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Mango Salsa Recipe: Sweet and Spicy Summer Favorite

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Scrumptious homemade Mango Salsa

This mango salsa recipe is super easy and uses only a few ingredients like mangoes, red bell pepper, jalapeño, and lime juice. It’s the perfect mix of sweet and spicy, making it great for chips, tacos, salads, or even on its own as a salad.

You will love how versatile this mango salsa is. You can serve it as a refreshing dip at your next summer party or use it as a tasty topping on grilled fish or chicken. Fresh ingredients make all the difference, so grab some ripe mangoes and get started.

Exact Ingredients (+ Possible Substitutes)

For a tasty mango salsa, you’ll need the following ingredients:

  • Mango: Use 2-3 ripe mangos. If you can’t find fresh ones, you can use frozen mango chunks (thawed and drained).

  • Red Onion: 1/2 cup finely chopped. If you prefer a milder taste, try green onions.

  • Cilantro: About 1/4 cup chopped. If you’re not a fan, parsley works as a substitute.

  • Jalapeño: 1 finely diced, seeds removed. For a milder salsa, you can use bell pepper instead.

  • Lime Juice: Fresh juice from 1 lime. Lemon juice can be an alternative in a pinch.

  • Salt: A pinch to taste. Kosher salt is ideal, though regular table salt works too.

Additional optional ingredients:

  • Bell Pepper: Adds extra crunch and sweetness. Use about 1/2 a cup, diced.
  • Avocado: Adds creamy texture. Dice one avocado into small pieces and mix it in.
  • Tomato: For more color and flavor, you can add one diced tomato.

Sample Ingredient List

IngredientQuantityPossible Substitutes
Mango2-3, ripeFrozen mango chunks
Red Onion1/2 cup, finely choppedGreen onions
Cilantro1/4 cup, choppedParsley
Jalapeño1, finely dicedBell pepper
Lime JuiceJuice from 1 limeLemon juice
SaltPinchKosher or table salt
Bell Pepper1/2 cup, dicedN/A
Avocado1, dicedN/A
Tomato1, dicedN/A

Mix together and adjust amounts to your taste. Enjoy your fresh mango salsa with chips, on tacos, or as a topping for grilled meats!


Start by preparing your ingredients. In a large bowl, combine the diced mango, finely chopped red onion, bell pepper, and jalapeño.

Add in some freshly chopped cilantro.

Next, squeeze the juice of one fresh lime over the mixture. This adds a tangy flavor and helps blend the ingredients.

Take your large spoon and stir everything together gently. Make sure all the ingredients are well mixed.

Season with salt to taste. Stir again for even distribution.

For the best flavor, let the salsa rest for at least 10 minutes before serving. This allows the flavors to meld together.

Serve your mango salsa with tortilla chips, or use it as a topping for grilled fish or chicken.

Tips, Tricks & Storing

Tips & Tricks

  • Choose the Best Mangoes: Fresh and ripe mangoes make the best salsa. Look for mangoes that are slightly soft to the touch and have a sweet smell.

  • Control the Heat: Adjust the amount of jalapeño you use. If you prefer a milder salsa, use less. For more spice, leave the seeds in or add more jalapeño.

  • Extra Flavor: Add ingredients like diced avocado or kiwi for a unique twist. These fruits can give the salsa a refreshing flavor.

  • Uniform Chopping: Make sure to chop all ingredients evenly. This ensures that you get a bit of everything in each bite.


  • Airtight Container: Store your mango salsa in an airtight container to keep it fresh longer.

  • Refrigeration: Keep the salsa in the refrigerator. It typically stays good for up to 3 days.

  • Prevent Browning: The lime juice in the recipe helps prevent the ingredients, like avocado, from browning quickly.

  • Freezing: While the texture might change, you can freeze mango salsa. Just place it in a freezer-safe container, and it should be good for up to 2 months.

Benjamin Happy Muncher

Hi, I'm Benjamin. I love cooking, long walks, and my girlfriend! Here you’ll find simple and delicious recipes that you can make in 30 minutes or less.