Jalapeno Pineapple Dip

Hello, my name is Jessica and I am obsessed with SAUCE! You name it, I like it. Dipping sauce, sauce to drizzle, sauces that smother, envelope and raise the bar.

overhead bowl of creamy jalapeno pineapple dip recipe with fresh lime wedges


 

And if I had to make a list of my favorite dips and sauces, Jalapeno Pineapple Dip would definitely be on it.

How Ours is Different

Most of the pineapple sauces out there are a sticky fruit sauce, ours takes up the fiery flavor with pineapple and has a built-in cooling mechanism of Greek yogurt, but that’s not all (said in my best Billy Mays voice).

  • Balanced. This creamy dip has the perfect mix of cool and creamy with sweet and spicy, not purely sweet like many pineapple sauce recipes. It is all about the balance here. The only problem is those are all of my favorites which makes this all the more addictive.
  • All-Purpose Sauce. Jalapeno Pineapple Sauce was originally made for my Crab Rangoons. Italian dressing marinated chicken? Yup, that was great. Homemade onion rings? Holy moly. Fried cheese curds? Watch out. French fries? Yes, yes, and yes. What a sauce!
  • Creamy Base: I use a plain Greek yogurt for my sauce because I like the creamy tart flavor of it. Not to mention it is packed with probiotics and fewer calories. That said, this sauce definitely works with sour cream, mayo or cream cheese if that is what you prefer or what your fridge is currently touting.
creamy pineapple dip with crispy crab rangoons and scallions

Ingredients for Jalapeno Pineapple Dip

The ingredient list for this easy recipe is short, but these are not typical pantry staples so it will require a trip to the grocery store. It’s worth it, I promise.

  • Jalapeno Pepper– Any hot pepper will do. I used jalapeno on this batch because I am partial to a more moderate heat, but habanero, serrano or any other pepper will do. Check the scoville scale for heat.
  • Crushed Pineapple in Juice– Crushed pineapple blends the best, but if you have rings or tidbits, just give them a good rough chop before adding to the blender or food processor. Use more juice for a thinner sauce and less (or no juice) for a thicker sauce. It really depends on its intended purpose.
  • Fresh Lime– A punch of citrus acidity from the juice brightens this dreamy pineapple jalapeno dip, but the zest provides a pure lime flavor. Both are important for different reasons!
  • Plain Greek yogurt– Greek yogurt is strained several times and therefore much thicker than traditional yogurt. For a sauce like this, that is perfect. If you prefer a richer base, opt for mayo, sour cream or cream cheese.
  • Sugar– With so much acidity and spice, the sugar helps balance flavors.
  • Crushed Red Pepper Flakes– We have a saying around my house, if you aren’t sweating, it isn’t hot enough! If you don’t like to glisten while you eat, omit the crushed red.
  • Coarse Salt– Salt amplifies natural flavors and also assists the sugar in balancing.

For even more of a fresh crunch, stir in green onions (scallions) after blending.

Make It!

It will take longer to gather and measure the ingredients than it takes to actually make it.

  1. Blend. Place all of the ingredients in a Mini Food Processor or high-powered blender and pulse until everything is evenly mixed. No need to pulverize it, and I actually prefer to have little bits of jalapeno and pineapple floating around so it has some texture.
  2. Chill. This step is optional, but helps all the flavors marry. It can be made ahead of time too. Just make sure to give it a good stir to let everything come back together after settling.

Pro Tip

The oils in peppers can burn your skin and anything you touch after. To prevent this from happening, wear powder-free latex gloves. If you accidentally do touch them, soak your fingers in milk or cream to soothe the burn.

What to Serve it With

This dip is great for so many things from basic crackers to topping grilled meats and tacos. Here are some of my favorite uses.

Storage & Make Ahead

Store this verstile dip in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week, making it make-ahead friendly. Give it a good stir before serving and check the flavors- citrus and salt tend to mute when chilled so it might need to be reseasoned with both.

We do not recommend freezing any yogurt based dip. It only takes a few minutes to make it from scratch.

pineapple jalapeno dip with limes and jalapenos or habaneros

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Jalapeno Pineapple Sauce is a cool and spicy dipping sauce recipe. Perfect for crab rangoons, onion rings, grilled vegetables and more!

Jalapeno Pineapple Dip

4.91 from 10 votes
Jalapeno Pineapple Dip is a cool and spicy dipping sauce recipe. Perfect for crab rangoons, onion rings, grilled vegetables and more!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 4

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Combine the jalapeno, pineapple and juice, lime juice and zest, yogurt sugar, red pepper flakes and salt in a food processor. Pulse until well blended.
  • Transfer to a serving dish or storage dish and chill for 30 minutes or until ready to use. Give it a good stir before serving.
  • If you've tried this recipe, come back and let us know how it was in the comments or star ratings.

Notes

For a thicker sauce, use less or no pineapple juice. For a thinner sauce, use all of it! 

Nutrition

Calories: 71 kcal, Carbohydrates: 13 g, Protein: 4 g, Cholesterol: 2 mg, Sodium: 597 mg, Potassium: 130 mg, Sugar: 12 g, Vitamin A: 65 IU, Vitamin C: 9.5 mg, Calcium: 56 mg, Iron: 0.2 mg
Author: Jessica Formicola
Calories: 71
Course: Condiment
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: jalapeno pineapple dip, jalapeno pineapple sauce
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Jessica Formicola

Jessica the mom, wife and chef behind Savory Experiments. You might see her on the Emmy- nominated TV show Plate It! or on bookshelves as a cookbook author. Jessica is a Le Cordon Bleu certified recipe developer and regularly contributed to Parade, Better Homes & Gardens, The Daily Meal and more!

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Questions and Reviews

  1. 5 stars
    Delicious! Will be using to drizzle on pork carnitas for game day. A little bit too hot for my taste so next time I will cut back on the jalapenos and the red pepper flakes. I always make a new recipe exactly as it calls for and then adjust later. This will be a staple in the future.

    1. Thank you for stopping by to let us know, Lucy! Jalapenos can vary so greatly in their heat too. I always taste a little before deciding how much to add. Have a great football-watching day!