If you like your salsa hot, this is the one for you, a fiery red tomato habanero sauce like they make in the Yucatán. Habanero chiles have a fruity taste and are very hot, not for the faint of heart. A little goes a long, long way.
How to Make
Gather your ingredients. You need 3 very ripe tomatoes (about 1 lb.), 1/2 white onion, 2 habanero chiles (peppers), 1 clove of garlic, 1tsp. apple cider vinegar, and 3 tbsp. oil.
Remove the stems from the tomatoes and chiles and quarter the tomatoes and onion.
Preheat 1 tbsp. oil to medium hot. Cook the tomatoes, onion, chile and garlic until they start to brown, about 10 minutes.
Blend with the salt, vinegar.
You’re salsa before being cooked. It’s starting to look good. The next step is “seasoning.”
Fry the Salsa. This is an important step. Heat 2 tbsp. of oil to hot. Once the oil is hot, pour the blended salsa into the hot oil. This is called “seasoning” the salsa and it adds depth of flavor.
Reduce the heat and simmer for 20 minutes. During this time the salsa will darken in color, slightly thicken and take on a more intense flavor. It’s now ready to serve.
Looks good, doesn’t it?
Habanero Salsa Recipe
Yield 8 servings
Yucatán style tomato habanero hot sauce recipe. Habanero chiles have a fruity taste and are very hot, not for the faint of heart. If you like it hot, this is the salsa for you.
- 3 very ripe tomatoes (about 1 lb.)
- 2 habanero chiles
- 1/2 white onion
- 1 clove garlic
- 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 1 tsp salt + to taste
- 3 tbsp cooking oil
- Remove the stems from the tomatoes and chiles and quarter the tomatoes and onion.
- Preheat 1 tbsp. oil to medium hot. Cook the tomatoes, onion, chile and garlic until they start to brown, about 10 minutes.
- Blend the browned tomatoes, onions and garlic with the salt, vinegar.
- Heat 2 tbsp. of oil to hot. Once the oil is hot, pour the blended salsa into the hot oil to "season" it.
- Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes to thicken and intensify the flavor.
Reducing the Heat
You can reduce the heat by only using 1 habanero chile. You can also remove the stems and seeds which will reduce the heat even more.
A Word of Caution
Habanero chiles are very hot. If you touch your mouth or eyes after handling them it will burn. Wash your hands thoroughly after working with chiles. Wearing gloves will help you avoid an uncomfortable situation.
Serving Size 1/4 cup
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value
Total Fat 5 g
Sodium 6 mg
Total Carbohydrates 4 g
Sugars 2 g
Protein 1 g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.