For a different way to enjoy Florida or Mexican mangoes, try a topping of chili lime salt.
Mango with chili lime salt is bursting with flavor. Juicy sweet mango, smoky chili powder, tart lime, and crunchy sea salt, make this summer snack irresistible.
This is a unique appetizer or snack to serve in the hot summer months when mango is in season.
Using fresh mango as a base, I've seasoned the sweet fruit with chili powder, limes, and salt, which make a great flavor combination. You'll love the rich flavors!
What You Need
To make mango with chili-lime salt, you only need a few things.
- Mangos: I used a Keitt mango for this, but use any fresh mango you can get. Make sure you wash the mango before cutting it. They are very dusty.
- Chili Powder: I used Badilla chili powder, a local brand from Miami. Make sure your chili powder is fresh. You can also use Tajin chili lime seasoning.
- Limes: sliced limes and lime zest. Fresh lime juice is best.
- Flaked salt: I used Saltverk flaked salt for this recipe. It comes from Iceland and has really big flakes, it's perfect for this dish. Sprouts Market is now selling it.
About Keitt Mangos
Keitt Mangoes are native to Homestead, Florida. They are heavy and mostly green. Keitt is a delicious mango variety that is smooth with very few strings.
I got this mango at the Sleepy Lizard Farm, a Florida avocado farm in the Redlands, (Homestead) Florida.
Here's Farmer Tom on YouTube explaining all about the growth process for mango trees. It's very interesting.
You can pick up Keitt mangoes in July and August at Robert is Here produce market in Homestead. Sometimes Whole Foods and Milam's in Pinecrest have them in stock too.
How to Choose and Ripen Mangos
Look for mangos that give slightly when gently pressed. A ripe mango has a sweet aroma at the stem end. Avoid mangoes with bruises or blemishes.
If the mango isn't yet fully ripe, leave it at room temperature and away from direct sunlight. Placing it in a paper bag can speed up the ripening process. Check the mango daily by gently squeezing it.
As it ripens, it will become softer, and the skin may develop wrinkles. Keep it in the fridge once it's ripe. They should be good for 3-4 days.
How To Make Seasoned Mango
Slice and dice your mangoes. The flesh of the mango can be removed from the skin easily.
There is a long narrow pit running through the center of the mango. Alongside the pit are the cheeks. You slice the cheeks away from the pit and then score the flesh of the mangoes with a knife.
You can then remove the diced mango from the skin by inserting a knife between the skin and the flesh.
Zest the limes and then slice them in half or quarters for juicing.
Place the mango cubes in a small bowl and season with lime zest, lime juice, chili powder, and salt.
How to Store Chili Lime Mango
However, we all have leftovers sometimes. Place the seasoned mango pieces in an airtight container for up to 2 days.
If you have leftovers, peel and freeze the mangoes and place them in an airtight container. Frozen mango is great in mango smoothies!
Nutritional Information for Mangoes
Mangoes are a nutritious tropical fruit, containing essential vitamins like vitamins C and A, as well as minerals like potassium. Fresh mangoes are a good source of dietary fiber and antioxidants.
A Final Note
- Mango can be eaten straight up or seasoned with chili powder, lime, and salt.
- Use flaky salt for the best flavor.
- Mango con Chile y Limon goes into my 5-minute appetizer file. I love how easy it is and how delicious it tastes.
- Mangoes are in season in the US from July to September. If you can find locally grown mangoes, please do. Mexican mangoes are available year-round.
- Try this exciting flavor pairing and share your comments below.
- Chili Lime Mango is Mexican Street Food. One taste and you'll see why!
Try These Recipes Made with fresh Mangoes
- Mango Pico de Gallo
- Skirt Steak with Mango Salsa
- Oven Baked Coconut Shrimp with Mango Sauce
- Mango Smoothie with Passion Fruit
- 17 Ways to Use Ripe Mangoes
Keitt mangoes were cultivated in Homestead, Florida.
Mangoes can be seasoned with chili powder, zest, lime juice, and salt for a remarkable snack.
Mangoes grow in the warm summer months of July, August, and September in Florida.
Mango with Chili Lime Salt
- 2 cups diced mango about 2 mangos
- 2 Limes zested and juiced
- 1 tablespoon chili powder or to taste
- 1 teaspoon flaky sea salt to taste or to taste
- Divide the mango between four serving dishes or one medium sized bowl. Toss with lime juice.
- Season with chili powder and salt.
- Serve chilled.