Roasted Mango and Habanero Salsa

This week got off to a rough start. As often happens on Sunday nights, I found myself unable to sleep a wink. The problem is I think too much. I think about the few pounds that showed up on the scale after an indulgent dinner the night before, even though I know they’ll go away almost as quickly as they came on. I think that my bench press should be progressing much more than it has been (which is not at all in the past three months.) I think about a blogger recipe challenge I want to participate in, which requires me baking and blogging something between the time that Passover ends and May begins (that’s not much of a window.) I think about committees that I’ve over-committed myself too and the events that seem to fill every waking moment of every of every foreseeable weekend for the next three months.

I think I need a vacation, even though I only came into my office two days last week. Note: that doesn’t mean I wasn’t working. I think I worked harder in my kitchen on those “days off” than I ever do at my paid job.

But, I don’t really think about what’s for dinner this week. I’m not worried about it, because I know I’ll pop my head into Google reader and find a million and one delicious ideas. Like roasting a couple mangos and a habanero pepper to make an incredibly simple salsa. I never would have thought of that, but Ella did. And it made perfect sense. Roasting has this way of making sweetness pop from vegetables where you never knew it existed, so imagine what it would do to fruits. I did, and I knew I had to try it immediately.

Of course, there was a little thinking required about what to actually do with this salsa. (As if eating this intensely sweet concoction balanced with just the right amount of fire with a spoon out of the food processor wasn’t good enough.) But that part came naturally, and I’ll fill you in very soon. In the meantime, I bet you have a few ideas of your own. Care to share?

Roasted Mango and Habanero Salsa
Adapted from Naturally Ella
Printable Recipe

2 mangoes, peeled and diced
1/2 cup chopped onion
2 cloves of garlic, minced
big pinch of salt
1 small habanero pepper
juice from 1/2 of a lime

Preheat oven to 425ºF. Arrange the mangoes, onions, and garlic on a baking sheet. Sprinkle with salt, spray with cooking spray, and toss to combine. Roast for 25 minutes, turning once or twice, until the onions are tender.

Meanwhile, roast the pepper over a gas flame or under the broiler until charred on all sides. Allow to cool, then peel, seed, and mince the pepper.

Place the roasted mango mixture in a food processor with the habanero pepper (start with half of the pepper and add to taste, if desired.) Squeeze the lime juice in and add another big pinch of salt. Pulse to desired consistency.

Makes 1 1/4 cups, or 10 2-tablespoon servings.

Nutritional Info

Servings Per Recipe: 10
Amount Per Serving
Calories: 31.8
Total Fat: 0.1 g
Cholesterol: 0.0 mg
Sodium: 1.2 mg
Total Carbs: 8.2 g
Protein: 0.4 g

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28 Responses to “Roasted Mango and Habanero Salsa”

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    Annapet — April 27, 2011 @ 3:16 am Reply

    Thanks for sharing this! I love the flavor of habanero though I cannot handle the heat. Fortunately there is Zavory pepper that is mild…

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    My Scene and Herd — April 27, 2011 @ 3:54 am Reply

    all fruit salsas i could eat with a spoon! this looks incredible. i had a pineapple salsa sample in whole foods the other day and just about died.

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    Natalie Perry — April 27, 2011 @ 3:59 am Reply

    I think you've given me the courage to touch a habanero :) It has to be palatable with all of that mango!P.S. If I can't sleep, it's because I can't turn my brain off, too. Why is it that men don't seem to have that problem? At least mine doesn't.

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    The Café Sucré Farine — April 27, 2011 @ 9:39 am Reply

    yum! I never would have thought of roasting mangos but this looks fabulous! Of course it seems that roasting makes anything taste better! Great photos

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    Barbara — April 27, 2011 @ 12:19 pm Reply

    This seems to be a month for roasting new and unusual things, Cara. Never would have occurred to me to roast mango. This looks wonderful!

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    Cara — April 27, 2011 @ 12:33 pm Reply

    Thank you! I agree, roasting anything always seems to take it up a notch :)

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    Cara — April 27, 2011 @ 12:34 pm Reply

    Mine doesn't either! It doesn't help my rambling thoughts as he starts to snore and jealousy sets in.

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    Cara — April 27, 2011 @ 12:35 pm Reply

    You know, I was thinking that roasted pineapple salsa might be next!

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    Cara — April 27, 2011 @ 12:36 pm Reply

    You're welcome! And yes, you could absolutely try this with different peppers.

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    Dawn Hutchins — April 27, 2011 @ 1:20 pm Reply

    I'm with you girl. I need a vacation too. I was thinking of cutting back to posting twice a week as I can't seem to get everything done. I can't remember the last time I actually picked up a book to read. This salsa looks delish. I do exactly the same thing when I need inspiration!

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    Emily — April 27, 2011 @ 1:42 pm Reply

    Yes! Spicy and sweet. And grilled. Perfection.

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    Maria — April 27, 2011 @ 1:55 pm Reply

    I love mango salsa, I will have to try your roasted version next time!

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    Shawnda — April 27, 2011 @ 2:52 pm Reply

    This reminds me of something I had out… Roasted mango and strawberry salsa over salmon. It was so good! Thanks for bringing that memory back – I suddenly need to eat salmon :)

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    Julie — April 27, 2011 @ 3:38 pm Reply

    I noted that recipe on her blog and then proceeded to forget all about it! Thanks for reminding me how awesome it sounds. I would probably pair it with simple fish tacos or throw it in a pot of black beans with a little tequila and cilantro. :)Ah, I too spend my Sunday nights pondering the weekend happenings that caused my scale to jump such epic proportions. :(

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    Chrysta — April 27, 2011 @ 4:30 pm Reply

    Cara!! how are you? I have to say you just made my favorite thing ever. I LOVE a spicy mango salsa. If I could Id live off of salsa. I just love that you roasted it too..Im so craving this now…Sooooo good! hope your having a rockin' week so far!

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    Kaytorade — April 27, 2011 @ 4:47 pm Reply

    I would have this with brie in a quesadilla!

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    Joanne — April 27, 2011 @ 5:23 pm Reply

    I'm a thinker also and sleep eludes me or is at least pretty hard to get to on many nights. As soon as I start to try to study or go through some of my index cards, though…it gets easier. :PThis salsa looks delicious! I would definitely never have thought to roast mangoes! I'm thinking it would be fabulous in a quesadilla with some cheddar or even brie. Swoon.

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    Shanon — April 27, 2011 @ 5:34 pm Reply

    i HAVE to make this. immediately. especially because mangoes are everywhere. my first instinct is to put this on tacos. because i love tacos. but i also think it belongs with some fish dish. thank you!

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    DeliciousDish — April 27, 2011 @ 5:47 pm Reply

    I work really hard in the kitchen too so I completely understand! I've been thinking a lot lately about making a mango salsa… not sure how it popped into my head. I think some modification of this would be perfect — only because I am a wimp and couldn't handle the habaneros!

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    Susan B — April 27, 2011 @ 6:53 pm Reply

    Cara-that salsa will be wonderful on top of any type of firm grilled/pan fried white fish.I made a mango salsa with avocado and put it with halibut-great combo:http://eatlittleeatbig.blogspot.com/2010/12/recipe-and-method-for-pan-sauteed.html

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    Lizzy — April 28, 2011 @ 1:43 am Reply

    I've been having trouble sleeping lately too- too much on my mind! I will definitely have to try this salsa- I don;t make homemade salsas enough and I really should!

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    grace — April 28, 2011 @ 6:30 am Reply

    spicy and sweet and juicy and zesty–this is an ideal salsa! :)

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    megi — April 28, 2011 @ 10:44 am Reply

    Hi Cara, your photos are amazing, I just want to grab a spoon and taste. Looking at the ingredients, I think my daughter would love this, okay, minus the habanero because she is only 16 months old, I'll definitely try this, thank you for sharing.

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    Kerstin — April 29, 2011 @ 2:14 am Reply

    Roasting mangos is such a great idea! This looks like a huge crowd pleaser.

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    sheila @ Elements — April 30, 2011 @ 5:25 pm Reply

    I've never tried roasting mangoes before, but I sure would love to try it…especially with habeneros! Sounds so good, and your pictures are excellent…so much so they're making my mouth water! :)

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    sheila @ Elements — June 1, 2011 @ 2:00 am Reply

    I've never tried roasting mangoes before, but I sure would love to try it…especially with habeneros! Sounds so good, and your pictures are excellent…so much so they're making my mouth water! :)

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    Julie — June 1, 2011 @ 2:00 am Reply

    I noted that recipe on her blog and then proceeded to forget all about it! Thanks for reminding me how awesome it sounds. I would probably pair it with simple fish tacos or throw it in a pot of black beans with a little tequila and cilantro. :)Ah, I too spend my Sunday nights pondering the weekend happenings that caused my scale to jump such epic proportions. :(

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    Sheila @ Elements — June 15, 2011 @ 12:25 am Reply

    Sounds awesome and looks so pretty! I'll have to try this! :)

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