You’re probably reading this and thinking “Pumpkin salsa?! People just force pumpkin into anything this time of year.” and I feel you on that. Some things just shouldn’t be but this salsa is NOT one of those things! It promise you that I am not Gretchen Weiners trying to make “fetch” happen. This salsa combines two Fall produce favorites: hatch chile pepper and pumpkin, with two other kinds of peppers for a four-flame-emoji mouth party. It’s lit, as the kids would say.

holding roasted hatch chile

chopped tomato, jalapeno, red onion, hatch chile, garlic, and habanero pepper

I’m talking nose-and-possibly-eyes-running spice level, y’all. For. Real. I’m not a fan of mild salsa (what is even the point?) so if you are afraid of heat, this is not the salsa for you. Of course, you could modify this recipe to suit your tolerance. The pumpkin, garlic, and cilantro contribute great flavors so that this is not just a bowl of heat! The pumpkin also subdues the color a bit and, of course, adds a bit of orange.

bowl of spicy pumpkin salsa

To accompany this salsa, I made some homemade tortilla chips using the LA Tortilla Factory corn tortillas I found in this month’s Degustabox. These chips could not be any easier because they are oven-baked but if you want to fry them, I found an easy tutorial here. In case you aren’t familiar with Degustabox, check out this post for my rundown. If you want to try it, I have a discount code for half off + free shipping here!

salsa ingredients and tortillas on cutting board

cut tortillas on baking sheet

baked tortilla chips

Let me know how this salsa turns out for you when you try it. Thanks for reading!

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My Degustabox is provided in exchange for an honest review. As always, all opinions are my own.

Pumpkin Spicy AF Salsa & Baked Tortilla Chips
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
20 mins

The perfect end-of-summer transitional appetizer or snack where pumpkin meets hatch and other spicy peppers in an easy blender salsa served with homemade tortilla chips

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Keyword: baked tortilla chips, blender salsa, hatch salsa, healthy tortilla chips, homemade tortilla chips, spicy pumpkin salsa
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Jazzmine from Dash of Jazz
For the salsa:
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin puree
  • 2 roma tomatoes chopped
  • 1/2 red onion chopped
  • 1 hatch chile pepper roasted (see recipe notes)
  • 1 jalapeno pepper chopped
  • 1 habanero pepper
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • handful of cilantro leaves
  • sea salt to taste
  • 2 tablespoons water optional
For the chips:
  • 8 corn tortillas
  • Sea salt to taste
For the chips
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cut each tortilla into four equal pieces.
  2. Place in one layer on a baking sheet and sprinkle with salt.
  3. Bake for 15 minutes, flipping after the first five minutes.
For the salsa
  1. Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until completely mixed. It may be necessary to add a splash of water to your blender to get it going.
Recipe Notes

To roast the hatch pepper: Turn oven to broil setting at highest temperature. Place pepper on top oven rack and leave oven door cracked to monitor. Once the skin of the pepper has charred (just a minute or so), turn it and repeat on other side. Remove from oven and cool for a few minutes then peel off charred skin.

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