Xnipec is a traditional Yucatecan table salsa served in homes, cafeterias and taquerias across the region. With a moderate-to-hot heat level and fresh, slightly fruity flavor, this salsa is a unique alternative to traditional mild tomato salsas, and a perfect pairing for crunchy tortilla chips.

Prep time: 10 min

Cook time: 50 min

Total time: 60 min

Xnipec Salsa
Copyright Recipe © 2015 Woodland Foods


Makes 1-1/2 cups

  • 1 Tablespoon Crushed Habanero, stemmed and seeded

  • 1 Cup Boiling Water

  • 1 Large Ripe Tomato, cored, seeded and finely chopped

  • 1 Small Red Onion, finely chopped

  • 10 Sprigs Fresh Cilantro, chopped

  • 1/2 Teaspoon Kosher Sea Salt Flakes

  • 3 Teaspoons Sour (Seville) Orange Juice (Or Lime Juice)


  1. Place crushed habanero in small bowl, and cover with boiling water. Let soak for 20 minutes, then drain liquid.

  2. Add chopped tomato, onion, cilantro, salt and sour orange juice to bowl with soaked habanero. Stir to combine, and let sit for 30 minutes before serving.