1 cup arbol chili peppers, dry
1 garlic clove
1 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
1 tsp. kosher salt
1/4 cup water
For the grilled pineapple salsa:
1/2 tsp. olive oil
1/4 cup red onion, finely diced
1/4 cup red bell pepper, finely diced
1/4 cup jalapeño, chopped
2 Tbsp. lime juice
2 Tbsp. sugar (optional)
1/4 cup cilantro leaves
1/2 cup arbol salsa (see above)
Toast arbol chilies on medium hot skillet for approximately 4 to 6 minutes. You should get a nice, aromatic chili smell. Place arbol chilies into blender along with garlic, water, salt and apple cider vinegar. Blend on high until pulverized.
Cut, peel and core pineapple. Slice pineapple lengthwise into 1/2-inch slices. Rub pineapple with olive oil and place on hot grill. Grill for approximately 2 to 3 minutes or until pineapple is softened and slightly charred.
Remove from grill and allow to cool to room temperature. Once cool, cut into medium-size cubes and place into a medium mixing bowl. Add diced red onion, red bell pepper, jalapeño, lime juice, sugar (if using) along with arbol salsa and cilantro leaves. Mix well and chill until ready to serve. Reserve remaining arbol salsa for another use.
— James Sanchez, culinary director of Freebirds