Have you ever had a salsa so perfect for your meal that you cried?
If you’ve ever had mango habanero salsa, then yes. Mangoes and habanero are two ingredients that complement each other so much that the human race had to make a sauce out of these two.
Salsa, the sauce, originated in Mexico from their ancestors, the Mayans and Aztecs. These sauces were traditionally made with tomatoes and chilies. The modern-day salsa has evolved into different kinds of sub sauces yet all of these have kept the fundamental base, which is tomato and chilies.
Mango habanero salsa is one sub recipe of the traditional salsa that made it very big.
How to make mango habanero salsa
To make mango habanero salsa is very quick and easy.
First and foremost, since this is a ready-to-eat sauce, make sure that your cutting boards and knives are very clean to avoid cross-contamination. All of the ingredients that are to be mixed in the salsa are fresh and need no cooking. Don’t forget to wash your produce thoroughly.
Dice your mango and keep the juices that ooze out of the fruit. These juices add flavor to the salsa! To prepare the habanero, I like to slice the pepper into a vertical half and remove the seeds. Finely chop your habanero, onion, cilantro, and cucumber so everything looks nice in the bowl. Once you’re done preparing your mise in place, just mix in the rest of the ingredients such as olive oil, lime juice, salt and pepper. Let the ingredients sit all together and chill.
If you let your salsa sit for a little more than an hour, you’re sure that all of the ingredients have interacted and created a beautiful salsa flavor! Don’t forget to chill before serving.
How spicy is sweet mango habanero salsa?
Habanero is one of the hottest chilies you’ll ever taste. Habanero chili is two times the heat level of the Jalapeño chili pepper. Why do we use it then? What in it for us?
Habanero chili, just like Jalapeño has a very distinct flavor that we can’t get enough of even if the heat gets in the way. This flavor is what we run after. This is what goes so well with the sweet, delicious mango.
Mango is one of the sweetest fruits in the world and it is also so versatile. You can use mangoes in so many dishes, with so many other ingredients. In the Philippines, people even eat mangoes with shrimp paste!
The sweetness of the mango strongly complements the hotness and flavor of habanero. Don’t be afraid of the hotness level because these two ingredients, together with the lime, create a well-balanced salsa. Sweet, tangy and not too hot.
Mango habanero salsa for fish tacos
Perhaps the most popular dish to have mango habanero salsa with is fish tacos.
Mango is a sweet and sour fruit. Its natural tang uplifts the flavors of the fish and tortilla together. The habanero heat that the salsa brings to the plate literally spices things up and gives the entire dish a kick that takes the fish taco to the finish line.
What else can you eat mango habanero salsa with?
The natural tang of the mango aided with the habanero chili and lime have a strong connection with seafood. I would imagine that the mango habanero salsa is just like pairing a wedge of lemon with your seafood; only it’s 100 times better. It is more flavorful and more exciting than the normal wedge.
Mango habanero salsa goes well with most things. You can eat it as a dip to your chips or even mix it in a salad to make a good dressing. Never hesitate to try different salsas with different kinds of food. This is how you learn what tastes best for you or not.
Mango Habanero Salsa Recipe
- 1 mango chopped into pieces
- 1 red onion finely chopped
- 1 cucumber finely chopped
- 1-2 bundles cilantro finely chopped
- 1 habanero finely chopped or 2 red chili finely chopped
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1-2 limes pressed
- salt to taste
- pepper to taste
- Mix all the ingredients in a bowl.
- Let it sit in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.
- Serve with a pen and liability waiver :)