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Sunday, January 17, 2010

Mango Salsa

One night last week, the day we ate White Chicken Chili for dinner, I made a bowl of Mango Salsa to go with our dinner. I've been trying to incorporate more fruit in the children's diet, and since they love salsa, I thought a good way to get them to eat more fruit would be through fruit salsa. They love the combination of fruit and spicy, so I mixed the mango with some avocado, some sweet peppers, some hot pepper and red onion, along with lime juice and cilantro. The jalapeño ended up being a really spicy one, so
I didn't eat much, but the guys finished the bowl. The jalapeño was so hot, in fact, it burned my fingers for hours afterward. I fell asleep clutching a cold pack. Dumb move -- wear gloves, or at least plastic bags, on your hands before handling jalapeños. I've chopped jalapeño dozens of times, but it only takes one really hot one to teach you a lesson.

This recipe can be modified to suit your taste. If you don't like spicy foods, leave out the jalapeño, or use half. I wouldn't buy cilantro just for this dish, but use it if you have some on hand or have it in the garden. Make sure you chop every thing in a very fine dice -- remember you're going to eat it on a chip. If you've never sliced a mango before, check out these pictures. I have a few of my own below.

Mango Salsa

1 ripe mango, finely diced **
1/2 cup finely diced red, yellow or orange pepper
1/4 cup finely diced red onion
1 jalapeno, minced
1 ripe avocado diced
juice of half a lime (about 2 T.)
2 T. minced cilantro
Tortilla chips

Mix all ingredients and chill for about an hour. Serve with tortilla chips.

** Slice off each side of the mango, cutting parallel to the edge of the pit.
With your knife, make a grid by cutting into the flesh perpendicular to the skin.

Turn the skin inside out" and cut parallel to the skin, cutting the flesh away.


Ana Maria said...

Yum! I love mangoes. I have a similar recipe but without avocadoes. This sounds soooo good!

Abby said...

Great idea. I love mango salsa with pork or fish, too.

Alice said...

I had the dame problem with jalepenos. I chopped some up for a recipe, without gloves, and a few hours later, having unsuccessfully tried to wash the oils off of my hands, I removed my contact lenses. My hands and eyes were both burning. The next morning, I tried to put my contacts back in, and the oil had soaked into the lenses. i had to change the solution ever day for about 3 days, and then I was finaaly able to put them back in my eyes. I will never cut jalepenos again with out gloves!