Mango Pineapple Salsa: canned or fresh

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 Happy hump day!  You’ve made it half way through the week, congratulations.  You probably deserve a cookie or something.  Before I get to today’s recipe, I have an announcement for my Idaho friends.  I’ll be setting up shop at a local boutique this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.  Our awesome Olive Oil line will be for sale (and sampling!) as well as tote bags, cook books and TONS of baked goods.  We’re talking Salted Caramel Dark Chocolate Popcorn, Apple Cider Caramel and Pumpkin Spice Caramels, Jumbo Fudge Brownie S’mores Cookies, Freeze-Dried Mallows, and so much more.  Head toward the kitchen island to find my stuff!  These boutiques happen a few times a year (follow their Facebook page to know when and where), and it’s not one of those awkward things where vendors are sitting there trying to sell their stuff.  It’s set up like a store where you can just go browse from tons of awesome local artisans in food, crafts, clothing, home decor, and more.  It’s in the Foxtail neighborhood, which is so new it won’t show up on maps.  It’s off Chinden between Linder and Meridian, just East of Fred Meyer.  Just follow the signs from there!  (Utah, we’re coming to you soon, too!)boise boutique

 Now- salsa!  I am in love with small batch canning.  I don’t do the whole 97-pints-at-a-time thing.  I love making small batches that don’t trash my kitchen and don’t take all day.  And salsa canning is  just about as easy as it comes.  All you need is a pot of boiling water to seal the jars!  Read more about canning, and how to get started, here.

I saw this recipe for Mango-Pineapple Salsa and it had my name all over it. 

Canned Mango Pineapple Salsa

It starts with a blend of 3 main components: mango, pineapple, and tomato. The mango and pineapple combined, outweigh the quantity of tomato, so this is a really sweet salsa- almost more like a sweet and sour sauce. If you’ve had the mango salsa from Costco, I thought this tasted really similar.

mango, pineapple, and tomatoes

You’ll also get some great red color and texture from a bell pepper, and flavor from jalapeno, fresh garlic, and ginger.  Also an onion that’s not pictured here.

salsa ingredients

The level of acidity is crucial when canning, and in this recipe you’ll use lime juice and apple cider vinegar.  If you’re canning, you’ll bring it to a boil and ladle it into warm canning jars.  Otherwise, you could just put it in a container and pop it in your fridge or freezer. 

pineapple salsa mixed

I love canning salsa because it only requires a hot water bath.  I’ve always used a ginormous pot on the stove to accomplish that but this year Ball sent me an Electric Water-bath Canner to try out and it’s a game-changer.  I’ve been telling everyone about it.  I should have taken a photo with me in it so you could grasp the size of this thing.  The awesome thing is that besides processing jars, it’s basically a giant slow-cooker (and I mean giant, it holds 21 quarts) so you could make enough soup or chili to feed your entire church congregation or- see that little spout on the bottom left?  Hello hot cider party!  The spout is there to make it very easy to drain boiling water when you’re done, but c’mon.  It’s practically begging for hot chocolate.  Honestly though, I’m in love with this.   This isn’t a sponsored post, but seemed like a good time to share my love for the giant slow cooker. If you like to can and you’ve thought about this, I definitely love mine.

Electric Water Bath Canner

Back to our regular programming.   After you crack open your jars, feel free to toss in some fresh cilantro, it really brightens things up.  I also sprinkle a little salt on it. 

Canned Mango Pineapple Salsa

It’s fun and different and I loved the unique flavor profile.

Mango Pineapple Salsa

It also makes a fantastic sauce for chicken.  I dumped a whole jar of it over a few chicken breasts in my slow cooker one day and it was sooo yummy. We ate it over rice with avocado and a squeeze of lime and my whole family loved it.

Mango Pineapple Salsa Chicken

So if you can and want to try something new, check it out!


Mango-Pineapple Salsa

5 from 1 vote
A sweet and savory salsa perfect for dipping your favorite chips or pouring over chicken in the crock pot!
Prep Time 1 hour


  • 1 1/2 lb ripe tomatoes cored and chopped (4 cups)
  • 3 cups chopped pineapple
  • 2 medium mangoes peeled and chopped (2 cups)
  • 1 large sweet onion finely chopped (1 cup)
  • 1 red sweet pepper finely chopped (1 cup)
  • 2 jalapenos finely chopped (1/4 cup)
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup bottled lime juice
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • snipped fresh cilantro optional


  • In a 4 to 6-quart nonreactive heavy pot combine tomatoes, pineapple, mangoes. onion, sweet pepper, jalapeno peppers, sugar, lime juice, vinegar, giner, garlic, and slat. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat.
  • Ladle hot salsa into hot sterilized pint canning jars, leaving a 1/2-inch headspace. Wipe jar rims; adjust lids and screw bands.
  • Process filled jars in a boiling water canner for 20 minutes (start timing when water returns to boiling). Remove jars from canner; cool on wire racks. If desired, stir snipped fresh cilantro into salsa before serving.


  • Nutritional info per 2 tablespoons: 17 cal, 0g fat, 4 g carb, 0g protein
Author: Better Homes and Gardens
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Questions & Reviews

  1. 5 stars
    My pineapple gave me abt 2 cups, on hand I had powder ginger and I used 1 jalapeños and OMG, SO Good! The spicy sweet blend was orgasmic to the pallette. I ended up with 8 1/2 pints.

    1. If you are making it fresh, sure! If you are processing for canning, I would say to not make substitutions as it can alter the acidity needed for canning safety.

  2. Making this for the second time today. The last batch was just incredible, so doing it again. I did leave out the sugar, and included one single Carolina Reaper pepper along with Jalpenos and cayenne grown from my garden. I have also shared the recipe with friends. Thank you for this!

  3. I’m always on the lookout for mango/pineapple salsa and this looks yummy!
    Do you know if this has been tested and is approved by any extension services? (Utah State, etc)
    Thank you so much!

  4. Can you tell me how much this recipe yields? I want to ensure I have the correct number of jars! Thanks 🙂

    1. I’m not sure why that info isn’t in here! It’s an old post so I can’t remember, but I think about 4-6 if I remember correctly.

    2. Hello Janice,
      I made this yesterday and followed the amount of ingredients except my pineapple gave me 2 cups and I used 1 jalapeño and ended with 8 1/2 pints.

  5. Hi, just trying your mango salsa, as I write ,it is being processed. So far, so good. Looks great, counting on recipe, to taste as good as it looks. I want to thank you for your post, seemed like the easiest ,to follow. Compared to others. All will enjoy it I’m sure. I give out canned goods every year for Christmas, my grown kids can barely wait to see, what I made, & they are receiving.

  6. Made this today and it’s delicious! I did less pineapple because I’m not a huge fan of pineapple and I’m glad I did. I would also perhaps leave out the sugar next time or add more tomatoes to offset the sweetness but for my first time ever making jarred salsa I’m pretty proud of myself. Thank you for this recipe!!

  7. I have about 15 lbs of tomatoes, and just wondering if you have any spicy canned salsa recipes you liked?!? I’ll do this recipe but I need to do some others too!

  8. I bought this electric canner and absolutely love it. It makes canning so much easier and no need to tie up your stove.

        1. I did make a batch with using one 15 oz can of pineapple that I cut into small chunks and a 15 oz can of diced mangoes. I drained both cans before adding. I cooked the tomatoes, peppers, and onions down a bit longer to thicken first.. And then added canned fruit at the end, since I figured it had already been processed once and might get too soft and mushy. It held together well. I did add one 6oz can tomato paste to offset the texture a little. It was great…. I had planned to cut back on sugar since I was using canned fruit, but my end of year tomatoes were not very sweet so I didn’t. But…next time I will cut that in half hen using canned fruit.

  9. Jumbo Fudge Brownie S’mores Cookies?!?! I wish I was in Idaho – I’d come just for those!