Mango Habanero: Guide To This Sweet Heat Hot Sauce

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Mango habanero hot sauce is the perfect balance between sweet and heat. It's popular in Caribbean cooking and on chicken wings, pork, and grilled vegetables. The combination of sweet mango and spicy, fruity habaneros is suitable as a hot sauce, salsa, or barbeque sauce. You can buy it in just about any store, or with a few ingredients and prep time, you can comfortably make it home.  

What Is Mango Habanero Hot Sauce?

Mango habanero hot sauce highlights the superb combination of Caribbean habanero chilis with mango’s sweet and tropical succulent flavors. 

Great for adding a kick to your meals, the fiery and fruity sauce is delicious on chicken wings, ribs, grilled vegetables and even tater tots or hash browns. It’s the go-to flavor combination for any meal when you want a hot-sweet sauce.

Three variations of the Mango Habanero hot sauce are common:

  • Mango Habanero Hot Sauce – In the original version of this hot sauce, mango, habanero, garlic, vinegar and sometimes sugar is simmered and then blended into a puree. Other recipes add more vinegar and ferment the sauce for a tangier flavor. 
  • Mango Habanero Salsa – With this variety, a blender isn’t necessary. Simply dice the mango, habanero, garlic, and shallot and toss them with cilantro and lime juice for acidity for a deliciously fresh and spicy tropical salsa on Mexican tacos and Caribbean dishes.
  • Mango Habanero Barbeque Sauce – For a sweeter, thicker variety of the hot sauce, you can slather on chicken and ribs, you’ll find recipes that add brown sugar, ketchup, tomato sauce and vinegar. 
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Fresh mango habanero salsa with salmon and rice.

How Spicy Is Mango Habanero Sauce?

Most bottled mango habanero hot sauces on the market are 5,000-250,000 SHUs. For perspective, the famous Tabasco Sauce is 3,750 SHUs. 

Habaneros are 100,000 to 350,000 SHUs on the Scoville scale, meaning they’re a very hot pepper. However, the mango in the sauce mellows the heat a bit and brings out the sweet, floral spiciness of the peppers. 

Like all hot sauces, making fresh mango habanero sauce home allows you to control the heat level. You can even substitute jalapeno peppers for the habaneros for a significantly less spicy sauce. However, doing so will change the flavor profile as green jalapenos have a more verdent and fresh flavor.

What Does Mango Habanero Hot Sauce Taste Like?

The tropical and juicy flavor of mangos complements the habanero pepper’s heat for a hot-sweet sauce that boasts a spicy, floral taste with a bit of fruity flair.

What Is Mango Habanero Good On?

You can use mango habanero sauce as a condiment on almost anything. 

Mango habanero is especially good on chicken wings. It has taken the restaurant industry by storm after becoming a staple on a popular wing spot’s menu. The combination of sweetness and heat makes it the perfect pairing for island dishes like grilled shrimp, pork, fish, or chicken. It is also fantastic on ribs, nachos, and tacos.

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Spicy mango habanero chicken wings.

Is Mango Habanero A BBQ Sauce?

It can be! Combining mango and habanero with traditional BBQ sauce ingredients, like tomato sauce and sugar, creates a sweet and tangy sauce. 

Check out this habanero sauce recipe to make a sweet and spicy barbecue sauce.

Note: When using mango habanero BBQ sauce, be careful when grilling, so it doesn’t burn with the mango and sugar. Like with other BBQ sauces, brush it on during the last few minutes of cooking, or get a sear on the meat and then move it to finish cooking over indirect heat. 

Is Bottled Sauce Any Good?

Oh yes, the bottled sauce is good! The key is to find one you like since there are many brands to choose from. In addition to offering all of the convenience of a bottled hot sauce, mango habanero sauce looks beautiful in your refrigerator door with its vibrant yellow-orange color. 

You can find bottled mango habanero sauce in most grocery stores or order them through Amazon.

Bottles or jars are handy for storage in a fridge for up to 3 months. 

How To Make Your Own Mango Habanero Hot Sauce

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mango habanero sauce

Mango Habanero Hot Sauce

  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 128 servings 1x


Making your own Mango Habanero hot sauce at home is effortless. This particular hot sauce recipe boasts a sweet beginning and then packs a kick at the end. This makes a BIG batch of hot sauce – perfect for gifting at the holidays or canning!


Units Scale
  • 1 rough chopped sweet or white onion
  • 2 tbsp light cooking oil, like grapeseed or avocado
  • 15 Habanero peppers, destemmed and deveined, roughly chopped
  • 7 mangos, peeled, corred, and diced
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 2 tbsp salt
  • 2 tbsp paprika – sweet, hot, or smoked
  • 1 tbsp white pepper
  • 1/2 cups apple cider vinegar
  • 1 1/2 cups distilled white vinegar
  • 1/41/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 tsp ground allspice
  • 1 tbsp ground cumin


  1. Sautee diced onions in oil over medium heat until translucent and soft. You can also sautee the habaneros to mellow the heat a bit.
  2. Combine onions and remaining ingredients in a food processor, and blend until smooth.
  3. Pour sauce into a large pan and bring to a simmer. Simmer until thickened, 10-15 minutes.
  4. Pour into airtight containers and store in refrigerator.
  5. Note: Always wear gloves when handling habanero chili peppers. The capsaicin oil in hot chiles can cause pepper burns on your skin or in your eyes that can last for hours. 
  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Cuisine: Caribbean


  • Calories: 80

Nutritional Information For Mango Habanero Sauce

Two tablespoons of mango habanero sauce have 18g of carbohydrates, 0 grams of protein, 80 calories, and 0.5g of fat.


ErIka didn’t grow up with gardening or peppers but she’s turned out to be a spicy foods enthusiast. Today, she not only loves super-hot chilies but also finds solace growing hot peppers. She grows different types of peppers using growing devices, automated indoor gardens, and containers. Keep it here for all matters peppers!

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