Enjoy this 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.
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. We even love it as a Pretzel Dip.
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.
Below is a list of ingredients needed for this recipe. Follow our tips on each ingredient for best results.
- 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.
How to Make Mango Habanero Salsa
Use these process shots to help get the results you are wanting. The pictures can help with texture and be a visual guide for best results.
- Peel and dice the mango into bite sized pieces then peel and chop the bell pepper.
2. Chop the habanero peppers. Make sure to set the seeds aside and wear gloves while chopping.
3. Add all the ingredients into a bowl other than the spices. Juice the fresh lime over the top.
4. Add the spices and mix all together and enjoy!
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.
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 accidentally touched a seed with my fingers, then washed my fingers 3 times, and scratched the inside of my nose awhile later. 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.
We tested this recipe with a variety of mangoes at varying stages of ripeness. We found common mangoes that were almost ripe were perfect, or champagne mangoes at full ripeness were best.
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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.
- While this works with any type of mango while testing we had 2 favorites: Common mangoes just shy of full ripeness that still have a little tang, or champagne mangoes (which are quite tart) at full ripeness.
- Please be careful and wear gloves when interacting with the habanero in any way!
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.