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Mango Sweet Chili Sauce

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Add some serious pep to the table with a bold and tangy mango sweet chili sauce recipe! It is quick and easy to prepare with only 5 ingredients, including fresh or frozen mangos. It makes a delicious bottled sweet chili sauce substitute and is perfect to enjoy as a dip for sausage balls, chicken tenders, or a flavorful condiment with all of your favorite savory dishes!

sweet mango sauce and pimento cheese balls being dipped into the sauce

Why We Love This Easy Recipe

Homemade sweet chili sauce is a great substitute for any bottled variety. And, this easy chili mango sauce recipe includes only a handful of wholesome ingredients and is quick to make in just 10 minutes.

A bright and tangy mango chili sauce is terrific to pair with savory snacks and main dishes. It’s bold without being too spicy or overpowering, and it’s sweet but not too sweet – in other words, it’s delightful!

The sauce gets its sweetness from a bit of honey and a generous cup of mango chunks.

See our tips below in the ingredients on how to find fresh or frozen precut mango chunks. This makes an already easy recipe even easier – no prep or worries about cutting up a fresh mango. Yay for that!

5 Ingredient Sweet and Spicy Sauce

  • Mango chunks – use fresh or frozen (and thawed *) to give the perfect balance of sweet and savory flavor
  • Lime juice – freshly squeezed from lime is best, this gives the sauce a fresh tartness
  • Chili paste – for that much-needed kick of heat – my favorite brand is Amore Chili Pepper Paste
  • Honey – or agave for a vegan chili mango sauce recipe
  • Salt – this brings out the sweetness in the honey without leaving a salty taste behind

Did you know that they sell frozen mango chunks in the freezer section? Just grab a bag on your next grocery trip and keep them in your freezer for the ready.

It is the best way is to always have mango chunks on hand. They are just as delicious as fresh mangos are. Not to mention, frozen mangoes are easier to find than fresh ones, especially outside of mango season.

Skip the prep of cutting your own mangos. You’ll find precut mango chunks in the produce section of most grocery stores.

In addition to the ingredients above, you will need to add a bit of water for thinning out the sauce.

a bottle of honey, a container of mango chunks, a lime, salt, and chili paste

Below are the steps and tips to make a perfect, full cup of sauce to use as a dip with sausage balls, chicken tenders, and more!

How to Cut a Mango

Do you know the easiest way to cut a mango into chunks? Well, until a few years ago didn’t either. So I turned to YouTube.

Here’s a video to show you how to cut a mango:

https://youtu.be/mDHSf7LVWJA

EQUIPMENT Needed for this Recipe

Since this is a smooth, blended sauce, you will need a blender (or a food processor) for this recipe. Once you add all of the ingredients, the blender does all of the work in seconds.

The images shown in this post are making the chili mango sauce in the Ninja Foodi blender and processor.

How to Use Chili Sauce

This phenomenal condiment is great to use in any number of ways!

Use it as an ingredient to make other recipes, like classic meatballs with a slight tweak. Just substitute any milk with the chili sauce for meatballs that are juicy with bold chili and mango bold flavor.

Just add cups of sweet chili dipping sauce for Bisquick sausage balls or Pimento Cheese Sausage Balls on party and appetizer platters.

Also, this is perfect to serve with steamed white rice, cooked veggies, and more sauce savory recipes needing a dip on the side.

a bowl of mango sweet chili sauce with a sausage ball being dipped in the sauce on a white tray with a red and white napkin in the background

Or, use the sauce as a dip for fried and baked snacks, like mini egg rolls and pigs in a blanket. We love to use it as a dip with bang bang shrimp or as a sauce option for stir fry!

Finally, are you tired of the same ketchup? Serve chili mango dipping sauce with chicken tenders and chicken fingers for a more exciting meal.

How to make Mango sweet Chili Sauce

First, add the first 5 ingredients to your blender or food processor.

ingredients for sauce for sausage balls and chicken tenders in the blender, ready to blend together

Then, fully blend it until smooth without leaving any chunks of mango. This will take about 2-3 minutes on high speed.

spicy mango sauce blended smoothly in the blender

After that, taste the sauce and adjust the salt or chili paste to your liking. If the mango chili sauce is too thick, add water a tablespoon at a time. 

pouring out the best sweet chili sauce from the blender into a serving dish

To warm the mango sweet chili sauce, add the dipping sauce to a microwave-safe container. Microwave it for 30 seconds at a time, stirring in between, until warm.

To store, keep the sauce in a sealed container and store it in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

Frequently Asked Questions

What can you substitute for fresh mango to make sweet chili sauce?

Frozen mango chunks are great to use for an even easier easy recipe.

How do you make spicy mango chili sauce more mild or spicier?

We use 1 teaspoon of chili paste for a dip with some kick. Start with just 1/2 teaspoon for a fairly mild sauce. Then, see how you like the flavor before moving up to a full teaspoon. For a spicier sweet chili sauce, you can use 1 1/2-2 teaspoons of the paste.

a tray of pimento cheese balls with sweet mango sauce

How long does homemade chili sauce last?

Keep the sauce in a sealed container and store it in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

It can even be frozen! Just store it in a freezer-safe airtight container then keep it in the freezer for up to 2 months. Then thaw and reheat in the microwave in short bursts if you want to use it.

The Best Chili Mango Sauce Recipe

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Mango Sweet Chili Sauce

Chili mango sauce is quick and easy to prepare with only 5 ingredients, including fresh or frozen mangos! It's a delicious bottled sweet chili sauce substitute, and is perfect to enjoy as a dip for sausage balls or as a flavorful condiment with all of your favorite savory dishes.
Course Side Dish, Snack, Appetizer
Cuisine Asian, American
Keyword dipping sauce, sauce for snacks, sweet and spicy sauce, homemade chili sauce, chicken tenders dip, Appetizers
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 35kcal

Equipment

  • blender or food processor

Ingredients

  • 1 cup mango chunks, fresh or thawed (see notes)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice (the juice of 1 lime)
  • 1 ½ tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon chili paste (to taste, if you prefer very mild spice add ½ teaspoon to start)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons water, for thinning the sauce (add more if needed)

Instructions

  • Add the first 5 ingredients to your blender or food processor. Blend until smooth and fully blended, about 1-2 minutes.
  • Taste the sauce, adjusting the salt or chili paste to your liking. If the mango chili sauce is too thick, add water a tablespoon at a time until perfectly smooth and ready for dipping.
  • To warm the mango sweet chili sauce, add the dipping sauce to a microwave-safe container and microwave for 30 seconds at a time, stirring in between, until warm.
  • Serve with chicken tenders, chicken strips, sausage balls, meatballs, lumpia and egg rolls, or with stir fry.

Notes

This recipe makes a little over 1 cup of chili mango sauce.
Recipe tips:
  • Look for precut mango chunks at your grocery store in the produce department or deli, or frozen mango chunks in the freezer aisle.
  • You can find chili paste in the ethnic aisle or order it from Amazon my favorite brand is Amore Chili Pepper Paste (linked). 
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks, or freeze for up to 2 months.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 35kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 195mg | Potassium: 58mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 302IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 1mg

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