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Habanero Recipe- Hot Pepper Flakes

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This habanero recipe is an easy way to use up all of the habanero left on your plants in the fall! Hot Pepper flakes are a great habanero recipe to add to your pantry! Use a little bit of heat in all of your dishes throughout the year!

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Habanero Recipe

If you have stopped by before, you know that half of my family loves spicy foods! The other half, I have to dumb done the recipes, but I will not be undaunted and eat bland food! To this end, these spicy Habanero Pepper Flakes are a great addition to my pantry!

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Grow your own peppers, in your garden! They are so easy, and hot peppers, at least, rarely get any insects or diseases, at least in New York, according to Cornell so they are a perfect crop to grow organically! I have never, ever, sprayed my pepper crops!

What is the Scoville Scale?

The Scovile scale was invented by Wilbur Scoville in 1912, to measure the heat level of peppers. The score on the scale, relates to the amount of dilution required for the taste to totally disappear, according to Alimentarium, in this article.

How Hot Are Habanero Peppers on the Scoville Scale?

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Habanero Chillies are among the hottest peppers. They have a 100,000 to 350,000 SHU, on the Scoville scale! They have been recently beat out by the Carolina Reaper, with a SHU of 800,000 to 3.2 million! Check out this interesting Wikipedia article, regarding the heat level of peppers!

To make these Habanero Hot Pepper Flakes, you must first totally dry the peppers. See my recent post for How to Make Dried Peppers for the 5 different methods available to dry any pepper!

How do you make This Habanero Recipe – Hot Pepper Flakes?

  1. Wash and thoroughly dry peppers.
  2. Cut in half to speed up drying. (Use gloves!!!)
  3. Place in oven, on the lowest setting. The lowest mine goes to is 170°F. Mine took about 5 hours to dry, but it will depend on the size of the peppers and the heat of the oven. Check them often. They should be very dry and not at all pliable.
  4. Allow to cool. I grind first in food processor, as small as it will grind them.
  5. Then place them in a mini chopper/ grinder.
  6. Grind to desired texture. If you would like them the size of crushed red pepper, don’t grind so much.
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Store in air tight jar, or bag, in a cool space. Will last for at least 12 months. Will last longer, but may lose some of their heat.

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That is how easy it is to preserve any hot pepper from your garden. Anyone who has grown hot peppers knows how many peppers even one plant can produce! You need lots of different methods to preserve them!

How to Use Habanero Hot Pepper Flakes

You can use this Habanero recipe, just as would any store bought, chili powder or crushed chili flakes. Add to chilies, such as Chunky Venison Chili, use on top of pizzas, like this Thin Crust Chicken Spinach Pizza.

It is great to add a pinch to Refried Beans, Chicken Enchiladas or Spanish Rice!

Just be careful! This Habanero Recipe for Hot Pepper Flakes is a ton hotter than most store bought dried chilies!

Other methods to preserve your peppers

Such as, this Jalapeño Pepper Relish is one my most requested! I have regular customers who buy a years’ worth at a time! Easy Pickled Hot Peppers are the most popular post on BCC! Cowboy Candy, or Candied Jalapeños are another favorite!

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Love Gardening? If you love growing your own produce, these posts are packed full of information about how to get that big harvest by the end of the season! Don’t miss our How to Start a Garden Series!

The first section is Planning Your Garden. Second is Preparing the Garden Site.

The third is Choosing Plants and Planting Your Garden. The fourth is Garden Maintenance.

The last is Harvesting a Garden and Preserving the Harvest, this article has over 100 FREE recipes for preserving your harvest!

Tools I use to make this habanero recipe for hot pepper flakes

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Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you find the recipe for Hot Pepper Flakes useful! Let me know in the comments below if you preserve your own peppers and what recipes you love!

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Habanero Recipe- Hot Pepper Flakes

This habanero recipe is an easy way to use up all of the habanero left on your plants in the fall! Hot Pepper flakes are a great habanero recipe to add to your pantry! Use a little bit of heat in all of your dishes throughout the year!
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Course: Spice Mixes
Cuisine: American
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 5 Tbsp
Calories: 12kcal
Author: Beth Neels
Cost: $2


  • 15 habanero peppers


  • Wash and thoroughly hand dry peppers.
  • Cut in half. Wear gloves!!  
  • Place on parchment lined baking sheet.
  • Place on lowest setting in oven and dry until crisp. Should not be at all pliable.
  • Allow to cool.
  • Grind in food processor, or spice mill to desired consistency.
  • Store in air tight container.
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Any type of hot pepper can be dried.
Process in spice mill to make powders. 
If you’d like to powders, rather than flakes, remove seeds before drying.
If you’d like to powders, rather than flakes, process dried peppers in spice grinder or spice mill.
See post for suggestions on ways to dehydrate peppers.


Calories: 12kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Sodium: 2mg | Potassium: 96mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 285IU | Vitamin C: 43.1mg | Calcium: 4mg | Iron: 0.3mg
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  1. 4 stars
    Even better than cutting in half — cut them up as small as you can! If you don’t want a mess everywhere, use scissors to cut them up into thin strips. the more surface area that’s exposed, the faster it’ll dry (compared to pepper halves which take a bit longer because of curled bits).

    1. That is true. The smaller the pieces, the faster they dry. Thanks for checking out the article Ken.

  2. 5 stars
    This recipe is for sure one i’m keeping around! I never thought about making pepper flakes at HOME! Thank you

  3. 5 stars
    You know, until now, I had never thought about making my own hot pepper flakes. This seems like it would be so easy to do!

  4. 5 stars
    Wow! This recipe is such a keeper. We use a lot of pepper flakes in our home cooking and it’s nothing more than a treasure to me.

  5. 5 stars
    This is great way to preserve peppers! I never thought about making my own hot pepper flakes! Can’t wait ti give it a try this summer!

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