This mango pico de gallo recipe is so simple and easy to make. Have a delicious, refreshing salsa in just a few minutes!
About two years ago I tried making homemade pico de gallo and since then, I haven’t bought the pre-made stuff. It’s so incredibly easy to throw together and it always turns out perfect. Like, it’s impossible to mess it up.
I truly believe some salt and lime juice just makes everything 100% better. And this recipe is no exception. It’s seriously impossible for it not to turn out great. Even if your chopping is a little uneven or you get some portions off, it’s still going to taste great.
Plus, the mango adds this sweetness that balances out the salty and sour notes of the rest of the salsa. Think pineapple on pizza! Or the sugar in a sour patch kid. It rounds out the dish and makes it even better.
This being said, I love a plain ole pice de gallo, but when I want to impress some guests or just switch it up, this mango pico de gallo is perfect. I especially love it on fish tacos!
Ingredients for Mango Pico de Gallo
The ingredients for mango pico de gallo are very simple and can easily be found at your local grocery store.
- Red onion
- Black pepper
- Garlic powder
- Cilantro (optional)
This recipe is the best when mangos are in season (around May through September), but still is quite delicious year round. As for the tomatoes, I recommend using beefsteak or tomatoes on the vine. But do some experimenting!
For the onion, I highly recommend red onion. You can make it with other kinds if you prefer, but personally I love the color it adds to the dish and personally think the taste suits the dish better compared to other onion types.
Also, feel free to mess around with the spices. I personally don’t recommend certain spice measurements because I want you to adjust the amounts based on personal preference. If you love garlic, add a lot of garlic powder. If you prefer a lower sodium salsa, add less salt.
It’s so easy to adjust the spices based on personal preferences. Start off with a little taste and add more if needed, easy as that!
Is mango pico de gallo healthy?
Everyone seems to have a different definition of healthy nowadays. As a Registered Dietitian, I define healthy as nutrient dense. To elaborate, if a food has a high concentration of beneficial nutrients like fiber, vitamins and minerals, I would consider it a healthy food.
Based on my definition of healthy (which tends to be the universal definition of healthy among nutrition professionals), mango pico de gallo is absolutely a healthy dish! It’s a great source of potassium, vitamin A and vitamin C.
The only health concern would be the high sodium content. But, some people do just fine on a higher sodium diet (especially athletes or those who sweat quite a bit) and what really matters is your overall sodium intake over the course of a day.
Plus, you can easily modify how much sodium is in your mango pico de gallo. Just add less salt to the recipe! Personally, I love a nice salty bite, but modify the recipe based on your own personal needs and preferences.
Overall, mango pico de gallo is a nutrient dense dish. But, it also matters what you pair the salsa with. I personally love them with homemade fish tacos, yum! They are also great with chips. Since most chips are deep fried, it may be beneficial to consume them in moderation if you are watching your overall fat intake. But don’t overthink it too much!
Tip: This recipe is the best when mango is in season (usually during May through September).
What is the difference between pico de gallo and salsa?
So technically pico de gallo is a type of salsa, just to clarify. But what differentiates it from other kinds of salsa? Well, it’s made fresh and it’s chunky. That’s really it!
Most other salsas are blended and rather runny. Pico de gallo is chopped up into medium to small chunks, not blended. Personally, I love it. You can get a much bigger scoop per chip, and who doesn’t love that?
Also the ingredients to pico de gallo are raw. The tomatoes aren’t cooked or roasted or anything. Fresh tomatoes, red onion, jalapeno, salt and lime juice are the main components of pico de gallo.
Some great add-ins are mango or other fruit and spices like cilantro, black pepper and garlic. I know pico de gallo because it’s simple and very difficult to get wrong. Though I do need to work on my tomato chopping skills.
How to make Mango Pico de Gallo
The process of making mango pico de gallo is so incredibly easy that just about anyone who knows how to use a knife can make it.
Step 1: Chop mango, red onion and tomato into small chunks.
Step 2: Remove the seeds from the inside of the jalapeno, then chop into small pieces.
Step 3: Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and fold together.
Step 4: Add salt, black pepper and garlic powder and taste. Add more if desired. If you like cilantro, you can also add chopped cilantro to taste and combine.
And that’s it! It’s super simple and doesn’t require any cooking. For the spices, I recommend adding to taste. Add a little, taste and add some more if you desire. Repeat until the salsa tastes just right!
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Simple Mango Pico de Gallo
- 1 mango
- 1 tomato
- 1 jalapeno deseeded
- 1/4 red onion
- 1/2 lime juiced
- black pepper
- garlic powder
- cilantro chopped, optional
- Dice fresh mango, tomato and red onion. Add to a medium sized bowl.
- Remove the seeds from the jalapeno. Dice and add to bowl.
- Fold all ingredients in the bowl. Be careful not the crush any of the ingredients.
- Add lime juice and seasonings. Adjust seasoning amounts based on personal preference.
- Add chopped cilantro to taste if desired.
- Mix all the ingredients and enjoy!