This tangy and refreshing mango salsa is packed with fresh flavor and takes just minutes to prepare.

Made with ripe mangoes, crunchy bell peppers, zesty lime juice, and a hint of spice, this salsa is the perfect blend of sweet and heat.

Serve it as a dip with tortilla chips or use it as a topper for grilled fishgrilled chicken, or fish tacos!

Fresh, Sweet & Savory

  • This homemade salsa is so packed with fresh flavor with a tropical sweet and tangy flavor!
  • Mango salsa is versatile and can be used as a topping for grilled chicken or fish, a dip for tortilla chips, or a flavorful addition to tacos or salads.
  • It’s quick and easy to make, perfect for summer celebrations or backyard barbecues.
  • Refreshing and vibrant flavor, it adds a burst of tropical sweetness to any dish!
  • Healthy & full of fresh ingredients! It’s low in calories with no added sugars, so enjoy it guilt-free all summer long.

Mango Salsa Ingredients

Mangoes – Fresh ripe mangoes work best, but frozen mangoes do work well in this recipe, too. If using frozen, thaw and chop.

Peppers – Red bell peppers add crunch and freshness, while jalapenos add a little kick.

Onion – Onion adds a savory element to this salsa. I love red onion in this recipe, but sweet white onion works too.

Lime – Fresh lime juice adds tanginess and brightness to the salsa.

Seasoning – A sprinkle of salt, a dash of cumin, and a drizzle of olive oil add a flavorful touch.

Quick Tip

To juice a lime quickly, cut the lime in half and stick a fork in it. Squeeze the lime around the fork to release the juices into a bowl. No special juicer or tools are needed!

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How to Make Mango Salsa

  1. Cut the mango: To cut a mango, start by holding the fruit upright and slicing off the two “cheeks” (top to bottom) on either side of the pit. Make shallow cuts in a crisscross pattern on each cheek without cutting through the peel. Then, simply use a spoon to scoop out the mango cubes or slice off the remaining fruit from around the pit.
  2. Dice the ingredients: Dice the mangoes and red pepper. Mince the red onion and jalapeño (keep the seeds in for a spicier flavor)!
  3. Season & enjoy: Season and let all the flavors marinate for 30 minutes at room temperature.

Time Saving Tip

This recipe is easy to make but requires a lot of chopping! I love this chopper to show off all the bright colors of this mango salsa and to dice the fruit and veggies quickly and uniformly. It works great for tomatoes (for bruschetta), onions, peppers, and many other fruits and veggies!

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Tips & Variations

  • Add avocados, (just before serving) garlic, pineapple, or tomatoes for an extra burst of flavor.
  • Be sure to let the salsa sit for at least 30 minutes for flavors to meld.
  • Chop all the ingredients uniformly so they’re easily scoopable!
  • Add or substitute equal amounts of fresh pineapple or fresh peaches for a different twist.
  • This salsa is best when it’s cold so be sure to store in the refrigerator before serving.

What to Serve with Mango Salsa

This easy mango salsa recipe is a perfect topping for fish and seafood, like shrimp tacos and grilled salmon, but it also makes a great dip for chips and crackers! Mixed with softened cream cheese, mango salsa makes an elegant spread.

Storing Leftovers

Mango salsa will last about 4 days in the refrigerator. Before serving again, stir and refresh the flavors by adding a little splash of lime juice and salt and pepper.

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Can You Freeze Mango Salsa?

Mango salsa can be frozen by putting it in an airtight container or zippered bag that is labeled for up to about 3 months. However, it will not be as firm once it is thawed. Drain the extra liquid and add some new diced mangos or fruit like pineapple or peach for a whole new salsa.

So Many Scoopable Salsas!

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Fresh Mango Salsa Recipe

This mango salsa features sweet juicy mangoes, tart lime juice, and jalapeno peppers for the perfect combination of sweet and heat.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Resting Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 6 servings


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  • 1 large mangoes or 2 small, diced
  • 1 red pepper diced
  • ¼ cup red onion minced
  • 1 jalapeño seeded & minced
  • ½ lime juiced
  • 3 tablespoons cilantro chopped
  • ½ tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • salt to taste


  • Hold the mango upright and slice off the two "cheeks" on either side of the pit. Score the flesh in a crisscross pattern without cutting through the peel. Use a spoon to scoop out the mango cubes. Dice them into ¼ inch cubes and place in a medium bowl.
  • Dice the red pepper, mince the red onion, and seed and mince the jalapeno. Add them to the bowl with the mango.
  • Squeeze the juice of half a lime over the mixture. Add chopped cilantro, olive oil, cumin, and salt to taste.
  • Gently toss all the ingredients until well combined and let rest at room temperature for 30 minutes.
  • Serve with tortilla chips or over grilled chicken or fish.


Heat level: Adjust the amount of jalapeno to your preferred spice level. Remove seeds for milder salsa.
Make ahead: Refrigerate salsa for a few hours or up to overnight before serving.
Get creative: Try adding diced avocado, cucumber, or a splash of pineapple juice for a unique twist.
Storage: Store salsa in a covered container in the fridge for 4-5 days. Stir before serving again. 
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 39 | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 2mg | Potassium: 98mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 955IU | Vitamin C: 40.3mg | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 0.3mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Appetizer, Dip, Party Food
Cuisine American

Inspired by Looney Spoons

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  1. Made this but left out cumin and added diced pineapples. Was delicious with Mississippi Pork Roast Tacos. Family loved it! Thanks for sharing your recipe!5 stars

  2. I cannot eat tomatoes or peppers, so I substitute diced strawberries for the tomatoes, add minced garlic and use green chilies (chilies are a different food family than peppers) with the mango and red onion.

  3. Hi there! I haven’t made this yet but I’m planning to soon! As well as your restaurant style salsa. Just wondering how the taste would be affected in this recipe if I omitted the red onions.. or maybe just used less? Also, could I put this in the blender to make it a little more “soupy”? Thank you! I’ve never made homemade salsa so I’m excited to try this.

    1. The onion adds a lot of flavor but this recipe can easily be adapted if you’d prefer to leave it out or use less. I haven’t tried blending this recipe so I can’t say for sure how it would work. Enjoy!

  4. I add a diced peach or nectarine plus a large navel orange and green bell pepper. A splash of apple cider vinegar bringsout a bit of zip, but use very little (maybe a teaspoon or so).
    I also like to add about a half teaspoon of garlic powder or minced garlic.4 stars

  5. I added about a Tbsp of minced garlic, a small can of drained crushed pineapple, and some crushed red pepper… GLORY HALLELUJAH. It’s fantastic!

    1. Yes…cilantro is one of the key ingredients…for any savory or fruit salsa. Your other alternatives would be flat leaf parsley…fresh basil leaves…chopped up fresh spinach leaves…dill leaves…basil leaves…for each one I have mentioned the tastes vary…and you make the choice.

  6. Oh! We love Mango Salsa at my house. Such a versatile salsa and it’s delicious with fish tacos!

  7. Mangoes are my very favorite and there is nothing to beat a well made mango salsa with chips. This mango salsa looks just fabulous and loves of the pics.

    1. Thank you so much for stopping by and the kind words! I hope that if you make this, you love it as much as I do!

  8. Mango salsa sounds amazing! I bet it would be great with shrimp too. Also, my mom has a Pampered Chef version of that cutter and it’s awesome!