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11 Ways to Use Habanero Peppers

If you can handle the heat, then try to tackle these habanero pepper recipes.

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Homemade Spicy Hot Sauce

I created this spicy recipe one day using what I had available from my garden: hot peppers, carrots, onions and garlic. The carrots make this recipe stand out. —Carolyn Wheel, Fairfax, Vermont
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Habanero Strawberry Jam

I love spicy and sweet dishes! This tastes excellent layered over a bar of cream cheese and served with crackers, or you can slather it on a toasted English muffin. Yum! —Sarah Gilbert, Aloha, Oregon
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Matt's Jerk Chicken

Get ready for a trip to the Islands. You may think jerk chicken is complicated, but really, all it takes is time. Throw on some tunes, grab an icy drink and prepare to be transported. Have a smoker? You can smoke the chicken first and finish it on the grill. —Jenn Hall, Collingswood, New Jersey
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Jerk-Spiced Mango Pineapple Chutney

I grew up eating mango, pineapple and spicy food, so enjoy the combination of these flavors. I try to make this chutney during the summer when the fruit is most flavorful and affordable. It's fine to adjust the spiciness according to your liking. You can serve this with any meat, but also with fish, such as salmon.—Sugiyarti Jorgenson, Kodiak, Alaska
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Apricot Habanero Jam

This jam is excellent warmed and brushed over a baking pork roast. It has an appealing spicy-sweet taste. —Megan Taylor
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Easy Ropa Vieja Stew

Use your slow cooker for this meaty Cuban classic, which offers bold flavors without a lot of hands-on time. —Denise Nyland, Panama City, Florida
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Roast Beef Caribbean Style

This recipe took first place in the 2011 South Dakota Beef Cook-Off. Cooking the roast uncovered for the first 30 minutes gives it a crusty exterior similar to barbecued brisket, and the flavorful sauce adds just a hint of heat. —Susan Patrick Watertown, SD
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Chunky Salsa

This fresh-tasting salsa is wonderfully chunky. If you like it hotter, add more habanero peppers; if you prefer a mild salsa, add fewer. —Dana Hayes, Canton, Ohio
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Pomegranate Pepper Jelly

Stirring pomegranate juice into my jalapeno jelly creates a beautiful red version for the holidays. Spread it on crackers, fish or poultry. My husband even uses it as a dip for Mexican food! —Katherine Metz, Sharpsburg, GA
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Caribbean Grilled Ribeyes

I made this mind-blowing steak with my father-in-law in mind. He loved it, and so did everyone else. You can serve it as part of all types of meals, but it's especially good alongside seafood. —De'Lawrence Reed, Durham, North Carolina
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Sue’s Spicy Tomato Basil Tortellini

A friend remarked about a similar baked tortellini dish at a restaurant, so I wanted to try re-creating it for her at home. My stovetop version makes it weeknight easy. —Cynthia Gerken, Naples, Florida

Emily Racette Parulski
Emily Racette Parulski is a Senior Editor for Taste of Home, specializing in email newsletters. When she’s not writing about food, she’s baking something sweet to feed her chocolate obsession.
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