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Salsa with Habanero Pepper

The name of this salsa is very rare and this is because it is a Mayan name, in fact the origin of the salsa is also Mayan and X-Ni-Pek means “dog nose". It is said that the salsa got that name because is so spicy that makes the nose sweat like the one of a dog .

The concept that is used in the Xi-Ni-Pek is similar to the
pico de gallo because all the ingredients are cut into chunks. The difference that it has with the pico de gallo lies in the ingredients that are used because they are typical Yucatecan and as you can imagine the habanero pepper is used, that gives a lot of hotness to the salsa. The other ingredients that are used are in charge of giving freshness and very good seasoning to all the salsa.

The X-Ni-Pek is the salsa that has to be used when you have panuchos on the table, is the best combination that there is. It can also be used with almost any appetizer and it could even be enjoyed with a snack.

About the Recipe

  • In this preparation you only have to cut and mix, we are sure that you will consider it very easy.
  • The salsa is prepared with 1 bitter orange, in case of not having it substitute it for 1/2 orange + 1 lime.
  • To make the recipe you are going to work with the habanero pepper that is very very spicy, if you want to wear gloves is a good idea.
  • In about 5 minutes the X-Ni-Pek is going to be ready.
  • The recipe yields 2 cups.


  • 2 Tomatoes (14.1 oz)
  • 1 Bitter Orange (7 oz)
  • 1/2 Habanero Pepper (.2 oz)
  • 1/2 Red Onion (2.6 oz)
  • 2 Coriander sprigs (.7)
  • 1/4 tablespoon of Salt

  • Cookware

  • 1 Bowl
  • 1 Cutting Board
  • 1 Mixing Spatula
  • 1 Knife
  • 1 Orange Squeezer (optional)

  • Directions

    1. Dice 1/2 red onion and 2 tomatoes. Upon completion put them in a bowl and reserve.
    2. Remove the veins and the seeds of 1/2 habanero pepper.

    If you want an extremely spicy X-Ni-Pek leave the veins and the seeds.

    1. Finely chop the habanero pepper with the one you worked and 2 coriander sprigs. Upon completion put them in the bowl.
    2. Also add in the bowl:
    • The juice of 1 Bitter Orange.
    • 1/4 tablespoon of Salt.

    1. Mix very well the X-Ni-Pek with a mixing spatula.

    Mayan Flavors

    Tip: Before enjoying the salsa, it can be left resting in the fridge for about 30 minutes so the flavors mix.

    Recommendation: Another delicious Mayan salsa, the Ha’ Sikil P’ak.

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    These habanero peppers have a lot of freshness and are ideal for the salsa.

    It is easier to prepare the salsa with an orange squeezer.

    A bowl in which the salsa can be prepared.