Easy Mango Salsa

Change up your salsa game with this sweet and spicy mango salsa recipe! Scoop it up with tortilla chips, or top it onto tacos, burritos, and more.

Mango salsa

With Cinco de Mayo coming up tomorrow, I thought I’d pop in to share this mango salsa. It’s one of my favorite recipes to make throughout the spring and summer because it’s refreshing, fun, and so darn simple. Follow the recipe once or twice, and you’ll be able to leave the measuring cups in the drawer and just eyeball the ingredients. After that, you can change it up in all sorts of ways. Mix in avocado, or add some black beans. You could even toss in pickled jalapeños! Because this is such an easy, flexible recipe, it lends itself well to variations, and it never disappoints. Get your margarita (or mango margarita) ready – let’s make mango salsa!

Mango salsa recipe ingredients

Mango Salsa Recipe Ingredients

This sweet & spicy salsa requires just 7 ingredients:

  1. Mangos – Any ripe mango will work here, but Ataulfo or Champagne mangos (pictured above) are my first pick for this recipe. They usually pop up in grocery stores in the spring. I prefer them to red mangos because they have a softer, juicier texture and sweeter flavor.
  2. Red onion – For color, crunch, and sharp, savory flavor.
  3. Cilantro – It flecks the salsa with green and adds fresh flavor.
  4. Lime juice – It makes the salsa bright and tangy.
  5. Garlic – For sharp depth of flavor.
  6. Jalapeño – For heat.
  7. And sea salt – To make all the flavors pop!

Find the complete recipe with measurements below.

Mango Salsa Recipe Variations

This mango salsa recipe is super flexible! Feel free to change it up to suit your tastes or use what you have on hand. Here are a few of my favorite variations:

  • Add avocado. Avocado makes everything better, right? Stir in 1/2-1 diced avocado to make a richer, creamier salsa.
  • Pickle something. For an extra-bright and tangy salsa, replace the raw jalapeños with pickled ones. Pickled red onions would be great here too!
  • Bulk it up. Turn this mango salsa into a heartier dip by adding 1/2 cup cooked black beans and some finely diced red peppers.

Let me know what variations you try!

Mango salsa in a bowl with tortilla chips

Mango Salsa Serving Suggestions

This mango salsa recipe is a perfect appetizer. I love it on its own with tortilla chips, and it’s a great way to jazz up guacamole, too. Scoop some onto your next bowl of guac for a dressed up party dip!

But your options for serving it don’t end there. Here are a few more of my favorite ways to use it:

How do you like to serve mango salsa? Let me know in the comments!

More Homemade Salsas and Dips

If you love this fresh mango salsa recipe, try one of these homemade salsas or dips next:

For more tasty appetizer ideas, check out this post!

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Mango Salsa

rate this recipe:
4.97 from 53 votes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Serves 3 to 4
This sweet and spicy mango salsa recipe will be a hit at your next party!


  • 2 medium ripe mangos
  • ¼ cup diced red onion
  • ¼ cup finely chopped cilantro
  • Juice and zest of 1 lime
  • 1 small garlic clove, grated
  • ½ jalapeño, minced
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt, more to taste


  • Peel and dice the mangos according to this method.
  • In a medium bowl, mix together the mango, onion, cilantro, lime juice, garlic, jalapeño, and salt. Chill until ready to use.



4.97 from 53 votes (16 ratings without comment)

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Rate this recipe (after making it)

  1. Kristen

    Hi there! Making this for grilled shrimp tacos. Could I make this ahead of time? Maybe leave out the onion till right before serving? How long will the mango be good cut up?

    • Phoebe Moore (L&L Recipe Developer)

      Hi Kristen, you can totally make this recipe ahead! You could prep it up to 2 days in advance and store it in an airtight container in the fridge until you’re ready to serve.

  2. Linda

    How & for how long can you keep TZAZIKI sauce does it freeze well? Thank you for the recipe looks delish CANT wait.

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Hi Linda, I keep it up to about 4 days. I don’t recommend freezing it, I think it’s best fresh.

  3. Catherina

    I can’t wait to make this salsa
    But here out of the 4 of us only 1 eats cilantro 🌿
    Do you think parsley would be a good alternative or just leave it out completely.

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Hi Catherina, no I wouldn’t do parsley, I would just skip the cilantro – it’ll still be great without it!

    • Peg

      5 stars
      Dried cilantro for the taste would work. I personally add finely chopped fresh celery with leafy tops in lieu of cilantro.

  4. Elizabeth M

    5 stars
    I made the mango salsa to serve with some vegan hash cakes. The salsa plus your Avocado Dressing (I had some of your Avocado Dressing leftover from your Asparagus Salad) were the perfect complements for my dinner!

  5. Leslie McDonough

    5 stars
    I made the mango salsa tonight and served atop Jamaican jerk rubbed salmon. It was delicious! Also great by itself with blue corn chips 🙂

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      oh yum, I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

  6. Rebekah

    Bright and delicious!

  7. Carrie McCormack

    5 stars
    This salsa was delicious! The directions for how to cut a mango were really helpful as I had never done that before. I’d absolutely make this again all summer long!

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Hi Carrie! I’m so glad you loved it!

  8. Jason Schepers

    4 stars
    Our local grocers had an exceptional deal on mangoes this month due to overstock, so this recipe challenge was well-timed and it turned out beautifully. Thanks for the inspiration!

  9. Kara

    The yellow champagne mangos are still in season and what a great way to use them! I bulked my salsa up with roasted red pepper and black beans. Made for a good beach dip on Memorial Day! I particularly liked the addition of lime zest with the juice. Tasty and will make again.

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

  10. Kim Herbert

    5 stars
    Super easy and delicious! Works well with virtually everything – tacos, poke bowls, burgers, grilled or roasted veggies, etc.

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      I’m so glad you loved it!

  11. Shannon Heiliger

    Ok this one was amazing!!
    Instead of chips, we paired the mango salsa with grilled red snapper and it was delicious!

    Also – I didn’t get the chance to make the March Citrus Salad so we had a Memorial Day feast with both of them!
    Absolutely loved it – for salsa we added more garlic and jalapeño because we like it spicy

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Oh yum! I’m so glad you enjoyed both recipes!

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