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3 November 2015

Heat up the holiday season with these habanero pepper recipes from Chili Pepper Madness.

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 Honey Glazed Bacon Wrapped Shrimp

Habanero-Honey Glazed Bacon Wrapped Shrimp - Recipe

These succulent, seasoned shrimp are wrapped in bacon, brushed with a sweet and spicy habanero-honey glaze, then baked to crispy perfection. Here is the recipe. They’re sure to be the hit of the evening.

Habanero Pepper Jam

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.

Homemade Habanero Guacamole

Homemade Habanero Guacamole

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

Mango Habanero Margaritas

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.

Homemade Habanero Mustard

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.

Habanero Salsa

Habanero Salsa Recipe

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.

Garlic-Habanero Hot Sauce

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.

Sweet and Spicy Honey Mustard Pretzel Dip

Sweet and Spicy Honey Mustard Pretzel Dip - recipe

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

Spicy Chocolate Chip Pudding Cookies

Spicy Chocolate Chip Pudding Cookies

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

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

If you enjoy any of these recipes, 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.


  1. Hi Mike,
    About 10 years ago I use to make a killer Mango Habanero Salsa w/ Tomatoes and now I can’t seem to get the right combination for the life of me. Have you run across any such recipes? I have checked out your website and can’t seem to find anything that matches. Any suggestions? I’m 70 now and have that craving again. I use to follow your website all the time and happy I’ve found it again.

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