Salsa is always healthy, easy to make, and very versatile, and this mango salsa is equal parts tangy, sweet, and spicy. Use it to add a tropical flavor to your favorite tacos, party dippers, or salad dressings.
This mango salsa is incredibly delicious, y’all. You just can’t beat the combination of sweet, tropical mango, spicy serrano pepper, tart lime juice, cilantro, onion, and garlic. It’s so yummy as a dip with crunchy tortilla chips or on top of grilled chicken or a delicious bowl of goods (like these blackened salmon bowls or these Instant Pot Island Chicken Bowls).
What does mango taste like?
If you’ve never had a mango, you’re missing out! Ripe mangoes are sweet and juicy with a hint of citrus, and the texture of a ripe mango is almost creamy …YUM! They’re the perfect counter to the flavors of purple onion, serrano pepper, garlic, and cilantro.
Mango Salsa Ingredients
The ingredient list for mango salsa is short and simple. Here’s everything you’ll need:
- 2 cups of small diced mango
- 1 serrano pepper, finely diced
- ½ of a purple onion, finely diced
- ½ cup of cilantro, roughly chopped
- 2 cloves of minced garlic
- Juice of 2 limes (¼ cup of fresh lime juice)
- ½ teaspoon of flaky sea salt
Ingredient Modifications and Variations
Looking for mango salsa swaps? We’ve got you!
- Use pineapple instead of mango – swap the mango in the salsa for pineapple for another tropical fruit spin!
- Nix the serrano pepper – if you’re sensitive to spice, swap the serrano pepper for a jalapeno pepper or nix it altogether.
How to Choose the Best Mangoes for Salsa
When shopping for mango at the grocery store or farmer’s market, you’ll use touch to determine ripeness. You won’t be able to tell if a mango is ripe by simply looking at it, so instead, you’ll need to pick it up and give it a light squeeze. If the mango gives just a bit, it’s ripe and ready to go. Alternatively, if a mango is hard, it’s definitely not ready to enjoy.
How to Make Mango Salsa
Homemade salsa is really just a matter of chopping and mixing! Here’s the full breakdown:
- Chop the ingredients – finely dice the mango, serrano pepper, and purple onion, roughly chop the cilantro, and mince the garlic. Add each ingredient to a large bowl.
- Add the lime juice and salt – add the lime juice and salt to the bowl, then use a spoon to mix everything together.
- Serve and enjoy!
What to Serve with Mango Salsa
From tacos to bowls to good ole chip and dip-style, there are an endless amount of ways to enjoy this spicy, tropical salsa! Here are a few of our very best ideas:
- Instant Pot Island Chicken Bowls
- Blackened Salmon Bowls with Coconut Rice
- Easy Chicken Tinga Tacos
- Easy Shrimp Tacos
- Tacos Al Pastor
- Blackened Fish Tacos
- Instant Pot Carnitas Tacos
Tips for Making Mango Salsa
Homemade mango salsa (and really any salsa, for that matter) is really, really easy to make. Nevertheless, we’ve got a couple of tips for you, should you need them!
- Finely dice – be sure to really finely dice the mango, serrano pepper, and onion. You’ll want them fine enough to be able to easily scoop with a chip!
- Use fresh lime juice – we stand by this tip always and forever. Fresh lime juice (vs. store-bought and bottled) is ALWAYS the best option, so be sure to use it whenever possible!
Mango Salsa FAQs
What should I do with leftover salsa?
Leftover salsa can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 2-3 days.
How long is mango salsa good for?
While mango salsa is best enjoyed on the day the ingredients are chopped and mixed together, it will last in the fridge for up to 3 days. You’ll likely need to give the salsa a good stir to mix the ingredients together again on day 2 and 3!
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Appetizer & Snack Recipes
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- 2 cups finely diced mango
- 1 serrano pepper finely diced
- ½ purple onion finely diced
- ½ cup fresh cilantro roughly chopped
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- Juice of 2 limes ¼ cup
- ½ teaspoon flaky sea salt
- Stir all the ingredients together in a bowl and serve!