Deathly Habanero Salsa

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"This is a recipe that my daughter had. Remember to wear gloves when working with habanero peppers. This has a really nice heat to it...but it's not overpowering hot..."

Original is 10 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (142.3 g)
  • Calories 49.5
  • Total Fat - 0.4 g
  • Saturated Fat - 0.1 g
  • Cholesterol - 0 mg
  • Sodium - 28 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 11.4 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 2.4 g
  • Sugars - 6.7 g
  • Protein - 1.7 g
  • Calcium - 30.5 mg
  • Iron - 0.9 mg
  • Vitamin C - 78.6 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.1 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

Wear gloves when working with habenero peppers.

Step 2

Combine all ingredients in a large sauce pan and simmer over low heat for 15 minutes to blend the flavors.

Step 3

Transfer to blender, and puree for 15 seconds or until salsa appears chunky but well blended.

Step 4

Serve cold or hot.


No special items needed.

Editorial Notes

The ingredient tips, suggestions, variations, facts, questions and answers below are not edits to the original author's recipe. They are not meant to imply any change would improve the recipe. They're offered for convenience, alternative ideas, and points of interest. If you have any comments about them, please post in the Help & Ideas forum.

  • When selecting habanero chile peppers, choose peppers that are bright orange in color. This indicates that they are ripe and will provide the most flavor.
  • For the best flavor, use fresh cilantro and mint if possible. Otherwise, dried herbs can be used.

  • For a milder flavor, replace the habanero peppers with jalapeño peppers. This will reduce the heat of the salsa while still providing a nice flavor.
  • For a sweeter taste, replace the white vinegar with apple cider vinegar. This will add a subtle sweetness to the salsa that will balance out the heat of the peppers.

Milder Habanero Salsa Reduce the amount of habanero peppers to 180 to 225 grams and omit the New Mexico chile pepper. Add 1/2 cup diced mango to the salsa before blending.

: Grilled Fish Tacos with Lime Crema

: Grilled Fish Tacos with Lime Crema is the perfect accompaniment to Deathly Habanero Salsa. The mild and flaky fish will provide a great contrast to the spicy salsa, and the lime crema will cool down the heat of the salsa. It's a delicious and satisfying combination!

Roasted Sweet Potato Wedges: Roasted Sweet Potato Wedges are a perfect side dish to serve with Grilled Fish Tacos with Lime Crema. The sweetness of the potatoes will compliment the spicy salsa, and the wedges will provide a crunchy texture to the meal. Plus, sweet potatoes are a good source of fiber, vitamins, and minerals. Enjoy!


Q: How much habanero pepper should I use?

A: You should use between 360 to 450 grams of habanero chile peppers, which is equivalent to 8-10 orange peppers. Make sure to include the seeds when chopping them.

Q: Can I freeze habanero peppers?

A: Yes, you can freeze habanero peppers. Clean and dry them thoroughly before freezing, then place them in an air-tight bag or container. They can be frozen for up to 6 months.

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Fun facts:

Fun Fact 1: Habanero peppers are native to the Yucatán Peninsula in Mexico. They were first cultivated by the Mayans and Aztecs, who used them as a seasoning for their dishes.

Fun Fact 2: In 2013, the Guinness World Records declared the Carolina Reaper the hottest chili pepper in the world. It is created by crossing a Habanero pepper with a Ghost pepper.