Monday, February 22, 2010

Craving Something Fresh? Try Mango Salsa

Winter is starting to wear on me. For a short month, February always seems to drag on and on. And even though I know spring is just around the corner, it can't get here fast enough!

I can't hurry spring along, but I can whip up something fresh in the kitchen, so that's what I did this weekend. Both strawberries and mangos were on sale last week, so I made a fresh fruit tart (I will post that recipe soon, I promise!) and some mango salsa.

This mango salsa is full of fresh flavor, and you can make it as hot as you like. It's quick and easy to make and delicious with chicken, salmon or pork, or eaten straight out of the bowl with chips. Here's the recipe:

Mango Salsa
3-4 mangos, chopped
   You want the mangos just barely ripe. They need to be slightly firm, otherwise you will make mango mush.
1/2-3/4 C. finely diced red or sweet onion
1/4 tsp. ground chipotle peppers (smoked jalapenos)
1-2 jalapenos, finely diced
   Add the jalepeno a bit at a time after adding the chipotle and check for heat. It will "cool" as it sits.
1/2 bunch of cilantro, chopped 
Juice from 1-2 limes
   If you have big juicy limes it will take just one, but if they're small or not very juicy, go with two.
1 tsp. or so of salt, to taste 
Fresh black pepper

Toss mango, onion, chipotle, jalapeno pepper, and cilantro together in a large bowl. Squeeze lime juice over all and toss to coat. Season with salt and black pepper to taste. Go easy on the salt, especially if you are serving with chips. I always taste test mine with chips so I don't over salt it.

© Trippin' Mama 2010


Molly said...

You should post your delicious strawberry salsa recipe too.

Christy AKA Trippin' Mama said...

I will put it on the list, Molly. I still think of you every time I make it. You didn't cook much at the time you asked for the recipe, so it was the highest of compliments!