Spicy Apple-Tomato Salsa

  • Spicy Apple-Tomato Salsa
  • Spicy Apple-Tomato Salsa
  • Spicy Apple-Tomato Salsa
  • Spicy Apple-Tomato Salsa
Posted on October 31, 2014

Everyone’s favorite condiment isn’t just for summer anymore. Because I’ve given it a fall face-lift. What am I talking about? Salsa of course! More specifically salsa with apples. Now you can seamlessly snack your way through summer and right dab smack into the middle of fall.

I thought it would be fun to do something a little unexpected with apples. Sure I could have made an apple pie with the abundance of apples that fall provides. But does the interwebs really need another recipe for apple pie right now?

That was a trick question people! The answer is YES. There is always room for more apple pie. Both on the interwebs and in my belly. Jeez.


So I tossed a diced apple together with some classic salsa ingredients like tomatoes, peppers, onions and cilantro to create this sweet and spicy salsa. Bring a bowl of this to your next tailgating party and try to have your friends guess the secret ingredient (I love putting people on the spot!) and impress them all with your salsa making skillz.

I shared this with friends (because what else would you do with salsa) and someone exclaimed “it’s the best salsa I’ve ever had”. Those are some strong words. Try it and see for yourself!

I hope everyone has a fun, safe and chocolate-filled Halloween!



Spicy Apple-Tomato Salsa

Makes about 5 cups

Spicy Apple-Tomato Salsa


  • 1 (15-ounce) can petite diced tomatoes
  • 1 (15-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 cup onions, small diced
  • 1 large apple, peeled, cored and small diced
  • 2-3 jalapenos, small diced
  • 1/2 cup red pepper, small diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup cilantro, roughly chopped


  1. In a medium saucepan, combine all the ingredients except for the cilantro over medium heat. Bring to a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, about 8 minutes. Stir in the cilantro and cook for an additional 2 minutes. Remove from the heat.
  2. Chill in the refrigerator before serving with your favorite tortilla chips.
  3. Salsa can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 2-3 days.


1. I’m guessing you could can the salsa after step 1, but I haven’t done it myself. If you try it, let me know how it turns out.



  • I love it! I’m a huge fan of mango salsa, so I can totally get down with this 🙂


    • Yeah! Thanks, Sarah!

  • I am SO intrigued by this. I won’t rest until I taste this fabulous combination! Off to buy nacho chips …


    • Yeah! Let me know how you like it, Jennifer!

  • I like the addition of apples, so fall appropriate.


    • Thank you, Catalina! Happy Halloween!

  • So into this salsa, love the flavors!!


    • Thanks, Matt! It was really great!

  • This is such a great salsa, Liz! I’m so loving that you added apples in here. Sounds amazing!!


    • Thanks, Gayle. I hope you have a great weekend. XOXO!!

  • What an awesome, simple and delicious idea! Never had apple salsa, but would love to try it!


    • Thank you, Mira. I hope you try it out!

  • I love salsas in every combination there is! This is a new one, and it sounds delicious! Happy Halloween, Liz. 🙂


    • Thanks, Marcie!

  • Apples in SALSA!? BOMB.

    That’s the sound of my mind being blown. Genius!


    • Thank you for the wonderful compliment, Kelly! If you try it, I would love to hear about it!

  • Love your twist!! Very fall-ish. I can totally do this 🙂


    • You can certainly do this, Katya! 🙂

  • I could make this for my friendsgiving gathering!


    • Oh yeah it would be perfect for that! Let me know if you try it out!

  • I’ve never thought about apples in salsa – makes total sense.


    • Right? It’s really good. First time for me too. I’ve done other fruits – mango, peaches and nectarines. But apples never crossed my mind until last week. Glad I tried it!

  • I have been meaning to just make my own salsa because I find I’m never that satisfied with the ones in the store – even the nice looking ones. I will definitely be trying this out! Love the idea of apples in it.


    • I agree that the store bought salsa’s are always a bit underwhelming. I’m glad you found my recipe! I hope you like it. Let me know how it comes out!

  • I love the idea of apples in salsa…a nice autumn tailgate treat!


    • Thanks, Annie! It’s perfect for tailgating!

  • Apples in salsa – just brilliant! I bet the spicy-sweet combo is amazing with some salty tortilla chips!


    • Exactly! It’s so good with some nice salty chips. Thanks, Kristine!

  • Oh I love this — I am a huge salsa fan, and I think it’s great that you’ve ‘winterized’ it!


    • Thank you so much, Sue! I think we should all be enjoying salsa all year long! It’s too good to save only for summer months.

  • Liz, this looks awesome! What a great way use to apples in a savory way! This will make a great fall appetizer for Thanksgiving!


    • Yes, it’s perfect for Thanksgiving. That’s kind of what I had in mind for it! Thanks, Connie!

  • I love the idea of adding apples to salsa. So creative!


    • Thanks, Jennifer!

  • Woah, love this salsa! And congrats on the move 🙂


    • Thank you so much, Aimee!

  • Just returned from a vacation in Kentucky, where I bought a mild Sweet Salsa from an Amish produce stand. It is incredible, and the secret ingredient is apples! Since the Amish obviously don’t market their goods online, I was hoping I’d find a similar recipe on the Web. Yours sounds like it could be very close! Hope so, as I could eat this salsa by the spoonfuls! Looking forward to making your version! Thanks!


    • Glad you found me! Let me know if you try out the recipe and how it compares to the one you bought!

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