Peach salsa boasts a sweet heat that lends an unexpected loveliness to all manner of summer fare, whether grilled salmon, pulled pork, seafood tacos, even plain old chicken. We consider it he perfect summer condiment. And because this recipe makes a big batch, you can stash some away for winter or to gift at the holidays.–David Leite


This recipe makes quite a bit of salsa and if you find that you have some without tacos to slather it all over, we have an idea. Purée your peach salsa with fresh local heirloom tomatoes and thin it with a little vegetable or chicken broth for a quick, spicy, cold soup. It’s quick and so simple, and makes a really terrific, refreshing summer soup.

A large wooden cutting board with 3 tacos on it, each filled with grilled fish and peach salsa. A jar of salsa and a spoon are next to them.

Peach Salsa

5 / 15 votes
Peach salsa works its considerable magic on fish, pork, chicken. And it’s so easy to make this canned stone fruit salsa you’ll be wanting to do it each summer.
David Leite
Servings64 (2-tbsp) servings | 8 (half-pint) jars
Calories24 kcal
Prep Time25 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time50 minutes


  • 6 cups (26 to 30 oz) peeled and diced hard, underripe peaches
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup chopped red bell pepper
  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar (5% acidity)
  • 1/2 cup chopped red onion
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 1/4 cup lime juice (from about 3 limes)
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, or more to taste
  • 2 jalapeño peppers, seeded and finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 habanero pepper, seeded and minced
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro


  • Toss everything except the cilantro in a 6-quart (6-liter) stainless steel or enameled Dutch oven. Bring to a boil over high heat, stirring until the sugar dissolves. Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook, uncovered, for 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the cilantro.
  • Ladle the hot peach jam into the still-hot sterilized jars, leaving 1/2-inch (1-cm) headspace at the top of each jar. Remove any air bubbles by stirring the salsa. Working with a single jar at a time, wipe the jar rim, center the lid on the jar, apply the band, and tighten. Repeat until all the jars are filled.
  • Process the jars in a hot water bath for 15 minutes following the manufacturer’s instructions. Turn off the heat, remove the lid from the pot, and let the jars stand for 5 minutes. Remove the jars from the pot and let cool. The peach salsa will keep, unopened, for up to several months. Once opened, keep the peach salsa in the refrigerator and use within a week.
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Serving: 1 portionCalories: 24 kcalCarbohydrates: 6 gProtein: 0.3 gFat: 0.1 gSaturated Fat: 0.01 gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.02 gSodium: 28 mgFiber: 0.4 gSugar: 5 g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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Recipe Testers’ Reviews

We eat a lot of salsa—with tacos, nachos, chips, steak, or fish fillets. However, honestly, I rarely deviate from tomato-based salsas, either raw or roasted. So it’s quite a refreshing take to give this sweet and sour peach salsa a spin. It delivers huge whallops of flavor. This baby is fiery hot. I love that it uses two different peppers—the jalapeno for pure heat and grassy notes and the habanero for a much bigger kick but also for nice fruity flavors that perfectly complement the peach.

I diced them into about 1/4-inch dice. In hindsight, and after looking better at the picture, I think 1/2-inch dice might be closer to what the author intended. I felt 1/4 teaspoon is too little salt and the salsa ends up a bit flat and one dimensional. I upped that based on taste to 1 teaspoon. This really works with pork. I had some barbecue pork ribs that I shredded for tacos and this salsa was awesome on those. I also served it with Indian chicken curry! Sounds odd but works great. Kind of like a great chutney on top of the curry. I’m looking forward to giving this peach salsa a shot with some fish as well.

I got 8 half-pint jars of this peach salsa and it is excellent. The total time was only 50 minutes and the hands-on time was 25 minutes. The lime juice was accurate at 3 limes for 1/4 cup.

About David Leite

I count myself lucky to have received three James Beard Awards for my writing as well as for Leite’s Culinaria. My work has also appeared in The New York Times, Martha Stewart Living, Saveur, Bon Appétit, Gourmet, Food & Wine, Yankee, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post, and more.

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  1. I love everything in this recipe. Texture is great but it has a strong taste of the apple cider. Is this normal? The only thing I left out is the habanero pepper.

    1. Kathleen, we haven’t heard of anyone else finding the flavor too vinegar-forward, but it is possible, especially if your peaches didn’t have a strong flavor. I find that salsas that have a strong vinegar flavor do mellow over time, so try it again in a couple of weeks and see if the flavor has changed at all.