Easy Mango Salsa Recipe

This easy mango salsa recipe uses only a few ingredients and tastes amazing with fish, veggie tacos, or with tortilla chips.

Easy Mango Salsa Recipe

A mango salsa recipe was one of the first things Alex and I made together as newlyweds, back in the days where we had no clue how to cook. We found a recipe online for tilapia and mango salsa, and made it for guests one night. It was early in our discovery of food, and the combination of tart lime, juicy sweet mango, and savory tilapia quickly became a standard in our household. 

Since that time, we’ve focused more on exploring local foods, and mango salsa faded to the background. Unfortunately for us, mango trees can’t make it out here in the Midwest! But now, we felt it was high time to have a mango salsa recipe in our repertoire. It’s tangy, sweet, salty and spicy all at once, and always goes over well with a crowd. So here it is! Our mango salsa recipe.

Related: Serve it up with Homemade Tortilla Chips!

Easy Mango Salsa Recipe

Mango Salsa Ingredients

For this fresh salsa recipe, you’ll need the following:

Make sure your mangoes are nice and ripe — 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.

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.

To make this mango salsa, you first need to cube ripe mangoes and finely mince some red onion. Then roughly chop fresh cilantro and seed and chop the jalapeño pepper, making sure to avoid touching your face after you’ve cut the jalapeño.

Once the ingredients are prepped, 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. 

After you’ve made the mango salsa, let it rest on your counter for a good 15 minutes to let the flavors come together. This step isn’t necessary, but it really does improve the flavor!

Easy mango salsa recipe

Video: How to cut a mango

The hardest part of this mango salsa is dicing the mango! To learn how to cut a mango, here’s a fun video Alex and I put together to show you exactly how to do it. While there are many methods to cut a mango, this is the one we use most often.

Varieties of mangos

Did you know that there are six varieties of mangos that are available in the US? Below is a little chart we made to show off a few of the most common varieties! Each variety of mango has a slightly different flavor and texture profile. From the left, the mango varieties are: Tommy, Haden, Francis, and Honey mangos. You can use any variety of mango in this mango salsa recipe: each one will bring a different flavor profile! Here’s a description of each:

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

Mango nutrition facts

Mangos are super nutritious foods. One mango has 100 calories. All mangoes are very high in vitamin C: one mango provides 100% of your daily vitamin C! Mangos are also a good source of vitamin A and fiber. So basically, eating this mango salsa recipe is giving you all sorts of necessary vitamins and nutrients, at the same time as being delicious.

How to store mango salsa

This mango salsa recipe is 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. It still tastes good, however!

Easy Mango Salsa Recipe

Looking for more salsa recipes?

Outside of this easy mango salsa recipe, here are a few more salsa recipes we love:

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Here are a few of our favorite Mexican inspired recipes:

This recipe is…

This easy mango salsa recipe is vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, plant-based, and refined sugar-free.


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


This easy mango salsa recipe uses only a few ingredients and tastes amazing with fish, veggie tacos, or with tortilla chips.



  • 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


  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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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.


  • Reply
    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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    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

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    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!

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    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. :-)

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    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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