Mango Habanero Hot Sauce

A smooth and balanced sweet and spicy hot sauce recipe featuring habanero chili peppers and Ataulfo mangoes.
Mango Habanero Hot Sauce #recipe via

I have really good intentions. I mean, honest to goodness, heartfelt intentions like sharing hot sauce recipes and coconut cod tacos before May 5th. Intentions, however, do not produce results on their own and can be unraveled into nothing. Besides, to postulate that Cinco de Mayo is somehow the only day to eat tacos and hot sauce would be misguided at best. Wholly inaccurate.

Instead, I’ll offer up habanero mango hot sauce today and coconut cod fish tacos as a door prize for those of us who will be eating tacos all summer long with margaritas poured from pitchers on asphalt driveway of our neighbors’ homes.
Mango Habanero Hot Sauce #recipe via

Mango Habanero Hot Sauce #recipe via
The Ataulfo mango is sweet and creamy, characteristically less stringy than its cousins. They’re in season right now through July, and their appearance en masse is a true sign of spring, which has been daring to shine a little brighter these days. My children took off for school today, knees exposed to the crisp cool air feeling confident that shorts were the right choice for the 62-degree heat wave.

This hot sauce uses carrots to provide some structure to the sauce, but the flavor profile is centered around the heat from those bright orange habaneros and the sweet from the mangoes. A bit of lime juice and vinegar help balance it out, and you’re left with a smooth sauce that begs to be drizzled over fish tacos or your favorite nacho fillings.
Mango Habanero Hot Sauce #recipe via

Mango Habanero Hot Sauce



  • 3 Ataulfo mangoes
  • 4 Habanero peppers
  • 1 cup shredded carrot
  • 4 green onions
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • ¼ cup lime juice
  • 3 tablespoons rice vinegar (or pineapple vinegar, if you have it)
  • ½ teaspoon salt


  1. Peel the mangoes. Remove the seeds from all but one of the habanero peppers. Add the mango flesh, peppers, shredded carrot, green onions, and garlic to a food processor. Pulse until smooth.
  2. Transfer to a medium saucepan. Stir in the lime juice, rice vinegar, and salt. Cook on medium-high until it boils. Reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
  3. Allow the sauce to cool slightly, then press through a sieve to remove any seeds and fruit pulp. Place in an airtight container or a bottle (a squeeze bottle works well) and store in the refrigerator until ready to use. This will keep for several weeks.


You can adjust the heat level in this sauce easily by adding additional peppers, including the seeds in the blend, or reducing the amount of peppers to suit your tastes.
Recipe type: Sauces
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Serves: 20

Whole Foods Market is generously providing a $75 gift card for you to get in on the Mango Madness or anything else your heart desires. If you haven’t already, check out The Whole Deal for coupons and offers in your area. It’s a great way to get ideas for menu planning.

*This giveaway is provided by Whole Foods. This post is not. All recipes, opinions, ramblings, and everything else provided by yours truly.


  1. Shaina, this sauce is stunning! And I know one husband that would find it to die for.

    • 4get these Ataulfo mango’s, which are tasty, n get some haitian mango’s – same shape but larger n tastier… but they seem to be available only in late spring/early summer…

  2. Christina says:

    My hubby would love this on everything!

  3. Gretchen D says:

    This sauce is not something I would typically make, but I think you might have persuaded me…looks delicious.

  4. Perfect choice for this mango snob who only eats Ataulfos. (What, like my snobbery is a shock?)

  5. I love everything about this hot sauce – I am a huge mango fan and hot sauce fanatic – can’t wait to try this Shaina – sounds amazing!

  6. I am a huge fan of sweet and hot flavors paired together. Plus, mango are on of my favorite fruits (eating one now!). So obviously this sounds incredible to me. Making for Memorial Day with out a doubt!

  7. Ben would flip for this sauce!!! And so would I!

  8. Mary Lou Grabowsky says:

    Use a mango hab out of Mexico, love it because of the carrots in it.. Will be trying this recipe..

  9. Do you think this would work with jalapenos instead of habanero peppers? Our garden grew a prolific amount of jalapenos, and we still have some in the freezer to use (not to mention bags full of dried ones).

  10. Becky Richied says:

    This just looks absolutely delicious!! This is definitely something I’m going to be trying…I love a challenge…

  11. Thomas Murphy says:

    I love Whole Foods! Thanks for the giveaway.

  12. Amanda Sakovitz says:

    This sauce looks so good!

  13. This is right up my alley! So bright and fresh!

  14. Natalie says:

    My step dad loves mangoes and this recipe would definitely make him smile!

  15. Amazingly delicious!

  16. I can’t wait to try this!

  17. looks great!

  18. This looks fantastic.

  19. Amanda Sakovitz says:

    Whole Foods is a great place to shop!

  20. Julie Turner says:

    This sounds awesome!!

  21. Christina says:

    I used to by a mango some sort of hot pepper sauce but the store stopped carrying it. Now I can finally make my own! Yay!!

  22. Yum! Definitely going to make this sauce. I just made a fresh mango and avocado salsa for my most recent post too!

  23. gianna borden says:

    i am not a big fan of spicy foods but i would try this!! yum love mangos!

  24. Kaitlin Benjamin says:

    This looks so scrumptious!

  25. Looks amazing, definitely need to try this!

  26. Irene McPhee says:

    Looks yummy.Not a big fan of spicy foods but this looks good. Love shopping at Whole Foods .

  27. Michael Garcia says:

    Pineapple vinegar. Awesome!

  28. I just bought mango habanero cheddar cheese at Whole Foods!

  29. Thomas Murphy says:

    Looks good! Thanks for the giveaway.

  30. Ooo! So pretty and creative – love the sound of this! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  31. I have mango in my smoothie every morning — definitely dedicating some to this hot sauce now!


  33. Candice Montgomery says:

    Oh, my, this looks amazing, I will definitely save this recipe.

  34. awesomesauce! 😉

  35. Jen W. says:

    This sounds tasty!

  36. I’ve been seeing Ataulfo mangoes pop up everywhere and now I have the perfect excuse to pick some up!

  37. Chris Mckenzie says:

    That looks great. Love some hot sauce, but have never tried this!

  38. Holly Hennessy Swint says:

    I love Mangos. I think it’s a good combo the sweet and hot flavors.

  39. Jennifer says:

    Looks refreshing!

  40. You’re right… tacos can be (and should be) eaten all year long. I did like an excuse to make margaritas, though. 🙂

    This mango habanero hot sauce looks totally awesome. I still have a ton of mango in my freezer and I’ve been trying to figure out what to do with it. One plan is to do ice cream… the other is to make this.

  41. Amanda Sakovitz says:

    Looks really good!

  42. Thomas Murphy says:

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  43. Elicia says:

    This looks delicious!

  44. linda w. says:

    That looks absolutely wonderful!

  45. TODD RUMSEY says:

    sounds good to me

  46. Patricia Booth says:

    My family is not big on spicy foods.

  47. Pam Gurganus says:

    This hot sauce sounds amazing! And it’s so pretty! I really like that you can adjust the heat to your liking too. My husband would love this. Thanks for the recipe! 🙂

  48. nancy dockry says:

    okey dokey

  49. Emily Wells says:

    This sounds SO good! My husband would love it.

  50. My husband is a hot sauce fiend,thanks for this recipe.

  51. Chrystal Thurston says:

    This would not be a sauce for a wimp such as me but a great gift idea for my brother-in-law who loves his sauce the hotter the better!

  52. Toni Schlinsog says:

    Cool site!

  53. I think I would be the one that would love this. thankyou, ken

  54. Carmen says:

    Love this site!

  55. Crystal says:

    That sauce looks delicious and I happen to have a few mangoes sitting here!

  56. oh I bet this is amazing!!

  57. Karen Lynch says:

    It looks amazing but alas I have a wimpy family, so I would have to use different peppers and a lot less heat. But I’m sure the original would clear out my sinuses.

  58. Mangos and peppers 2 of my favorite ingredients and I have to try this, it is so easy to make now I just need to get me some peppers and it’s healthy for me

  59. Mangos are the best -excited to try this!

  60. Barbara Haynes says:

    Love this!!

  61. Kevin B says:

    this is very unique

  62. My boyfriend would love that sauce!

  63. john iavarone says:

    This is perfect for a summer get together!

  64. Jacquelyn says:

    Would love to win this, for my skin health more than anything

  65. Mmm sweet and spicey. Sounds interesting.

  66. nikki robak says:

    sounds absolutely yummy

  67. gregg deering says:

    It looks good.

  68. Stefanie Gladden says:

    I love hot sauces! thanks for sharing!

  69. Amanda Sakovitz says:

    I love hot sauce!

  70. I enjoy hot and spice and the color is stunning.

  71. love the sweet and spicy combination of flavor. This is my favorite type of mango too. 🙂

  72. brenda says:

    sounds great

  73. Debbie Petch says:

    I eat anything with mangoes! I love my mango puddings.

  74. We love hot and spicey. Looks very good

  75. Nora T says:

    What an intriguing combination of ingredients….sounds fantastic, can’t wait to try!

  76. Sarah k says:

    I love mango and that sauce is so pretty looking too. Will definitely try this recipe in the future.

  77. I googled mango hot sauce, and you came right up! Love that. I’ve got some habeneros coming to me soon, and I’m totally going to make this!

  78. gina freire says:

    Mango is so good!

  79. Pamela Bryant says:

    Would love to win the giveaway! Thank you!

  80. debra dubois says:

    we are huge hot sauce fans we would love this on alot of things

  81. Daraya says:

    Mmm! Quite a few people in my family love really spicy foods, so I might just have to try your recipe! 🙂

  82. Amy Jarratt says:

    Looking good enough to try !!

  83. Whew….that sauce is beautiful, but way too hot for me.

  84. I will have to look for Mangos when the Farmer’s market opens. It looks great.

  85. Rita A says:

    I am a wimp when it comes to spicy heat but the sauce looks so inviting!

  86. THERESA PEREZ says:


  87. This sounds so good I need to try it.

  88. This looks amazing!!! I will be try this!!! Thank you!

  89. Kim Henrichs says:

    This looks amazing!! Beautiful AND delicious!

  90. Danielle K says:

    This looks so yummy! I’m not sure I could do all the habaneros though 🙂 Maybe I could just cut back!

  91. Erika JM says:

    This would be a good dip/sauce for chicken fingers.

  92. Elliott E says:

    A great summery sauce for wings

  93. AJ Ratliff says:

    too spicy for me… but I might have to make it for my dad.

  94. Melanie Morin says:

    My husband would love this sauce!

  95. kirsten says:

    Totally my new cold buster – spciy and full of vitamin c!

  96. I like a little spice this sauce mighty go well with fried chicken.

  97. Jo-Ann Brightman says:

    My sons would love this version of a hot sauce.

  98. Jill E says:

    Free Groceries would be awesome. Hot sauce yum. Goes great with everything I especially love on eggs.

  99. Bonnie Ferguson says:

    This would be great as a glaze on grilled shrimp or baked pork chops.

  100. shannah catalano says:

    I think I need to make this for my husband….pinning!

  101. This is destined to become my husband’s favorite sauce ever!

  102. Seyma Shabbir says:

    The sauce looks very amazing, bright, colorful and very tasty! This would be so great with chicken or even a dip!

  103. Never had anything like that, would be interesting to try

  104. Jessie C. says:

    I love mango, thanks for sharing the recipe.

  105. Cindy Brooks says:

    Hubby would love this, thanks for sharing!

  106. It looks yummy. Great idea.

  107. kelly light says:

    This looks wonderful! yum..

  108. Will be trying this receptive soon thanks

  109. Lora W. says:

    I love the sweet, spicy combination of flavors. Yum.

  110. Christy says:

    This is right up my alley. Love mangoes. Love hot sauce.

  111. This sounds delicious and perfect for summer! I would never think to use Mango in a sauce.
    Thank you!

  112. Love sweet and spicy!

  113. John Leahy says:

    Looks so good. Flavorful and different.

  114. I am not a fan of hot, spicy foods but my stepfather totally is. This is something I can easily make for him when he comes to visit!

  115. Looks tasty and love the color.. This would be great with some chicken YUM!

  116. Rebecca B says:

    I love mango in the summer — great recipe!

  117. Amanda Sakovitz says:

    id love to try this recipe

  118. Linda K. says:

    This recipe sounds so fun!

  119. cassandra says:

    This sounds absolutely delicious. I would love to use this 🙂

  120. amy rouse says:

    my son in law, the chef, would love this

  121. I hit up Whole Foods when they had their crazy Mango sale and got an entire case for like $16! It was crazy!

    coriwestphal at msn dot com

  122. Linda Kish says:

    This looks like something my son would like but his wife is allergic to mangoes.

  123. Mangoes are the best!

  124. Catherine Shaw says:

    Lovely color too, perfect for summertime, I would think.

  125. Colleen G says:

    Sounds delicious!

  126. Lawrence Walker says:


  127. Love it! Thanks for the Giveaway!

  128. Terri Quick says:

    Sounds yummy 🙂

  129. Amanda Sakovitz says:

    This looks so yummy!

  130. Thomas Murphy says:

    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  131. I would love to try this recipe. It sounds like the mangos would balance out the habanero. I love the blend of sweet and spicy!!

  132. Natalie U says:

    Interesting my not really my taste…I will pass this on to my daughter. She’s the chef of the family and loves mango and extra hot things.
    pedidentalasst at yahoo dot com

  133. I will be honest, I am intrigued; I would try it, but I can’t say I’m not scared of it!

  134. roberta Saper says:

    I love the combination.

  135. Debbie LaCoste says:


  136. Debbie Petch says:

    I love spicy sauces!

  137. This sauce looks really delicious.

  138. This looks and sounds amazing. My husband loves different hot sauces and I can’t for him to try it 🙂

  139. Thomas Murphy says:

    Looks good! Thanks for the giveaway!

  140. This is just mango-licious!

  141. Wow! I can already imagine what this tastes like. I need it in my life!

  142. I tried this recipe last weekend, I did go a little overbaord on the peppers but it was still absolutely amazing.
    Thankyou so much, this one will become a regular for us.

    • I’m glad you liked it and will be making it again! If you keep the extra-hot stuff bottled in the refrigerator, it will actually mellow with time.

  143. I just made this and it’s officially one of the best sauces I’ve ever created! The color is beautiful and the texture is perfect. I live in Italy and I am really missing the Mexican food and ingredients I was accustomed to cooking with in the USA. This will be a great way to spice up some homemade tacos .

    I blended my version of this hot sauce in a Magic Bullet until it was very smooth. I only used one habanero pepper and omitted the seeds (I just harvested a REALLY HOT batch so one was enough!) I got my hands on the only mangoes I could find (your typical big red-green South American kind) and threw in a ripe peach for good measure! I used wine vinegar instead of rice vinegar and also substituted green onions with shallots! Considering the alterations I’ve made to the recipe, it still turned out wonderfully. Thanks for the inspiration!

  144. I just made a batch of this sauce, very hot but still delicious. I had to use a different type of mango, because the Ataulfo mango I had bought were really sour.

  145. I would love to try this recipe but was wondering if I could can it in a water bath for longer shelf life.?

  146. Pam Price says:

    I just made this sauce, can’t wait for hubby to try it and let me know how it is ???? it turned out a little thick I hope he can get it out of the bottle ! I’m sure adding a little water will solve that once he uses a little. Does this have to be refrigerated or can it stay out?

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  148. It’s amazingly spicy o.O

  149. I made your mango hot sauce. The end result was amazing. I used 3 scotch bonnets instead of 4 so my wife and kids could use it. I will be making this again.

  150. I love this! I made it in 15 minutes, and its delicious!

  151. Will make tomorrow. How about freezing in smallest mason jars to have whenever you get the urge. Cook once – enjoy for months….a little at a time. Maybe some pineapple sauce….passion fruit sauce….

  152. how would dried habaneros work in this recipe? do you think it would be okay? many thanks, the recipe looks amazing.

  153. marie-soleil says:

    Heya! Thanks for the recipe! I tried it last week and it was amaaazing. I made a few small bottles that I will share with family and friends. Super awesome! Thanks a lot again.

  154. Mason Mabrito says:

    The directions only state to include the mango flesh, does this recipe not use the insides of the mangos?

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  156. It is absolutely the best. I just made it and added it to the staples list of our house. Thank you

  157. hi
    How much sauce is made with the recipe above? Likely canning in 8 oz jar. Planning on making a batch but only time to make 1 go at it. thanks!


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