Get ready to bring the heat! This super spicy mango habanero salsa recipe is perfect for pairing with richer dishes like my luxurious ham and cheese empanadas. This flavorful salsa is really easy to make, just roast and blend!
Habanero peppers are not for the faint of heart. It is even a little ironic that they are heart-shaped because their heat-level is definitely heart-stopping coming in at 150,000-350,000 on the Scoville scale. But if you are a spicy food fanatic you are going to love this spicy salsa!
Those spicy flavors aren’t the only thing going on here however. It is mellowed out ever so slightly by the sweet flavor of ripe, juicy fresh mango, the herbal punch of cilantro, and the smoky flavor of charred onions. It really is a perfect combination. You can drizzle it over fish tacos, enjoy with my ham and cheese empanadas, or just dig in with your favorite tortilla chips. If you love the mango-habanero combination as much as I do, check out these divine cocktail meatballs.
I make this salsa all year long whenever I’m craving a spicy kick. It is really easy to make and only requires a handful of ingredients. Just char the veggies under the broiler and blend.
I like a chunky mango habanero salsa so I mince half of the mango and stir it in after it has been blended but if you want to make it even easier, just blend all the mango and make it smooth throughout. I know you are going to love this homemade mango habanero salsa and I can’t wait for you to try it!
Why You’ll Love This Habanero Mango Salsa Recipe
- Tastes super fresh and extra spicy. One of my favorite ways to use habaneros.
- Really easy to make—just broil and blend!
- Only 6 fresh ingredients.
- Healthy! Low in calories, vegan, and gluten-free.
- Great as a dip or with lots of dishes like quesadillas and burritos.
- No tomato! Which is great if you don’t like tomatoes or want to make salsa in the winter when tomatoes aren’t that great
See recipe card for exact amounts of each ingredient to make this mango habanero salsa recipe.
- Spicy habanero peppers
- Fresh Lime juice
- White onion. Red onion can be used instead of white onion but they will make the color of the salsa a funky brown.
- Fresh cilantro
- Kosher salt
- Ripe mangoes
How To Make This Recipe
Char the veggies. Heat broiler to high and place the onion and habaneros on a baking sheet. Broil the vegetables until they are charred on all sides. The habaneros will char faster. Remove them first and continue to char the onion.
Blend. Remove the stem from the habaneros and place in a blender or food processor (wear gloves whenever you are handling the habaneros if you are sensitive). Add the onion, cilantro, lime juice, salt, half of the mango, and 1/2 cup of water. Blend on high until smooth.
Mince mango. For a chunkier salsa, mince the other half of the mango. This is optional. If you don’t want to do the chopping you can blend the whole mango for a smooth salsa.
Enjoy! Pour the salsa into a bowl. Add the minced mango and stir to combine. Eat right away or transfer to an airtight container and store in the fridge for up to a week.
Controlling The Heat Level
There are a couple variations to bring the spice level down. Use bell peppers in place of one or two of the habaneros. To amplify the orange color I would use an orange bell pepper instead of a red bell pepper. The bell peppers add sweetness in addition to lowering the spiciness. Char them under the broiler along with the habaneros and onions.
The next level if you want it spicy but not habanero hot would be to substitute a jalapeño or serrano pepper for a habanero. The heat may not be as intense, but the flavor will still be bold and delicious. Don’t forget to char the jalapeno peppers alongside the onions for that smoky element.
Top 5 Most Popular Traditional Salsa Recipes
- Charred Jalapeño Avocado Crema
- Tomatillo-Avocado Salsa
- Charred Tomatillo Salsa
- Tomatillo Salsa with Red Chilies
- Grilled Pineapple Salsa
Ready To Try This Homemade Salsa?
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