Editor’s Note: Looking for something spicy in a Halloween recipe? Look no further. The ghosts and goblins of Mamiverse have something to put in your cauldron…this salsa that really turns up the heat at your Halloween party!
This creation of mine was inspired by xnipec, the classic salsa found in the Yucatán. In the Mayan language, the name means “dog’s nose,” because those who eat this fiery, habañero-based condiment find themselves with a runny, wet one like that of man’s best friend. Heat is the key; so resist the temptation to discard the chile seeds. Let the salsa sit for about an hour before serving to allow the flavors to develop.
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The heat level will have mellowed a bit by the time serve it. In the finishedsalsa, the roasted ingredients should be floating freely in lime and orange juices, a combination that approximates the sour orange common in the Yucatán.