Scotch Bonnet Salsa

As salsa peppers go, there are few better than scotch bonnet peppers. Their extra-hot spiciness is on par with its cousin, the habanero (100,000 to 350,000 Scoville heat units.) And the scotch bonnet’s natural sweetness pairs very well with many common salsa flavors.

Because of that sweetness, scotch bonnets are often paired with tropical fruits. But here, we turn to more traditional salsa flavors. Why? We want the scotch bonnet’s natural sweetness to take center stage. When paired with tropical fruits, the chili’s natural fruitiness is at best complementary. Here, we want it to shine.

This salsa is already pretty spicy, but feel free to use the whole scotch bonnet if you would like something even more extreme.

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Scotch Bonnet Salsa

Scotch Bonnet Salsa

A bold salsa that lets the scotch bonnet's sweetness fully shine
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Appetizer
Servings 8 servings
Calories 13 kcal


  • 1/2 scotch bonnet pepper seeds removed
  • 6 plum tomatoes seeds removed and chopped
  • 2 scallions coarsely chopped
  • 1 lime peeled
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice
  • 3 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons coriander


  • Using a food processor, finely chop the scotch bonnet, scallions, garlic, and whole lime.
  • When complete, add the chopped tomatoes, lime juice, vegetable oil, and coriander, and pulse until you reach your desired salsa consistency.


Calories: 13kcalCarbohydrates: 3gProtein: 1gFat: 0.1gSaturated Fat: 0.02gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.05gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.02gSodium: 3mgPotassium: 133mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 429IUVitamin C: 11mgCalcium: 11mgIron: 0.2mg
Keyword Scotch Bonnet Pepper
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UPDATE NOTICE: This post was updated on May 27, 2024 to include new content.
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Ernest Miller

(1) The recipe card neglects cooking instructions. Is that correct? (2) What is this salsa paired with? (3) OK to use Habanero?