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This fresh mango salsa recipe pairs sweet ripe mango with savory onion, spicy jalapeño, citrusy lime, and verdant cilantro. It whips up in 15 minutes, is great for snacking or as a condiment, and is the perfect way to jazz up your salsa routine.

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You can’t go wrong with a great salsa recipe.

Scooped up with crunchy tortilla chips, spooned onto fish tacos or grilled steak or chicken, or eaten on its own as a salad, mango salsa is versatile and delicious!

If you’re looking for something different other than tomato salsa, this recipe is sure to be a new favorite. It highlights the fruity flavor of fresh mango and is the perfect balance of sweet and savory flavors.

Don’t wait for taco night to make this! Keep a batch stashed in your fridge for snacking. Or make a batch and add a can of black beans and enjoy it for lunch. Welcome to your new favorite salsa!

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Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Unique. It’s the perfect way to switch up your regular salsa routine! Dress up taco nights, make any dinner feel like a Cinco de Mayo celebration, or enjoy its fresh, bright flavor on salad.
  • Versatile. You can eat it with tortilla chips, on top of grilled meat or fish, or on its own as a salad.
  • Flavorful. The flavors of sweet mango, savory onion, spicy jalapeño, and fresh lime are magical together. This recipe is a prime example of how a dish composed of simple ingredients can be greater than the sum of its parts.
  • Easy. In just 15 minutes using 1 bowl you’ll have the best mango salsa of your life!

Mango Salsa Recipe Ingredients and Substitutions

Ingredients Explained

In this section I explain the ingredients and give substitution ideas where applicable. For the full recipe (including the ingredient amounts), see the recipe card below.

mango salsa ingredients
  • Ripe mangoes – The more ripe the mangoes are, the more sweet and intensely flavorful and aromatic they’ll be.
  • Red bell pepper – I like the pop of red, but you can use any color of bell pepper you like. It adds great crunch!
  • Red onion – Red onion adds a sharp bite that balances sweet mango.
  • Jalapeño – Fresh jalapeño adds spicy heat; feel free to add more or less depending on how spicy-hot you like your salsa.
  • Cilantro – Fresh cilantro adds a bright flavor and pretty green color. However, if cilantro isn’t your thing you can omit it (or use parsley instead if you like).
  • Lime – Here we use fresh lime juice and zest for a pop of fresh citrus flavor that marries beautifully with fruity mango.
  • Salt – Salt elevates the flavor of everything else, and pulls it all together.

Instructions

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You are going to love how easy this fresh salsa recipe is to make!

  1. Chop everything up.
  2. Add all the ingredients to a large bowl.
  3. Stir to combine.

Storage

Store this salsa covered in the fridge for up to 3 days. Note that the fruit and vegetables will soften over time.

corn chip in bowl of fresh mango salsa

Tips

  • Make sure your mango is ripe. You can use any type of mango you like, just make sure it’s ripe for the best flavor. Different mangoes turn different colors when they’re ripe. Some are orange or red, and others are yellow. They should have a bit of give to them when you press with a finger. And they should have a fruity aroma. If you can find Alphonso mangoes, they are the absolute best; however, they can be hard to find. Ataulfo mangoes (aka honey mangoes) are my second choice, and they are much more readily available here in the U.S.
  • Don’t skip the lime zest. The bright pop of concentrated lime flavor disperses through the salad and adds a citrusy undertone.
  • Feel free to increase the jalapeño. As written, this recipe is a mild spice level. If you like spicy heat, you can add more jalapeño.
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Mango Salsa FAQs

What is Mango Salsa Made Of?

Traditional mango salsa usually contains the following: mango, red bell pepper, red onion, jalapeño, cilantro, lime, and salt.

Do You Put Tomatoes in Mango Salsa?

No, tomatoes aren’t usually in mango salsa. However, if you really like tomatoes and you think they’d go well, add them to this dish! The beauty of cooking is that you can customize recipes to suit your tastes.

And if you’re looking for a great fresh tomato salsa, take a peek at this recipe for Pico de Gallo (Mexican Salsa Fresca)!

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What Do You Eat Mango Salsa With?

You are only limited by your imagination here! Like most types of salsa, this one is good in a number of ways. Here are a few ideas:

  • With tortilla chips for dipping.
  • As a topping on grilled steak, chicken, or fish.
  • On its own as a salad (or on a bed of greens).
  • As a condiment for burritos, tacos, or rice bowls.

Can You Freeze Mango Salsa?

That depends on what you’re using it for after freezing and thawing it.

This is a fresh salsa, meaning it’s not cooked at all. After it’s frozen and thawed, the fruit and vegetables will be less crisp and more watery.

If you like a fresh, crunchy salsa for dipping tortilla chips, you probably wouldn’t want to freeze it. However, if you’re using mango pico de gallo as a condiment for tacos or a rice bowl where there are a lot of other flavors and textures going on, then you might not mind the softer texture of this salsa after it’s frozen and thawed.

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Fresh Mango Salsa Recipe

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time0 minutes
Yields: 16 servings
This fresh mango salsa recipe pairs sweet ripe mango with savory onion, spicy jalapeño, citrusy lime, and verdant cilantro. It whips up in 15 minutes, is great for snacking or as a condiment, and is the perfect way to jazz up your salsa routine.

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Ingredients
 

  • 2 medium-large ripe mangoes peeled, pitted, and diced
  • 1 medium red bell pepper seeded and diced
  • 1/2 small red onion minced
  • 1 jalapeño seeded and minced
  • 1 cup minced fresh cilantro
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 tablespoon fresh lime zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt

Instructions
 

  • Add all ingredients to a large bowl and stir to combine.
  • Serve.

Notes

  • Recipe Yield and Serving Size: This recipe makes about 4 cups of salsa, which is 16 (1/4-cup) servings.
  • Storage: Store covered in the fridge for up to 3 days.
  • Mango: You can use any type of mango you like, just make sure it’s ripe for the best flavor. Different mangoes turn different colors when they’re ripe. Some are orange or red, and others are yellow. They should have a bit of give to them when you press with a finger. And they should have a fruity aroma.
  • Don’t Skip the Lime Zest: The bright pop of concentrated lime flavor disperses through the salad and adds a citrusy undertone.
  • Bump Up the Heat: As written, this recipe is a mild spice level. If you like spicy heat, you can add more jalapeño.

Nutrition

Calories: 20kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 74mg | Potassium: 75mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 591IU | Vitamin C: 21mg | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutritional information is automatically calculated and should be used as an approximate.

Course: Appetizer, Condiments
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Best Mango Salsa, Easy Mango Salsa, Fresh Mango Salsa, Mango Pico de Gallo, Mango Salsa, Mango Salsa Recipe

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  1. 5 stars
    Faith, you make everything so easy to make! Thank you so much! ❤️

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