This Roasted Pineapple and Habanero Sauce is a must for any meal! Sweet and spicy, tangy and delicious, ready in minutes, this spicy sauce is sure to be a great addition to dinner time. It’s gluten free, vegan, and has no added sugar!
Roasted Pineapple and Habanero Sauce Ingredients:
How to make Roasted Pineapple Habanero Sauce
- Prep and grill. Slice the fresh pineapple and sweet onion and cook on the grill on high heat for 5 minutes on each side. Remove the seeds from the spicy habanero peppers (deseeding makes for a medium heat sauce as opposed to a high heat sauce if the seeds remain).
- Let cool. Once done, let the pineapple and onion cool for 5 minutes before adding to the blender or food processor.
- Blend it up! Add all the ingredients to a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. About 2-3 minutes.
- Serve it up. Use it to top tacos, with chips, on a bowl, or as a glazing sauce!
How long does this dish take? 15 minutes
How much does this make? 10-12 servings
Does this meet my dietary needs? This recipe is gluten free, vegan, and has no added sugar.
How many bowls should I plan for this meal? 1 blender
How long does this keep? 4-5 days in the fridge or 3 months in the freezer. We like to store this pineapple habanero dip in mason jars, tupperware, or large bottles.
Is it freezer friendly? Yes
Is this meal prep friendly? Yup, just give it a quick stir and add this hot sauce to any meal you are prepping.
Do I have to grill this? Nope! You can add everything raw to the blender or bake on a sheet pan at 350 degrees for 10 minutes, flipping them half way through.
What does this pair well with? This excellent sauce is the perfect balance of sweet pineapple and fiery habaneros. Many things come to mind that would make the perfect pairing for this delicious finishing sauce for all you lovers of spicy food! Some of the best things include tacos, tortilla chips, quesadillas, pita chips, pork chops, bagel and cream cheese. Also, fish dishes such as cod fillets, salmon fillets, pan-seared salmon, and many more! We also like putting the sauce on stuffed peppers. You can use green bell peppers, yellow bell peppers or red bell peppers.
All substitution options are a 1:1 substitution unless noted otherwise.
Pineapple: Strained, canned pineapple can be used (in pineapple juice and without added sugar).
Lime Juice: Lemon juice concentrate, orange juice, or additional ½ tsp lemon zest will work.
Lemon Zest: Lime zest or orange zest can be used, or an 1 additional tablespoon of lime juice
Garlic: Minced or raw garlic can be used. 1 tsp of garlic powder can replace 1 tbsp of minced garlic.
Habanero: Sometimes habaneros can be hard to find at the grocery store, so any spicy pepper, deseeded, can be used. 1 tsp red pepper flakes can also be used.
Onion: 1 tbsp onion powder can be used but you may need to add more lime juice to make up for the lack of liquid from the onion. We use a white onion but you can also use a yellow or red onion.
Habanero are considered the hottest edible Chile in the world. But don’t let that scare you away from this sauce! By deseeding them, you can decrease the spice level. Most habaneros are produced in Mexico where they grow best in areas with lots of morning sun and in soil that is slightly more acidic than typical soil. Color is not an indication of spice level in the habanero chile, but deep red is the hottest of the hot! (Source)
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Roasted Pineapple and Habanero Sauce
- 1/2 pineapple
- 1 habanero
- 1/4 yellow onion
- 2 tbsp garlic mined
- 2 tbsp lime juice
- 1/2 tsp salt and pepper
- Preheat oven to 375 or turn on grill to medium
- Slice pineapple and onion and remove seeds from habanero
- Roast pineapple and onions on grill until grill marks appear and they have softened, approximately 5 minutes on each side. If using the oven, roast for for 10 minutes, turning half way through
- Let the pineapple and onions cool for 5 to 10 minutes
- Add all ingredients to a food processor or high powered blender and blend until smooth, approximately 1 minute. Caution! When blending hot or warm things, pressure may build up in the blender. Us a towel or rag to hold the top of the blender is food is still warm from the grill.
- Enjoy on tacos, in a bowl, chips, or much more!