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Black Bean and Papaya Salsa Recipe

User Rating 5 Star Rating (2 Reviews)


This Caribbean-inspired salsa combining black beans and papaya is great with grilled fish. It is also very good by itself, as a spicy summer-salad-type course.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes


  • 1 cup cooked or canned black beans
  • 2 ripe papayas, peeled, seeded and diced small
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, diced small
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, diced small
  • 1/2 red onion, diced small
  • 3/4 cup pineapple juice
  • 1/2 cup lime juice (about 4 limes)
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
  • 2 Tablespoons ground cumin
  • 1 Tablespoon minced red or green chile pepper of your choice
  • Salt
  • Fresh cracked black pepper


In a large mixing bowl, combine black beans, papaya, bell peppers, red onion, pineapple juice, lime juice, cilantro, cumin, chile pepper, salt, and pepper. Mix together well. This salsa will keep, covered and refrigerated, 4 to 5 days.

This Caribbean-inspired salsa is great with grilled fish. It is also very good by itself, as a spicy summer-salad-type course.

Yield: about 2 cups

Recipe Source: Salsas, Sambals, Chutneys & ChowChows by Chris Schelsinger (Quill)
Reprinted with permission.

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 5 out of 5
Awesome Salsa!, Member lulugirl12

I received a huge, orange flesh Mexican papaya as a gift, and in deciding what to do with it, I stumbled upon this recipe. I used only just less than 1/2 of the large papaya and got 6 cups of salsa. I used a whole can of black beans, only 1 lime instead of 4, and 1 squeezed lemon. Didn't have plain cumin on hand, but used chili powder which is mostly cumin, gave the salsa juice a nice red color. The juice from the orange papaya was more than enough, I didn't need 3 more limes. I think if you use smaller green papayas, you'll probably need more of the lime juice. I used 2 small regular yellow onions instead of the red onions. This salsa is so good you can eat it plain with corn chips!

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