Roasted Pineapple and Habanero Suace

This sauce is gluten free, vegan, and made with natural sugar!
Servings: 12
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Time: 15 mins

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Pineapple and Habanero Sauce

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:

Pineapple and Habanero Sauce


How to make Roasted Pineapple and Habanero Sauce

  1. 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).
  2. Let cool. Once done, let the pineapple and onion cool for 5 minutes before adding to the blender or food processor.
  3. Blend it up! Add all the ingredients to a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. About 1-2 minutes.
  4. Serve it up. Use it to top tacos, with chips, on a burrito bowl, or as a glazing sauce!



Quick Facts

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?


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.


Substitution Options

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. Check out our post all about pepper substitutes for more ideas!

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.


Fun Fact! 

Habaneros 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)

Try these other delicious recipes!

Vegan Burrito Bowl

Homemade Chipotle Bowl

Cilantro Lime Rice

Healthy Jalapeño Hotdish


Roasted Pineapple and Habanero Sauce

Servings: 12
Total Time: 15 minutes
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!
5 from 1 vote
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Course: dip
Cuisine: American
Keyword: dip, fiery, hot, pineapple, roasted, sauce, spicy
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Calories: 23 kcal


  • 1/2 pineapple
  • 1 habanero
  • 1/4 yellow onion
  • 2 tbsp garlic mined
  • 2 tbsp lime juice
  • 1/2 tsp salt and pepper


  • You can either use an oven or grill for this recipe. If using an oven, preheat to 375. If using a grill, turn on to medium heat.
  • 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 10 minutes, flipping over 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 if food is still warm from the grill.
  • Enjoy on tacos, in a bowl, chips, or much more!



*Nutritional Information is an estimate, for informational purposes only*


Calories: 23kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 98mg | Potassium: 55mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 31IU | Vitamin C: 21mg | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 1mg
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