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Mango Chutney: Add Tropical Flavor to Your Next Meal (or Sandwich!)

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This mango chutney recipe can be processed in a water bath canner for a shelf stable pantry item or be savored fresh.

Looking for more ways to preserve the flavors of summertime? Check out this collection of some of my family’s favorite recipes!

White bowl full of mango chutney

My husband and I were out running errands the other day when we happened across several mango trees dropping ripe mangos onto the narrow roadway. Cars had driven over what must have been hundreds of pounds of fruit, and the road was mushy and smelled heavily of fermented mangoes.

Instead of driving by as so many had clearly done before us, I convinced my husband to stop so I could gather some of the undamaged mangoes. I came home with about 40 pounds of not-so-perfect fruit that was still plenty good for doing a little canning. I made mango butter in the slow cooker. It got a resounding “meh” from my boys. This mango chutney recipe, on the other hand, got several thumbs up. It’s a great recipe; I love chutney as a pantry staple, since it’s a little bit special and good for when unexpected guest arrive at my door. (It’s delicious spooned over cream cheese and served with crackers — easy, peasy!)

Related: Summer Canning Recipes

White bowl full of mango chutney, plus a canning jar full

Sweet and savory mango chutney recipe

The making of this mango chutney recipe is simple. It’s mostly a lot of chopping and a little simmering on the stove. You’ll need to stir occasionally during the cooking time, but it doesn’t demand a lot of attention.

Once cooked, serve it warm with roasted chicken or allow it to cool and add it to a sandwich. It’s good served alongside soft cheese and crackers, too. Store this mango chutney in the fridge for several weeks.

onion and red bell pepper coarsely chopped

To preserve this mango chutney recipe so it will last all year, you’ll need to process it in a water bath canner to make it shelf stable.

Canning Safety

Canning is an excellent way to preserve food for the pantry, but there are some important safety considerations to keep in mind. 

  • Know the difference between water bath canning and pressure canning. Low acid items must be pressure canned for safety. 
  • Altering ingredients may change the recipe’s pH, posing a safety issue. 
  • Use the proper jars and lids. Never reuse lids, with the exception of the Tattler lids that are intended for such a purpose.
  • For more on canning equipment, please go here
  • Start with clean half-pint or pint-size jars.
  • Spoon hot mango chutney into jars to within half an inch of the rim.
  • Wipe jar rims with a damp cloth to ensure sealing.
  • Set lid on jar and screw canning ring on finger tight.
  • Process in a boiling water canner for 10 minutes if you are below 1,000′ elevation, 20 minutes if you’re between 1,000′ to 6,000′, or 25 minutes above 6,000′.
  • Use a jar lifter to remove hot jars from the water bath and set them on a towel-covered countertop for several hours. [More about canning equipment here.]
  • Allow to sit undisturbed for 8 hours or overnight. As jars cool, the lids will seal (that pleasing little ‘tink’ is a canner’s favorite sound! Check this by pushing in the center of cooled jars (don’t do this when they’re hot). If the lid is solid, the jar is sealed. If it flexes, it’s not. Put unsealed jars in the fridge and use those first.
  • Remove rings from sealed jars, rinse and dry jars, then store in the pantry.

Related: Tomato Chutney

White bowl full of mango chutney

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Mango Chutney Recipe

Mango Chutney Recipe

Yield: 12 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

This mango chutney hits the right sweet and spicy notes to accompany both sweet and savory dishes.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 3/4 cup honey
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and diced (about 1 cup)
  • 1 medium red onion, diced, (about 1 cup)
  • 1/3 cup organic raisins, (I prefer organic)
  • 1 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
  • 7  cups mango, peeled, pitted and sliced into 1" chunks

Instructions

  1. Combine vinegar and honey in a large pot. Bring to a boil over medium heat. 
  2. Stir in the bell pepper, onion, raisins, chili pepper flakes, garlic, and salt; simmer 15 minutes.  mango chutney ingredients in a pot
  3. Add the mango slices and simmer an additional 10 minutes or until thickened to suit your preference. mango chunks on a cutting board
  4. Refrigerate, or to make shelf stable, process it using the hot water bath method. Ladle hot chutney into sterilized jars, leaving 1/2-in. headspace. Clean rims with a damp cloth (to assure a good seal), screw sterilized lids on, and process for 10 minutes in a boiling water bath.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1 grams
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 146Unsaturated Fat: 0gSodium: 170mgCarbohydrates: 37gFiber: 2gSugar: 31gProtein: 1g

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Kris Bordessa

Kris Bordessa founded Attainable Sustainable as a resource for revitalizing vintage skills. Her book, Attainable Sustainable: The Lost Art of Self-Reliant Living (National Geographic) offers a collection of projects and recipes to help readers who are working their way to a more fulfilling DIY lifestyle.

3 comments… add one
  • Neyssa | Latina Mom Meals Feb 8, 2018, 4:52 am

    You are so blessed to live somewhere where you can just pull over for fresh fallen fruit! How wonderful that must be. 🙂 Can’t wait to try this recipe out.

  • Megan Apr 9, 2018, 8:10 pm

    This is sooooo good

    • Kris Bordessa Jun 27, 2019, 3:36 pm

      Yay! I’m glad you like it!

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