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24 September 2018

A recipe for fresh, spicy ghost pepper salsa made with garden grown ghost peppers, tomato, onion, lime juice and cilantro. It’s time to spice things up!

It’s ghost pepper time, my friends. Time to REALLY spice things up around here. If you’re seeing a lot of ghost pepper recipes coming out of my kitchen lately, it’s because my ghost pepper plants are going CRAZY!

I have ghost peppers coming out of my ears! I love it. Truly.

Ghost peppers are nice and hot, and they’re super fruity in flavor, if you can get past the heat. Ghost peppers, aka Bhut Jolokias, top out at over 1 Million Scoville Heat Units, which is roughly 200+ times hotter than an average jalapeno pepper.

Learn more about ghost peppers here.

Yes, that is some very nice heat there, but as mentioned, with that heat comes some excellent flavor.

And that extends to this salsa. Oh yeah!

Fresh Ghost Pepper Salsa - Ready to Eat!

Doesn’t it look gorgeous? So vibrant and begging for a chip to be dipped into it. Just beware. The first bite is rather addictive, but the second bite just might make you sweat a little bit.


Let’s talk about how we make this ghost pepper salsa, shall we? It’s super easy, as we’re working with fresh ingredients.

How to Make Fresh Ghost Pepper Salsa – The Recipe Method

First, gather up your ingredients – 4 ghost peppers, a medium sized tomato, a small white onion, a large lime (or use 3 tablespoons lime juice), 1/4 cup chopped cilantro, and a bit of salt.

Chop the peppers, tomato and onion, then add them to a bowl with the lime juice and cilantro. Toss everything together to combine it.

Add in a few sprinkles of salt to your personal tastes, and BOOM!

Fresh Ghost Pepper Salsa - Mixing up in a bowl


It’s that easy. Truly. Don’t you just love easy food? Salsas are easy.

Playing with the Recipe – Adjusting the Heat

You can easily adjust the ingredients to your preferences. If you’re concerned about the heat, consider using only 1 ghost pepper and filling in the recipe with other peppers. You can even use bell peppers for this.

Or, if you’re looking for extra heat, this recipe can easily use up to 10 ghost peppers or more.

Make it REALLY hot if you want! Sure!

Handling Ghost Peppers – Safety Information

A word to the wise. As mentioned, ghost peppers are VERY HOT, so it is best to wear gloves when handling them. The oils can get onto your skin and can cause burning. Avoid touching your eyes or other parts of your skin to avoid that burn.

If you do feel the burn on your skin, consult this page – How to Stop the Chili Pepper Burn.

Ghost Pepper Salsa Serving Suggestions

Salsas are always popular on game day gatherings, or pretty much any party situation.

Try some of my Game Day Recipes for more ideas.

I also like to use salsa as a topper for any grilled or roasted meats, like chicken, pork, and especially fish. White fish LOVES a good salsa, and it makes for a healthy meal.

Try Some of My Other Popular Ghost Pepper Recipes

Try Some of My Other Popular Salsa Recipes

Fresh Ghost Pepper Salsa - Served up in a bowl

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.

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Fresh Ghost Pepper Salsa - Recipe

A recipe for fresh, spicy ghost pepper salsa made with garden grown ghost peppers, tomato, onion, lime juice and cilantro. It's time to spice things up!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Appetizer, Salsa
Cuisine: American
Keyword: appetizer, ghost pepper, salsa, spicy
Servings: 8
Calories: 11kcal


  • 4 ghost peppers chopped, or more, as desired
  • 1 medium tomato chopped
  • 1 small white onion chopped
  • 3 tablespoons lime juice or use the juice from 1 large lime
  • ¼ cup chopped cilantro
  • Salt to taste


  • Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl. Mix well. Taste and adjust for salt.
  • Cover and refrigerate overnight for the flavors to mingle and develop. Serve!


Heat Factor: HOT! You'll get a good level of heat with this ghost pepper salsa recipe. Ghost peppers are the original superhot chili pepper. But it's worth it!


Calories: 11kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Sodium: 2mg | Potassium: 79mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 210IU | Vitamin C: 12.1mg | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 0.1mg