Mango Pico De Gallo
EVENT: SUNDAY FUNDAY
THEME: PICNIC RECIPES
RECIPE: MANGO PICO DE GALLO
Mango Pico De Gallo is an easy to prepare, flavourful kind of salad or salsa. Usually we love to enjoy it with some tortilla chips or with quesadilla and burritos. It is so easy to make Mango Pico De Gallo in bulk for picnics and pot lucks. Whenever I’ve had to prepare a large batch, I chop the vegetables, herbs, spice and fruits the previous night, add the lime juice, toss, cover and leave it in the fridge. Next day just before serving I add salt.
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THEME: PICNIC RECIPES
Growing up, I’ve been so lucky to have gone for picnics with friends and family to some breath taking scenic places around Nairobi. Ever Sunday was picnic on the beach when my kids were growing up. Then the picnics stopped mainly because the kids were off to college and school and also some of the picnic sites unfortunately became places of insecurity. People getting robbed of their valuables and cars.
We arrived into Canada last year during summer time. People were still very careful because of Covid but masks were no longer required in open places. Hubby and I spent practically every day at the different nearby parks. Sometimes we bought food from small eateries or I made something quick and easy to carry. Salsa with tortilla chips was one such dish especially when my son and his girlfriend would join us. Enjoyable as we chatted away.
When Renu who blogs at Cook With Renu suggested picnic recipes, it brought back so many memories of the variety of food my mum use to prepare for picnics and what I would make for my kids picnic adventures.
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Memories: Grandparents – 02/12/2014
Grandparents love to spoil and pamper their grandchildren. In their eyes grandchildren are perfect angels. Right now my daughter is getting pampered by her maternal grandfather and three maternal grandaunts. They are visiting her in Bangalore for a week. They’ve showered her with chocolates, UK biscuits(who doesn’t love them?) and presents. And are already feeding her all sorts of goodies. She is thoroughly enjoying all the attention.
When I was growing up I really didn’t know my maternal grandparents that much as they were in India and I in Kenya. I met them occasionally when I was studying in Mt. Abu. I grew up in a joint family with grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, the works. My grandmother didn’t believe in pampering but I learned a lot of things from her. My grandfather on the other hand loved pampering us. Making leftover roti ladoos, sharing his special recipe of jalebi and milk, doubling our savings on Diwali Day, giving us pocket money.
I always remind my children that they are very lucky as they got to spend time with both sets of grandparents. What parents will not do for their children, grandparents will do for their grandchildren. My kids just had to tell their granny “I feel like eating…” and the food would be prepared on that same day.
My daughter will be going to Mumbai in a few days and I know my mother in law is already planning how to spoil her! Grandparents give unconditional love, patience, comfort, life lessons and kindness in abundance to their grandchildren.
This recipe has been updated on 22/05/2022 with better photos and a more structured style of writing.
8 years down the line, my son with his family and my daughter are visiting their paternal grandmother in Mumbai. This time it is a reversal of roles, they are spoiling her. She can’t cook anything because of her age but keeps on hugging them all the time.
I am a grandmother now to two super cute granddaughters. However, I don’t get much opportunity to spoil them rotten because of the distance, Bali to Montreal… that is really far!
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A SALSA AND PICO DE GALLO?
Pico De Gallo is usually made from chopped fresh ingredients and is not cooked. Pico De Gallo is usually enjoyed as a side dish with many Mexican dishes or with tortilla chips. Whereas with Salsa some ingredients maybe cooked. Also the ingredients can be chopped or pureed to a coarse texture. Chopped Salsa can be enjoyed as a salad, the pureed one as a dip.
INGREDIENTS REQUIRED FOR MANGO PICO DE GALLO
- Ripe Mango – ripe but firm. Peel and cut into small cubes.
- Onion – peeled and finely chopped. I prefer to use red onion, but feel free to use any.
- Tomato – ripe but firm.
- Cilantro/ Coriander – washed,dried and chopped finely with the tender stems.
- Bell Pepper – any colour of your choice.
- Lime Juice – sometimes I’ve substituted with lemon juice. Use whichever you have at home.
- Salt – add according to your taste.
- Jalapeño – add according to you taste. If you don’t a hot pico de gallo then remove the rib and seeds before chopping the jalapeño.
- Smoked Paprika Powder – or replace it with slightly hot red chilli powder.
- Tortilla chips – to serve. Try it also with roasted papads.
MANGO PICO DE GALLO
- 1 cup mango cut into small cubes
- ½ cup tomato finely diced
- ½ cup bell pepper finely diced
- ¼ cup onion finely diced
- ¼ cup fresh coriander/cilantro chopped with tender stems
- 2 tbsp lime juice
- 1-2 jalapeño
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ tsp smoked paprika or red chilli powder
- Slit the jalapeño into half. If you don't the pico de gallo to be hot then remove the white rib and seeds.
- Chop the jalapeño/jalapeños finely.
- Mix all the ingredients in a big bowl except for the salt.
- Allow the mango pico de gallo to chill in the fridge for about 30-60 minutes.
- Just before serving add salt and mix.
- Serve with tortilla chips or with your favourite Mexican dish.
- If the mango is slightly raw, you may need to add ½ tsp sugar to balance the taste.
- Replace jalapeno with green chillis if you like.
- Add some fresh mint for added flavour.
- Can be prepared a day ahead for picnics and pot luck parties. Just don't add the salt. Store in an airtight container.
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December 2, 2014 at 10:31 pm
Anything with mango and corriander has to be yummy, nice looking snack!
December 3, 2014 at 10:24 am
oh yes….love even now when my daadi hugs me and say that i lost weight (always, no matter what)
This is such a flavorful dish, would love to try it soon 🙂
December 3, 2014 at 10:25 am
those are nostalgic moments you shared…Now I can see my daughter being pampered by grand parents…snack is unique
December 3, 2014 at 1:42 pm
lovely salsa… Grannies are always grt…
December 3, 2014 at 3:33 pm
Delicious salsa, yes grandma's best. thanks for sharing with Favorite recipes event: christmas event, pinning.
December 8, 2014 at 6:54 pm
Pass me one plate dear.. yumm yumm
Nisa@ flavour diary
June 9, 2016 at 11:07 am
lovely easy recipe of nachos ….bookmarked
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January 12, 2020 at 2:33 am
I love any dish prepared with the king of the fruits – Mango. I am waiting for the season to try out more recipes and this is one of them.
January 12, 2020 at 4:36 pm
Thanks Shobha, am sure you’ll enjoy it.
April 21, 2020 at 10:57 pm
I love, love, love mango salsa. Brilliant touch of salsa with nachos. I’m sure it would have tasted very flavourful and refreshing. Pass me a the plate, please!
April 22, 2020 at 7:48 pm
Thank you so much Jolly.
April 21, 2020 at 6:29 pm
Salsa with tortilla chips is a absolutely delightful combo and looks too tempting. I remember those good old days with my grandparents reading this post.
April 25, 2020 at 8:52 pm
Mireille Roc (@ChefMireille)
April 22, 2020 at 3:50 am
your daughter is truly blessed. Both of my grandfathers had already died before I was born so I only knew my grandmothers. Its great when these familial bonds can go beyond generations.
April 22, 2020 at 7:46 pm
That’s so true Mireille.. what I missed I had to make sure my kids took full advantage of the fact that they had both set of grandparents when they were growing up.
April 23, 2020 at 11:11 am
Mango salsa looks brilliant. I waiting to get my hands on some delicious ripe mangoes . Perfect snack.
April 23, 2020 at 5:06 pm
May 22, 2022 at 9:57 am
I Love Mango pico-de-gallo and this salad looks very good. You are so true about grandparents. Like every time my kids were spoiled by my parents and I was getting a shouting for even shouting them to the slightest bit 🙂
May 24, 2022 at 2:45 pm
Thanks Renu, its funny how my son just mentioned yesterday that he is so lucky to have been doting grandparents on both sides and how he was always pampered by my mum and enjoys all the attention from his paternal grandma.
May 22, 2022 at 2:29 pm
So colorful and delicious looking. Perfect for a picnic.
May 24, 2022 at 2:40 pm
Thanks Wendy and it is colourful. Perfect for the spring and summer weather.
May 24, 2022 at 7:16 am
I love this vibrant salsa. It is so fun to have mangoes come in and relish them through the rush before the season finishes. So glad you got some.
May 24, 2022 at 2:37 pm
Thank you so much Seema,where I am, I don’t get the Indian Sub Continent variety. Getting some now from Mexico which are not bad.
May 24, 2022 at 8:46 pm
Love the flavors and the beautiful colors in this recipe.I can only imagine how good it tastes. Thanks for the recipe.
May 25, 2022 at 8:59 pm
Your most welcome, hope you will try it out.
May 26, 2022 at 12:25 pm
I would like to grab this delicious Mango pico de gallo and go out for a picnic right away !! The bowl looks so tempting to say No
May 26, 2022 at 9:42 pm
Thank you so much Priya. The day I made it we were suppose to go to for a picnic but it started to rain. So hubby is waiting for a sunny day just so I can make mango pico de gallo again.
May 28, 2022 at 2:59 am
What a lovely dish to take along picnicking ! The mango would have added such a burst of freshness to this pico de gallo
May 28, 2022 at 12:09 pm
Thanks Kalyani, mango definitely adds a lovely sweetness taste.
May 28, 2022 at 3:53 am
I have frozen a lot of mangoes this year and so when it rains this year I can enjoy this amazing dip. Love the use of mango to make Pico de Gallo. Will make some tonight we have all the ingredients.
May 28, 2022 at 12:08 pm
Thanks Archana, I’ve not tried with frozen mango. Do let me know how it turns out.
May 29, 2022 at 6:53 am
Mango with a hint of chilli and corriander looks tasty and refreshing, it makes a good snack and a guilt free one.
June 1, 2022 at 6:41 pm
Thanks Jayashree give it a try, you’ll enjoy it.
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