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Flaming Amy’s Pineapple Jalapeno Salsa

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Flaming Amy's Pineapple Jalapeno Salsa

If you are a from a giant city or are a fan of Dancing With the Stars, the term “salsa bar” may remind you of a recurring dream you have, where a mysteriously dark Latin stranger has taken you through a doorway of a dimly lit alley where he leads you down a dark corridor whose walls seem to be thumping along with the rhythm of your heart.

As your eyes adjust, a room opens into a dance floor painted in red, and your newly found lover presses you close to him, running his hands up and down your sides as he seductively swings your bodies to the music until you are both drenched in sexy beads of sweat.


If you are a little piggie like me, the term “salsa bar” is nothing other than a giant spread of fresh picos and dips which rest below a giant sign that reads “All You Can Eat”  and are offered to you for free at your favorite Mexican dive.

This photo of Flaming Amy’s Burrito Barn is courtesy of TripAdvisor

When I was in college, there was one restaurant in particular which stood out amongst the rest. It was (and still is) the opposite of high falutin, a burrito barn stuffed with students and families, serving food that is “hot, fast, cheap, and easy” and offering an array of salsas that absolutely can’t be beat.

Flaming Amy’s Burrito Barn in Wilmington, NC is by far the best southwest/mexican/tex-mex/whatever you want to call them restaurant’s I have ever been. Not only is their food just plain fantastic, but their menu is over-loaded with countless combinations of delicious and clever meals.

Every time I go back to Wilmington to hang out with the best roommate of all time, we absolutely must GO TO FLAMING AMY’S. There is no question about it. We are going. Period.

Sometimes, we even go twice!

My usual order is a freshly grilled tuna quesadilla stuffed with pineapple, roasted red peppers, and corn and served alongside black beans and rice. From there, I usually get at least 3-4 little cups of different salsas, but my all time favorite (clearly) is their pineapple jalapeno salsa.

I have tested and toyed around with so many variations of this recipe, and today’s version is definitely the best of them all. No, it doesn’t have fresh pineapple in it. No, I don’t feel bad about it.

I’ve tried making this with fresh pineapple, and it just doesn’t work. The consistency is wrong, the taste is wrong, and it is just wrong.wrong.wrong.

Trust me on this one!!!

Flaming Amy's Pineapple Jalapeno Salsa

Pineapple Jalapeno Salsa

A college favorite is re-created
5 from 3 votes
Print Rate
Servings: 5
Calories: 58kcal
Author: Slim Pickin's Kitchen


  • 1 large can pineapple chunks drained (20 oz)
  • ¼ large sweet onion
  • 6-10 pickled jalapeno rings depending on desired heat level
  • 1 ½ tsp ground cumin
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 handful fresh cilantro chopped


  • Blend first four ingredients in a food processor until smooth.
  • Stir in cilantro.
  • Enjoy!
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*WWpts and WWpts+= 1 pt per serving*


Serving: 1g | Calories: 58kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 1g | Fiber: 2g
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  • Ooh I love the idea of salsa made up primarily of pineapple! You are so creative in the kitchen, Amber 🙂 x

    • amber
      April 25, 2012

      Awww! Thank you, Anna! BUT I can’t really take credit for this one since it’s a copycat recipe of my favorite restuarant’s, but it’s still delicious!

      • Steve
        March 11, 2016

        The ginger peach salsa recipe?

      • Kris Mckain
        October 20, 2017

        This is great, but I need the Wasabi Avocado!!!

      • Christopher parker
        October 13, 2021

        Hey Amber. I’m from Wilmington and also I’m obsessed with FA,so. Your recipe is spot on. Now if we could figure out that amazing peach salsa….

        • Amber
          October 13, 2021

          Riiiiiiiiight!!!! That’s my second fav! So, so, so good!!!

  • There’s nothing I love more than pineapple salsa! Yum!

    • amber
      April 26, 2012

      Me too!!!Try this one, and I PROMISE you won’t be disappointed!!! Also, thanks for stopping by! 🙂

  • I love salsa! I often use it instead of dressing on top of my salads

    • amber
      April 26, 2012

      Hey! Thanks for stopping by and checking out my blog! I really appreciate it1 That’s exactly what the hubs and did! We poured it over a spinach salad. It was simply delicious!!!

  • Beth
    December 24, 2012

    Aaaaahhhhhhhh I love flaming Amy’s too!!!!! I always try to bribe some of my friends to bring me some when they come visit from Wilmington!

    • amber
      December 24, 2012

      Isn’t it the *BEST* burrito barn on the planet?!? I do love it so! <3

  • Connie Summerford
    January 13, 2013

    Thanks so much for posting this. I am going try it out. I love love the pineapple jalapeno salsa at Flamin Amy’s. And your right the food it good and cheap but the salsa will have you hooked!!

    • amber
      January 14, 2013

      Yaaaay! Let me know if it passes your test!

  • Shelly
    January 14, 2014

    I’ve made this so many times since I found the recipe!! LOVE it!! use it on fish tacos, chicken tacos and just about anything else!!

    • amber
      January 14, 2014

      Yay! You just made my day! Thanks so much 🙂 We also eat it on all the things 😉

  • Melynda
    July 15, 2014

    I feel like I wrote this article. It’s almost embarrassing how many cups of this salsa I eat when I’m at Flaming Amy’s. On my last visit down, I left out of the restaurant with like 10 of the to go cups of this delicious, sinful salsa. I cannot wait to recreate my favorite salsa from my favorite college restaurant ever. Thank you.

    • amber
      July 16, 2014

      Let me know if it meets your expectations, Melynda!

  • Gary Eiter
    July 15, 2015

    is there a way that I could receive your recipes regularly in an email?

    • Amber
      July 18, 2015

      Hi, Gary! You can do one of two things: Subscribe via email via the sign up form which is in the purple box on my side bar, or you can follow this link and sign up via email too. Thanks so much!

  • Misty
    July 20, 2015

    My best friend went to NCUW and this was his FAVORITE place ever! I made this salsa for him this weekend and he LOVED IT!!!

    • Amber
      July 20, 2015

      Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay!!! This makes me so happy, you have no idea! Thank you so much for commenting! <3

  • Marion
    December 18, 2015

    Let me know if u come up with their hot salsa and queso recipe please. I miss that I move back to New York. Thanks good luck

  • Jackie
    June 28, 2017

    You are my new favorite person! Thinking of the pineapple jalapeno salsa at FAB makes my mouth water. Came on line looking to see if I could buy it. So thrilled to see I can just make it myself. Thanks so much.

  • Sydney A
    September 21, 2017

    Awesome recipe!! This is my favorite salsa! Can you find Tower 7’s regular salsa or their carne asada recipe too? I’ve looked but came up short!

  • Judy
    April 7, 2019

    Having it with a shrimp burrito right now at Flaming Amy’s place at Carolina Beach – thanks for the recipe

    • Amber
      April 7, 2019

      That’s awesome! I didn’t realize they had one on Carolina Beach now. I’m jealous!

  • Jay
    May 22, 2019

    Close. No cumin. Red onions. A bit of fresh jalapeños with the pickled. A little lemon and lime juice. Salt n pepper. ~ Mr. Amy (I created the real stuff)

    • Amber
      May 22, 2019

      How cool! Thanks for stopping by! Loooooooooooove everything about your restaurant!

  • Mary Stazz
    August 27, 2019

    Do you have Flaming Amy’s Ginger & Peach Salsa recipe?

    • Amber
      August 28, 2019

      I haven’t quite figured it out yet, but I’m working on it!

  • ashok
    August 25, 2021

    Thanks For Sharing this amazing recipe. My family loved it. I will be sharing this recipe with my friends. Hope the will like it.

    • Amber
      August 30, 2021

      I’m so happy you loved it!