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I discovered this mango pilipili recipe when I stumbled upon Dennis Ombachi’s blog. He’s a food blogger who writes simple to follow recipes with easily available ingredients. His pictures are amazing. I gave my own special twist to his recipe- adding my own ingredients and using what I had at my disposal. Many of these ingredients are easy to find and the combo delivered an amazing result. Never in my wildest dreams would I have imagined the flavors that make up my homemade mango pilipili.

I used the following;

Homemade Mango Sauce

-1 large ripe mango

-3 tbsp. olive oil

-4 green chilies, seeds intact

-8 garlic cloves

-½ a red onion

-1 tbsp. rosemary leaves

-2 limes

-1 tbsp. oregano

-1 tbsp. paprika

-1 tbsp. curry powder

-A pinch of masala

-1 tsp. mustard (not pictured)

-1 tsp. Kentaste coconut milk (not pictured)

-¼ cup vinegar (not pictured)

-salt to taste


Total time: 10 minutes

Prep time: 5 minutes

Start by dicing your mango and other ingredients. I always do this because my blender isn’t very powerful. Toss in your mango, cloves, green chillies, rosemary, oregano, coconut milk and red onion into the blender. Puree until all ingredients mix together. Add your olive oil, juice of 2 limes, mustard, vinegar and salt at this point. Blend until you are happy with the consistency.

Homemade Mango Sauce

My Experience

This homemade mango chilli is incredibly easy to make which got me asking myself why I don’t do this more often. Kish is saying goodbye to all processed hot sauces from today! This mango pilipili smells so fresh. I can smell its goodness the minute I open my glass tub.

Homemade Mango Sauce

Its aroma screams “Please put me in your mouth”. And when you do… for the first few seconds you feel like the heavens have opened. The first thing you taste is that delicious mango followed by an explosion of chilli flavors. It’s like the flavors sneak up on you and surprise you with how hot they are. It’s like a sweet chilli kiss. I store it in the refrigerator in a recycled Kentaste Coconut Oil jar.

Homemade Mango Sauce

This is not a sauce for the light hearted. It can be used on meats, salads and stew if you want that extra burn. I loved every minute of preparation. This would definitely surprise a spicy food lover or can also make for a great gift for the foodie in your life. Will you be trying this recipe? Let me know in the comments below.