Fresh Mango Salsa Recipe

By Alexandra Caspero on April 17, 2022
Juicy, fresh mango salsa! Made mild or spicy, depending on your preference.
Makes 4 1/2 cups

The Best Fresh Mango Salsa Recipe! If you have ripe mangos, you’ve gotta try this easy mango salsa recipe. Ready in just 10 minutes with only 6 ingredients.

Fresh mangos are so good right now. Our local market has them on major sale and I’ve been scooping them up by the dozen. We eat them daily, and both of my kiddos get a huge kick on sucking on the pit after I’m done chopping them. If you love mangos as much as we do, then you’ve gotta try this mango salsa.

We eat a lot of salsa in my house. My husband’s favorite snack is chips and salsa and while my canning salsa recipe is our go-to salsa recipe, there is something about fresh and juicy mangos that make for a fun, seasonal snack. A staple recipe in the summer and perfect for company.  

While fresh mangos are delicious on their own, you’ve gotta try them in this healthy salsa recipe. Only 6 ingredients and ready in just 10 minutes! 

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Mango Salsa Ingredients 

This salsa recipe uses only a handful of ingredients. Here’s what you need for this salsa recipe: 

  • 3 cups fresh mangos, peeled and chopped 
  • 3/4 cup diced red bell pepper
  • ½ cup finely diced red onion
  • ¼ cup packed fresh cilantro leaves, chopped
  • jalapeño, seeded and minced
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice 
  • Salt, to taste

Variation Ideas

Almost any fresh fruit works in this recipe instead of mango. Peaches, strawberries, pineapple (and yes, even tomatoes) can be used as a substitute in this mango salsa recipe. 

Any color bell pepper will work instead of the red pepper and any acid, like vinegar or fresh lemon juice can work for the lime juice. If you want a spicier salsa, you can add more jalapeno or turn this into a mango habanero salsa (directions below).

I highly recommend the cilantro but since I know that some people are very put off by cilantro, you can omit it altogether or even use fresh parsley. 

If I have fresh avocados, I love adding those to the salsa as well. Mango and creamy avocado are one of my favorite combinations and works well in this recipe. If you love avocado, you’ll want to also try out my avocado salad and creamy avocado salsa verde recipe as well.

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Mango Salsa Instructions

Prep Your Ingredients

This salsa couldn’t be easier to throw together. Chop all of the ingredients, then add to a medium bowl, then toss to combine. 


Season to taste, as desired. If it needs more salt, add it. For a tangier salsa, add in more fresh lime juice. If you’d like a spicier salsa add in more jalapeño pepper or a dash of cayenne pepper. Or, make my habanero version below.  

Healthy Mango Salsa RecipeHow to make Mango Habanero Salsa

To spice up this salsa, swap in one habanero pepper for the jalapeño pepper. A habanero pepper is 100x hotter than a jalapeño pepper, so use your discretion. 

My husband loves anything habanero flavor, and my peach habanero salsa is one of his favorites. Since he loves that one, I knew he’d like a mango habanero dip. To make, roast the habanero pepper first before removing the seeds and finely chop. This mellows the spice level so it’s still very spicy, but enjoyable. This is optional, but recommended.

I highly recommend using gloves when handling the habanero pepper. 

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How to Cut a Mango

For best results, you’ll want a mango that is ripe, but still firm. Too ripe mango will be mushy and harder to cut. My absolute favorite mango is a honey (a.k.a. ataulfo) variety; a deep yellow mango that’s incredibly sweet when ripe. 

To determine ripeness, give it a gentle squeeze. It should not be hard, but give slightly. If your mango is underripe, you can stick it in a paper bag for a few days to ripen. 

There are two ways to peel a mango, but I think the easiest way is to use a paring knife to gently remove the skin all the way around the mango then cut the flesh around the pit and cube. 

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Uses for Mango Salsa

There are so many ways to enjoy this mango salsa, though with tortilla chips is my favorite! It’s great as a condiment or sauce with grilled proteins, as an appetizer with jicama sticks, chips and chopped veggies or with tacos. 

Tropical inspired tacos pair really well with this mango salsa. Like fish tacos, my Tropical Tofu Tacos, my Vegan Taco Lettuce Wraps, Crispy Vegan Bean Tacos or shrimp tacos or my Tofu Tinga Tacos. 

How to store leftovers 

I’d be surprised if there were any leftovers of this salsa, but if you have leftovers then place in an airtight container and place in the refrigerator for 4-5 days. 

Aas freezing will change the texture of the fresh mango, I don’t recommend trying to freeze this mango salsa. Store in the fridge instead.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is mango salsa made of?

Mango salsa is traditionally made with mangos, red onion, jalapeno and/or bell pepper, cilantro, lime juice and salt.

What does mango salsa go with?

Mango salsa pairs well any grilled protein or tropical-inspired taco. It’s also great on it’s own with tortilla chips, my favorite way to eat it!

What are the health benefits of mango?

Mangos are great! They are a decent source of vitamin A, folate and are high in fiber. They are also a good source of vitamin C.

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If you try this mango salsa recipe, let me know! Leave a comment, rate it, and tag your Instagram photos with #delishknowledge . I absolutely love seeing your creations. Happy cooking! 

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Mango Salsa

Fresh Mango Salsa Recipe

  • Author: Alex Caspero
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 46 servings 1x
  • Category: snack, appetizer, side dish, salsa
  • Method: no cook
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan


The Best Fresh Mango Salsa Recipe! If you have fresh mangos, you’ve gotta try this easy mango salsa recipe. Ready in just 10 minutes with only 6 ingredients.

  • Author: Alex Caspero
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 46 servings 1x
  • Category: snack, appetizer, side dish, salsa
  • Method: no cook
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan
  • Author: Alex Caspero
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 46 servings 1x
  • Category: snack, appetizer, side dish, salsa
  • Method: no cook
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan


  • 3 cups diced, ripe mangos
  • 3/4 cup diced medium red bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup finely diced red onion
  • 1/4 cup packed fresh cilantro leaves, chopped
  • 1 jalapeño, seeded and minced*
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon salt, to taste


  1. Place all ingredients in a bowl and toss to combine. Season to taste, adding more salt/lime juice as desired.


*To make this a spicy mango salsa, like a mango habanero salsa, substitute 1 small habanero with the jalapeño. 

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    1. Ben
      May 19, 2023 AT 12:24 pm

      A bright and fun salsa to mix up my chip game. Bravo!

    2. Cam
      May 18, 2023 AT 1:54 pm

      Such a light, tasty salsa. It paired well with margaritas in our backyard.

    3. Whitney
      March 8, 2023 AT 7:17 am

      Surprised by how fresh-tasting this salsa was! Reminded me of my favorite taco place with their homemade mango salsa for fish tacos. This will definitely be on heavy rotation.