Who likes sweet and spicy combos? Like our jalapeno corn dip and redneck caviar recipe, that’s exactly what you get with this easy and delicious mango habanero salsa dip recipe. This is the perfect appetizer for summer to snack on by the pool or share at an outdoor barbeque!
This mango habanero salsa is made with sweet and refreshing fruits like mango and pineapple and also includes chopped red onion, tomato, fresh cilantro, lime juice, and habanero for some extra flavor and heat.
Reasons you’ll love this recipe
- PARTY FAVORITE: This mango habanero salsa will be a hit at your next outing. Just like our loaded baked potato dip recipe, imitation crab dip, cheese dip for nachos recipe, redneck caviar, and jalapeno corn dip recipes, this is an addicting appetizer your family and friends won’t be able to stop snacking on.
- QUICK AND EASY: This pineapple & mango salsa comes together in under 15 minutes following simple steps.
- HEALTHY: I don’t know about you, but I feel a lot better snacking away at a dip when it doesn’t only taste delicious, but it's also healthy for you. Everything in this recipe is super healthy and offers an abundance of nutrients, so you can feel good while you dip away!
Ingredients you’ll need
- MANGOS: The mangos add a delicious sweet flavor to the dip.
- PINEAPPLE: Pineapple pairs well with the mango and give the dip a sweet and tart flavor.
- RED ONION: The chopped red onion adds a crunchy texture and a sharp bite that helps balance the sweeter ingredients in the dip.
- TOMATO: A classic ingredient in most salsa recipes, so you can’t forget this one!
- RED PEPPER: A red bell pepper adds some sweetness and a crunchy texture.
- HABANERO: One habanero is more than enough for this recipe because they’re SUPER hot. But one is the perfect amount for a delicious flavor with just a hint of heat because most of the heat is stripped once it’s combined with the other ingredients.
- CILANTRO: Chopped fresh cilantro adds a vibrant earthy flavor to the dip. If you’re not a cilantro fan, no problem! Try parsley instead, or totally go without. It will still taste amazing.
- LIME JUICE: The fresh lime juice in this recipe really brightens up this dish. It’s super refreshing and complements all the other ingredients.
- CHILI POWDER: The chili powder is a great spice that ties all the ingredients together.
- SALT: The salt helps enhance the tasty flavors of all the ingredients.
- TORTILLA CHIPS: Tortilla chips are great for dipping because they’re thick chips and can scoop really well!
See the recipe card below for the ingredient measurements.
Kitchen tools to help you
- KNIFE: For chopping the ingredients.
- CUTTING BOARD: For safely chopping the ingredients and protecting your countertops.
- LATEX GLOVES: You may want to consider using a pair of latex gloves when you’re chopping the habanero to avoid getting any of the pepper or seeds on your eyes. If you choose not to wear any, try to avoid touching the inside of the pepper or the seeds and wash your hands immediately after you chop it.
- CITRUS JUICER: For juicing the lime. You can also use your hands to squeeze the juice from the limes once you cut the lime in half.
- SERVING BOWL: For serving the salsa dip.
- MEASURING SPOONS AND CUPS: For measuring the ingredients.
How to make this recipe
- Combine: In a mixing bowl, combine and mix all the ingredients together.
- Serve: Transfer the dip to a serving dish and serve it with tortilla chips.
Recipe Expert Tips
- Pick the right mangos. Look for mangos that are evolving from green to a red/orange colour and give a little when you press them. If they’re firm, they aren’t ready, but if they’re squishy, they’re overripe.
- Learn how to cut a mango if you haven’t before. It’s easier than you think if you just follow some simple steps!
- Learning how to cut a pineapple is just as easy as cutting a mango. Click on the link for the details.
- Be careful with the habanero, they’re hot! Consider wearing latex gloves when you chop the habanero, and be sure to wash your hands with soap right after!
How to store the salsa
Store any leftover salsa in the refrigerator covered in plastic wrap or transfer it to an airtight container and store for up to 5 days. While stored, it will become a bit runny as the juices from the various ingredients will start to release but still tastes great.
Substitutes and Additions
- Papaya: Try swapping the mango for papaya if you’re interested. It has a similar texture as mangos; they’re sweet and pair well with the habanero flavor.
- Corn: Corn is a very common ingredient in a lot of salsa variations. If you like corn, add some to this dip recipe; it’s sweet and will complement the other flavors of the dip well.
- Avocado: Avocado is an excellent addition for giving the dip a creamy texture and rich flavor. Be sure to add the avocado just before serving the dip to avoid it browning.
The alternative ingredients are just suggestions and have not been tested.Print