Mango Habanero Sauce

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mango habanero sauce in a bowl

Habanero peppers, grown on the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico, are “hot, hot, hot,”… but they also have a uniquely floral character and fruity sweetness with just a hint of smoke! Although heavily grown in Mexico, they originated in the Amazon basin and then, following domestication, spread throughout South and Central America and the Caribbean.

Traditionally, mangos and orange habaneros are blended to make a super spicy and fruity hot sauce doused over chicken wings or other chicken parts! Variations have popped up all over the place in Latin America. Regardless of how the sauce is adapted, one thing chefs can agree upon is that mango and habaneros go together like cheese and dough, a.k.a. the perfect combination.

Instead of whipping up traditional thin and robust hot sauce, our recipe features a yogurt-based sauce with a lusciously thick texture, freshly grated ginger, and pickled diced habanero. Dip it, dunk it, drizzle it, or dollop it. It simply makes everything better.

Choosing the Right Habaneros

Yucatan dishes often employ orange habanero peppers. Orange habaneros are spicy, pungent, and floral, but may not be as sweet. If you want a spicier pepper with a tiny bit more sweetness, we recommend red habanero peppers instead.

Why Do We Pickle the Habaneros?

Honestly, that heat of a habanero pepper is “in your face,” reaching up to 300,000 Scoville units. The pickling process will soften the heat slightly, making it palatable and easy to eat without choking and turning various shades of red!

pickled habanero peppers in a bowl

Essential Ingredients for the Pickling Liquid

  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Water
  • Salt
  • Sugar
fried shrimp dipped in mango habanero sauce

How to Eat It


Store it in the refrigerator in an airtight container and consume it for up to 3-4 days.

fried shrimp with mango habanero sauce

Purge Your Fridge

You just finished devouring our mango habanero sauce, and you are left with the following ingredients:

  • Excess cilantro
  • Yogurt
  • Maybe a few more habanero peppers

We recommend whipping up some more pickling liquid and pickling habanero pepper slices to eat on other dishes for some extra heat! Moreover, make this Cilantro Lime Yogurt Sauce
with the leftover cilantro and yogurt. 

fried shrimp dipped in mango habanero sauce
Mango Habanero Sauce
Try this spicy, creamy, and tangy condiment that is ridiculously addicting for dipping wings, chicken tacos, or fried seafood.
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 3 mins
Total Time 33 mins
Course Sauce
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 6
Calories 8 kcal


Mango Habanero Sauce

  • 1 mango medium-sized, diced
  • 1/2 habanero pepper finely diced
  • 1 tbsp cilantro finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • 1 thumb ginger grated
  • 2 tbsp yogurt
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Pickling Liquid

  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp sugar


Cut the Vegetables and Prepare the Herbs
  • Grate the ginger and dice the mango. Set aside.
  • Finely chop the cilantro. Set aside.
  • Clean and finely dice the habanero pepper. Set aside.
Pickle the Habanero Pepper
  • Combine apple cider vinegar, water, salt, and sugar in a saucepan.
  • Place the saucepan on the stovetop at high heat. Boil for 3 minutes or until the sugar and salt are dissolved.
  • Remove the saucepan from the heat, and pour the pickling liquid into a mixing bowl over the diced habanero peppers.
  • Allow it to sit for 20 minutes.
  • Drain the pickling liquid from the pickled habanero peppers.
Mix the Mango Habanero Sauce
  • Combine diced mango, grated ginger, lime juice, and yogurt into a food processor. Blend until smooth.
  • Stir in salt, chopped cilantro, and pickled habanero peppers.
  • Serve and enjoy.


Calories: 8kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 100mgPotassium: 24mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 64IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 9mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Delicious, Easy, Quick, spicy
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