Get ready for this absolutely delicious and sweet and spicy Salsa de mango Habanero or Mango Habanero Salsa recipe. A quick and easy homemade salsa made with mangos and spicy habanero peppers, perfect for any summer get together.
Capture all the best flavors, like Bobby Flay himself, with this tasty side dish. This is so good, skip the chips and eat it by the spoonful.
This Mango Salsa is so insanely good. This recipe is in our all time top rotation and will stay there! I love store bought, but this is 100 times better.
A flavor explosion that combines sweet and spicy notes in a balanced way. The sweetness of the ripe mangoes complements the heat of the habanero peppers, creating a unique and flavorful taste.
We love the texture of this salsa, with chunks of juicy mango adding a refreshing and juicy crunch to each bite. The combination of flavors and textures makes for a versatile condiment that can be used for dipping, topping, or marinating various foods, enhancing their taste.
Try our other tasty salsa, Roasted Chili Corn Salsa. Or be sure to serve this with our Jerk Chicken Tacos, or even our Bacon Wrapped Chicken for some added flavor. Add a fun drink Starbucks pink drink.
Pair this with some tasty smoked meat. You can learn some great meat smoking tips like how long to smoke brisket at 250 to make the perfect meat for this tasty salsa marinade.
What We Love About This Recipe
- Control The Heat: Control how much heat you want by adding more habanero or seeds to make it a little spicier. It makes it a flexible recipe the whole family can enjoy.
- Versatile: See our variations below to make this unique by adding peaches, avocado, or even pineapple.
- Great for snacking: This is a great snack during the day or evening with a bag of tortilla chips. We even love just eating it by the spoonful.
- Added Flavor: Add this on top of any meat like steak or chicken for a tasty fresh marinade.
- Summer Get Together: This is a great side dish, appetizer, or dip to add to any summer get together. It's full of flavor and color!
- Taco Tuesday: Spice up taco Tuesday by topping any Mexican inspired dish for added fresh flavor.
- Mango- The base of this salsa. Make sure to wait until your mango is almost ripe so you get that full sweet flavor but it's still a little tangy.
- Habanero-You'll want to wear gloves when cutting this hot pepper. If you don't wear gloves, make sure you wash your hand thoroughly and several times before touching you face.
- Cilantro-This is a fun optional flavor if you like cilantro. It gives it that authentic salsa taste.
- Red Onion- You can use white or yellow onions, but the flavor of the red onions pair best with the mangos.
- Cumin-The best spice for Mexican inspired dishes.
- Garlic-We love adding garlic to dishes, especially fresh minced garlic.
- Lime- This is a great citrus that really compliments the other flavors.
See recipe card for quantities.
- Start by chopping the habanero peppers. Make sure to set the seeds aside and wear gloves while chopping.
2. Peel and dice the mango into bite sized pieces.
3. Add all the ingredients into a bowl including the spices.
4. Juice the fresh lime over the ingredients and mix all together!
Hint: Don't discard the seeds! Some habanera peppers aren't as spicy as you want them to be and adding in a few seeds helps up the heat.
How to Cut A Mango
The easiest way to cut a mango is to peel them with a peeler, then slice down as close to the pit as you can get on each side. Then cut into cubes like normal.
If using a smaller mango like champagne or talufofo, do not peel the mango. Instead, using a sharp knife, start at the top and cut down to the pit, then go down the side and back up all the way around, meeting where you started.
Rotate the mango 90 degrees then repeat. This should give you 4 sections. Then use your hands to peel the skin off and cut the mango off the pit then cut into cubes.
Substitutions and Variations
Make this recipe your own style by adding or substituting some of these suggested ingredients. Feel free to experiment with the flavors and spices. This is a naturally gluten free, diary free, and vegetarian and vegan habanero salsa con mango.
- Pineapple- add 1 cup of pineapple in addition to the mango or instead of the mango.
- Peach- To make this a peach salsa, add 1 large ripe peach. Make sure to skin, pit, and cube the peach.
- Roasted Habanero- To give this a roasted taste, roast the habanero on a parchment paper lined baking sheet . Put the oven on broil and bake until the pepper starts to blister.
- Avocado- Cube 1 small avocado and add it in with the mango and other ingredients to add a touch of avocado flavor and extra nutrients.
- Frozen Mango-Frozen mango can be used. Make sure to thaw and remove any excess water before mixing with the other ingredients.
Set the habanero seeds to the side. Not all habaneros are the same heat; some are milder than others. I often find that I like to add the seeds in for a little extra kick if the habanero isn't very spicy.
Use gloves! I picked up a seed with my fingers, then washed my fingers 3 times, and scratched the inside of my nose. My nose was very intensely on fire for 15 minutes and there was nothing I could do about it.
If you accidentally touch some habanero (especially the seeds) wash your hands multiple times then wait to scratch your nose, rub your eyes, or use the restroom.
How to Serve
- Serve with family dinner night with our Air Fryer Tacos.
- Try making our tasty Arepa Con Queso recipe and add this Mango Habanero Salsa on top for insanely good flavor.
- Make this as a tasty side dish along side our amazing Corn Rib recipe.
- Eat this by the spoonful! You won't be disappointed, it's that good!
Store this Mango Salsa in the refrigerator in an air tight container for 3-4 days.
The ingredients don't stand well to freezing. The red onion doesn't thaw well and it will change the texture of the salsa.
Make sure to wear gloves when cutting the habanero peppers. If you don't wear gloves, wash your hands well before touching your face!
What goes with mango salsa? You can eat this with chips, pita bread, or a tostada. It taste great on grilled meats as a fruit based marinade. Top any taco, arepa, or Mexican inspired dish to add a mild spicy flavor to any dish.
We recommend a mango that is almost ripe, so that it is sweet and slightly tangy for the salsa.
Not that hot- fairly mild. If you'd like to make it spicier, add more habaneros plus their seeds.
Make this tasty salsa by adding cubed mango, red onion, chopped habanero peppers, cumin, garlic, and lime to a mixing bowl.
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These are my favorite dishes to serve with Mango Habanero Salsa:
Mango Habanero Salsa
- 2 mangoes large, cut into ¼- ½" cubes
- 1 red bell pepper cut into ¼" cubes
- ⅓ cup red onion about ¼ of a red onion, finely chopped
- ½ cup cilantro chopped, then loosely packed
- 1-2 habaneros deseeded (set seeds to the side) and extra finely minced.
- 2 limes juiced
- ½ teaspoon minced garlic
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ⅛ teaspoon cumin
- Chop the mangoes, red bell pepper, red onion, cilantro and habanero (We HIGHLY recommend you use gloves to cut the habanero, it isn't worth the pain if you don't) and place in a large bowl.
- Juice the limes and add to the bowl. Add the garlic, salt and cumin then stir to combine. Enjoy!
- Use 2 large mangoes or 3-4 small mangoes. 2 ½-3 cups total.
- Frozen mango may be used. Allow them to thaw completely, then drain all the water.
- Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 4 days.
- We do not recommend freezing this dish.