Habanero Relish

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Imagine the heat of the habanero on your hot dog, or how about something with serious sizzle in your potato salad or atop your grilled pork? That’s the beauty of habanero relish: It’s versatile, it’s intense, and it’s tasty. Extreme eaters, you’ll want this one for your summer barbecue season for sure, but you can reach for this deliciously wicked relish all year long.

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Habanero relish on a spoon

The natural sweetness of habs is perfect for relish – it pairs very well with those sweet onions and sugar, along with the apple cider vinegar tang. It adds depth to the taste of the relish, beyond the heat.

Like your hot pepper relish even spicier? Opt for fewer bell peppers and more habanero. The opposite holds true for those looking for a milder version on this extreme condiment. You can pull back the spice to very little or none at all (but where’s the fun in that?) This recipe also works with other lower-heat red peppers, like red serranos, jalapeños, or fresh cayenne peppers. So feel free to use one of those instead for a milder variation on this recipe.

Another option: If you really want something with less heat – think a low to medium spiciness – take a look at our jalapeño relish as well. It’s a world milder, though quite different in flavor. And a note on handling habaneros – use kitchen gloves while cutting these chilies open. Habaneros, being on the hotter end of the scale, can provide a wicked case of chili burn without precautions. We also recommend knowing how to combat that chili burn if it happens.

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Habanero Relish

One seriously sizzling condiment
4.12 from 27 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Condiment
Servings 25 servings
Calories 9 kcal


  • 1 cup habanero peppers diced
  • 1 cup sweet onion diced
  • 1 cup bell peppers diced
  • 1 teaspoon garlic diced
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seed
  • 1/2 teaspoon pickling salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups cider vinegar


  • In a saucepan, add all ingredients and bring the mix to a boil.
  • Lower the heat and simmer, stirring consistently.
  • Continue stirring until the mix reaches relish consistency.
  • Remove from the heat, pour relish into a glass container and cover.
  • Refrigerate for 1 to 2 hours before serving (overnight for best flavor).


For an even hotter relish, lessen the sweet bell pepper and increase the habanero pepper.


Calories: 9kcalCarbohydrates: 1gSodium: 1mgPotassium: 30mgSugar: 1gVitamin A: 190IUVitamin C: 8.5mgCalcium: 3mgIron: 0.1mg
Keyword Habanero Pepper
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UPDATE NOTICE: This post was updated on July 26, 2023 to include new content.
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I make this and jalapeño/Serrano relish all the time except I use bourbon whiskey infused with coffee and spicy honey instead of sugar. It’s a wonderful flavor combo.


5 stars
Another great recipe! You’re on a roll today. Now I have another thing to try with all of my Habaneros.