Crunchy Tangy Mango Salsa Recipe

15 minutes + 1 hour chilling time

super easy

2 servings

Oh the bliss of Mango Salsa! Today, we’re embarking on a tropical culinary adventure. We’re exploring the vibrant, sweet, and spicy world of Mango Salsa. This isn’t just any mango salsa, but a meticulously crafted medley, where every ingredient brings to the table a unique layer of taste and texture.

Why is this Mango Salsa Different?

This isn’t your everyday fiesta-in-a-bowl! We’re taking a detour from the oft-treaded path. This is the mango salsa that dares to be different. This is a salsa that stands up and says, “Hey, why blend in when we can stand out!”

Adding an Indian Twist to Our Salsa Party!

This mango salsa throws a curveball with an unexpected but perfectly harmonious mix of ingredients bringing in an Indian touch. Surprise surprise, we’re going to jazz up our salsa with a pinch of homemade roasted Indian spices!

Roasted Spice Mix

The usual suspects of salsa are all present and accounted, but the twist comes in the form of our special roasted spice mix. The titillating aroma of dry roasted cumin seeds, coriander seeds, and optional dried red chilies gives our salsa a unique profile, transforming it into a veritable tangy, sweet, and mildly spicy bowl of goodness.

This homemade blend, traditionally used in Indian kitchens, introduces a warming depth to our tropical star, taking this mango salsa from delightful to undeniable.

How We’re Rocking the Salsa World

Blend of Traditional Mexican and Exotic Indian Spices

Every forkful of this salsa will transport you – from the sweetness of ripe mangoes and a hint of spice dancing on your tongue, to the comforting warmth only a grandmother’s homemade Indian spice mix can bring.

So, Where Lies the Secret?

In the contrast of flavors and the blend of cultures. This mango salsa represents a fusion, a delightful bridging of culinary traditions, capturing your senses, and whisking them off to a world where all that matters is the explosion of taste that each mouthful provides!

So, are you ready to dive into this unforgettable taste experience?

Let’s get to it then! Put on your aprons, roll up your sleeves, and infect your homes with the high spirits of our Mango Salsa Party!

Ingredients for Mango Salsa Recipe

Ingredients for Mango Salsa Recipe

1. Mango

Our star ingredient! The ripe golden mangoes, known for their sweetness and exquisite floral undertones. Use the ripest, most luscious mangoes you can get your hands on.

2. Bell Pepper

Whether it’s a fiery red, a zesty green, or a sunny yellow, bell peppers are a delightful crunch and a pop of color to our salsa. So, choose your pick or mix them all!

3. Onion

The best choice for our flavorful fusion is purple onions. Their inherent sweetness ingeniously complements the mango, crafting a delightful symphony of flavors.

4. Dressing

The secret sauce – homemade roasted spice mix and fresh lemon juice. This magical dressing gives our mango salsa its zing and sets it apart from the rest. To prepare this, you need:

  • Cumin seeds
  • Coriander seeds
  • Dried red chilies (optional)

5. Fresh lemon juice

Dry roast these spices cool, and grind to a fine powder. Add lemon juice, a little salt and a bit of sugar or any sweetener. Mix and keep aside.

6. Green Chilies

The spice maestros. The green chilies, lend a fiery edge to our salsa, which you can tweak as per your preference. Instead of green chilies, you can also use red pepper flakes.

7. Cilantro

Finally, add the freshness of cilantro. If you’re not a fan, swap cilantro with flat-leaf parsley, or additional basil or mint. It’s all about what suits your taste buds the best!

Crunchy Tangy Mango Salsa Recipe – Unleashing the Magic

All the ingredients are ready, it’s time to dive into the amalgamation of flavors and make crunchy tangy mango salsa.

Step 1: Uniting in a Bowl

In a large mixing bowl, bring together your carefully selected ingredients. Start by adding the chopped mangoes, red bell pepper, onion, lemon juice, roasted masala, green chili, a sprinkling of sugar and a dash of salt.

Step 2: The Mix – Creating the Symphony

Delicately, but thoroughly, toss all the ingredients together. It’s a dance, as each ingredient mingles with the others, creating a vibrant bowl full of textures and colors.

Step 3: Garnishing with Love – The Perfect Harmony

Sprinkle some finely chopped cilantro over your gorgeous mixture. Watch as it complements the vivid colors and adds that much-needed pop of freshness.

Step 4: The Waiting Game – Enhancing the Flavors

Patience is a virtue, especially in cooking. Place the salad in the refrigerator for a good one hour. While chilling, it allows the flavors to imbue further, enhancing the taste of your Mango Salsa.

Step 5: Customize Your Salsa

Want to take it up a notch? Feel free to add cucumbers or black beans to your salad. These optional additions could add an extra crunch or protein punch.

Step 5: Serving the Magic and Tasty Mango Salsa

Your unique Mango Salsa is ready for showtime! Enjoy it chilled straight from the refrigerator or let it rest to room temperature. Pair this refreshing fiesta-in-a-bowl with crispy tortilla chips for that perfect crunch.

There you go – your very own, dressed to impress, utterly delicious, and irresistibly exotic Mango Salsa. Relish and enjoy!

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Crunchy Tangy Mango Salsa

Crunchy Tangy Mango Salsa Recipe

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  • Author: Mish
  • Total Time: 15 mins + 1 hour chilling time
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


Dive into a fresh feast for the senses with our Mango Salsa – a jubilant fusion of tropical mangoes, a medley of vibrant veggies and aromatic roasted Indian spices, impeccably garnished with cilantro, creating a sweet, tangy and mildly spicy flavor journey that’s both refreshing and unexpectedly delightful.


  • 1 ripe mango diced into cubes
  • 1 medium size red bell pepper diced into cubes (you can use any bell pepper of your choice or a combo).
  • 1/2 purple onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon roasted masala (see in notes)
  • 1 green chili finely chopped
  • ½ cup coriander leaves finely chopped
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar, honey or monk fruit sugar ( non-caloric)


Step 1: Mixing Magic – Creating the Base

Combine chopped mangoes, red bell pepper, onion, lemon juice, roasted masala, green chili, sugar and a smidgen of salt in a large mixing bowl. As you delicately toss together these ingredients, enjoy the delightful dance of colors converting into a beautiful symphony of flavors.

Step 2: Garnishing & Chilling – Flavor Infusion

Accentuate your prepared blend with finely chopped cilantro garnish. Now comes the play of patience. Let your salad rest in the refrigerator for an hour. During this time, all the ingredients get an opportunity to marry their unique flavors, transforming your salsa into a bowlful of enriched heavenly taste.

Optional: Want a crunchy or protein-rich punch? Feel free to toss in some cucumbers or black beans right after your cilantro garnish.

Step 3: The Grand Serve – Showcasing Your Creation

Your exceptional Mango Salsa is now performance-ready! Choose your style: serve it cold, fresh out of the refrigerator, or let it settle to room temperature. The colorful palette of this salsa pairs fantastically with crispy tortilla chips for that satisfying crunch.

There you have it, your homemade, enticingly different, and irresistibly delicious Mango Salsa. Enjoy it to the last bite!


Disclaimer: This recipe card has affiliate links which means that if you buy the products using these links I will make a small commission.

To make the roasted masala: dry roast the cumin, coriander and optional dried red chili, cool, mix and grind together. Store in a glass or metal jar. 

It’s a good idea to make a larger quantity of this roasted spice mix. Add equal amount of cumin and coriander and however many dried red chilies you’d like. 

Sugar is fully optional, depending on how ripe and sweet your mango is you may not need any.

  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 5 mins
  • Category: Salad
  • Method: By hand
  • Cuisine: Indian-Mexican
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1 Comment

  • Liz

    This recipe looks delicious! Looking forward to trying it. The roasted spice mix is sure to add some unique flavors!

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