If you’re a fan of sweet and spicy mixtures, than Salsa Mango Habañero is right up your alley. The combination of mango and habañeros gives your taste buds a wide range of flavors.
This was one of my early creations going back to when I lived in Texas. The salsa has gone through many variations over the years, but has always had mango and habañero as the stars of the dish. Mango is without a question my favorite fruit to eat. The richness and texture of mango is so refreshing. I also love to add tajín seasoning to mango for a bit of heat. That’s what sparked the idea for me to create a spicy mango salsa.
I choose habañeros as the complimentary chile because of its color, as I wanted to mix its orange with the golden chunks of mango. Habañeros can be blistering hot, so if you don’t want the salsa to be overwhelming spicy start with just one in your dish. I prefer three habañeros for me, but I enjoy that extra kick. The cilantro is what helps bring balance to the sweetness of the mango and the heat of the peppers. You’ll probably think that you’re using too much cilantro at first, but TRUST ME its going to be needed to help balance out the flavors. If the salsa is still too hot after the initials steps, I recommend adding either an additional mango or some agave syrup.
Salsa Mango Habañero can go with just about anything. Its an addictive snack for a party and great with tacos. If you want to try something really unique for this salsa, use it as a vanilla ice cream topping. Just like chocolate syrup or prickly pear syrup, its another layer of sweetness that can cover ice cream, but this one has a kick.
1-3 Habañeros, stemmed and seeded (depends on your heat tolerance)
1/2 cup Red Onion, chopped
1 Lime, squeezed
1 Green Onion, chopped
1/2 cup Cilantro
1 tsp Salt
1 tsp Pepper
OPTIONAL: 1 tbsp Agave Syrup (gold or blue) or 1 Mango (for extra sweetness)
Remove the skin from the mango and cut into slices. Place the mango slices into the blender as well as the chopped red onion, cilantro, and lime juice. Remove the stem and seeds of the habañero before placing in blender. Purée for a minute. Then add the salt, pepper before blending for an additional minute. Check the taste to see if it needs more sweetness. Either add agave syrup or an additional mango and blend for one more minute before serving.