Like things spicy? Are you renowned among your circle for being able to withstand the kind of heat that most people can’t? Then this ghost pepper salsa could be for you!
The ghost pepper’s reputation is not hype. This pepper was officially recognized by Guinness World Records as the hottest pepper in existence until 2017 – when the Carolina Reaper narrowly toppled it from the top spot.1
For perspective: The ghost chili is 400 times hotter than Tabasco sauce.2
So, why would you want to cook with one? Well, many chili lovers describe ghost chilies, or bhut jolokia, as having a smokier, far more pleasant flavor than other chilis – despite the heat.
But First, a Safety Lesson
Ghost peppers really should come with their own safety manual. Unfortunately, they don’t. So, here’s what you need to know when cooking with ghost chilies.
1. ALWAYS wear gloves. You do not want to get ghost peppers on your skin; it will burn you. Their oil isn’t water soluble, so soap and water aren’t going to help much either.
2. Even with gloves, be aware to never touch your face. You may even want to consider goggles just in case you do touch your face.
3. Wash your cooking equipment carefully and while wearing gloves.
4. If you’re grinding peppers, be careful of inhaling any dust, or of having it get into your eyes.
5. Don’t ever compete with anyone to see who can best handle a ghost pepper. People have been seriously hospitalized during such “adventures.”3
But… don’t let this put you off your ghost pepper salsa!
Plenty of home chefs love cooking ghost pepper recipes, and they do so safely. Across the world, this chili is popularly used in many curries, chutneys, and even in candy!
If you ever come into skin or eye contact with hot chili and are unsure what to do, remember you can always seek helpful advice over HERE.
Ghost Pepper Salsa Recipe
The trick to making ghost pepper recipes is using very small amounts of the pepper. This recipe relies on just ½ dried ghost chili – which is much less than many other ghost pepper salsa recipes. But be aware that even then, this recipe is still very hot.
If you can’t handle hot spices, you can absolutely substitute a much more mild pepper – like a Jalapeño – into this recipe.
- 4 large tomatoes, chopped
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1 large clove of garlic clove, chopped
- ½ dried ghost chili (or even less)
- ½ cup cilantro
- 1 tsp salt
- ½ tsp pepper
- Juice of 2 limes
- While still wearing your gloves and/or goggles, place tomatoes, onion, salt, pepper, garlic, and ghost chile into a saucepan. **
- On medium-high heat, simmer for 5 minutes until tomatoes are soft.
Add the cilantro and lime juice.
- Place the mix into a food processor, and pulse until everything is finely chopped.
- Serve with a side of tortilla chips and guacamole, or dollop it over cooked meats.
**Remember: Once that chili hits the heat it’s going to make quite the hot-chili gas plume if you’re leaning too close.
Ghost Pepper Recipes
Ghost pepper salsa is just one of many amazing ghost pepper recipes. As the chili originated in India, you will find that many Indian dishes lovingly embrace it. Once you nail down this recipe, there’s plenty more “hot stuff” to explore.
The Incredible Benefits of Cumin (not just for curries!)
Thermogenesis: The Secret to Weight Loss (plus 3 great thermogenic foods)
NEWS: How Spicy Foods Can Help You Live Longer (and healthier!)