nachos with tropical fruit habanero salsaAfter I got home from Wisconsin, I was really excited to get into the kitchen and play around with my flavor trends. (You can read about my partnership with Sargento and my Flavor Correspondent assignment in my first post.) I have to be honest, I was a little afraid of habaneros before this trip. I have had them before and they were so hot that were unpalatable. I have since discovered that they actually have a floral and almost citrus-like flavor.

habanero peppersHabanero peppers are very hot – but when paired with sweet, tropical fruit, they have the perfect amount of heat. This salsa is a great way to try a habanero if you are interested in exploring peppers with more intense heat. You can cut down the intensity by removing the seeds and veins. You can also pair the peppers with dairy such as cheese or cream to also help make them easier to eat. A simple cheese nacho is a perfect vehicle for my habanero salsa.

how to work with habanero peppersHere is how I work with a habanero pepper. First off, wear gloves. You will thank me later. If you do not wear gloves, please be careful not to rub your eyes. Wash your hands really well. I cut the pepper in half and scraped out the seeds and the veins of the pepper. That is where all of the intense heat is hiding. If you want really hot, by all means, leave them in. I then cut them into a very fine dice. This makes the pepper flavorful, and not just full of heat.nachos with tropical fruit salsa1 cup papaya, chopped
1/2 cup mango, chopped
1 cup fresh pineapple, chopped
1/4 cup red onion, finely chopped
1/4 cup cilantro, finely chopped
1 teaspoon habanero pepper, seeded and finely chopped
1 Tablespoon honey
1 Tablespoon olive oil
1 Tablespoon lime juice
1 teaspoon salt

nachos with tropical fruit salsa recipeTortilla chips
Sargento Artisan Authentic Mexican

tropical fruit habanero salsa recipeAdd the tropical fruit, red onion, cilantro, and habanero to a bowl. Add honey.

tropical fruit salsa recipeAdd olive oil and lime juice.

tropical fruit salsa recipeSeason with salt. Cover and chill for one hour.

nachos recipeMake the nachos by lining a baking sheet with parchment or aluminum foil. I use quarter sheet pans that I got at a restaurant supply store. I like to serve burgers and sandwiches on these too. Perfect for nachos and makes for a cute presentation. Spread a layer of chips on the tray and cover with cheese.

nacho recipeAdd another layer of chips and cheese.

nacho recipeBake in a preheated 400 degree oven for 8 to 10 minutes, or until the cheese melts.nachos with tropical fruit salsa recipe

Top with tropical fruit salsa. I like to serve with extra salsa on the side. If you have leftover salsa, it would be perfect with grilled shrimp or in a fish taco.

Nachos with Tropical Fruit Haberno Salsa
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup papaya, chopped
  • ½ cup mango, chopped
  • 1 cup fresh pineapple, chopped
  • ¼ cup red onion, finely chopped
  • ¼ cup cilantro, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon habanero pepper, seeded and finely chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon honey
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon salt
Tortilla chips
  • Sargento Artisan Authentic Mexican
Instructions
  1. Make the salsa by combining all of the ingredients together in a bowl. Check for seasoning, adjust as necessary. Cover and chill for one hour.
  2. To make the nachos, preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Spread a thin layer of chips on a baking sheet. Spread a layer of cheese on top of the chips. Add another layer of chips and cheese. Bake for 5 to 10 minutes, or until cheese is melty and the chips are slightly brown.
  3. Top with fruit salsa and enjoy!

**This post is a part of my ongoing collaboration with Sargento Cheese. All opinions are 100% my own.**

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