The first time I tried this tasty hot sauce was on a trip to the Yucatan Peninsula at a little seafood shack outside Cancun.
After ordering and settling in with my margarita, the waiter brought an assortment of hot sauces and tortilla chips before the main event.
Just one dip, and I was hooked.
The mango’s sweetness tamed the habaneros’ fiery heat, making for a well-balanced and tasty hot sauce.
Back at home, I set out to recreate that flavorful sauce.
Starting with mango and habanero, I experimented with different ingredients until I found the perfect combination of sweet mango flavor and fiery heat.
And with the addition of fresh carrot, this Mango Habanero Hot Sauce recipe has a sweet, earthy taste that you won’t find in any bottled versions.
Just a little bit takes an ordinary dish to the next level, and a great one becomes a masterpiece.
Enjoy it with grilled chicken, pork, ribs, seafood, tacos – pretty much anything!
But don’t let the habaneros scare you if spicy isn’t your thing. Since you’re making it at home, you control the heat – from three-alarm fire to soft and mellow.
Okay, I wouldn’t call anything habanero soft and mellow, but you get my drift.
In addition, this hot sauce is super easy to make. Toss the ingredients in a blender, give them a whirl, simmer for 15 minutes, and voila – you have the perfect tropical hot sauce.
But a word of caution, habaneros aren’t something you want to touch with your bare hands. So use gloves while handling them, and stay away from your eyes.
So if you’re ready for a spicy adventure, come discover the best Mango Habanero Hot Sauce recipe that’s a must-have in every kitchen.
What Do You Need To Make Mango Habanero Hot Sauce
Its fiery, fruity heat makes an excellent base for any hot sauce.
However, if you prefer something a little milder, cut the number in half and substitute yellow or orange bell pepper.
The tropical sweetness is the perfect partner for the spicy habaneros.
For more tropical flavor, you can also add fresh pineapple.
Adds the perfect bitterness to complement the other ingredients.
In a pinch, you can substitute garlic powder, but I would avoid using garlic salt, as it will overpower the other flavors.
Thickens your hot sauce and adds a delicious earthy sweetness.
Fresh Lime Juice
Bbrightens up your hot sauce and gives it some zing.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Adds tang to balance out the heat and sweetness.
Brown Sugar and Honey
Often the heat from the habaneros and bring out the sweetness of the mango.
Brown sugar adds more depth, while honey is a bit sweeter and gives your hot sauce a nice sheen.
Adds a warm, peppery taste with just a bit more sweetness.
A common spice throughout the Caribbean, the combination of cloves, cinnamon, and nutmeg will give your hot sauce a distinctive Island flair.
Rich and earthy with just a hint of citrus.
Salt and Pepper
Don’t forget to season your sauce to bring all the flavors together.
- Knife and cutting board
- Medium saucepan
- Spoon or spatula
- Stovetop or other heat source
How To Make Mango Habanero Hot Sauce
Step One: In a blender, add the habaneros, mango, garlic, carrot, lime juice, grated ginger, and apple cider vinegar and puree until smooth.
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Step Two: Next, transfer the mixture to a medium saucepan and add the rest of the ingredients.
Step Three: Bring it to a low boil, reduce the heat, and allow it to simmer for 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Step Four: Taste your sauce, adjust any ingredients, and season with salt and pepper.
Step Five: Allow your hot sauce to cool before serving.
Other Things To Consider When Making Mango Habanero Hot Sauce
You Can Customize Your Sauce
When you make this Mango Habanero Hot Sauce recipe at home, you control the heat.
Want a milder sauce? Just cut the number of habaneros in half and substitute orange or yellow bell pepper.
Like a smooth hot sauce? Strain it after simmering to remove the seeds, though I prefer to leave mine just as it is.
You can change the vinegar to change the tang – rice vinegar makes an excellent choice.
Your hot sauce will be slightly thick, but you can thin it by adding more vinegar or water while simmering.
And if you like it really – I mean really – hot, add a couple more habaneros and leave the seeds. Smokin’!
What Can I Eat with Mango Habanero Hot Sauce?
This Mango Habanero Hot Sauce recipe tastes fantastic on fish tacos, grilled chicken, fish and seafood, pork – pretty much everything.
Add it anytime you want to kick up the heat.
- Drizzle over pork chops and BBQ ribs.
- Use it to make a delectable Caribbean Grilled Grouper.
- Add it to your morning scrambled eggs for a spicy wake-up call.
- Serve with crispy tortilla chips.
- Even better, this hot sauce makes the perfect gift. Your friends and family will love its tropical flavor!
Make More Than You Need!
With so many uses, you’ll want to make sure you always have enough.
So go ahead and double the recipe.
Extra sauce will stay fresh in the fridge for several months. Or freeze it for up to a year.
However, be careful. The longer it sits, the hotter it gets.
Mango Habanero Hot Sauce Recipe
This Mango Habanero Hot Sauce recipe has a sweet, earthy taste that you won't find in any bottled versions. Just a little bit takes an ordinary dish to the next level, and a great one becomes a masterpiece. Enjoy it with grilled chicken, pork, ribs, seafood, tacos - pretty much anything!
- 5 habanero peppers, stemmed and seeded
- 1 mango, peeled and pitted
- 2 cloves of garlic, peeled
- 1 carrot, peeled and roughly chopped
- Juice from one lime
- 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 3 tablespoons brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons honey
- 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
- ½ teaspoon allspice
- ¼ teaspoon ground cumin
- Salt and pepper to taste
- First, add the habaneros, mango, garlic, carrot, lime juice, grated ginger, and apple cider vinegar to a blender and puree until smooth.
- Transfer to a medium saucepan, add the brown sugar, honey, allspice, and cumin, and bring to a soft boil under medium-high heat.
- Reduce the heat and let your sauce simmer uncovered for 15-20 minutes, occasionally stirring.
- Taste your sauce and adjust any of the ingredients. If you prefer, you can add more vinegar or water to thin your hot sauce.
- Season with salt and pepper.
- Allow your sauce to cool to room temperature.
- Add more lime juice or zest for a more robust zing.
- Chopped fresh cilantro makes an excellent addition.
- For a thinner hot sauce, add more vinegar or water while simmering.
- For less heat, reduce the number of habaneros by half and substitute yellow or orange bell pepper.
- You can change the vinegar to change the tang - rice vinegar makes an excellent choice.
- Looking for more flavor? Add ½ a yellow or white onion.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 35Total Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 45mgCarbohydrates: 5g
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- Habanero Honey Hot Sauce Recipe
- Blueberry Habanero Hot Sauce Recipe
- Pineapple Habanero Hot Sauce Recipe
- Peach Habanero Hot Sauce Recipe
- Garlic Habanero Hot Sauce Recipe
- Chipotle Habanero Hot Sauce Recipe
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