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Qdoba Fiery Habanero Salsa copycat recipe by Todd Wilbur
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Qdoba Fiery Habanero Salsa


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I’ve yet to taste a better habanero salsa at a quick-service Mexican chain than the one made daily at Qdoba Mexican Eats. Yes, it is very spicy, but the simple combo of fire-roasted habanero, tomatillo, and garlic is not as fiery as you might expect from a salsa that includes so much habanero in it.

And that’s exactly what makes this salsa so good. Because the habanero peppers are roasted, and the seeds are removed, you can enjoy the complex flavor of the habanero without your taste buds being numbed by the heat. A good salsa should enhance your food, not upstage it.

You can roast the peppers in your oven or by holding them over the high flame of a gas stove with a skewer until the skins have charred to black. Resting the blackened peppers in a covered container for a few minutes will help to steam the skins, and they will wash off easily under cold water. 

How about using this salsa to spice up some Qdoba Grilled Chicken Adobo? Ger my recipe here

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  • 3 habanero peppers
  • 1 cup diced canned tomatillos (from a 28-ounce can)
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Brian Matthews
Aug 18, 2020, 09:33

Have been waiting years for this. Perfect. You can add more habanero's if you want it more spicy, but absolutely spectacular. Thank you Todd!

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