Mango Tango: Tropical Fruit Salsa Delight

You know summer’s here when mangoes start popping up everywhere. Juicy, sweet, tropical mangoes just beg to be made into something fresh and fun. Well, it’s time to tango with some mango and whip up the ultimate party in your mouth – Mango Tango Salsa. This bright, flavor-packed salsa pairs perfectly with chips, fish, chicken, on salads – you name it. With mango as the star, pineapple, red onion, cilantro, jalapeno, and lime blend together to create a salsa that will transport your taste buds to a tropical oasis. So grab some fresh mangoes and let’s get salsa dancing! This easy recipe will be your new go-to summer appetizer.

Mango Tango: Bring the Tropics Home With This Bright Fruit Salsa

This tropical delight will transport your taste buds to the Caribbean. Bursting with sweet mango, zesty lime and a kick of chili, Mango Tango salsa is perfect on fish, chicken, or scooped up with tortilla chips.

To make about 2 cups of salsa, you’ll need:

  • 2 large ripe mangoes, peeled, seeded and diced (about 2 cups)

  • 1/2 small red onion, finely chopped

  • 1 jalapeno or serrano pepper, seeded and minced

  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice

  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro

  • Salt to taste

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Allow flavors to blend for at least 30 minutes before serving. This salsa is best eaten within 2 to 3 days, so enjoy!

The star of the show is the mango, of course. Look for fruit that yields slightly when pressed and has a fragrant, fruity aroma. Ataulfo, Francis, and Keitt varieties work well. For less heat, use half the amount of chili pepper. You can also add a bit of honey if you prefer a sweeter salsa.

This vibrant salsa livens up any dish with a tropical twist. The balance of sweet and spicy flavors will leave your guests wondering if they’ve been transported to a beachside bar in Cozumel or Key West. Close your eyes, dig in and enjoy – the tropics are closer than you think!

Mango Tango salsa lets you escape to the islands even on a cold winter’s day. So go ahead, get your tropical on and bring a bright burst of sunshine to the table.

Mix It Up: Creative Ingredients for Your Tropical Fruit Salsa

When it comes to mango salsa, the possibilities are endless. While mango, lime juice, and chili peppers are staples, don’t be afraid to experiment with other tropical fruits and veggies.

  • Add pineapple for extra sweetness and tang. Diced pineapple pairs perfectly with mango.

  • Toss in bell peppers for flavor and crunch. Red, yellow or green bell peppers complement the tropical vibe.

  • Avocado gives the salsa a creamy texture. Mash half an avocado and gently fold it into the salsa.

  • Cilantro adds fresh herbal flavor. Chopped cilantro leaves are a classic garnish for mango salsa.

  • Onion or shallots provide flavor balance. Finely chop onion or shallots and add to taste.

  • Zest a lime for intense citrus burst. Grate lime zest directly into the salsa.

  • Other options: diced jicama, papaya, star fruit, coconut, mint.

The key is not to overpower the fresh mango flavor but enhance it with other complementary fruits and vegetables. You really can’t go wrong, so have fun with it! Mix and match to create your perfect balance of sweet, spicy, tangy and creamy. Your taste buds will thank you, and your guests will be begging you to share the recipe for your signature tropical fruit salsa.

Pro Tip:

Allow the flavors to blend for at least 30 minutes before serving to allow the ingredients to marry. Your salsa can be stored refrigerated for up to 1 week. Enjoy!