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26 October 2015

A recipe for making chili paste, including the bright and fiery habanero pepper.

This is it. This is the end of our chili pepper season here in zone 5 where the frost has already hit us. I still had a number of fresh chili pepper pods in the refrigerator and needed a good way to preserve them for use. We already froze a TON of them, dehydrated a crazy amount of peppers for making spice blends, made sauces galore. You name it, we’ve probably done it this year.

And! That includes making chili paste.

Why Make Chili Paste?

Chili paste is a flavorful alternative to incorporating dried spices into your meals. You can reach into the fridge and swirl your chili paste into your dish rather than season with dried ingredients. You’ll get a fresher flavor blast this way. Use it as a rub for meats or seafood, or for soups or stews.

How to Make Habanero Chili Paste

I made this one with habanero peppers, though you can easily make it with other chili peppers. I’ve inclulded garlic and fresh herbs, though again, you can incorporate other ingredients as well.

Use a food processor to combine everything, or, if you’re like me, use a molcajete and grind everything together until your paste forms. There is something inherently satisfying about processing your paste by hand with a molcajete. Fun!

Add or subtract the amount of oil to your personal preferences. I like more moisture to mine and I enjoy a chunky blend, which you can see in the photo. Your paste will last about a week in the fridge or much longer if you freeze it. Enjoy!

Habanero Chili Paste in a molcajete, being ground

Further Resources to Help You

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.

Habanero Chili Paste Recipe
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Habanero Chili Paste Recipe

A recipe for making chili paste, including the bright and fiery habanero pepper.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chili paste, chili peppers, habanero, recipe, spicy
Servings: 30
Calories: 20kcal


  • ¼ cup Olive oil
  • ½ cup fresh Basil parsley is good too
  • ½ cup fresh cilantro
  • 4 cloves garlic peeled
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 20 habanero peppers stems removed
  • Water as needed


  • Combine all ingredients in processor and blend until very finely processed. Or, use a molcajete and grind everything up into a paste.
  • Add in more oil or a bit of water if you'd like a more consistent paste.
  • Transfer to an air tight container and refrigerate.


Should last about a week or so. Or, you can freeze it and thaw as needed for use.


Calories: 20kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 78mg | Potassium: 27mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 103IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 1mg