Easy Mango Salsa

This easy mango salsa recipe uses only a few ingredients and is full of tangy flavor! Serve with fish, veggie tacos, or with tortilla chips.

Easy Mango Salsa Recipe

Mango salsa was one of the first things Alex and I made together as newlyweds. And for two novice cooks, the combination of tart lime, juicy sweet mango, and savory tilapia tasted overwhelming gourmet! Ever since then, we’ve had a passion (borderline obsession) with the stuff. It’s tangy, sweet, salty and spicy all at once, and always goes over well with a crowd. So here’s everything you need to know about how to make mango salsa! Keep in mind, it’s even more perfect with homemade tortilla chips warm from the oven.

Easy Mango Salsa Recipe

Mango salsa ingredients

Mango salsa is similar to our best salsa recipe: except instead of fresh tomatoes, you’ll use fresh mango! You also won’t need a food processor or blender: for this recipe you’ll hand chop all the ingredients. The ingredients you need for mango salsa are:

  • Ripe mangoes
  • Red onion
  • Cilantro
  • Jalapeño
  • Lime
  • Kosher salt

How to tell when a mango is ripe

Make sure your mangoes are nice and ripe for this salsa recipe! There’s nothing worse than tough, tart mango cubes. You’ll know they’re ripe when they’re fragrant and give a little when you gently press your thumb into them. Hard mangoes won’t have the right taste or texture, so avoid making mango salsa with unripe fruit.

Easy mango salsa recipe

How to make mango salsa

It always surprises people when they find out how simple it is to make homemade salsa. This easy mango salsa recipe is truly simple, and tastes amazing with fish, veggie tacos, or enjoyed plain with tortilla chips. Here’s what you need to do:

  • Chop the mango, onion, cilantro and jalapeño. Dice the ripe mangoes (more instructions below) and finely mince the red onion. Roughly chop fresh cilantro and seed and chop the jalapeño pepper (wash your hands afterwards!). The chopping step is the longest part of the process.
  • Mix with lime and salt. Then simply mix everything together in a bowl along with a squeeze of fresh lime juice and some kosher salt. Feel free to adjust the ingredient ratios to your liking. To make this easy mango salsa recipe spicier, add in more pepper, and for a brighter flavor, add more lime juice. 
  • Rest for 15 minutes. After you’ve made the mango salsa, let it rest on your counter for a good 15 minutes to let the flavors come together. You can skip if you just can’t wait, but it really does improve the flavor!

Video: How to cut a mango

The hardest part of this mango salsa recipe? Cutting the mango! This is the biggest barrier to recipes with mangos, for most people. To learn how to cut a mango, here’s a fun video Alex and I put together to show you how to do it. While there are many methods to cut a mango, this is the one we use most often:

  1. Stand the mango on its side, with the stem facing away from you.
  2. Using a large chef’s knife, cut around the pit on one side. Start about 1/4″ from the center, following the curve of the pit.
  3. Repeat the same cut on the other side of the pit.
  4. Use a paring knife to score the mango into squares, without cutting through the peel.
  5. Use a large spoon to scoop between the fruit and the peel to remove the diced mango.

Varieties of mangos

Did you know that there are six main types of mangos you can find at the grocery here in the US? Each variety has a slightly different flavor and texture profile. From the left in the photo below, the mango varieties are: Tommy, Haden, Francis, and Honey. You can use any variety of mango in this mango salsa recipe: each one will bring a different flavor profile! Here are the flavor differences:

  • Tommy: Mildly sweet
  • Haden: Rich, with aromatic undertones
  • Francis: Rich, spicy and sweet
  • Honey: Sweet and creamy

Love mangos? Try all our Easy Mango Recipes.

Easy mango salsa recipe

Mango nutrition facts

Mangos are super nutritious foods! So basically, eating this mango salsa recipe is giving you all sorts of necessary vitamins and nutrients, at the same time as being delicious. Here’s what you’re getting when you eat a mango:

  • Mangos are low calorie foods. One mango has 100 calories. 
  • All mangoes are very high in vitamin C: one mango provides 100% of your daily vitamin C needs!
  • Mangos are also a good source of vitamin A and fiber.

How to store mango salsa

Once you’ve made this mango salsa recipe, it’s best enjoyed right away. But it will keep in the fridge for a few days in a tightly sealed container. Just keep in mind that the ripe mango will soften the longer it sits in your fridge, so the texture of this salsa will change over time. But it still tastes delicious!

Easy Mango Salsa Recipe

This mango salsa recipe is…

Vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, plant-based, and refined sugar-free.

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Easy Mango Salsa Recipe


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  • Author: a Couple Cooks
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x

Description

This easy mango salsa recipe uses only a few ingredients and is full of tangy flavor! Serve with fish, veggie tacos, or with tortilla chips.


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Ingredients

  • 2 ripe mangoes
  • ¼ large red onion (or ½ small onion)
  • 2 large handfuls cilantro (2 tablespoons chopped)
  • 1/2 jalapeño pepper
  • 1 lime
  • Kosher salt

Instructions

  1. Chop the mangos into small cubes. Finely mince the onion. Chop the cilantro. Remove the seeds and ribs from the jalapeño pepper, taking care to properly shield your hands and eyes from the juice, then finely dice the pepper. Juice the lime.
  2. Mix together mango, red onion, cilantro, jalapeño, lime juice, and kosher salt. Taste and adjust flavors as desired to balance the sweetness of the mango with the sour lime and spicy pepper. For best results, let sit at room temperature for about 15 minutes to allow the flavors to meld. Serve with homemade tortilla chips.
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Raw
  • Cuisine: Mexican

Keywords: mango salsa, mango salsa recipe, how to make mango salsa, easy mango salsa recipe, best mango salsa

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Last updated: June 2020

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.

8 Comments

  • Reply
    Ashley
    April 29, 2015 at 10:00 am

    Love the simplicity!! And I still cook from your cookbook! :)

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    Katie @ Whole Nourishment
    April 29, 2015 at 10:21 am

    Love the bright freshness of this mango salsa. And I’m looking forward to your other three Mexican-inspired recipes!

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    Amy @ Parsley In My Teeth
    April 29, 2015 at 10:37 am

    I love mango salsa. It’s so easy to make and so versatile — goes with so many foods. I love your story about Cambodia and the benefit cookbook you did. Bravo!

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    Sydney | Modern Granola
    April 29, 2015 at 11:39 am

    This looks so delicious and refreshing! I love mango paired with savory and spicy flavors. I’m excited to try this!

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    Sarah
    April 29, 2015 at 12:14 pm

    I’m now craving mango salsa and tortilla chips:) YUM! I’m definitely going to have to try this recipe out!

    XO – Sarah
    http://beautyandblooms.com/

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    Anna
    April 29, 2015 at 2:50 pm

    Oh I’m so craving this right now, gorgeous simple recipe. Unfortunately mangoes are just heading out of season here so looks like I’ll have to wait!

  • Reply
    Sara @ Cake Over Steak
    April 29, 2015 at 4:05 pm

    Robert and I always had mango salsa in the fridge when I first moved in. It’s still one of our favorite things. :-)

  • Reply
    Nancy Perine
    July 26, 2019 at 4:56 am

    Hi there! I had fun cruising around your website/blog. Your recipe for Easy Mango Salsa caught my eye. Since it’s mango season here on Maui, I just happened to have several in my refrigerator.It’s also papaya season! I counted at least 35 good sized ones on the papaya tree I planted over ten years ago in our garden. I also used Maui onion and we have an herb garden downstairs behind our condo, with lots of cilantro. The salasa turned out great and was DELICIOUS! Thanks for sharing.

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