Mango-Pineapple-Chile Frozen Desserts

Salsa in desserts? Yes indeed!

The fine folks at Sam’s Fresh Salsa asked me to develop some unique recipes using their salsas in unexpected ways. The mango-pineapple was so good, and so truly fresh tasting, that I found myself eating it straight out of the container… like a snack. I realized that it would taste just as good in desserts so I invented two pleasantly surprising frozen and fruity salsa forward treats.

sorbet made with mango pineapple salsa in a glass bowl. Recipe and photo by Jackie Alpers
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Mango-Pineapple & Chile Sorbet
Author: Jackie Alpers


  • 1 blender


  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup water
  • 2 ½ cups Sam’s Fresh Mango Pineapple Salsa divided
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice


  • Whisk sugar into water in medium saucepan over medium heat until the sugar dissolves, about 5 minutes. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes or until slightly thickened. Let cool completely.
  • Put 2 cups of Sam’s Fresh Mango Pineapple Salsa in a resealable freeze bag, flatten so the salsa isn’t too thick inside the bag and freeze. Save the other 1/2 cup for serving.
  • Hit the bag of frozen frozen salsa with a meat mallet to break it up a bit then put in in a blender along with the simple syrup and lemon juice. Run the blender for a few seconds to mix completely. Spoon into serving bowls, garnish with the reserved mango-pineapple salsa and serve immediately.
Course Dessert, snacks
Cuisine Mexican
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Mango pineapple chile paletas. recipe and photo by Jackie Alpers
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Mango Pineapple Salsa Paletas
Author: Jackie Alpers


  • Ice Pop molds
  • popsicle sticks


  • ½ cup Sam’s Fresh Mango Pineapple Salsa
  • ½ cup Greek yogurt any variety
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Tajin powder to taste


  • Stir together the salsa, Greek yogurt, vanilla and cinnamon and spoon into ice pop molds. Sprinkle the exposed surface with Tajin and freeze until solid.
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine Sonoran Style Mexican
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