Mango salsa is so simple to whip up. Wonderfully tasty and a great compliment to spicy Mexican foods. Just a little slicing and dicing and you're there. Perfect for a party and friends.
Editor's Note: Originally Published July 4, 2010. Updated with expanded text and instructions along with updated photos.
I was on a Mexican spree when I first did this recipe. I have repeated it many times. It is one of my wife's favorites and has been a main Mexican side dish for us. Please give this great side dish a try.
An easy 5. My wife has tried to live on it several times.
Pro Tips: Recipe notes from Mango Salsa with Pineapple
How to Cut Up a Mango.
- Cut a disk off both sides of mango, as close as possible to the pit.
- Crosscut the disks.
- Turn the disks inside out, then cut off the chunks. You can try to get more out the part with the pit, but it won't be much.
A good mango should be firm but not rock hard, and definitely not mushy.
Do I have to use the mango?
Well, it is called mango salsa, but since you asked, you can substitute in 1/2 of a pineapple for the mango.
Do I have to use pineapple? No, but double the mango.
What to do with the other half of the pineapple? Double the recipe, slice and eat, or send it to me.
Can I use canned pineapple? Yes, but you don't really want to do that. Fresh pineapple is great. But if you insist, a 20 oz can of chunks drained should be about equal to the 2 cups a half of a fresh pineapple will yield.
What about the Cilantro?
In the original recipe, there is cilantro. You will see it in the ingredients, but some of the pictures (the newer ones) do not show it. We do not like cilantro in this house. Both my wife and I do not like the taste. I have left in the ingredients, but I don't use it.
Try it with Some Grilled Fajitas
Start by cleaning the pineapple and pepper. Chop half the pineapple and half the pepper into 1/4 inch pieces.
Clean the jalapeno by cut off ends and de-seeding then chop fine. Chip half of a small red onion into 1/8 inch pieces.
Chop the cilantro if using.
Cut the mango and the Roma tomato into 1/4 inch pieces. If you need instructions on the cutting up the mango, see discussion above.
Add all to mixing bowl and add the juice of one lime. Mix well. Refrigerate for 1 hour before serving if your wife lets you.
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Mango Pineapple Salsa
- 1 mango - chopped 1/4 inch and peeled
- 1/2 fresh pineapple - chopped 1/4 inch
- 1/2 red pepper - diced 1/4 inch
- 1 Roma tomato - chopped 1/4 inch
- 1/2 red onion - small chipped 1/8 inch
- 1 jalapeno - cored and seeded chopped very finely
- 3 tablespoons cilantro - chopped optional
- 1 lime
- Start by cleaning the pineapple and pepper. Chop half the pineapple and half the pepper into 1/4 inch pieces.
- Clean the jalapeno by cut off ends and de-seeding then chop fine. Chip half of a small red onion into 1/8 inch pieces.
- Chop the cilantro if using.
- Cut the mango and the Roma tomato into 1/4 inch pieces.
- Add all to mixing bowl and add the juice of one lime. Mix well. Refrigerate for 1 hour at least before serving.
- A good mango should be firm but not rock hard, and definitely not mushy.
- Roma or plum tomatoes are better for this since they have more "meat".
- Cilantro is optional.
- You can double the mango and eliminate the pineapple.
- Do not use canned pineapple.
Originally Published July 4, 2010.
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