Peach Salsa

I don’t buy into too many food trends, as you know. I don’t put lavender into ice cream, I don’t like rosemary in cocktails, I like lemongrass only in Thai food, and I don’t stick bacon into everything possible. It will probably be 20 more years before I ever make kale chips. No, I’ll probably never make them.

So years ago when I spotted peach salsa at a gourmet food store, I really surprised myself when I purchased it. I mean, peaches in tomato salsa? I don’t remember the brand, but it really was pretty tasty.

Being me, I knew I could make it even better. Not to say I’m that great of a cook, it’s just that anything home-made will beat anything jarred commercially.

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Anymore, peach salsa doesn’t really even sound very trendy. It’s become as commonplace as boysenberry barbecue sauce and the like.

The salsa works well with good canned tomatoes as well as fresh ones right out of the garden, but that peach needs to be ripe, so I only make it in the summer.

I serve this salsa slightly warmed. Oh, it’s good.

Peach Salsa

2 pounds of fresh ripe tomatoes
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 small onion, finely chopped
4 cloves of garlic, minced
1 peach, peeled, finely chopped
4 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Pinch of cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice

Have all of your tomatoes seeded and chopped before you start with this recipe. It doesn’t take long to make.

In a medium enameled pot, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the onion and sauté for about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and stir it in for about 30 seconds, then add the tomatoes.

After cooking for a minute, stir in the peach, cilantro, oregano, cumin, cinnamon, and a pinch of cayenne pepper.

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Give everything a stir, and cook over low heat for about 15 minutes. There should be little or no liquid in the salsa.

Add the apple cider vinegar, stir, and cook for about 1 minute.

Then add the lemon juice. Stir to distribute evenly.

Remove the pot from the stove and let cool slightly before serving.

This warm, slightly fruit-sweetened salsa is really good with tortilla chips. But it’s also good on a basic cheese quesadilla.

Try out this salsa if you’re skeptical like I once was. You’ll taste the peach and the touch of cinnamon, but also the ripe tomatoes with Mexican seasonings.

And think about how much less expensive this salsa is to make at home!

By Published On: September 7th, 201752 Comments

About the Author: Chef Mimi

As a self-taught home cook, with many years in the culinary profession, I am passionate about all things food-related. Especially eating!

52 Comments

  1. Travel Gourmet September 7, 2017 at 7:04 AM - Reply

    Gorgeous. I love fresh salsa but have never tried using peaches. Sounds delicious.

    • chef mimi September 7, 2017 at 7:20 AM - Reply

      I love fresh salsa as well, but a cooked salsa has its merits as well. I’ve never thought to add peach to my standard fresh salsa but it’s a good idea!

      • Travel Gourmet September 7, 2017 at 11:43 AM

        Sorry … wasn’t clear … I know this is warm … I was thinking more homemade rather than jar! :) But yes peach would work well ‘fresh’ too I think; I use mango a lot in salsa.

      • chef mimi September 7, 2017 at 11:53 AM

        That I’ve never done. I guess peach was my big foray into salsas with fruit!

  2. KR September 7, 2017 at 7:37 AM - Reply

    I am happy you did the exception :) :) because idea and I believe taste is wonderful :) Thank you for sharing and inspiration!

  3. M.L. Parma September 7, 2017 at 9:23 AM - Reply

    looks great and must taste great as well……. >

  4. Teresa brooks September 7, 2017 at 11:38 AM - Reply

    Well hello Mimi!
    This is Teresa from Colorado…we met on out Scotland trip in 2012. You may gut enjoy trying American spoon foods cherry peach salsa out of Petoskey, Michigan.
    I’ve enjoyed following your blog since then.

    • chef mimi September 7, 2017 at 11:39 AM - Reply

      Oh my goodness Teresa! How are you? Your family was going through a really rough patch last time we were in contact. I hope everything has gotten better. I still have your business card, and my beautiful vase!

  5. Linda Duffin September 7, 2017 at 12:21 PM - Reply

    I trust your cooking instincts so I’ll give this a try, although peaches and tomatoes … um!

    • chef mimi September 7, 2017 at 1:36 PM - Reply

      Not too different than mango and tomatoes, really.

      • Linda Duffin September 7, 2017 at 2:42 PM

        I’m sure they’re all delicious. :)

      • chef mimi September 7, 2017 at 2:51 PM

        Maybe not grapes…

      • Linda Duffin September 8, 2017 at 4:08 AM

        :D

  6. The Album September 7, 2017 at 1:04 PM - Reply

    Looks simple enough and definitely tasty. I’m a big fan of Mango Salsa so I’m excited to try Peach!

    • chef mimi September 7, 2017 at 1:37 PM - Reply

      You do! It’s pretty darn wonderful!

  7. scarletclark September 7, 2017 at 2:15 PM - Reply

    This sounds absolutely gorgeous, I can imagine it’s perfect with a beef or gammon steak. In the UK it’s common to make a pickle or chutney with stone fruit, most commonly plum. You can get peach or apricot chutney but I’ve never tried myself – I’ve just made greengage which was really nice. I would love to try this salsa with my next gammon steak 👏👏👏

  8. Tracey O'Brien September 7, 2017 at 2:46 PM - Reply

    This salsa looks fabulous, Mimi. I would never have though to put peaches with tomatoes. Really keen to try this one.

    • chef mimi September 7, 2017 at 2:50 PM - Reply

      It’s wonderful. I like my addition of a little cinnamon, too!

  9. karrie / Tasty Ever After September 7, 2017 at 7:53 PM - Reply

    This would be soooo delicious over grilled chicken or pork! Just got fresh peaches from a local farm last weekend and may have to make a batch of this salsa :)

    • chef mimi September 8, 2017 at 7:42 AM - Reply

      I hope you will love it. Everyone who tries it gets addicted!

  10. Aria September 7, 2017 at 11:06 PM - Reply

    Wow!!!This recipe looks yummy and as tasty as it looks. I love all of your recipes. Thanks for sharing!!!

  11. Kiki September 8, 2017 at 4:39 AM - Reply

    Sounds right up my alley! And reading this I realised I haven’t had a single peach this summer yet. Do you make your own tortillas as well? Searched the blog but couldn’t find a recipe.

    • chef mimi September 8, 2017 at 7:40 AM - Reply

      I have made my own tortillas from scratch, plus there’s a decent mix one can buy, but honestly, where I live, I have access to wonderful tortillas!

  12. My Little Italian Kitchen September 8, 2017 at 4:53 AM - Reply

    Oh I really didn’t know this one! It looks really delicious and refreshing Mimi.

    • chef mimi September 8, 2017 at 7:39 AM - Reply

      Thank you Alida. I love it served warm with chips!

  13. Elaine @ foodbod September 9, 2017 at 3:32 AM - Reply

    Nice!!!! something to experiment with!!

    • chef mimi September 17, 2017 at 5:07 PM - Reply

      You obviously did! But I hope you try the tomato-peach combo.

      • Elaine @ foodbod September 18, 2017 at 12:27 AM

        I just need to remember to buy a peach!!

  14. chezlerevefrancais September 9, 2017 at 8:34 AM - Reply

    Peach salsa sounds intriguing and something I would try as I love fruit sauces on savoury dishes or with cheese!

    • chef mimi September 9, 2017 at 10:34 AM - Reply

      It’s just so good with chips or quesadillas, but I’d also put in on grilled meats!

  15. cookingwithauntjuju.com September 9, 2017 at 9:16 AM - Reply

    I recall eating peach salsa and you are right, the peaches need to be fresh. I would also say the tomatoes too – nothing better and both are still available in the markets here. Good recipe!

  16. Gerlinde @ Sunnycovechef September 9, 2017 at 11:30 PM - Reply

    I have always made my salsas with fresh fruit. I like your version of cooking the salsa, I have to try it.

    • chef mimi September 10, 2017 at 7:07 AM - Reply

      I like both. Fresh is obviously fresher, but they’re both tasty and satisfying to me!

  17. Fran @ G'day Souffle' September 10, 2017 at 4:48 AM - Reply

    Looks good enough to eat on its own!

  18. Debbie Spivey September 11, 2017 at 8:13 AM - Reply

    Hi Mimi! This reminds me of my mango salsa. My sister-in-law gave me the recipe, but the original called for peaches. I have only just begun to like peaches, so I will have to try this! Thanks for sharing!

    • chef mimi September 17, 2017 at 5:08 PM - Reply

      You will love it!! It’s a really pleasing combination.

  19. love in the kitchen September 11, 2017 at 8:21 AM - Reply

    Mimi, that photograph of your “basic cheese quesadilla” with peach salsa made my mouth water. SO beautiful.

  20. StefanGourmet September 12, 2017 at 1:34 AM - Reply

    I am a bit skeptical, but I trust you. The problem will be to find ripe peaches over here…

    • chef mimi September 17, 2017 at 5:08 PM - Reply

      Oh, I bet. I was skeptical, too. I think cooked they would be better than raw.

  21. Cocoa & Lavender September 13, 2017 at 1:52 AM - Reply

    While I definitely like lavender in ice cream, among other dishes, I am picky about fruit salsas. Will have to try this next time peaches are in season.

  22. FrugalHausfrau September 17, 2017 at 12:16 AM - Reply

    I’m a lot like you – although I did try kale chips and they were one of the most horrible things I’ve ever tasted, and I am willing and do make recipes with kale!! At any rate, I’m more apt to do wild experimenting with small things like salsas and love them with different fruits. Beautiful recipe.

    • chef mimi September 17, 2017 at 7:11 AM - Reply

      Thank you! I’d rather just eat potato chips any day! And they’re a vegetable too!

  23. My Real Dish October 5, 2017 at 9:33 AM - Reply

    So pretty! I love peach salsa! Looks delicious!

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