Mango Salsa Recipe for Fish Tacos

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Make a batch of this fresh mango salsa recipe for fish tacos or as a chunky dip for chips. The sweet and spicy combo makes the perfect summer snack. Learn how to make this easy mango salsa recipe using ripe mangos, red bell pepper, red onion, jalapeno, lime, and cilantro. 

Eat this fresh salsa with chips or pair with easy cod fish tacos that use mahi mahi or other white fish. These summer flavors are too good to pass up.

mango salsa in white bowl with lime slice
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Try out my pineapple salsa for another homemade salsa that is sweet and spicy. Salsa made with fresh fruit offers crowd pleasing flavors and offer a rainbow of colors. 

This Mango Salsa Recipe Is

  • Great for the summer months using fresh produce
  • Great for busy weeknights when you want a quick dinner
  • Tasty served on flaky fish tacos with warm tortillas
  • Rainbow of colors used in this recipe. 
  • Versatile

Salsa Ingredients Needed

Make this chunky salsa in just 15 minutes. Then serve right away or add an hour of chilling time to allow the flavors to bloom.

mango salsa ingredients

Here’s what you need:

  • Sweet mangos: This is the main ingredient for the salsa and provides the sweetness, texture, and tropical flavor that makes this dish so refreshing.
  • Red Bell Pepper: Adds a sweet, mild flavor and crunch to the salsa.
  • Red onion: Provides a mild onion flavor and texture that complements the sweetness of the mango.
  • Jalapenos: Adds a spicy kick to the salsa. The level of spiciness can be adjusted by removing or keeping the jalapeno seeds.
  • Fresh Cilantro: Adds a fresh, herbaceous flavor and aroma that complements the sweetness of the mango and the spiciness of the jalapenos.
  • Lime: Adds a bright, citrusy flavor and a touch of acidity to the salsa, which helps to balance out the sweetness of the mango.
  • Salt and pepper: For flavor and to enhance the other ingredients in the salsa.

How to Make it

This is a quick walk through on how to make the mango salsa. The salsa ingredients are featured in the printable recipe card at the bottom of the post. 

In a large bowl, combine mango, red bell pepper, red onion, jalapenos, cilantro, and lime juice.

diced ingredients in glass bowl with spices

Season with salt and pepper to taste and stir together with a spoon until well combined.

stir to combine mango salsa ingredients

Chill the salsa in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour to allow the flavors to meld together.

When ready to serve, remove the salsa from the refrigerator and give it a good stir. Taste and adjust the seasoning if necessary.

Serve fish tacos with mango salsa or with a side of tortilla chips or other dishes. Enjoy the refreshing and tropical flavors!

mango salsa with tortilla chips

Variations to Fresh Mango Salsa

Try some of these alternatives to give your salsa some additional flavors.

  • Pineapple: Add diced pineapple to the recipe to give the salsa an extra tropical twist.
  • Black Bean: Add rinsed and drained black beans to the recipe for a heartier salsa that can be used as a dip or a topping for tacos, burritos, or grilled chicken.
  • Avocado: Add diced avocado to the recipe for a creamy and flavorful salsa that pairs well with fish or shrimp tacos.
  • Tomato: Add diced tomatoes to the recipe for a more traditional salsa flavor that pairs well with chips, quesadillas, or fajitas.
  • Cucumber: Add diced cucumber to the recipe for a refreshing and crunchy salsa that pairs well with grilled fish or chicken.
  • Peach: Substitute diced peaches for some or all of the mango for a sweeter and slightly tangy salsa that can be served with grilled pork or on top of a salad.
  • Seasonings: Once your salsa is ready you can taste and top with onion powder, garlic powder, or even other spices to add additional flavor to the salsa. 

Tips for Success

  • Make sure to use ripe mango for the richest flavor.
  • If you are not a fan of cilantro you can swap with parsley or leave out the cilantro. It will alter the flavor a bit but will still taste good. 
  • Eat this salsa fresh on the same day for best results.
  • Dice all ingredients into bite-sized chunks. If you aim for smaller pieces you ensure you get all the flavors in each bite. 

Storing Leftover Salsa

This mango salsa is best eaten on the first day. However, you can cover and refrigerate leftover salsa it in an airtight container for up to 3-4 days. After this time, the texture and flavor of the salsa may begin to deteriorate.

What goes with mango salsa?

You can eat this salsa in so many ways. From salt tortilla chips to a rice bowl with seared shrimp or diced fish filets. Or serve in fish tacos, burritos, etc. This is also great for topping salads for an easy supper. 

How to know if a mango is ripe?

Gently squeeze the mango with your fingers. A ripe mango should have a slight give when you press it, similar to a ripe peach. Also you will find if ripe you can smell the fruit, and the color is vibrant, with no bruising or marks. 

Print the Recipe

Mango Salsa

5 from 1 vote
This fresh mango salsa is bursting with fresh ingredients that are sweet and spicy and make the perfect topping for fish tacos or as a chunky dip for chips.
Prep: 15 minutes
Total: 1 hour 15 minutes
Yield: 4 cups


  • Medium mixing bowl


  • 3 mangoes, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • ¾ red onion, diced
  • 3 jalapenos, seeded and diced (keep seeds intact if you want it spicy)
  • ½ cup cilantro, chopped, about 1 bunch
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  • In a medium mixing bowl, combine the mango, red bell pepper, red onion, jalapenos, cilantro, and lime juice. Season with salt and pepper and stir together with a spoon.
  • (Optional) Place in the refrigerator to chill for at least 1 hour for the flavors to blend and intensify.
  • Serve with a side of tortilla chips or over some fish tacos. Enjoy!


Adjust spice level with the peppers you use. Use jalapenos for a touch of spice or serrano peppers for more. For less heat, use green bell peppers instead or omit peppers altogether.


Serving: 1cup, Calories: 118kcal, Carbohydrates: 30g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 0.2g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 0.2g, Sodium: 5mg, Potassium: 407mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 24g, Vitamin A: 2868IU, Vitamin C: 114mg, Calcium: 32mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American

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