Add some serious pep to your appetizers with a bold and tangy mango dipping sauce. This recipe comes together in a snap and is perfect to enjoy as a condiment on burgers or sandwiches, or a dip for sausage balls and chicken tenders.
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Why We Love Mango Dipping Sauce
Homemade condiments are a healthier option, and this one is a great substitute for any bottled variety.
A bright and tangy mango chili sauce is terrific to pair with savory snacks and main dishes. It’s bold, but without being too spicy or overpowering, and it’s sweet but not too sweet – in other words, it’s delightful!
This makes an already easy recipe even easier – no prep or worries about cutting up a fresh mango. Yay for that. Don’t worry about having extra mangoes in the freezer, either. You can use them to make a refreshing mango orange smoothie to enjoy for breakfast.
Ingredient Notes and Substitutions
- 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 – We use Amore Chili Pepper Paste for that much-needed kick of heat. Or, use red pepper flakes or cayenne if that’s what you have on hand.
- Honey – this boosts the sweetness of the sauce. However, you can use agave for a vegan option.
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.
Below are the steps and tips to make a 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:
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.
- Ninja Foodi Blender (affiliate link)
The images shown in this post are making the chili mango sauce in the Ninja Foodi blender and processor.
Uses for Mango Dipping 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.
Also, this is perfect to serve with steamed white rice, cooked veggies, and more sauce savory recipes needing a dip on the side.
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!
Recipe Tips for the Best Chili Sauce
First, add the first 5 ingredients to your blender or food processor.
Then, fully blend it until smooth without leaving any chunks of mango. This will take about 2-3 minutes on high speed.
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.
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.
Mango Dipping Sauce FAQ
How do I adjust the spiciness of chili sauce?
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.
Keep this homemade condiment in an airtight container, and it should stay fresh in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
For a longer shelf life, you can freeze the mango dipping sauce for up to 2 months. Then thaw and reheat in the microwave in short bursts when you want to use it.
Asian Mango Dipping Sauce
- blender or food processor
- 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)
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons water, for thinning the sauce (add more if needed)
- 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.
- 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.