October 6, 2010

habanero salsa project

When it comes to spicy foods and hot sauces, my husband's tolerance level goes far beyond the norm :-) He can taste the different flavors in them while my taste palate just gets stung by the heat. This post is dedicated to his recent salsa making project and I'm happy to document it here.
it all started with this ~ our potted habanero plant

a very good chili pepper harvest
Habaneros are considered to be one of the hottest chili peppers. A pair of gloves is a must when handling them making sure that nothing goes near your eyes and skin to avoid the burn. The first step was to split the habaneros and remove the seeds. Set them aside in a bowl.
using a rubber glove when slicing to protect skin from the burn caused by handling these hot chilis
Then in a saucepan combine the following ingredients:
1 1/2 cups white vinegar
1/4 cup lime juice
1 1/2 cups chopped carrots
1 medium onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons salt
1 cup chopped habanero chilis

Bring this mixture to a boil for 10 minutes. Allow to cool down. In a food processor, combine the fresh habanero chilis and the boiled vinegar mixture and puree. Transfer the salsa to a mason jar or any airtight glass container and refrigerate.

(1) using the food processor to puree the mixture (2) the bright color of the salsa is shown here (3) poured into a mason jar ready to refrigerate (4) tasting the salsa
Compared to the habanero salsa he made with his dad some years ago, this recipe, which combines the fresh habaneros with the cooked vinegar mixture, was way better since the habaneros didn't lose any heat in the cooking process. Somehow, cooking the habaneros tend to mellow them. I have to say the heat level of this salsa is definitely for hot chili pepper aficionados but for those like me who are not even sure what an SHU or scoville heat unit is, I think we'd better stick to tabasco for now :-).


  1. The salsa sure looks very hot. Is this the same plant that you have when I was there? I can no longer eat hot & spicy food. It triggers my vertigo. But sometimes I tend to forget. Anyway, I have medicines for it.

  2. hi from us ~ we got a new batch of chili peppers this year ~ habanero, jalapeno & cayenne ~ all in pots. the harvest has been excellent this summer. these habaneros are super hot. I couldn't even handle a tiny drop of this salsa. good to hear from you & thanks!

  3. Hi Glo!
    Yes, my guess is you would consider it hot. Me, not so much ;) Not sure if I had Habs last time you were here though it is likely. I've been growing them in pots off and on for the last 20 years. I love their unique flavor!

  4. hi jem ~ your comment got me curious about the habanero's unique flavor. how exactly would you describe it? thanks for the additional info :-)