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14 May 2018

This homemade habanero salsa recipe is fiery in all the right ways, made with habanero peppers, tomatoes, onion, garlic, red wine vinegar, a bit of lime juice, and a few select seasonings. Break out the chips for some habanero heaven.

Salsa time, my friends! But not just ANY salsa. We’re making some super fresh, nicely spicy Homemade Habanero Salsa, and this particular recipe seriously ROCKS.

Why?

Because we have some delicious heat packing today. We just had a party for some friends and I made this habanero salsa for them, and it was definitely a hit. I DO have to apologize to some of the folks who aren’t used to the heat level of the wonderful habanero pepper.

They weren’t QUITE prepared for the amazing blooming heat that follows after several bites, but you know? That’s how chiliheads are created. That blooming heat is addictive, and soon you find yourself craving that wonderful warmth.

Habanero Salsa Recipe - Extra Spicy
Habanero Salsa Recipe – Extra Spicy

You Need This Habanero Salsa Recipe

Why? It really is rather addictive, but the beauty of it is in its simplicity. It’s SUPER easy to make, and for a slow cook like me, easy is awesome.

You’ll need maybe 10 minutes of prep time for chopping up a few ingredients, gathering things up, and about 20 minutes of cooking.

We’re doing 2 rounds of cooking, actually, the first to cook down the initial ingredients, and the second for simmering the processed salsa.

Habanero Salsa Recipe - Serve it with corn tortilla chips.
Habanero Salsa Recipe – Serve it with corn tortilla chips.

Let’s talk about how we make the salsa. Bust out the habaneros, my friends!

How to Make Habanero Salsa – Recipe

First, heat up a pan and cook down your chopped tomatoes, habanero peppers, onion and garlic in a bit of olive oil. It should only take about 5 minutes or so. Like this.

Making Habanero Salsa - Cooking down the ingredients
Making Habanero Salsa – Cooking down the ingredients

Next, scoop the mixture into a food processor or blender along with the vinegar, lime juice, salt and optional seasonings. Blend it until nice and smooth. If you prefer a chunkier salsa, just pulse it a few times to combine everything.

Next, heat the same pan back to low heat and add the remaining olive oil. Pour the salsa into the pan and let it simmer for 15 minutes to let the flavors develop.

Making Habanero Salsa - Simmer to develop flavor.
Making Habanero Salsa – Simmer to develop flavor.

Finally, cool it a bit and store it in the refrigerator in a covered container.

I think it is BEST served nicely chilled. You can leave it overnight to let the flavors develop even more.

Such a great salsa!

How to Serve Habanero Salsa

Pour your habanero salsa into a big bowl and serve it with a side of tortilla chips. That’s the no-brainer way. No better way!

Except it is ALSO great used as a sauce. Consider spooning it over grilled chicken or fish, or topping grilled sausages. Keep some around for super quick meal toppers.

That’s it, my friends! I hope you LOVE this salsa as much as I do. It’s TOTAL party food, so go throw a party just so you can serve this! Everyone will love you. Just wait and see.

Check out my other Salsa Recipes, too.

If you make this, take pics! Post it on social media. Just don’t forget to #ChiliPepperMadness so I can check it out. ROCK ON!! — Mike H.

Habanero Salsa Recipe - Grab Yourself a Chip
Habanero Salsa Recipe – Grab Yourself a Chip

Try Some of My Other Popular Salsa Recipes

If you enjoy this recipe, I hope you’ll leave a comment with some STARS. Also, please share it on social media. Don’t forget to tag us at #ChiliPepperMadness. I’ll be sure to share! Thanks! — Mike H.

4.64 from 11 votes
Habanero Salsa Recipe
Habanero Salsa – Recipe
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 

This homemade habanero salsa recipe is fiery in all the right ways, made with habanero peppers, tomatoes, onion, garlic, red wine vinegar, a bit of lime juice, and a few select seasonings. Break out the chips for some habanero heaven.

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Servings: 10
Calories: 40 kcal
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil divided
  • 1 pound tomatoes chopped
  • 3 habanero peppers chopped
  • 1 small white onion chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic chopped
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice
  • Salt to taste
  • OPTIONAL SEASONINGS: chopped cilantro Mexican oregano, dash of chili powder, pinch of cumin
Instructions
  1. Heat a pan to medium heat and add 1 tablespoon olive oil. Add the chopped tomatoes, habaneros and onion. Cook them down, stirring a bit, about 5 minutes to soften.
  2. Add the garlic and stir. Cook another minute, until you can smell the awesome garlic.
  3. Scoop the contents into a blender or food processor along with the vinegar, lime juice, salt, and optional seasonings. Blend until smooth.
  4. Heat the same pan back to low heat and add the remaining olive oil. Pour the salsa into the pan and let it simmer for 15 minutes to let the flavors develop.
  5. Cool and store in the refrigerator, covered. It is best served chilled.
Recipe Notes

Makes about 1.5 cups

Heat Factor: HOT.

Habaneros have some good level heat. This is more of a blooming heat, so you may not notice until after a few bites.

Nutrition Facts
Habanero Salsa – Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 40 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 2g 3%
Sodium 3mg 0%
Potassium 133mg 4%
Total Carbohydrates 3g 1%
Sugars 1g
Vitamin A 8.1%
Vitamin C 14.2%
Calcium 0.8%
Iron 1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

12 comments

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Nancy, absolutely. I think that would be a nice version of this recipe. Let me know how it turns out for you.

      1. I used this recipe with the proposed substitutions; using Carolina Reapers instead. The results were spectacular! Even my half Norwegian boyfriend could eat it 🙂 Everyone who tried it loved it! The sweetness from the raw honey created an excellent balance for enjoying the heat.

        1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

          Excellent news! Thanks, Nancy. Glad everyone loved it. I love the use of reapers here instead. Extra spicy!!

  1. Love this recipe, love the flavor and so does a some of my friends n family. I was wondering how long do you think it’s good for in the refrigerator? If someone would make a big batch.

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Thanks, Rodney. Glad they love it! This should last a week in the refrigerator, but will be best if used within a couple days. Enjoy!

  2. jeff Palmer

    This salsa is in my wheelhouse
    Yeah there are hotter peppers out there (but not much flavor)
    What a great recipe..:)
    Am munching on it now….as we say in the Midwest WUNDERBAR!
    Habeneros are a perfect blend of taste and heat
    I love this recipe
    Jeff
    Greenfield Wis

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Thanks, Jeff! Super glad you are enjoying it! This is definitely one of my favorite salsas. HUGE on flavor, and a perfect level of heat.

  3. Harwant Sethi

    OML this was AMAZING. I actually upped the habanero count to five, and added two jalapenos as well. Very, very little pulsing was needed to get to a nice consistency in my food processor, so next time I make it I’ll be sure to try it in a little more chunky form. It’s amazing how so little habanero can make an entire batch of salsa so bright orange! Very pretty stuff. Be warned though, this stuff is HAWT.

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Awesome, Harwant! Glad you enjoyed it!

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