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Fresh Habanero Salsa

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Simple to prepare in just 15-minute, this fresh habanero salsa brings the heat. Enjoy it with chips or your favorite Mexican dish. Naturally vegan and gluten-free.

Bowl of fresh habanero salsa surrounded by chips.

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What you’ll love about this recipe


  • It’s super simple! Like most salsa recipes, this one is simple and straightforward. It takes just 15-minutes to prepare which is mostly hands-off and requires just six ingredients. Other than a blender or food processor you don’t need any special kitchen equipment and the clean up is a breeze.
  • It’s spicy!!! If you’re a spicy food lover like me, this salsa is for you. It definitely packs a punch so a little bit goes a long way.
  • It’s made from scratch! I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again; homemade salsa is the way to go!! While most store-bought salsas are at least somewhat decent, nothing compares to preparing salsa yourself with fresh ingredients, especially if they’re from your own garden. The flavors are brighter, you can adjust the ingredients to taste, and there are no preservatives. It’s also incredibly affordable.
Bowl of simple habanero salsa surrounded by tortilla chips.

Ingredients (+ notes & substitutions)


Ingredients for fresh habanero salsa (see recipe card).
  • Roma tomatoes: You’ll need one pound of tomatoes which is about four medium-sized Roma’s.
  • Habanero peppers: This recipe calls for two habanero peppers which results in a spicy, yet not overbearingly so, salsa. Feel free to add additional peppers if you wish to amp up the heat even more.
  • Garlic
  • Apple cider vinegar: Adding some additional acid to the salsa brings balance.
  • Kosher salt
  • White onion: For the crunch.

How to make habanero salsa


1. Place tomatoes and habaneros in a medium pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil and continue boiling for 10 minutes.

Tomatoes and habanero peppers in a pot of water.

2. Remove the tomatoes from the water, peel off and discard the skins, and transfer to a blender or food processor.

3. Add the habaneros, garlic, apple cider vinegar, and salt.

Unprocessed ingredients for salsa in blender.

Then, pulse until smooth.

Processed salsa in blender.

4. Transfer the salsa to a bowl or a jar, stir in the onion, and add salt and apple cider vinegar to taste. Serve warm or refrigerate for later.


Storage


Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to one week.


FAQ


Is habanero salsa spicy?

Yes!!! On the Scoville Scale, the habanero ranks between 100,000 and 350,000 units meaning it’s hotter than many other well-known chiles including the jalapeno, cayenne, and Thai pepper. On the scale, it sits below the ghost pepper, scorpion pepper, and the Carolina Reaper.



Chip sitting in bowl of spicy salsa.
Hand holding chip dipped in salsa above platter with chips and salsa.

More quick and easy homemade salsa recipes:


  • Chile de Árbol Salsa: This rich and spicy five-ingredient chile de árbol salsa is so easy to make and takes only 20 minutes. Great for dipping chips or to top your favorite tacos. Naturally vegan and gluten-free.
  • Roasted Pineapple Habanero Salsa: Simple and fresh roasted pineapple habanero salsa that takes just 15 minutes to make. Spicy with a touch of sweetness.
  • Roasted Salsa Verde: This roasted salsa verde combines tomatillos, onions, garlic, and cilantro with three different peppers; jalapeno, poblano, and Serrano. It’s got just the right amount of heat, is easy to prepare, and is ready to go in just 20 minutes. Naturally vegan and gluten-free.

If you make this habanero salsa I’d love your feedback. Please leave a comment and/or a rating below as I greatly value your opinion. Or snap a pic and tag me on Instagram @taoofspiceblog. Love, light, and happy cooking ya’ll ♥

Hand holding chip dipped in salsa above platter with chips and salsa.

Fresh Habanero Salsa

Yield: 1 1/2 cups
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

This made from scratch habanero salsa brings the heat. Its fresh, easy, and takes only 15 minutes. Naturally vegan and gluten-free.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound Roma tomatoes, approximately four medium tomatoes
  • 2 habanero peppers, destemmed 
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled
  • 1/2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt + more to taste
  • 1/4 cup diced white onion

Instructions

  1. Place tomatoes and habaneros in a medium pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil and continue boiling for 10 minutes.
  2. Remove the tomatoes from the water, peel off and discard the skins, and transfer to a blender or food processor.
  3. Add the habaneros, garlic, apple cider vinegar, and salt and pulse until smooth.
  4. Transfer the salsa to a bowl or a jar, stir in the onion, and add salt and apple cider vinegar to taste. Serve warm or refrigerate for later.

Storage: Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to one week.

    Nutrition Information:
    Yield: 24 Serving Size: 1 tablespoon
    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 11Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 25mgCarbohydrates: 2gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 0g

    he nutritional information provided is computer generated. It is only an estimate and intended for informational purposes only. Nutrition details may vary depending on various factors such as origin, freshness of ingredients, etc

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    Andrea

    Monday 6th of June 2022

    I love salsa with habaneros. This looks delicious. We're going to try it next weekend.

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