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Strawberry Habanero Salsa

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Cinco de Mayo is this Friday.

Our plans are simple. Great food, great drinks, and great friends.

Smoky Strawberry Habanero Salsa Recipe

Classic Mexican dishes are always welcomed in our home, any time of year. Yet for Cinco de Mayo, it’s fun to stir things up, and throw a curveball dish (or ingredient) into the mix.

Like substituting strawberries for tomatoes in traditional salsa.

Making Strawberry Habanero Salsa Recipe

Today’s Strawberry Habanero Salsa recipe is a vivacious blend of berry sweetness and smoky heat.

The habanero peppers accentuate the fresh tangy flavor of the strawberries so well, you might be tempted to give up tomato salsa altogether!

How to Make: Strawberry Habanero Salsa

To make Strawberry Habanero Salsa

Start by roasting habaneros peppers and garlic in the oven to give them a greater depth of flavor. Roasting the habaneros also brings out their naturally smoky essence.

If you are sensitive to spice, use only one habanero pepper. If you are a lover of fiery foods, you could add three or four peppers to intensify the heat!

Must Make: Strawberry Habanero Salsa

Next dice fresh sweet strawberries and place them in a bowl.

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Add red onion, fresh chopped mint, and cilantro.

Tangy Strawberry Habanero Salsa

Then mince the roasted garlic and habaneros and mix them in. Add one habanero at a time, checking the heat level, so you don’t overdo it.

Spicy Strawberry Habanero Salsa

The smoky sweet flavor of the Strawberry Habanero Salsa is so tantalizing, it’s hard to stop eating.

It’s just the kind of surprise you need to liven things up this Cinco de Mayo!

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Try Our Other Favorite Salsa Recipes

The Best Homemade Tomato Salsa

Creamy Salsa Verde

Grilled Peach Salsa

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Strawberry Habanero Salsa

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Strawberry Habanero Salsa Recipe - An amazing fresh fruit salsa with smoky undertones. The sweet tangy note from the strawberries is a lovely surprise!
Servings: 4 cups


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1-3 fresh habanero peppers
  • 2 cloves garlic (in peels)
  • 1 pound fresh strawberries, hulled and diced (about 3 1/2 cups)
  • 1/2 cup diced red onion
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon honey, optional
  • Salt and pepper


  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Place the habanero peppers and garlic cloves on a baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil. Roast in the oven for 15 minutes, flipping once.
  • Meanwhile, trim and dice the strawberries. Chop the onions and herbs. Place all the produce in a medium bowl.
  • Once the habaneros and garlic have roasted, peel the garlic and mince. Then remove the stems and seeds from the habaneros and mince them as well.
  • Add the garlic and one chopped habanero to the salsa. Add 3/4 teaspoon salt and mix well. Taste, then add more habanero if desired. (I used two.) Salt and pepper to taste. If strawberries are out of season, you may want to add a teaspoon of honey to sweeten the salsa.


Serving: 1cup, Calories: 90kcal, Carbohydrates: 14g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 3g, Saturated Fat: 0g, Cholesterol: 0mg, Sodium: 4mg, Potassium: 268mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 8g, Vitamin A: 245IU, Vitamin C: 93.3mg, Calcium: 35mg, Iron: 0.7mg
Course: Dip
Cuisine: Mexican
Author: Sommer Collier

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  5. This is excellent! I used Jalapeno instead of Habanero as that is what I had on hand and I left about half of the seeds in. Fresh mint out of the garden. I also used 4 cloves of garlic because you can never go wrong with extra.

    I made tortilla chips by spraying wrappers with oil and sprinkling with everything bagel seasoning, cut into wedges and cooked in my air fryer. I tested it out and ended up eating 4 chips with it and honestly I could have eaten the whole bowl. What a great combination of flavours, so refreshing!

  6. What do you put this salsa on, or do you just eat it with chips?

  7. Love that kick of habanero! Pairs perfectly with the sweetness of the strawberries!

  8. Love this! Will def serve at our Cinco de Mayo party!

  9. This looks like it is pretty much the most delicious thing ever. I bet it would be amazing with fish!

  10. These look so delicious!

  11. AMAZING flavor combo! Need to try this salsa!

  12. I would be eating this by the spoonfuls!  Great recipe! 

  13. I would be eating this by the spoonfuls!  Great recipe!  Gorgeous photos BTW! (and pinned for later!)