Store-bought salsas are convenient and come in many varieties. However, this avocado and pumpkin salsa—one you won’t find on any grocery shelf—is worth making from scratch. Creamy avocados, fresh tomato, and canned pumpkin are jazzed up with cilantro, lime juice, and a touch of hot pepper sauce, resulting in a salsa that’s seriously delicious. Serve with baked tortilla chips or over grilled chicken breasts.”


  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1 large tomato, seeded and chopped
  • 1 avocado, halved, seeded, peeled, and chopped
  • ½ small onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 (12 fluid ounce) can or bottle Few drops bottled hot pepper sauce
  • Pinch of salt
  • Fresh cilantro leaves (optional)


  • 1Combine pumpkin, tomato, avocado, onion, cilantro, lime juice, garlic, hot pepper sauce, and salt. If desired, garnish with cilantro leaves.