August 22, 2011

Salsa de Piña Asada con Habanero: Roasted Pineapple Salsa with Habanero

salsa 2

Salsaholism [sahl-sah-hawl-ism]

- Noun.

1. A condition characterized by the excessive and compulsive consumption of salsa to the point that it interferes with a person’s health and ability to function in day-to-day life. Signs of this disorder include, but are not limited to, disappearance of tortilla chips, cilantro-induced separation anxiety, and unusually ferocious protection of pineapples, mangoes, tomatoes, and the like. Side-effects of salsaholism are generally manifested in one or more of the following conditions: panting; water-gulping; salty, tortilla chip lips; and an unreasonable amounts of happy-dancing. While it is possible to cure salsaholism through intense cognitive behavioral therapy involving a series of whistles, chili peppers, and short track speed skating, most sufferers of salsaholism, or salsaholics, are notoriously resistant to treatment and will regularly refuse to admit that they have a problem. Above all else, salsaholics should be kept away from any combination of the following ingredients:

Roasted pineapple, as the tempting amalgamation of sweet and spicy is simply too much for even non-salsaholics to bear.

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Red onion, due to its festive purple color, which lures potential salsaholics into a false sense of security.

red onions

Habanero peppers, because it is their kryptonite.


Cilantro, for its fresh flavor and hypnotizing beauty.


salsa mix

When the aforementioned ingredients are mixed together, along with a squirt of fresh lime juice and a pinch of kosher salt, the tasty results are too much for even the most serious salsaholics to withstand. In order to avoid finding the salsaholic crouched in a corner, shoveling chip-fulls of pineapple-habanero glory into their greedy mouths, and fiercely hissing at passers-by, family members and loved ones are advised to keep salsaholics away from this blog post at all costs.

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Oh…wait. You’re a salsaholic, aren’t you?

Okay, okay, okaaaay…you are not a salsaholic and you do not have a problem.

I agree, you can stop eating salsa any time you want.

But yeah, you’re totally right. Roasted pineapple salsa with habanero sounds like a great snack.

I’ll grab the bowl, you grab the chips?

chip dip

Salsa de Piña Asada con Habanero: Roasted Pineapple Salsa with Habanero

Recipe adapted from “Salsa de Piña Asada con Habanero: Roasted Pineapple Salsa with Habanero” by Roberto Santibañez with JJ Goode,, April 2011

Printable Recipe

4-6 round slices fresh pineapple (1/2-inch thick)

1/4 cup mild olive oil or vegetable oil

1/2 large red onion (1 cup), finely chopped

1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro

1/4 freshly-squeezed lime juice, or more to taste

2 fresh habanero peppers, minced, including the seeds

1 teaspoon kosher salt, to taste

Set the oven to broil, positioning the rack 8 inches from the heat source. Spray a baking sheet with nonstick spray or cover with nonstick aluminum foil.

Brush both sides of the pineapple slices with the oil and place on a baking sheet. Roast the pineapple in the oven for about 8 minutes, then turn and continue to roast for another 8 minutes. Let cool.

Dice the pineapple, removing the core. In a large bowl, stir together the pineapple, red onion, cilantro, lime juice, habaneros, and salt, seasoning to taste with additional lime juice and salt.

Keeps well in the fridge for up to 24 hours. Makes about 2 1/2 cups of salsa.


  1. Oh my Oh my! That looks heavenly and your pics are stunning :)

  2. Ohhh, how I love fresh cilantro! These pictures came out fantastic! Mmmm. One of the best things about fresh salsa is that is stays fresh, mostly because it only lasts until you run out of chips :) Eat quick!

  3. Oh wow! This looks incredible! I love that you roasted the pineapple. What a great idea!
    I need to make this! I am a salsaholic for sure. :)

  4. the colors here are just gorgeous, I have been craving pineapple but my husband hates it, but now that he'll be hunting next week, this is on my personal indulgence "to make for myself while he's gone" list....will let you know how it comes out - I can't wait!

  5. Oh wow. this looks amazing!! So fresh and summery! Chips and salsa is one of my fave snacks!

  6. My name is Laura and I'm a salsaholic. Finally I found other people suffering from this condition. Love the recipe, have to try it asap!

  7. Oh yes, Doctor, that's what's wrong with me!!! Not to mention the addition of guacamole & a margarita! Lovely salsa!

  8. This dish looks great!! I cannot wait to make it. Thanks

  9. I've never even thought that I could be a salsaholic, but the photo of that roasted pineapple has got me worried. And I do like to happy dance... oh man...

  10. I wasn't a salsaholic until I read your post. I tried to resist but as you layered the flavours I was helpless. Pass the chips please.

  11. made a salsa just like this the other day, but substituted the pineapple with fresh local strawberries and tomatillo....

  12. koci i made the salsa yesterday, it was fantastic! served it along side some chicken tacos and a side of cilantro lime rice (i found the recipe via pinterest) - such a lovely end of summer meal!!!!! thank you for this wonderful recipe, I will make it again and again!!!!

  13. I made this. I love it. It is so delicious and spicy.


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