Most restaurants and grocery stores in America only have 2 levels of salsa heat available: mild and medium. If this lack of spice epidemic has got you heated, I’ve got the salsa recipe for you!
I personally feel that the key to a great salsa is limited ingredients and an element of sweet to balance out extreme heat. This simple-to-make salsa checks both of those boxes.
Word of caution- this recipe is not for general consumption. This is specifically targeted towards a segment of the population that looks for words like Atomic, Inferno, and Nuclear on the labels of their hot sauce and salsa. (You’ve been warned!)
10 small / medium habanero peppers
Half of a medium sized tomato (with seeds and liquid removed)
½ cup of baby carrots
Half of a white onion (diced)
1 teaspoon of minced garlic
¼ cup of white vinegar
¼ of water
3 teaspoons of olive oil
*makes roughly 16 oz.
1. Coat saute pan with olive oil and heat to medium
2. Add 1/2 cup of baby carrots to saute pan and cook for 5 minutes
3. Add half a diced white onion and 1 teaspoon of minced garlic to the pan. Saute onions and garlic with carrots for an additional 5 minutes
4. Place sauteed vegetables, habaneros, the juice of one lime, half of one tomato, 1/4 cup of vinegar and 1/4 cup of water into a food processor
5. Blend salsa until you have reached an applesauce like consistency
6. Eat at your own risk
I suggest letting this mixture chill in your refrigerator overnight before eating. This extra time allows all the flavors to combine. This is an extremely easy recipe to make, you really can’t go wrong! But any time you are using real habaneros, spice levels can vary. If you find that the salsa is too hot or too mild, feel free to play with the carrot-to-habanero ratio.
When it comes to application, think outside the box. Don’t limit yourself to just run of the mill tortilla chips… throw a spoonful on a slice of pizza, cheeseburger, fried chicken, salad etc. This is a truly versatile puree that transcends the limits of most standard salsas.
If you are not sweating after consuming a healthy serving of this salsa, then you did something wrong!
-AZ Survival Guide