Spicy Peach Salsa is a perfect way to use summer’s perfect peaches! With peaches, fresh jalapeños, cilantro, scallions, and fresh lime juice, this salsa recipe is sure to elevate your favorite taco recipe, or even a simple piece of grilled fish or chicken. It’s time to expand your mindset on ways to use fresh peaches!
👩🏻🍳 Tamara Talks – Recipe Inspiration
Taco and salsa recipes are my jam. Long before I had a blog, my adult sons and I were experimenting with pairing fruit-based salsas with different proteins for tacos. Never content to stick to the familiar, we landed on this combination of peaches and pork. I have an old (but delicious!) recipe for grilled pork chops that includes essentially this same salsa.
I have a basic “formula” for my fresh fruit salsa recipes – fruit (peaches, citrus, watermelon, tomatoes, etc.), chiles (Fresno, jalapeños, Hatch green chile, etc.), onion (scallions, shallots, or red onions), fresh herbs (usually cilantro, but occasionally basil and/or mint), and fresh citrus juice (almost always lime juice). My mango pico de gallo and my goldenberry pico de gallo are good examples.
My hope is that as you get more comfortable in the kitchen, you’ll see how easy it is to adapt and customize recipes to suit your family’s preferences, and to utilize the seasons’ freshest ingredients!
📋 Peach Salsa Ingredients
Here is a quick look at the ingredients in the recipe – it’s handy to use at the grocery store or as a summary of what you need. Skip to the recipe for quantities.
- peaches – Many varieties start showing up in our markets in south Texas in early June. I try to pick freestone varieties, but more often than not, the store does not identify whether they’re cling or freestone. Freestone varieties are definitely easier to break down. On photo day, I had really nice, ripe Rio Grande Peaches, and they were cling peaches.😜
- fresh chile peppers – I’m always aware of the color of my food, and because my peaches were orange, I went with jalapeños rather than my typical preferred Fresno chiles. You can use serranos, roasted New Mexico Hatch green chile, poblanos, etc. See 7 Types of Fresh Green Chiles for more information.
- onions – I like scallions for peach salsa. Shallots, red, and sweet onions would be fine. I’d avoid any real strongly flavored onions as they’ll likely overpower the peaches.
- fresh herbs – On photo day, I used cilantro, but I have been known to use basil or fresh mint instead or in addition to. Be creative!
- fresh lime juice
- Prepare the peaches – Remove the pits from the peaches. If your peaches are clingstone, see Quick Tips for Pitting Peaches for help. Dice the peaches. NOTE: A small dice helps with keeping the salsa in a tortilla if using for tacos.
- Finish the salsa – Add the minced jalapeños, chopped scallions, and chopped cilantro to the peaches. Squeeze fresh lime juice over top, stir to combine, and season as desired with salt. NOTE: You don’t want the salsa swimming in lime juice, but you do want it thoroughly moistened.
Pico de gallo (aka salsa fresca) is made with fresh, uncooked ingredients, and is chopped or minced. “Salsa” translates “sauce,” and includes many cooked and puréed varieties.
I think salsa fresca/pico de gallo is best fresh, but the next day is pretty good. I wouldn’t keep it longer.
After washing peaches, and removing the pit, I dice the peaches with skin intact. The additional fiber is great, and it does not detract from the salsa IMHO. Feel free to peel them if you prefer.
If you need help with removing pits from cling peaches, see Quick Tips for Pitting Peaches.
🧂 Useful Stuff
These are a few items that I recommend that are related to this recipe, and either the same brand or similar to what I use in my own kitchen!
Fresh salsa recipes and summer just go together. If you have a favorite salsa fresca, I’d love to hear from you! Please leave a comment in the space below.
Spicy Peach Salsa Recipe
- 1.5 cups diced peaches - 3 to 4 peaches; pitted; small dice
- 2 jalapeños - stems and seeds removed; minced
- 2 scallions - chopped
- ½ cup cilantro - leaves and small stems only
- 2 juicy limes - 3 or more if they're dry; squeezed
- sea salt - to taste
- Add all ingredients to a bowl. Mix thoroughly. Season with sea salt if desired.
NOTE: Macronutrients are an approximation only using unbranded ingredients and MyFitnessPal.com. Please do your own research with the products you’re using if you have a serious health issue or are following a specific diet.
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🍷 Pairing Suggestions
I have an entire taco category, but these are a few that work really well with fresh fruit salsas.