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This fresh Mango Salsa recipe is a perfect blend of sweet and spicy! A delicious and simple salsa to add to any taco, burrito or enchilada.
Salsa is one of those quintessential flavors of Summer. Many people find the season incomplete without a serving of salsa. However, far too often, people only know of one type of salsa. But there’s more to life than tomato-based salsa. This fresh mango salsa recipe, for example.
I love this recipe for Mango Salsa so so much! It’s a sweeter and juicier salsa than traditional pico de gallo and just as easy to make. The trick? Use ripe mangos! The riper they are, the sweeter the salsa. Add as much or as little jalapeno as you’d like and then grab some chips! Delicious with Carnitas, on Enchiladas or serve alongside classic guacamole.
Mango Salsa Ingredients
You don’t need a lot of ingredients for Mango Salsa, but they should be fresh! Here’s what you’ll need:
- Ripe Mango – Use two ripe and sweet mangos! Peel and dice into bite sized pieces.
- Red Bell Pepper – red bell peppers are sweeter than yellow or green and provide great color.
- Green Onions – this is used for subtle oniony flavor.
- Jalapeño – I used one half of a jalapeño for this recipe but if you like things spicier, add a whole one OR if you’re feeling spicy, add two! (Get it? Spicy?)
- Cilantro – for garnish and for taste. If you hate the taste of cilantro just leave it out.
- Lime Juice – fresh lime juice will keep the colors bright and help bring out the sweetness of the mango. If you’re in a pinch, the bottled kind will do, but fresh is best.
- Salt and Pepper – season to taste!
Feel free to customize this mango salsa recipe to your liking. Here are a couple of ideas to get you started:
- Pineapple: acidic, sweet, and juicy!
- Habanero: this is not for the faint of heart. Replace jalapenos with habanero pepper for a spicy wild ride.
- Avocado: creamy, soft, and refreshing!
- Peach: for when peaches are in season. Add some more sweetness to this salsa.
- Black Beans: A can of rinsed, drained black beans gives the salsa a heartier texture and more protein.
- Corn: Add corn kernels to the mango salsa, either fresh or canned. This variation gives the salsa a pleasant crunch and a hint of sweetness. You can also use fresh grilled corn on the cob for some charred pops of flavor.
- Tomato: For a more traditional salsa, add tomatoes. Diced tomatoes and fresh mango go well together to add a colorful and flavorful twist. The sweet tomatoes add a nice acidity to the salsa and balance out the sweetness of the mango.
- Cucumber: To give the mango salsa a cooling and refreshing flavor, add diced cucumber. When served as a topping for grilled fish or seafood, this variation works well.
- Basil: In the mango salsa, replace the cilantro with fresh basil leaves. This variant offers a distinctive herbal note and goes well with dishes with a Mediterranean flair.
You can also combine these additions to make tasteful themed variations. A few that I could recommend include the following:
- Sweet and spicy – Add s portion of diced pineapple and a pinch of cayenne pepper for that perfect blend of sweet and spicy flavors.
- Tropical – Add diced papaya and mint leaves to create that fresh, tropical flavor.
- Creamy – Add a portion of diced avocado and a dollop of Greek yogurt to create a creamy blended version of this fresh mango salsa recipe.
How to Make Mango Salsa
Now that you have all the ingredients you want for you Mango Salsa, it’s time to get chopping. For full details see the recipe card below.
- Prepare all your ingredients (wash, peel, dice, chop, whatever you need to do).
- In a large bowl, stir all ingredients together until combined. Taste and adjust seasonings to your liking.
- Refrigerate until ready to use.
Uses for Mango Salsa
There are so many uses for a great salsa like this one. Just a few of the ways you could use this mango salsa recipe include the following:
- It can be used as a garnish for grilled chicken or fish – Mango salsa is an ideal garnish for lean meat, like grilled chicken, and even for fish. The salsa’s succulent nature helps to keep leaner meats moist and juicy while still contributing to the flavor.
- With tortilla chips or vegetable crudites, you can use it as a dip – Like most other types of salsa, this mango salsa recipe is an ideal choice as a dip. Whether you eat it with tortilla chips, vegetable crudites, or even potato crisps, it gives a wonderful burst of flavor.
- Quesadillas, burritos, or tacos could all benefit from adding it – Salsa is a popular (and arguably traditional) addition to many South and Central American dishes. From quesadillas to burritos, tacos to enchiladas, many of your favorite dishes from this region benefit as much from mango salsa as they do from traditional salsa recipes.
- Pair it with grilled shrimp or scallops – Thanks to its tangy, semi-sweet flavor, this fresh mango salsa recipe pairs well with either grilled shrimp or scallops. It helps to balance the savory, low-key flavors of the grilled seafood while simultaneously imbuing it with moisture.
- Add it to salads for a burst of flavor – Salads can be delightful, but they can also be a bit bland sometimes. If your salad just doesn’t have enough zing, consider adding some of this wonderful fresh mango salsa. Much like a salad dressing, it will increase the moisture content while adding a burst of flavor.
If you’re still looking for additional ideas, you can enjoy mango salsa with these recipes:
More Salsa Recipes to Try!
If you loved this Mango Salsa recipe you are sure to love my other salsa recipes. Check out a few here:
Fresh Mango Salsa
- 2 whole ripe mangos peeled and diced
- 1/2 red bell pepper diced
- 2 green onions chopped
- 1/2 jalapeno finely diced
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
- 1-2 limes juiced, about 1 tablespoon
- salt and pepper to taste
- In a large bowl, stir all ingredients together until combined. Taste and adjust seasonings to your liking. Refrigerate until ready to use.