Yucatan-Style Habanero 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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25 fresh habanero chiles
2 heads of garlic, cloves separated, unpeeled
1 1/4 cups fresh lime juice
2 teaspoons kosher salt plus more


Makes 2 cups

Char chiles in broiler or over a gas flame until blackened all over. Place in a medium bowl and cover with plastic. Let steam for 15 minutes. Meanwhile, heat a large dry cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. Toast garlic until tender and skins are charred, about 8 minutes. Let cool. Wearing gloves, peel chiles and discard stems. Peel garlic cloves.

Pulse chiles, garlic, lime juice, and 2 tsp. salt in a blender until a coarse purée forms. Season with salt.

From Bon Appetit