The Habanero Pepper is a delicious chilli that every lover of spicy flavours should try at least once in their life.
If you are one of those people, you’re going to want to try one of the five yummy habanero recipes we have collected for you below.
By serving one of these spicy, sumptuous chilli centrepieces at your next soiree you’re sure to absolutely wow all your guests like never before:
The Habanero Pepper: More About The Tasty Chilli In Question…
The Habanero Pepper is one of the world’s hottest peppers. The chillies name is derived from the name of the Cuban city of La Habana, which is known as Havana in English.
Although La Habana is not the Habanero’s place of origin, it was frequently traded there many years ago. Today, Mexico is the largest consumer of this spicy ingredient, but its flavor and aroma have become increasingly popular all over the world.
The Habanero Pepper most likely originated in the Yucatán Peninsula of Mexico and even to this day the crop is most widely cultivated there. In fact, about 1,500 tons of Habaneros are harvested each year in Mexico.
Panama, Costa Rica and several states in the USA also grow and produce the chilli.
The habanero is often mistakenly referred to as the hottest pepper in the world and a long time ago it may well have been until the mighty Bhut Jolokia came along. Habanero Peppers are rated 200,000–350,000 on the Scoville Scale which is pretty hot, but the Bhut Jolokia is over a million SHU on the Scoville Scale so, the Habanero is quite far behind in that respect.
A ripe Habanero Pepper is 2–6 centimetres (0.8–2.4 in) long, 3-5cm (1 to 2 inches) in diameter and they are lantern-shaped, round or oblong. Habanero’s are green until maturity when they then turn to colours such as orange, red, white, brown, and pink.
Habaneros are similar to most other chilies and thrive in hot weather. Morning sun is ideal with slightly moist soil. In tropical regions the Habanero is a growing chilli that can produce fruit all year round. In colder climates the plant will die off in the winter naturally.
5 Habanero Pepper Recipes To Delight Your Dinner Guests
Now that you know all about the spicy, tasty background of Habanero Pepper, it’s time to get creative in the kitchen with these yummy fruits.
The Habanero’s heat, its fruity citrus-like flavor, and its floral aroma have made it a popular ingredient in hot sauces and spicy foods. In some cases, particularly in Mexico, Habaneros are placed in tequila bottles for a period ranging from several days, to several weeks, to make a spiced version of the drink.
If you’re struggling to choose from the various ways you can use habaneros in your kitchen, we’ve got our five favourite Habanero Pepper recipes below to inspire you:
1. Sweet & Spicy Habanero Pickles
For the perfect side to your meats, veggies or salads, you need to serve up these sweet and spicy Habanero Pepper pickles!
- One pint sized sterilised jar (suitable for use with heat)
- 15-20 sliced habaneros
- 1 cup white vinegar
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 TBSP mustard seeds
- 1 cup sliced red onions
- Pack the mustard seeds, habaneros and red onions into the sterilised jar
- Boil the vinegar and sugar until boiling
- Pour the liquid into the jar leaving around two centimetres space at the top of the jar
- Close the lid and leave until it reaches room temperature
- Serve that evening, or in a few days after the flavours have merged
2. Habanero Arrabiata
For those truly delicious Italian dinners your guests will love a spicy change to the usual pasta sauce, with this Habanero Pepper arrabiata:
- A splash of olive oil
- One large red onion chopped
- One habanero pepper chopped
- One teaspoon oregano
- Two large fat minced cloves of garlic
- Two cans of plum tomatoes
- A handful of ripped fresh basil
- One veggie stock cube
- In a pan fry heat the olive oil and gently fry the onions, garlic and habanero
- Once the onions are translucent, add the remaining ingredients and allow to simmer down and thicken for around 10-15 minutes
- Season at the end and serve with your favourite pasta
3. Habanero Hellfire Chilli
This chilli recipe varies and we strongly recommend you create your own version of it. As a great, spicy, warming base recipe though, follow these steps:
- 7 Habanero peppers (chopped and seeds removed)
- 7 Jalapeño peppers to taste (chopped and seeds removed)
- Your favourite hot sauce (hottest you can find)
- 3 fat garlic cloves minced
- 5 TBSP cumin
- 5 TBSP chilli flakes
- 3 TBSP hot chilli powder
- ½ a pounds of high-quality bacon
- 1 pounds of ground pork
- 1 pounds of ground turkey
- 1 green pepper chopped
- 1 large white onion chopped
- 1 red onion chopped
- 3 cans of tinned plum tomatoes (or similar)
- 2 cans of chilli beans (or similar)
- 1 can of any lager
- 2 cups of cold water
- 2 TBSP of chilli paste
- Cook off the bacon in a large pot then drain leaving grease in the bottom. Allow bacon to blot on kitchen towel before roughly chopping.
- In the bacon pan cook off the turkey and pork until the meat is browned before adding in all the other ingredients apart from the beans and bacon.
- You should add the hot sauce to your own taste and remember you can always add more at the end if you need to, but you can’t take it away!
- Allow the mixture to cook on low for a good 45-60 minutes with the occasional stir.
- Add the beans and bacon after about 45 minutes and then simmer for another 30 minutes before serving.
- You may need to add stock if the mixture is too thick or thickens too much
Best served with a mixture of different options for guests like cheese, sour cream, rice, fries, bread, jacket potatoes and salad.
4. Mango Pineapple Habanero Pepper Smoothie
This recipe is a little different, and is definitely one to impress your breakfast guests when they come over. Once served, it will give you all a bit of extra spice and pep to your step for the rest of the day!
- One cup of chopped frozen mango
- One frozen banana
- Half a cup of cold dairy free milk or 2 TBSP of dairy free yogurt
- One cup of pineapple
- Half a dried or fresh habanero pepper (or more to taste!)
- Blend everything together and add water until you get the consistency you like
- Serve in a glass with a straw and a little habanero garnish on the side if you’re feeling fancy
5 .Habanero Margarita
To greet your guests with something spicy, why not give them this yummy habanero pepper margarita to sip whilst they wait for your other culinary delights?
- 2 TBSP agave syrup
- ½ a habanero chilli
- 1 TBSP chilli powder
- 1 TBSP salt
- 1 TBSP soft brown sugar
- 8 TBSP freshly squeezed lime
- Crushed ice
- 12 TBSP tequila
- 2 TBSP water
- 2 dried habaneros
- In a shaker or a glass mix together the chilli, agave and water
- Strain this mixture into a bowl and rinse the glass/ shaker out
- Mix the chilli powder, salt and sugar together and after rubbing the glasses with the skin of the squeezed limes, dip the rims in the mixture then fill the glasses with crushed ice
- Mix together the lime, tequila and the syrup mixture you made initially in a glass or shaker and mix
- Pour over two glasses and add a dried habanero and slice of lime to each
Can We Get An Invite To Your Next Scorching Hot Dinner Party?!
The habanero is a versatile, tasty chilli that deserves to make a statement at your next dinner party.
Whether you add it to a cocktail, or mix it into a smoothie, the Habanero Pepper is sure to make an impact at your next event.