A fresh tasting, thick and chunky, habanero salsa that tangos on the tongue before igniting a nuclear fusion in your throat. This recipe is delectable as is, but can also be easily adjusted in both heat and flavor to suit personal tastes. Use additional peppers to taste if you dare!

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Recipe Summary

prep:
35 mins
total:
35 mins
Servings:
20
Yield:
5 cups
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Ingredients

20
Original recipe yields 20 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Place the stewed tomatoes, garlic, minced habanero pepper, minced jalapeno pepper, minced serrano pepper, and half of the diced onion into a food processor. Process until the mixture has been pureed.

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  • Peel the carrot, then use the vegetable peeler to cut the carrot into thin shavings. Roughly chop the shaved carrot along with the cilantro leaves. Place the carrot, cilantro, diced canned tomatoes, chopped fresh tomato, green onions, lime juice, vinegar, salt, and black pepper into the food processor. Pulse until the salsa reaches your desired consistency.

  • For best results, pour into jars and let sit in refrigerator for 2 to 3 days, but feel free to indulge immediately.

Cook's Note

If a large tomato is not available, substitute half a (14.5 ounce) can of tomatoes, drained.

Instead of the canned tomatoes, you can use 4 cups of fresh tomatoes, peeled, halved with the seeds squeezed out. Use a 1 quart measuring cup for the tomatoes, and pack them in.

Nutrition Facts

16 calories; protein 0.6g 1% DV; carbohydrates 3.4g 1% DV; fat 0.1g; cholesterolmg; sodium 257.4mg 10% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
01/20/2009
1) 1-3 habaneros for desired hotness (personally I prefer three; but my wife prefers one); 2) The can of plain diced tomatoes should be drained reserving the juice; the juice can be added to the processor at the end of the second step pulsing the processor again if the salsa is too thick. I would like to thank Denise Smith of "D's Famous Salsa" for the original inspiration to dive into salsa making! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/20/2009
1) 1-3 habaneros for desired hotness (personally I prefer three; but my wife prefers one); 2) The can of plain diced tomatoes should be drained reserving the juice; the juice can be added to the processor at the end of the second step pulsing the processor again if the salsa is too thick. I would like to thank Denise Smith of "D's Famous Salsa" for the original inspiration to dive into salsa making! Read More
(10)
Rating: 5 stars
03/21/2011
OMG this is gooood! I'm from San Diego and am really picky with my salsa. This is the real deal. I was a little apprehensive about all the 'heat' but it's not too much. I followed the recipe exactly! I'm looking forward to eating it after it has sat in the fridge for a couple of days - if it lasts that long! UPDATED 3/20/11 - I make this regularly and I wanted to send out a warning to others who are not used to working with hot peppers. You really need to wear gloves or be extremely careful to not touch anything especially mucous membranes after handling these inferno peppers. The first time I made these I didn't use gloves and I touched my mouth (Not the smartest I know but you can learn from my mistake!). At first the burning was really intense on my mouth but the tingling lasted for HOURS on my hands. Anyway I get asked to make this salsa all the time and I'm always taking home an empty bowl. Recently my husband's office rated some store bought and some homemade salsa's and this one won! I love this salsa! Thanks Jeff!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/19/2010
I substituted 1 small bhut jolokia and 3 brazilian starfish (aka atomic starfish) for the habanero. Great flavor and nice heat. If you really like it hot include 2 small bhut jolokias. Be warned...using 1 bhut jolokia makes it too hot for 75% of people and using 2 bhut jolokias makes it too hot for 98% of people. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/01/2010
No need for the carrot Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/22/2010
SO GOOD! This recipe is perfect for those who their salsas spicy and not chunky! I omit the carrot and cilantro (personal preferance). Be sure to drain both cans of tomatoes. If you like your salsa chunkier I'd only put half the can of diced tomatoes and half the chopped tomato in the food processor and simply stir the rest in afterwards. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/03/2010
Thanks for a great recipe...I didn't have a habanero pepper so I added a couple of chipotle peppers from a can in during step one. It turned out great. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/17/2011
Great salsa! I didn't have the carrot or green onion so I just threw in a little extra white onion. Also added extra garlic and used italian stewed tomatoes because that is all I had. AMAZING!:) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/01/2014
Great taste - and HOT Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/20/2016
My husband loves this recipe and I don't use the carrots in it. I do use chili peppers Habanero peppers and jalapeno peppers. It's really hot when the seeds are in it which is the way my husband likes it. I do have one question about being able to freeze this or not. Read More