

  34. Anne says

    I have a few favorite fruits and veggies in my pantry: Sliced carrots, to toss into a quiche or pot pie; Mixed fruit, to add to Cuppa-Cuppa-Cuppa Cake; corn, to eat on its own or add to cornbread, casseroles, or Southwest-type dishes; peaches, for smoothies; and beets, to heat and have as a side dish.

  35. Allison Downes says

    I love stocking up on tomatoes and green beans. Thank you for the opportunity to win this!



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