Photo: Hector Sanchez; Styling: Heather Chadduck Hillegas

It's tropical, it's refreshing, and it's a lot more versatile than you might think. 

Antara Sinha
April 27, 2018

With warm weather comes longer days, poolside weekends, and arguably the best part: mango season. While these versatile tropical fruits can definitely be enjoyed on their own, mix it up this season—and don’t feel constrained to only sweet desserts. Once you’ve mastered how to cut them up, mangos can easily find a place in sides, condiments, and drinks that allow them to steal the show. From tacos to pie, here are seven ways to cook with mangos all summer long.

1. Mango-Lemon –Buttermilk Icebox pie with Baked Saltine Cracker Crust

Photo: Hector Sanchez; Styling: Heather Chadduck Hillegas

If you could bake sunshine into a pie plate, this is what we imagine it would look like. Trust us on the flavor combo—sweet ripe mangos, slight tartness from the lemon, richness from the buttermilk, and a hint of savory from the crust—it all balances beautifully.

2. Mango Guacamole

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Avocados are naturally rich and creamy, which is exactly why they pair so well with bright, tangy-sweet mango. It’s well worth the 10 minutes it takes to whip this refreshing dip up, and flavor-wise, it leaves any basic store-bought guac in the dust. Share it with friends, and you’ll definitely need to make a double batch for your next party.

3. Mango Buttermilk Shakes

Photo: Alison Miksch; Styling: Buffy Hargett Miller


Keep frozen diced mango in your freezer, and this creamy sweet shake is only five minutes away. P.S. Don’t skip on the cardamom. This spice adds mild floral notes that make the drink taste especially tropical.

4. Mango-Jalapeño Slaw

Photo: Jennifer Causey; Styling: Mindi Shapiro Levine


Your homemade burrito bowls, salads, and sandwiches just got way more exciting with this fruity, crunchy slaw that has just the right amount of tang. We love pairing this light and lovely side with seafood for a meal that feels extra summery.

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5. Grilled Mango-Habanero Jerk Chicken

Photo: Jennifer Causey; Styling: Lindsey Lower


If you’re a fan of food with a little kick, the rum-mango-habanero sauce featured in this recipe is right up your alley. This quick but flavor-packed chicken dish hits all the right notes of spicy, sweet, and savory; that said, it’s simple enough to make on the most hectic of weeknights.

6. Shredded Chicken Tacos with Mango Salsa

Photo: Justin Walker; Styling: Carla Gonzalez-Hart


You’re only half an hour away from the chicken tacos of your dreams. Sweet, vibrant mango adds an extra element of tropical fruitiness to your standard taco night. Here’s a secret: Charring the tortillas on a grill or gas stovetop burner takes this meal from delicious to extraordinary.

7. Mango-Lime Ice

Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Jan Gautro


You only need five ingredients (one of which is water) for this sweet, refreshing warm-weather treat that tastes like a tropical vacation on ice. Seriously, don't be surprised if you find yourself making it all summer long as the perfect poolside or seaside treat.

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