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Fresh Salsa

Yield Makes 3 1/2 cups
Habaneros are among the hottest of chiles. Removing the seeds and membranes lessens the heat. Be sure to wear gloves, and don't touch your eyes when handling hot peppers.


  • 1 habanero chile pepper, seeded and minced*
  • 1 medium cucumber, peeled and diced
  • 4 large plum tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 cup finely chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Garnish: whole jalapeño pepper
  • Tortilla chips

How to Make It

  1. Stir together first 9 ingredients in a small bowl. Cover and chill at least 1 hour. Garnish, if desired. Serve with tortilla chips.

  2. *1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and minced, can be substituted.