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Megan Sterritt
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Sep 01

Grand Velas Riviera Maya Brings the Heat With Its Habanero Chili Salsa

Riviera Maya, Mexico (September 1, 2016)
Habanero Chili Salsa Chef Ricardo de la Vega of Frida restaurant at the AAA Five Diamond Grand Velas Riviera Maya invites foodies to test their taste buds with the recipe for his Habanero Chili Salsa. Created to represent the flavors of Mexico, the salsa emphasizes traditional and essential ingredients enhanced by the acidity from the lemon, spicy habanero and smoke. Adding a different element to at-home dishes, the salsa is best served as an accompaniment to seafood, ceviche, poultry, tacos, or roast meat.


  • ¾ C - Habanero chili, roughly chopped
  • ½ C Peeled garlic
  • ½ C White onion
  • 1 C Lemon juice
  • ¾ C Orange juice
  • 3 T Olive oil
  • 6½ T Coal Oil
  • 3 T Soy sauce
  • ¾ C Mayonnaise
  • ½ T Xanthan Gum
  • 1 T Oregano
  • 1 T Oregano
  • ½ T Pepper


  1. Make the coal oil by carefully placing a hot coal in one liter of olive oil.
  2. Cover to keep all of the smoke contained.
  3. Let it rest for several minutes and then remove the coal to reveal the perfumed oil.
  4. Set the oil aside. In a hot pan, fry the habanero chili, onion and garlic.
  5. When they get charred, place in a blender, add the coal oil and blend with the rest of the ingredients. Season with salt and pepper to taste
Habanero Chili Salsa In October, Chef de la Vega is one of five chefs hosting the Best of Mexico Riviera Maya at the resort that will highlight the best of the new tendencies in high Mexican cuisine. Grand Velas Riviera Maya invited five of the best Mexican chefs known internationally for their trend setting culinary art to share their creativity, talent and passion for Mexican cuisine through this gastronomic event. Headlined by Zahie Téllez, Carlos Gaytan, Francisco Ruano, and Mikel Alonso, the event is a 10-course tasting menu, original dishes featuring ingredients and seasonings from all of Mexico. The special tasting menu will be offered over the four nights, and is included in the daily rate for all guests of this top all-inclusive resort.
Nightly rates start at $393 per person per night based on double occupancy. All-inclusive rates include luxury suite accommodations, à la carte gourmet meals at a variety of specialty restaurants, premium branded beverages, 24-hour in-suite service, fitness center, taxes, gratuity and more. The dinner is included complimentary for resort guests in the nightly rate. For more reservations or more information on Grand Velas Riviera Maya, please email [email protected], call 1-888-407-4869, or visit
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About Grand Velas Riviera Maya

Set on 206 acres of pristine jungle and mangroves and with the finest white sand beach in the Riviera Maya, the AAA Five Diamond Grand Velas Riviera Maya is an ultra-luxury all-inclusive resort. Guests can choose among three separate ambiances in this Leading Hotel of the World, including adults only oceanfront, family friendly ocean view and a Zen-like tropical setting, embraced by the flora and fauna of the Yucatan Peninsula's jungle. All 539 designer-like suites are exceptionally spacious, more than 1,100 square feet each, all with balconies, and some with private plunge pools. All feature fully stocked mini bars, plasma TVs, Wi-Fi, L'Occitane amenities, artisanal tequila, and Nespresso coffee machines. Bathrooms deserve special mention with walk in glass shower, deep soaking Jacuzzi tubs and marble interior. Eight restaurants, including five gourmet offerings, present a tour through Mexico, Europe and Asia. Cocina de Autor, at the hands of world celebrity chefs Bruno Oteiza, Mikel Alonso and Xavier Pérez Stone, holds the AAA Five Diamond Award, the first all-inclusive restaurant in the world to win this prestigious distinction. Grand Velas Spa, a Leading Spa of the World, is the region's largest spa sanctuary at more than 90,000 square feet, known for its authentic Mexican treatments, offerings from around world and signature seven-step water journey. Other features include 24-hour Personal Concierge; 24/7 in-suite service; three swimming pools; two fitness centers; water sports; innovative Kids Clubs and Teen's Club; Karaoke Bar; Koi Bar; Piano Bar, and business center. The resort offers more than 91,000 square feet of meeting space and outdoor areas for events inclusive of a 31,000-square-foot Convention Center, able to accommodate up to 2,700 guests. The resort has won numerous awards from Travel + Leisure, Conde Nast Traveler, USA Today and several other magazines and major companies worldwide. This year, the resort entered TripAdvisor's Hall of Fame for obtaining the Certificate of Excellence for five consecutive years in addition to the Signature Spa being awarded "Best Luxury Resort Spa-The Americas" at the World Luxury Spa Awards 2014. Grand Velas Riviera Maya was built and is operated by Eduardo Vela Ruiz, majority owner, founder and President of Velas Resorts, with his brother Juan Vela, Vice President of Velas Resorts.
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