Bring da Heat and da Sweet!

“If your eyes aren’t watering, it’s not hot enough!”

– The Ranting Chef

Being da heat! I love hot foods. When I get Buffalo wings at a restaurant, my eyes glaze past the merely Hot wings looking for those that verge on suicide. How hot do I want my Thai? Very hot. Mild salsa is ketchup without the vinegar in it.

On a trip a number of years ago, I ran into a stand selling various hot sauces. Each bottle had flames on it and tried to out do the others in sounding hot. I walked away with a bottle of “Colon Blow”.

The bottle made its way to work and one staff meeting I pulled it out. Drops were put on spoons for those interested in trying and I have to tell you it was the hottest thing I’ve ever put in my mouth. While tears streamed down my face, I was smiling. I even took several more “hits” of the sauce.

I found several fellow chilie-heads that day. Over the next couple of weeks we decided to host a salsa tasting party at work in honor of Cinco de Mayo. Our party was called, of course, Salsa de Mayo.

The rules were simple. The salsa had to be home-made or unique. Our department of about 80 produced 20 different salsas. It was a success.

I’ve since moved on to another company and suggested the salsa party at the end of April. Knowing that many can’t stand the heat, I decided to go sweet with this pineapple salsa.

I used fresh pineapple. So much better.

I didn’t have the prescribed marinade on hand so I used some Teriyaki.

Sweet, a little spice and all delicious!

Pineapple Salsa


  • 1/4 cup Lawry’s® Caribbean Jerk Marinade With Papaya Juice
  • 1 (20 ounce) can pineapple chunks, drained and cut into small pieces*
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 1/2 small red bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 medium jalapeno pepper, seeded and finely chopped (optional)


In medium bowl, combine ¼ cup Marinade with remaining ingredients. Let stand at room temperature up to 1 hour.


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Categories: Condiment, Fruit, kosher, Low Carb, Mexican, Recipes, Salad, Side Dish, snack, vegan, Vegetable, Vegetarian

Author:The Ranting Chef

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22 Comments on “Bring da Heat and da Sweet!”

  1. May 27, 2012 at 11:25 am #

    This is my favorite combo, the sweet and hot combo. It is great in Thai food. That pineapple salsa looks fabulous.


  2. globalanni
    May 27, 2012 at 11:28 am #

    Looks yummy. I will have to try it. Living in the tropics, the fresh pineapple is fab. I love a good mango salsa too! The hotter the better!


  3. thewholebeet
    May 27, 2012 at 11:43 am #

    What a great recipe to try this weekend! Thanks!


  4. May 27, 2012 at 11:53 am #

    we are having the same thoughts… I just picked up a pineapple, cilantro, jalapenos, and tomitilios all on sale yesterday


  5. May 27, 2012 at 12:12 pm #

    Mild salsa = ketchup without the vinegar. YES! Love it.


  6. Laurie's Apron Strings
    May 27, 2012 at 12:24 pm #

    Nice. I love sitting across from my husband when he eats something too hot. He insists he is enjoying it while tears are streaming down his face…What is it with you guys? Have a great day!!


  7. May 27, 2012 at 12:42 pm #

    I’m a heat wimp…nonetheless, this looks fabulous! May have to dial it back and give it a whirl!


  8. May 27, 2012 at 1:17 pm #

    Love, LOve, LOVE hot and sweet! This rocks!


  9. May 27, 2012 at 1:30 pm #

    “Colon Blow” haha…love it.


  10. crazybunny66
    May 27, 2012 at 2:35 pm #

    looks good, I think I might try this 🙂


  11. May 27, 2012 at 4:12 pm #

    I love hot food as will – have to try this


  12. May 27, 2012 at 5:11 pm #

    fun story:-)


  13. thebeadden
    May 27, 2012 at 8:03 pm #

    Bookmarked. Thank you!


  14. May 28, 2012 at 2:50 am #

    Sounds delicious – love wings!


  15. Missus Tribble
    May 28, 2012 at 3:44 am #

    Hooray for fellow chilli-heads! Be it mustard, salsa, chilli sauce or whatever else, it’s not The Real Deal if it isn’t clearing my sinuses and removing the top of my head 🙂


  16. sjdunaway
    May 28, 2012 at 9:41 am #

    This looks super delicious! I think I’ll have to make it tonight in fact.


  17. P.S. I Love Soap Co.
    May 28, 2012 at 1:10 pm #

    o’ yum….


  18. May 28, 2012 at 3:00 pm #

    Pineapple salsa sounds delicious. I bet it’s great with seafood.

    Have you tried Dave’s Insanity Ghost Pepper Private Reserve? It uses the ghost pepper, the hottest pepper in the world. A drop goes a long way, but it’s amazing.


  19. sipsandsteps
    June 7, 2012 at 4:27 pm #

    This sounds delicious! I don’t have all of the ingredients so I’ll need to improvise but this sounds fabulous for dinner tonight!



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