This mango habanero salsa recipe is so easy to make! It's a flavorful salsa with a spicy kick. Serve it with your favorite tortilla chips, grilled seafood or meat.
Fruit salsas are so versatile, and taste great with just about anything. The sweet flavor of the fruit tones down the spicy peppers.
Cucumber and watermelon salsa is another one of our favorite refreshing salsa recipes with the perfect mix of sweet with spicy flavors.
What you will love about this recipe
- Mango and habanero salsa is healthy; made with fresh ingredients.
- It's tasty! This homemade salsa is the perfect combination of hot and sweet.
- It's versatile! There are so many ways you can use this salsa.
Here is what you will need
This is an overview of the ingredients and steps to make this recipe. Scroll down to see a printable recipe card with exact measurements and complete cooking instructions.
- Fresh Mango
- Habanero Pepper
- Fresh Cilantro
- Fresh Lime Juice
How to make this habanero mango salsa recipe
Prepare the ingredients: Peel and chop the mango into small chunks. Dice the onions, and habanero pepper and crush or mince the garlic. Squeeze the lime juice and chop the cilantro.
Step 1. Combine the ingredients
Place the mango chunks, diced onions, garlic and habanero chunks into a bowl and mix them together.
Step 2. Add lime juice
Pour in the fresh lime juice and gently mix it into the salsa.
NOTE: Habanero peppers are extremely hot, wear gloves when handling them to prevent your hands from burning!
Ingredient notes and substitutions
The complete list of ingredients to make this recipe is above. Below are notes about some of the ingredients, along with ideas for substitutes.
Mango - Fresh ripe mangoes have the best flavor for salsa. If it is not available, it can be substituted with frozen mango. Allow time for the frozen mang to thaw out before using it to make salsa.
Habanero pepper - These peppers are extremely hot, and can easily be replaced with a milder pepper such as a poblano pepper for mild heat.
If you love hot peppers and habanero peppers aren't available, you can substitute them with jalapeno peppers, serrano pepper, or ghost pepper.
Onion - I like to use red onion in this salsa recipe mainly because it adds some color. You can also use white onion, yellow onion, or a sweet Vidalia onion.
Homemade salsa recipes are so versatile, and mango habanero salsa is no exception! Here are some ways to make this homemade salsa your own.
Mild Mango Salsa - Instead of spicy habanero peppers, reduce the spice level, and add a tablespoon of minced red bell pepper or green bell peppers to the salsa.
Mango & Tomato Salsa - Add one to two chopped plum tomatoes to the salsa.
Mixed Fruit Salsa - Add ½ cup of chopped pineapple, melon or peaches to the salsa.
Add Beans - Stir in ½ to ¾ cup of cooked black beans.
Change up the Herbs - Replace or in addition to fresh cilantro, add chopped parsley, oregano, basil or mint.
Change up the Juice - Instead of lime juice, use an equal amount of orange juice or lemon juice.
For best results for the freshest tasting salsa, it can be made a day or two ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator until it's time to serve.
How to store mango salsa
Leftover salsa will last in the refrigerator for 2-3 days in an airtight container.
- This is a chunky salsa, if you prefer a smooth salsa, add the ingredients to a blender or food processor and blend.
- Since habanero peppers are hot, be sure to taste the salsa as you are making it. Start with a small amount of pepper, and gradually add more.
- Mince the peppers into small pieces and mix them thoroughly into the salsa.
- If you don't wear gloves when handling the peppers, and your hands have a burning sensation, rinse them in lemon juice.
Habanero pepper is a small extremely hot pepper usually red or orange in color. They rank fairly high on the Scoville scale which measures the spiciness of peppers. These peppers are for true hot pepper lovers.
The easiest way to peel a mango is to peel the skin off, then cut the sides away from the large pit. You can feel the pit when you insert a knife into the mango.
Once you have two large pieces of mango. Place each piece on a cutting board and cut the pieces into chunks about ⅛ to ¼ inch in size.
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- 1 ripe mango
- ½ habanero pepper adjust to your taste
- 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
- ¼ cup diced onion
- 1 clove garlic - crushed or minced
- 1 tablespoon lime juice
- Cut the mango, onion, garlic, and pepper, squeeze the juice from ½ of a lime.
- Place all of the chopped ingredients into a small mixing bowl and add the lime juice.
- Ccombine all of the ingredients and refrigerate until it's time to serve.
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