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Homemade Salsa Verde with Pineapple

This Homemade Salsa Verde with Pineapple is the perfect balance of sweet and spicy! Pair it with tacos, chips or anything you like salsa on. The best part about this salsa not being too spicy is that the kids can enjoy it too! If you prefer your salsa on the spicier side then you can double up on the jalapenos!

homemade salsa verde with pineapple in a mason jar

What ingredients are in salsa verde?

This recipe only needs 6 ingredients and a quick trip to the produce section:

  • Tomatillos- like a green tomato, look for ones that have bright green husks.
  • Jalapeno
  • Pineapple
  • Garlic
  • Cilantro
  • Salt

How to make Homemade Salsa Verde with Pineapple

This salsa verde recipe is super quick to put together! Check out this video to see how:

The first step to make this salsa verde is to remove the husks from the tomatillos and wash them. Then, wash the jalapeno and cut off the stem. If you want to make it less spicy you can remove the seeds from the pepper. Place the tomatillos and jalapeno on a pan and broil them in the oven about 4 minutes on each side or until they are browning.

Once the tomatillos and jalapeno are roasted add them along with the cilantro, pineapple, garlic and salt into a food processor or blender. Blend for a minute then scrape the sides of the bowl and blend some more. Continue to blend until no large chunks remain.

Move the Salsa Verde into a dish and refrigerate at least 30 minutes before serving. The salsa will thicken slightly as it cools and the flavors are better when it is chilled. Salsa Verde can be kept in the refrigerator for about a week.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is this salsa spicy?

This salsa can be as spicy or mild as you would like. Add more jalapenos to make it spicier or take out the jalapeno completely if you prefer no spice. The fresh pineapple in this recipe helps to balance out the heat by adding sweetness.

What is salsa verde?

Salsa verde is tomatillo salsa. Instead of red tomatoes, salsa verde is given its green color by using ripe tomatillos (green tomatoes) for the base. Then, like traditional salsa other vegetables and fruits are added to make a complete recipe.

What is the best way to serve salsa verde with pineapple?

This recipe is very versatile. Use it on tacos, as a dip with chips or even over meats like chicken. This recipe for Crock Pot Chicken Enchiladas could also use this salsa verde recipe!

Is this recipe gluten free?

Yes it is! Also, to keep it gluten free, serve with corn tortilla chips or a gluten free main dish.

homemade salsa verde with pinapple in a mason jar

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homemade salsa verde with pineapple in a mason jar

Homemade Salsa Verde with Pineapple

Yield: 2 cups
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes

Sweet and spicy homemade salsa verde with pineapple is perfect with tacos or chips!


  • 10 tomatillos
  • 1 jalapeno
  • 1 cup pineapple (about 1/3- 1/2 of a whole pineapple)
  • 1 tbsp chopped garlic
  • handful of cilantro
  • 1/2 tsp salt


  1. Heat oven to broil.
  2. Peel the husk off of the tomatillos and wash them.
  3. Wash jalapeno and cut off stem. If you don't like much heat in your salsa you can remove the seeds. The pineapple balances out the one jalapeno so if you like it spicy add another 1 or 2!
  4. Put tomatillos and jalapenos on pan and broil. Cook them for about 4 minutes on each side or until skin starts to brown. The tomatillos should be softened.
  5. In your food processor combine all of the ingredients and blend for 1 minute. Stop processor and scrape down the sides and blend again. Continue until no large pieces of tomatillo remain.
  6. Refrigerate the salsa for at least 30 minutes before serving. The salsa will thicken a little and is better tasting when cold.


To make your salsa verde more spicy add an extra jalapeno or two!

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1/4 cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 14Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 149mgCarbohydrates: 3gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 0g

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This post was originally published on November 20, 2019 and updated July 26, 2021.

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