Blistered Habanada Peppers

Blistered Habanada Peppers


A simple 3-ingredient plant-based recipe perfect for popping. These smoky blistered habanada peppers will surprise you with their lack of spice- no heat but loads of flavor! 


Amazing Pepper Flavor without the Heat! 

We have never been ones to shy away from peppers. In fact, in our minds often the more heat the better. But sometimes as you get older, you need a break. 

Fortunately, there is a new pepper in town! Habanada peppers are a hybrid of the habanero with all its smoky flavor but without the heat. You heard that right- Amazing flavor but no tingling mouth on fire afterwards! 


Habanada peppers on a wood cutting board next to olive oil and a small bowl of sea salt


5-Minutes to Make

Even better still, these superb peppers can be eaten whole. For this simple recipe the Habanadas are blistered in a frying pan with a little oil. Then, they are topped with a pinch of sea salt. That’s it! 

These easy peppers are great as an appetizer or a side. We Recommend serving them with some fun creamy dips. 


Great for Dipping

Although you can enjoy these peppers as is, we recommend serving them alongside one of these terrific plant-based dips. 


Habanada peppers searing in a cast iron skillet



  1. Habanada Peppers Smoky peppers that will fool you with their lack of heat. A wonderful pepper for snacking. 
  2. Olive Oil –  Just enough to coat but vital for crunchy seared peppers. 
  3. Sea Salt – A pinch of salt brings out all the flavors that these peppers pack. 


How to Make: Blistered Habanada Peppers


FAQ & Blistered Habanada Pepper Tips:

  • Can the habanada peppers occasionally be spicy similar to shishito peppers? 

    • Nope!  Not that we have experienced anyway and we have enjoyed these peppers often. They have so much flavor but no heat. 
  • Where did habanada peppers come from? 

    • These amazing peppers were developed at Cornell University using seeds from a non-spicy pepper found growing naturally in Mexico. 
  • Tip 1: Use a hot pan. 

    • Heat your pan, prior to adding the peppers. Doing this will ensure that the peppers are seared instead of being cooked which will produce a crunchier final result. 
  • Tip 2: Go light on the oil. 

    • No need to go overboard with the oil, simply coat the base of the pan.  You just need enough to lightly coat the peppers which will allow them to sear. 


Habanada peppers on a wood cutting board next to small bowls of olive oil and flaked sea salt  Habanada peppers in a cast iron skillet

Habanada peppers searing in a hot pan  Sprinkling a pinch of flaked sea sea on the blistered habanada peppers

Prepared blistered habanada peppers in a cast iron skillet  Blistered habanada peppers on a plate with a side of vegan aioli


Poppable Peppers

If you enjoy peppers, you must give these no-heat habanadas a try. No pain necessary for pure pepper flavor. Enjoy! 🌶

Finally, if you have made these blistered habanada peppers, we would love to hear what you think! Please comment down below  and be sure to rate the recipe. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Thanks so much!


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Blistered habanada peppers on a plate with a side of vegan aioli

Blistered Habanada Peppers

  • Author: Meatless Makeovers
  • Prep Time: 0 min.
  • Cook Time: 5 min.
  • Total Time: 5 min.
  • Yield: 4 Servings 1x
  • Category: Appetizer, Side
  • Method: Sear
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan


An easy 3-ingredient plant-based recipe perfect for popping. These blistered habanada peppers are smoky and flavorful without the typical pepper heat.


  • Approximately 25 Habanada Peppers
  • 1 tsp Olive Oil
  • ¼ tsp Sea Salt


  1. Wash the peppers thoroughly. 
  2. In a heavy bottomed pan pour the oil and place over medium heat. 
  3. Once oil is hot (approx. 1 minute) add the peppers.
  4. Stir occasionally until brown spots appear evenly on the peppers. (Approx. 7-10 minutes.)
  5. Transfer to a plate and add salt. 
  6. Serve with your favorite dipping sauce and enjoy!


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Keywords: Habanada Pepper Recipe, Blistered Habanada Peppers, Vegan Habanada Pepper Recipe

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Pouring Habanada No Heat Hot Sauce out a bottleHabanada No Heat Hot Sauce

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