Sneaky Veggie Salsa

Does your kid not like vegetables? Do they eat some but you would like them to have more in their diet? To celebrate Cinco De Mayo, besides watching The Three Caballeros, I created this Sneaky Veggie Salsa recipe as a way to add vegetables undetected to America’s favorite condiment.

tomatoes, jalapenos...spinach? zucchini?
tomatoes, jalapenos…spinach? zucchini?


  • 1 onion
  • 5 tomatoes
  • 2 jalapenos
  • ½ bunch fresh spinach
  • 1 zucchini
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 2 oz. pineapple juice
  • 2 tbs. olive oil
  • salt & pepper to taste

Makes about 2 quarts of salsa!


1. Chop up onions and zucchini. Put them in a pot or dutch oven with 2 tbs. olive oil set to medium heat. Add dash of salt.

2. Wash spinach VERY THOROUGHLY. Fresh spinach is full of sand, so be more diligent with this than any vegetable. Once washed, rock your knife to dice it to a fine herbal consistency. Even though this will be blended, I don’t want random full leaves to jam the blade. Add to pot. Throw in chopped garlic.

3. Let ingredients cook while you chop the tomatoes. Add to pot.

4. Jalapeno time. I wear gloves whenever I cook with jalapenos. I wear contact lenses, and back in 2006 I cut up some jalapenos without them. That night I took out my lenses and seriously burned one of my eyes. I wore an eye patch for a few days afterward…wear gloves. Use a spoon to scoop out the seeds, so that the salsa will remain mild enough for younger children. Put in pot.

Wear gloves! Your eyes will thank you...
Wear gloves! Your eyes will thank you…

5. Stir vegetables. Add pineapple juice. Let cook for another 10 minutes or until “soupy.”


6. Blend in bar blender or food processor. Taste if more salt is needed and add here.



There you have a yummy Mexican tomato jalapeno salsa with hidden vegetables. Serve it on eggs, in tacos, as a sandwich or burger spread, jazz up your vegetable sides, and of course, dip with crackers, carrots, or chips.

Your kid will pump up their vegetable servings using this in whatever food they like. If it goes over well, add in a full bunch of spinach or more next time. If you want to up the heat, put more jalapenos next time.

I hope you enjoyed today’s recipe. What do you think? What other veggies would you sneak in? Share in the comments below. Thanks for reading.


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