Cinco de Mango

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We celebrated Cinco de Mayo a little early this year with a mango fiesta. You should too because mangoes are on sale (like, $1 something) at Whole Foods until the end of April.

I brought home muchos mangoes last weekend and mixed up this sweet & spicy salsa. Then (from the same salsa recipe), I made black bean tacos and an avocado-mango salad.

And, of course, no fiesta is complete without tequila. I made a lighter version of a margarita – a mango margarita spritzer. Cheers!

Mango Salsa:
makes about 2 cups (scale accordingly)
2 mangoes, peeled & chopped
2 limes, juice & some zest
1 roasted jalapeño, diced small (or less, depending on spice level)
1/2 cherry pepper, diced very small (optional)
1/4 chopped scallions
handful of chopped fresh cilantro
generous amount of salt
optional – chopped avocado

Mix all ingredients together. Taste and adjust. Serve chilled (best if you let it chill for at least 30 or so minutes).

Mango & Black Bean Tacos:
makes about 4 tacos
1 cup of mango salsa
1/2 cup cooked black beans
1/2 teaspoon dried cumin or chipotle
cotija or other crumbly cheese (optional)
extra limes, for serving

Stir black beans and dried cumin or chipotle into your mango salsa. Taste and add a little salt if necessary. Let the black beans marinate in the salsa for awhile (optional, but recommended). Spoon into tortillas and serve with crumbly cheese.

Mango Avocado Salad:
serves 2-3 as a side
a few handfuls of arugula
1/2 cup mango salsa
1-2 avocados sliced
drizzle of olive oil
squeezes of lime juice
salt & pepper

Toss everything together, taste & adjust.

Mango Margarita Spritzer
serves about 2
2 mangoes, chopped & frozen (if not frozen, add ice)
4 tablespoons tequila, or more or less, to your liking
2-4 tablespoons fresh lime juice, or to taste
agave syrup, to taste
sparkling water, optional, as much or little as you like

Mix everything (except the sparking water) together in a blender. Taste and adjust, pouring the sparkling water at the end.

special thanks to Whole Foods for partnering on this post
(and to Lindsay for supplying the party decor)


If you make this, let us see! Tag your photo with #loveandlemons on Instagram.


  1. Giulia Doyle from on said:

    I think we all have mangoes on our mind. Here in Canada because our weather was miserable until this week and you guys because of the impending holiday. I made a Pineapple Mango Salad last week and posted it on the blog. Super simple, sweet and spicy. Next time I’ll add it to tacos, because that just looks amazing.

  2. Quinn Cooper from on said:

    Love the colors in this meal, reminds me of spring.
    Looks delicious. Beautiful photos as always!
    xo Quinn

    Quinn Cooper Style

  3. How fun are these pics?! And such a great idea to plan a fiesta around a fruit! Love it and everything looks so delicious and healthy. I love me some mangos!

  4. Megan from on said:

    I love ataulfo mangoes! To me, they’re known as manila mangoes. I made a wonderful manila mango and lemongrass ice cream a few weeks ago and it was awesome.

  5. Jade Sheldon from on said:

    I think mango salsa is one of my favorite things on the planet…

  6. michelle from on said:

    I love anything mango – yum!

  7. Tieghan from on said:

    So pretty! This is a lot like the pineapple salsa I posted today! Loving this fiesta!

  8. Kathryne from on said:

    Oh, I just love the backgrounds in these shots! Your pool looks so inviting. I wish I lived closer to a Whole Foods so I could get into this mango action!

    • jeanine from on said:

      thanks! we’re going to try to shoot outdoors more this summer 🙂

  9. Ashley from on said:

    What a fun party theme!!! Definitely have to try those margs. Yummm 🙂

  10. Everything looks delicious! Looking forward to Cinco de Mayo even more after this.

    • jeanine from on said:

      it might be my favorite holiday 🙂

  11. Hannah Jade from on said:

    Love these photos, the colours pop so much!

  12. Marnely Rodriguez-Murray on said:

    Gorgeous recipes, love mango in EVERYTHING and anything!

  13. Love the idea of lightening up a mango margarita with sparkling water! Will try that soon as a variation on my own mango margarita recipe. Thanks for the beautiful recipes, and happy early Cinco de Mayo to you!

    • jeanine from on said:

      I always like drinks on the lighter side (especially sugary ones). Then I don’t feel as bad having more than one 🙂

  14. Dinner-Pal from on said:

    Mango in salad is a great idea, thanks for sharing! I recently made mango salsa too but this time with couscous to accompany fish. Since it can be hard to find cilantro in Europe, I tend to use a touch of fresh parsley or mint instead.

    • jeanine from on said:

      Sounds so delicious with mint – I have a ton of it growing, I’ll try that next time 🙂

  15. maria from on said:

    i looove mangoes, I always do these mango salsas actually. I cannot wait to try and make the margaritas, it seems like it would taste really fresh!

  16. This is my kind of party! Looks so delicious + fresh! That mango margarita spritzer looks wonderful. Yum!

  17. LOVE mangos! Ha, ha, as I was eyeing those very same types of mangos at Whole Foods too! Had I looked at this recipe first, I would have bought them! Well, not too late. I can always go back! 🙂

  18. Mmm a margarita spritzer sounds wonderful! And Giulia it’s cold in my part of Canada (Southern AB) right now, and windy! What about where you are?

  19. Chloe Moon from on said:

    Ooo mangos are like 3 for $2 in the super market by me this week! I’ll have to try out some of these recipes!!! =)

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