A sweet, spicy homemade mango salsa recipe that requires only 5 ingredients. Serve with tortilla chips for a fresh and flavorful appetizer or spoon over tacos or seafood for an added flavor boost!

Fresh mango salsa - this 5 ingredient recipe makes for a healthy summer dip.Fresh Mango Salsa

Warm weather and mango salsa go hand-in-hand! As summer approaches, mangos start to appear in abundance at the grocery store. Do yourself a favor and take advantage of irresistibly sweet and juicy mango and make this fresh mango salsa.

This mango salsa recipe is incredibly easy to make! It comes together in less than 10 minutes and requires only five main ingredients. It’s one of those recipes that’s so simple, you’ll have it memorized before you know it. You’ll probably even start to eyeball the ingredients and switch things up to make your own unique variation.

Grab some fresh mangos and let this be your new go-to summer staple. Serve it as a dip or an easy way add a burst of flavor to tacos, grilled proteins, salmon or other seafood.

Sliced mangos for fresh mango salsa
Fresh mango salsa ingredients

Ingredients To Make Homemade Mango Salsa

You’ll need only five main ingredients and a little salt to make this fresh mango salsa.

    • Mango – this gives the salsa its sweet, juicy flavor. Any mango variety will do.
    • Red onion – this adds contrast to the sweetness of the mango and a pop of color and crunch.
    • Cilantro – adds a fresh herby flavor and aroma.
    • Jalapeño – brings on the heat for an irresistibly sweet and spicy combination.
    • Lime – add a tanginess while bringing out the flavor of the mango.
    • Salt – this enhances all the flavors. Don’t skip!

How To Make Mango Salsa

    • Prep the mango – If you’ve never cut a mango or find it challenging, I recommend this “how to cut a mango” post and video by Monique of Ambitious Kitchen. You’ll be a pro in no time!
    • Finely chop the red onion, jalapeño, and cilantro – The smaller the pieces of red onion and jalapeno, the better. If you’re looking for more heat, leave the seeds in the jalapeño!
    • Toss and season – Once you have all the ingredients prepped, simply toss them into a bowl with the lime juice and sea salt. You can serve immediately or let it sit for at least 10 minutes since the flavors enhance over time.

What type of mango is best for mango salsa?

Any type of ripe mango will do! The most popular varieties in the US our the Tommy Atkins mango and the Ataulfo (aka Champagne) mangos. You’re probably most familiar with the large Tommy Atkins mangos with red, slightly yellow, and green skin. However, I especially love the Ataulfo mango. These yellow mangos are especially juicy and their texture is also softer and less fibrous than that of bigger red mangos.

Just make sure your mangos are ripe but overly ripe. They should be slightly soft to the touch (similar to an avocado) but not soft or squishy.

Fresh mango salsa - this 5 ingredient recipe makes for a healthy summer dip.
Fresh mango salsa - this 5 ingredient recipe makes for a healthy summer dip.

Fresh mango salsa - this 5 ingredient recipe makes for a healthy summer dip.

Tips for Making Mango Salsa

    • Use ripe mangos. A ripe mango will give slightly when pressed. Overripe mangoes that are super soft or squishy are often brown inside and will not hold their shape when cut into cubes.
    • Change the spice level. For less spicy salsa, make sure to seed your jalapeno since this is where the heat comes from. If you want super spicy salsa, try adding a small amount of hotter peppers like serrano or habanero.
    • Swap the herbs. If you’re not a fan of cilantro (or think it tastes like soap!), try using fresh parsley. You can also leave it out all together!
    • Add variety. For additional crunch, try adding diced veggies like jicama, bell peppers, or cucumber. For a creamy texture, add diced ripe avocado.

How to Serve

You can’t go wrong with serving the mango salsa as a sweet and spicy dip with salty tortilla chips. But you can also add it to your meals to add a burst of fresh flavor and sweetness.

Here are some ideas to get you started:

    • Black bean or fish tacos
    • Fajitas
    • Burrito bowls
    • Salads
    • Grilled fish or other protein
    • Baked tofu

Fresh mango salsa - this 5 ingredient recipe makes for a healthy summer dip.

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Fresh Mango Salsa

A sweet, spicy homemade mango salsa recipe that requires only 5 ingredients. Serve with tortilla chips for a fresh and flavorful appetizer or spoon over tacos or seafood for an added flavor boost!

  • Prep Time: 10
  • Total Time: 10
  • Yield: 4-8 1x
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Ingredients

23 ripe mangos, diced*  (about 2 1/2 cups)

½ cup finely diced red onion

¼ cup finely chopped cilantro

1 jalapeño, minced

Juice of 1 large lime (about 2 tablespoons)

¼ teaspoon sea salt, more to taste


Optional: 1 cup of diced crunchy vegetable like jicama, bell pepper, or cucumber

Instructions

In a medium bowl, mix together the mango, red onion, cilantro, lime juice, jalapeño, and salt. Chill until ready to use.

Notes

Store in an airtight container for 5 days. Before serving, give the salsa a quick stir. This mango salsa does not freeze well. It’s best served fresh.