Mango and Habanero Sauce

Sweet, spicy and ready to go on whatever you're grilling this summer
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83% would make again
Easy Mango Habanero Hot Sauce Recipe
Photo: Nadine Horn and Jörg Mayer

There's always at least one person at the barbecue who's more tofu dog than sausage and peppers, or who lets out a sad sigh when they hear the beans were cooked with bacon. But new cookbook VBQ is here to make sure vegans don't have something to just cope with at a summer cookout—rather, that there are plenty of dishes both non- and meat eaters alike can look forward to. Like this hot sauce, which would make anyone who calls vegan food "bland" eat their words. Habaneros, while not quite at burn-your-face-off level, pack more heat than the milder jalapeño—so proceed with caution, or adjust the heat to an extent by deseeding them before cooking. 

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Mango and Habanero Sauce

Recipe from 'VBQ: The Ultimate Vegan Barbecue Cookbook' © Nadine Horn and Jörg Mayer, 2018. Photographs copyright © Nadine Horn and Jörg Mayer. Illustrations copyright © Nessa Horn. Reprinted by permission of the publisher, The Experiment. Available wherever books are sold.

Yield: About 1 cup

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes


3 habanero peppers, stemmed (and seeded for less heat)

½ mango, peeled and pitted

3 tablespoons white vinegar

1 garlic clove

2½ tablespoons muscovado or dark brown sugar

1½ teaspoons maple syrup

1 teaspoon salt


1. Combine the habaneros with the mango, vinegar and garlic in a blender, and process until smooth.

2. Boil the sugar with 2 tablespoons water and add the habanero and mango purée. Simmer, uncovered, for 20 minutes.

3. Season with the maple syrup and salt.

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