Caribe Salsa

This Caribbean pepper is famous for being the hottest chile pepper in the world. They come in a variety of shapes and colors(yellow, orange,green, red,chocolate). Not only are they extremely hot, but they also have a unique,distinctively fruity flavor.

It is the key ingredient in the popular Jamaican Jerk sauce. The habanero is also widely used in many different types of hot sauces. The popularity of this chile pepper continues to grow and is becoming easier to find on the grocery shelf.

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2 Tbsp. diced onion
2 cups 1/4″ cored and diced tomatoes
1 small red bell pepper, seeded and cut into 1/4″ dice
1/2 cup crushed pineapple, drained
2 limes, juiced
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
1 habanero chile, seeded and finely minced
1/2 tsp. salt

Rinse the onion with hot water in a fine mesh strainer and allow it to drain. Combine with the tomatoes, red bell pepper, pineapple, lime juice, basil, chile and salt. Chill at least 30 minutes before serving.

It is a good idea to wear some type of rubber gloves when handling the fresh chiles to prevent a burning sensation on your hands.