Chili Pepper Madness

November 03, 2015

10 Habanero Recipes to Heat Up the Holidays

10 Habanero Recipes to Heat Up the Holidays 10 Habanero Recipes to Heat Up the Holidays

It is already November and the holidays are moving quickly upon us! We'll be cooking like crazy, going to parties, attending family gatherings and rushing headlong into a whirlwind of celebrating and, of course, eating. And drinking! What is a chilehead to do? For all of our spicy food loving friends, and particularly those who favor the heat and flavor of the wonderful habanero pepper, we've compiled a list of Ten Habanero Recipes to Heat Up the Holidays. These recipes aren't meant to replace your traditional meals, but can certainly compliment those dishes. But who knows? Some may serve as gifts, or perhaps inspirations, but all will certainly heat things up.

Habanero Pepper Jam

Habanero jam is an ideal gift for your host, but you can also use it to spice up carved turkey, produce a quick appetizer with crackers and cream cheese, or sweeten up ham or turkey with a base for a glaze. It also does wonders for leftovers.

Habanero Pepper Jam

Homemade Habanero Guacamole

Talk about the uber appetizer! Guacamole goes with anything. Toss out some chips and watch it disappear.

Homemade Habanero Guacamole

Mango Habanero Margaritas

Who cares about tradition! Margaritas are welcomed in our household any time of year. Think of a warm summer beach to relieve you of that winter chill.

Mango Habanero Margaritas

Habanero Pumpkin Spiced Margarita

But if tradition is more in line with you preferences, this pumpkin spin on a classic margarita might be exactly what you are looking for. It is the taste of the season.

Habanero Pumpkin Spiced Margarita

Homemade Habanero Mustard

This is another recipe that is a perfect gift to bring to your holiday host, but if you're cooking at home, it's ideal for rubbing down turkeys or ham roasts. It can also spice up any side dish.

Homemade Habanero Mustard

Habanero Infused Moonshine

Keep this away from your crazy drunken uncle or wild child aunt. Or maybe not. Serve this up and watch the fun fly! I personally LOVE the level of heat in this one. Not TOO hot, but certainly a nice kick with excellent habanero flavor.

Habanero Infused Moonshine

Garlic-Habanero Hot Sauce

This is one of the most popular recipes on our web site. Get a garlic blast with a bit of heat. Shake it onto everything. For the serious garlic lover.

Garlic-Habanero Hot Sauce

Sweet and Spicy Honey Mustard Pretzel Dip

This pretzel dip has plenty of zingy zang with just enough sweet to balance it out. Honey, mustard, habanero? Yep. Perfect.

Sweet and Spicy Honey Mustard Pretzel Dip

Chili-Lime Vinaigrette

Forgo the boring side salad dressing and opt-in for this spicy version, with chopped jalapeno and habanero peppers. Bring in the heat! And, seriously, the flavor...

Chili-Lime Vinaigrette

Spicy Chocolate Chip Pudding Cookies

Don't forget dessert. Chocolate and heat are good buddies. It all comes together in these spicy-sweet cookies.

Spicy Chocolate Chip Pudding Cookies

Happy Holidays, everyone! We hope they are nice and spicy for you. --- Mike and Patty

Don't forget to check out our cookbook, Habanero Madness.

Habanero Madness, Tips and Techniques for Cooking with Habanero Peppers, by Michael Hultquist

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