Salsas are a great way to add guilt-free flavor to your favorite meal. First of all, it adds a burst of color to your meal. We all know that we eat with our eyes, so just tell me that you wouldn’t want to devour this beautiful looking spicy mango salsa! Secondly, it packs in a crazy amount of flavor. The combination of sweet and spicy will really add a nice depth to a simple seafood and rice dinner, or toss it on tortillas and you’ll have the best fish tacos.
Finally, it’s healthy! Serve it up with a side of chips or plop it on a bed of greens and call it a salad. No matter what you do with this healthy salsa, it’ll taste great. It’s naturally low in fat and calories, with very little carb-forward ingredients. And this spicy mango salsa is completely gluten-free and dairy-free, so you won’t need to worry about accommodating anyone’s food allergies.
Let’s Talk About Mangos
Mangos are the perfect food to satisfy my sweet tooth. They have this tropical flair to them that makes me think about sipping pina coladas on the beach. Even if it’s the middle of winter, mangos bring out the inner summer in me. Since they come from Mexico and other warm areas, they’re available in the U.S. all year long. Good thing they’re so healthy because I want to eat them all the time!
Just one cup of mango fulfills one of your five recommended servings of fruits and vegetables per day. It doesn’t hurt that it also contains 100 percent of your daily vitamin C intake, along with vitamins A, B6, fiber, and folate. They contain over 20 vitamins and minerals, so technically they’re a sweet superfood!
What About That Pesky Pit?
I’ll be the first one to admit it – I love mangos, but that huge pit used to scare me! It seemed overwhelming to remove it because it takes up almost the entire mango. If you really want to become an expert, check out this video that will take you step-by-step through the process.
It’s really not that hard, though, once you’ve done it once. You see the pit doesn’t actually take up the whole mango. It’s really just a long, flat seed that runs down the center of the fruit. Once you learn to locate it, all you need to do is cut lengthwise down the mango on each side, and the rest is easy.
When you have your two mango halves, make criss-cross cuts through the flesh and use a large spoon to scoop out the flesh. You barely even need to dirty a cutting board when you use this dicing method. But, since you’re chopping up all those other salsa ingredients, you may as well use one.
There’s Something Special About Sweet and Spicy
I love adding spicy peppers (like jalapeno or serrano peppers) to my mango salsa. There is something unforgettable about the combination of sweet and spicy ingredients. Those two flavor components work together to create a fresh and healthy taste. The sweet will satisfy your cravings while the spicy makes this salsa addictive, will have you going back in for more.
Add in savory tomatoes, juicy bell peppers, acidic lime juice, and herbaceous cilantro and this is a recipe for success! Before too long, this spicy mango salsa will be your go-to recipe. It makes a great potluck dish and everyone will be asking you for the recipe.
Let us know how it turns out (and if you had any trouble getting rid of that mango pit). We would love to hear from you in the comments.
Yields: 4 cups | Serving Size: 1/2 cup | Calories: 32 | Total Fat: 0g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 121mg | Carbohydrates: 7g | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Protein: 1g | SmartPoints: 2
- 1 medium mango, peeled, pit removed, and diced small
- 6 Roma tomatoes, diced small
- 1 small red onion, diced small
- 1 small red bell pepper, diced small
- 1 jalapeno, minced
- 1 tablespoon lime juice
- 1 tablespoon fresh cilantro, chopped
- 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
- In a large bowl, combine the mango, tomato, onion, pepper, and jalapeno, mix will. Stir in the remaining ingredients. Gently toss just to combine.
- Let sit for 15 minutes before serving. Serve with tortilla or pita chips on the side. Great on top of fish tacos!