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Hotter-Than-Hell Salsa Recipe

Melissa is a certified food scientist with over 20 years in the food industry. New food development and matching are her specialities.

Delicious, mouth-watering salsa

Delicious, mouth-watering salsa

If You Can't Stand the Heat

You can tweak the heat on this recipe by adding more or less habanero. When in mixed company, I add one habanero, pour half of the salsa into a bowl, and then add the other habanero for those folks who like it extra spicy. If you want to sweat and cry, use serrano peppers instead of jalapeños, and add more habanero.


  • 1 14.5 ounces can petite diced tomato
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes
  • 1 jalapeño pepper
  • 1/4 cup yellow onion
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • 2 tbsp canned Hatch chile, diced
  • 2 habanero peppers
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, stems removed
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil


  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a sheet pan with aluminum foil. Place the whole jalapeño, habanero, garlic, and cherry tomatoes on the foil. Drizzle with vegetable oil.
  2. Roast until the habanero and garlic develop brown color (these will turn brown first) for 5–10 minutes. Remove from the oven, cut the tops of the peppers, and place all into a food processor with the onion.
  3. Puree the vegetables until finely chopped. Add the canned tomato, hatch chile, salt, pepper, cilantro, and lime juice. Puree on low until well blended. Taste and add ingredients as desired.

Serving Suggestions

This recipe yields enough salsa for 8–10 people and may be doubled for a crowd. You could certainly serve this warm, but I prefer to refrigerate it for a couple of hours to let the flavors mellow.

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