19 Fresh Mango Recipes That Offer a Taste of the Tropics

Mango-Chicken Tinga
Photo: Karla Conrad

Mango recipes can swing sweet or savory—one of the many reasons we love this juicy tropical fruit. So bring a little island flair to your table with a refreshing fruit smoothie bowl, easy chicken and mango dinners, party-worthy fresh mango salsa recipes, and more.

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Strawberry, Mango and Rose Pavlova

Strawberry, Mango & Rose Pavlova

Need a gluten-free dessert for entertaining? We've got you covered with this dreamy, creamy option. A meringue of whipped egg whites acts as the cakelike base in this light-as-air berry dessert with fresh mango. Coat the fruit in a bit of sugar and allow it to stand for 20 minutes to create a no-fuss syrupy topping.

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Air-Fryer Jerk Pork Skewers with Black Bean-Mango Salsa

Jerk Pork Skewers Black Bean Mango Salsa
Greg DuPree

Share this vibrant Caribbean-inspired pork dish for dinner. Coat the pork tenderloin with shredded coconut and a zesty jerk spice blend, then air-fry the skewers as you stir together the fresh mango salsa recipe. Make this a meal by serving it all atop a big bed of rice or quinoa.

Buy It: Ninja 4-Quart Air Fryer ($100, Target)

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White Chili

White Chili

If you're seeking a break from basic (although admittedly delicious!) ground beef chili, consider this easy mango recipe. The sliced mango garnish is a delightful way to balance out the rich and savory qualities of this pork shoulder stew. Although this creative chili recipe tastes as if it had simmered all day, it can be on your table in just an hour.

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Shrimp and Mango Rice Paper Rolls

Shrimp and Mango Rice Paper Rolls
For these pretty rolls, Andrea Nguyen layers baby lettuce, fresh mint, rice noodles, cucumber, mango, and shrimp. Blaine Moats

No need to be intimidated by making this popular Asian appetizer from scratch. Seriously, cutting the mango might be the most challenging part—it's that doable! Simply stack cooked shrimp, rice noodles, veggies, mango, and herbs inside soaked rice paper rounds and you have a restaurant-quality fresh mango recipe all set to dunk in a pool of Nuoc Cham Dipping Sauce.

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Mango Margaritas

Mango Margarita

Strawberry and lime margarita recipes? Been there, done that. Introduce your blender to a refreshing new flavor with this fresh mango recipe. The smooth tropical staple makes a silky base for this tequila-splashed party drink.

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Sweet Honey-Ginger Beet and Mango Smoothies


Frozen mango cubes and mango nectar disguise a lot of nutrition in these fresh mango smoothies. Picky eaters will never know that beets, bell peppers, and tofu are all hiding inside! For a grab-and-go option, blend and refrigerate the entire recipe for up to 3 days before slurping it up.

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Mango-Stuffed Lassi Toast

Mango-Stuffed Lassi Toast

We're suckers for a good mash-up. This amazing morning mix combines the best of a mango lassi recipe with one of the sweet morning menu faves. Simply stuff oven-baked French toast with creamy mango filling (cream cheese, mango, and cardamom), coat in chopped pistachios, and chill overnight. Once you're awake for the day, bake until golden, then drizzle generously with maple syrup.

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Orange-Mango Agua Fresca

Orange-Mango Agua Fresca

Time to break out the blender! To make this easy mango recipe (a totally party-worthy poppy-yellow drink), blitz together freshly squeezed orange juice, lime, and, of course, mangoes.

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Tropical Fruit Smoothie Bowls

Tropical Fruit Smoothie Bowls
Blaine Moats

Jump on the smoothie bowl trend with this chia-topped breakfast recipe that comes together in your food processor or blender. Think of it like a fresh mango smoothie you can eat with a spoon! Sweet mango and pineapple pieces disguise the flavor of the spinach.

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Mango Pico de Gallo

Mango Pico de Gallo

Add a pop of color to your fiesta menu by pairing tortilla chips with this. Mango and jicama—a sweet Mexican yam—make a crisp-cool team mixed with red onions and peppers in this ready-to-scoop fresh mango salsa recipe. Try it with tortilla chips, in tacos, or as a garnish for grilled shrimp, salmon, or chicken.

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Mango Chicken Tinga

Mango-Chicken Tinga

This set-and-forget mango-chicken recipe proves that slow cooker meals and mango dishes can coexist—with delicious results. If you're new to the concept, tinga is a slow-cooked, shredded-meat stew. This variation uses chicken thighs, mango nectar, and a plethora of savory spices for a coastal Mexican twist.

Buy It: Crock-Pot 4.5-Quart Slow Cooker ($25, Target)

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Mango-Banana-Coconut Crepes with Cajeta Syrup

Mango-Banana Coconut Crepes with Cajeta Syrup

By now you know that pineapple and mango pair together perfectly, but bananas deserve a moment too. A trio of tropical fruits—bananas, mangoes, and coconut—add so much flavor to this crepe recipe. (Psst ... even though this sounds like a dessert with fresh mango, we've been known to serve this at brunch too. We give you permission to follow suit!)

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Upside-Down Mango Cake

Upside-Down Mango Cake

This mango cake recipe is like a riff on pineapple upside-down cake. We like how the slivers of fresh mango look like sun rays once you invert the cake. But we love what happens when the coconut and caramel sauce coat every inch of the topping for the classic vanilla cake at the base.

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Pan-Seared Shrimp Salad with Mango-Lime Dressing


This shrimp and mango salad recipe is our idea of a flawless summer lunch. In addition to being high in energizing protein and heart-healthy fats, it's full of flavor from the made-from-scratch dressing. Our fruity version, featuring a full mango plus a dash of honey and lip-puckering lime, packs a tempting blend of tart and sweet elements.

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Crab-Shrimp Cakes with Mango-Cucumber Salsa

Crab-Shrimp Cakes with Mango-Cucumber Salsa

Bake panko-crusted crab-shrimp cakes in muffin tin cups for easy portion control—and an extra-crispy coating. That crunchy exterior pairs beautifully with the sweet and creamy mango salsa recipe. Lemon pepper seasoning, cayenne pepper, and fresh chives team up to make every bite pack a flavor punch.

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Tropical Breakfast Sandwich

Tropical Breakfast Sandwich

Need a quick, no-cook breakfast? You won't be stuck with cold cereal, toaster tarts, or peanut butter toast once you have this delightful and easy mango recipe in your repertoire. Simply dress up a bagel thin with a Hawaiian combination of ham, mango slices, and coconut.

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Triple-Mango Chicken

Triple-Mango Chicken

The "triple" comes into play in the sauce the chicken breasts are sautéed in for this 20-minute meal. Fresh mango cubes, chutney, and fruit drink fuse to become a tasty topper. While this chicken and mango recipe tastes complex, it calls for just 5 ingredients.

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Peach-Mango Pie

Peach-Mango Pie

Pie-lovers will swoon over the lavish fruity filling in this sugar-sprinkled dessert with fresh mango. Every spoonful is oozing with homey nutmeg and warm cinnamon. Enjoy à la mode with vanilla ice cream for a nostalgic treat.

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Orange-Simmered Pork Chops with Mango Relish

Orange-Simmered Pork Chops with Mango Relish

Watch these cayenne-coated pork chops sizzle and pop with fresh island flavors. Infused with orange and honey then topped with a fresh mango salad recipe, no one will guess you accomplished it all in just 30 minutes. Mango, pineapple, clementine, orange: This easy dinner is loaded with sunny fruits.

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