Yucatan Table Sauce

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 jalapeno chiles
4 scallions, minced
3 habanero or Scotch bonnet chiles, seeded and thinly sliced
1/2 cup coarsely chopped cilantro
1/2 cup fresh grapefruit juice
1/4 cup fresh orange juice
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
salt to taste


Roast the jalapenos directly over an open flame or under a preheated broiler, turning, until blackened all over. Put the jalapenos in a small bowl, cover with plastic wrap and let stand for 5 minutes. Discard the blackened skins, stems and seeds; cut the jalapenos into thin strips.

In a bowl, mix the jalapenos, scallions, habaneros, cilantro and grapefruit, orange and lime juices. Season with salt to taste.

The sauce can be refrigerated for up to 1 week.

Also known as “Xnipek,” or Dogs nose. This hot sauce receives its name from the high degree of fiery flavor it delivers. It will make your nose as moist as a dogs after eating it.

Recipe by Patricia Quintana.