I love this sweet and sassy mango salsa because it’s, um, sweet! It’s also juicy, spicy and plays off a slightly salty tortilla chip so darn well. There are no mysterious ingredients here — no oil, no added sugar, and it’s easy to pull together — especially so if you prep veggie staples like onions, garlic, and peppers at the start of the week (hint, hint!). This salsa keeps for at least 5 days, and the flavors just get better and better. Pull it out when the kids are crying for a snack, and feel good about serving this salsa with baked chips, over tacos, or just give them a spoon in front of the bowl — seriously!
Costco, Where’d The Mango Salsa Go?
My kid loves mangos. Adores them. And there was a time that he wouldn’t eat salsa unless it was sweet mango salsa. Our local Costco stocked a brand — a big tub full that would keep a young buy happy for a week or so. And then, poof, it was gone.
Why, Costco. Just whyyyyyyyyy.
Tig eventually grew to love regular salsa, but if mango salsa makes an appearance in the house, he tries it. Then he usually shakes his head and says, “not the same.”
And so the quest began. As moms will do to please their kids, I was hell-bent on getting a taste-alike recipe down. Figured I’d need that mango salsa for a teen bribe directly.
Start With Ripe Mangos
Unripe mangos will not do here. You need the mango juice to mix with the lusciously ripe tomatoes to bring this awesomeness to its best life. And mangos get juicier as they ripen. Yes, I said its best life, albeit short life in our house.
How can you tell if a mango is perfectly ripe? Well, there’s a little bit of clairvoyance required but there are some ways to pinpoint the ripity ripes. If it’s green and hard, that mango has some resting and ripening to do. But just because a mango looks ripe doesn’t make it so.
Much like a peach, you need to give that mango a very gentle squeeze. If it gives a bit, like a peach, it’s likely ripe. Smell the stem end to see what it smells like — some mangos will smell sweet and ripe. Others, not so much.
What Else Is In It?
Honestly? Do you have to know that right now? What are you? 12? Sound just like my veggie-averse teenagers…
If you can’t wait for the recipe, here are the rest of the ingredients:
- red bell pepper
- red onion
- jalapeño pepper
You can skip the cilantro if you’re a hater. Jalapeños have varying levels of heat, so take just a tiny nibble of them before you through the entire thing in a dish. Mother-in-laws don’t like spicy. Universally. Don’t piss off the old people.
What To Do With Mango Salsa
If it’s my house, you need to think quick about what you want to do with this salsa because once it’s on the counter it doesn’t last long.
Serve it with tortilla chips — make your own from tortillas cut and baked in the oven if you want oil free. Trust me, if you go to the store and ask the grocery dude(tte) where the oil-free chips are, you will definitely get a blank stare.
If you do find oil-free tortilla chips in the store and let me know, I’ll give you a dollar. That’s only for the first person to do so. Small print applies.
I love this mango salsa over tacos, enchiladas and burritos.
A plateful of Mexican rice and beans with a side of this salsa will take the whole meal to another dimension. Your kids won’t miss the meat!Print
Take a taste of this and feel free to slap your mama…it’s that good. You can turn up the sassy with extra jalapeños, or omit it altogether if your people are whiners. 🙂 Cilantro optional, as always, for those folks with the funny genetics.
3 mangos, chopped
4 tomatoes, chopped (with their juice)
1/4 cup red bell pepper, finely diced
1/3 cup red onion, finely diced
1 jalapeño pepper, seeded, deveined and finely diced
2 limes, seated and juiced
1/4 cup cilantro, chopped and packed
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
Combine all ingredients in a bowl and gently toss together. Taste for salt. Add pepper if desired.
Let it rest, if you have time, for 15 minutes — the flavor improves with age.
If serving with chips, it’s best served chilled.
The second day is better than the first.
This keeps for 5 days in a sealed container in the refrigerator.
A chopped avocado added to this salsa would be a real party-pleaser.
I think salsa would taste like shit if frozen and thawed. 🙁
- Category: appetizers, snacks, sauces
- Method: Ish
Keywords: mango, salsa