Buckle up buttercup, this mango habanero salsa brings the heat! Now unclinch those cheeks, because that heat is perfectly balanced with sweet sweat reducing mangoes. It’s the best of both worlds. This sweet and spicy salsa is perfect on fish tacos or just served in a bowl with tortilla chips.Jump to Recipe
“This salsa tastes like a ballerina riding a rocket”-Maverick
WTF is Mango Habanero Salsa?
Ah, mango habanero salsa, the perfect marriage of sweet and spicy! This salsa is not just any ordinary dip, my friend, it’s a flavor explosion that will take your taste buds on a wild ride.
Let’s break it down. Mango habanero salsa is a type of salsa made with ripe mangoes, fiery habanero peppers, onions, cilantro, lime juice, and a pinch of salt. It’s the perfect combination of sweet and spicy, with a tropical twist.
Now, why is it so special? For starters, it’s not your boring, run-of-the-mill tomato salsa. This baby is unique, bold, and bursting with flavor. Plus, it’s versatile. You can serve it with tortilla chips, tacos, burritos, grilled chicken, fish, or anything else you can think of.
It’s not just tasty, but its got health benefits too! Mango habanero salsa is packed with essential vitamins and minerals. Mangoes are high in fiber and vitamin C, while habaneros are rich in capsaicin, which can help reduce inflammation and pain.
Why Mangoes & Habaneros
Mangoes are a year-round fruit that are packed with essential vitamins and minerals, making them a healthy and accessible ingredient to this salsa. They are also high in fiber, which can help regulate blood sugar levels and aid digestion.
Habaneros, are high in vitamins A and C, as well as capsaicin, a compound that has anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties. But mostly they have have a fiery flavorful kick that will make your taste buds sing!
When combined, the sweet tropical flavor of mangoes pairs perfectly with the spicy kick of habaneros. The Mangoes’ sweetness helps balance out the heat of the habanero, creating a well-rounded and complex flavor profile.
Additionally, when the peppers are roasted along side tomatoes and tomatillos the heat mellows, but the flavor stays, make for an incredibly versatile condiment. It pairs well with all kinds of dishes, like fish, grilled meats or just with chips.
MANGO HABANERO SALSA RECIPE
Mango Habanero Salsa Ingredients
Here’s what you’ll need to make this mango habanero salsa.
- Mangoes: Use whatever variety you prefer. Cube it and peel it.
- Habaneros: Roasting them will temper the heat and keep the flavor.
- Tomatoes: Roasting brings out the sweetness, which helps with the heat of the peppers.
- Tomatillos: Adds a great tartness to the salsa.
- Bell Pepper: We use orange but use whatever you prefer.
- Cilantro: Half a bunch of Fresh Cilantro
- Onion: White onion
- Oil: The secret ingredient are is some habanero olive oil. Here is a good option.
How to Make Mango Habanero Salsa
Follow these step by step instructions to make this salsa.
Step 1: Roast your Veggies
Heat Broiler to 500F degrees and roast your veggies for 3-5 minutes on each side, or until their skin is charred.
Transfer the roasted veggies into a ziplock bag for 15 minutes. The steam will allow the skins to be removed easily.
Remove skins, stems, and seeds. Set aside.
Step 2: Combine & Pulse
Add all the ingredients into a food processor and pulse a few times to combine. Don’t over blend, you want a slightly chunky salsa, not a smoothie.
Step 3: Store & Enjoy
Transfer the salsa to an air tight container, we like mason jars, and store in the refrigerator. Let the mango habanero salsa chill for an hour. If stored properly it will last up to a week.
What to put Mango Habanero Salsa on?
All you need to make this salsa a hit, is to serve it with a bowl of tortilla chips and some cold beer. However, it’s also a killer option to top off whatever tacos you’re making. Here are a couple recipes we like to use it with.
Crispy, Cheesy, Pulled Pork Tacos, they are the perfect vehicle for mango habanero salsa. We pack them full of Monterey Jack cheese and juicy pulled pork, and fry them in their own fat!
Or top off these gooey Beef Enchiladas with Green Sauce. We use unrip green tomatoes or tomatillos to make this crowd pleasing tray of goodness.
This salsa also pairs wonderfully with our Rockfish Baja Tacos with a Chipotle Mayo & Pickled Cabbage Slaw. These Baja tacos are made with crispy beer battered rockfish filets. The fried fish shares a warm tortilla with a purple pickled cabbage slaw and a spicy chipotle mayo.
Storing Mango Habanero Salsa
To store your salsa, keep it in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It’s best to consume this grapefruit salsa within 3-4 days, but if stored properly, it’ll keep just fine for over a week.
If you want to make a big batch to have on hand at a later date, you could freeze the mango habanero salsa. Simply transfer the salsa to a freezer-safe air tight container, leaving some room for expansion, and store it in the freezer for up to 3 months.
When you’re ready to use it, transfer the salsa to the refrigerator and let it thaw overnight. Make sure to give it a good stir before serving.
More Mangos Please
Need more ways to consume mangos? Check out our recipe for a mango smoothies. Brown sugar roasted mangos and sweet pineapples are seasoned with cardamon, cinnamon and spiked w/ a dash of cayenne pepper to create this one of a kind mango pineapple smoothie. It’s real good.
Mango Habanero Salsa FAQ’s
Here are some common FAQ’s related to Mango Habanero Salsa:
Can I adjust the spiciness of this Salsa?
Yes, you can adjust the spiciness level of this Salsa by adjusting the quantity of habanero peppers used. You can also remove the seeds and ribs of the habanero pepper to reduce the spiciness.
What can I use this Salsa for?
This Salsa can be used as a dip for tortilla chips, a topping for tacos or burritos, or as a sauce for chicken or fish dishes. You can also use it as a marinade for grilling meats.
How long does this Salsa last in the refrigerator?
This Salsa will at least a week in the refrigerator when stored in an airtight container.