Made in less than 15 minutes, our spicy mango salsa with jalapenos is delicious! Sweet mangoes, spicy jalapenos, bell pepper, lime juice, and cilantro combine to make an epic salsa!
Mangoes are in season from May until the end of September. I love this sweet stone fruit when it's in season. Mango salsa is easy to make and goes with many recipes. One of my favorite ways to enjoy this homemade salsa is on top of my Air Fryer Jerk Chicken.
Our spicy mango salsa is perfect for fish tacos, shrimp tacos, chicken, salmon, mahi-mahi, and more! The trick is to pick out the perfect fruit. You don't want a mango that is rock hard because it will take 3-4 days to ripen. On the flip side, one that is too ripe will have a mushy texture after dicing it.
Why this recipe works
- Makes the perfect condiment for so many dishes. Did I mention it's great on top of Jerk Chicken? Yum!
- In season from May through September. Stop by your local farmers market and pick up some sweet mangoes.
- Colorful and looks great on top of fish tacos, burrito bowls and so much more.
- mango - select one that is not too ripe to avoid a mushy mess
- red onion - color, bite, and texture
- red bell pepper - for color and crunch
- cilantro - every salsa needs cilantro
- lime - zesty citrus pop!
- jalapeno - if you don't like it spicy, remove the seeds
- salt- for flavor!
See recipe card for quantities.
How to make this recipe
Making spicy mango salsa is so easy, here's how to make it:
Step 1: In a large mixing bowl, combine chopped mango, onion, bell pepper, cilantro, jalapeno, lime juice, and salt.
Step 2: Mix ingredients together using a large serving spoon. Taste and adjust seasoning if needed. I like to let the mixture marinate for 10 minutes before serving.
What goes with mango salsa
Mango salsa is a versatile condiment that pairs well with a lot of meals.
- Fish Tacos
- Pork Carnitas Bowl
- Quinoa Salad
- Jerk Chicken
- Tortilla Chips
- Grilled Halibut
Swaps and Substitutions
Can I replace the mango with other fruit? Yes! Play around with pineapple, peaches, and strawberries.
Is it possible to make mango salsa without jalapenos? Yes! Try habanero (very spicy) or chipotle peppers.
I love cilantro but some people think it tastes like soap. If that's the case make mango salsa without cilantro. Hmmmmm I bet mint would taste good in its place.
Remove the red onions and replace them with scallion or no onions at all.
Make this salsa without limes and opt for lemons or oranges instead.
Incorporate other veggies into the mix. Cucumbers, tomatoes, avocados, and black beans can change the feel of your salsa!
- Mixing Bowl
- Cutting Board
- Chef Knife
You can refrigerate for 2-3 days in an airtight container but be aware that mangoes will start to break down and get soft.
You can freeze it in an airtight container. Keep in mind the texture of the mangoes will change when you defrost the salsa.
- Select mangoes that are not too ripe. Cutting a ripe mango will result in a mushy texture. Choose one with a slight give.
- Chop everything except for the mangoes super small. Nobody wants a large chunk of red onion or jalapeno. The mangoes should be the star of the show!
- In season during spring and summer. You can find them year-round in California, but they are best between May-September.
Frequently asked questions
Yes! Mango salsa tastes the best the day it's prepared. Transfer salsa into airtight containers and refrigerate for 2-3 days. Mango salsa will start to get soft and mushy the longer it sits around.
Peel the mango with a knife or peeler. Cut the flesh away from the core into planks. Then slice and dice into medium size pieces.
Jerk chicken, fish tacos, burrito bowls, salads, and more. Mango salsa is a tropical condiment that has many applications.
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Spicy mango salsa with jalapenos
- 3 whole mango peeled and chopped
- ½ cup red onion chopped
- 1 whole red bell pepper chopped
- ¼ cup cilantro chopped
- 1 whole jalapeno chopped
- 1 whole lime juiced
- ½ teaspoon salt
- In a large mixing bowl, combine chopped mango, red onion, bell peppers, jalapeno, cilantro, lime juice, and salt.
- Mix all ingredients using a large serving spoon. Taste and adjust seasoning if needed.
- Make sure to wash your hands after handling jalapenos.
- Don't like your mango salsa spicy? Remove the seeds from the jalapeno.
- Here is a link to show you how to cut a mango for salsa.