Chile Lime Mango and Papaya

Chile Mango

Fruit with attitude ~ SPICY Chile Lime Mango and Papaya. Certain recipes are almost too easy to mention. Yet, it’s the simple ideas that we all long for in this crazy whirl-wind we call life.

Some of these recipe concepts are so good, they have no boundaries and are shared across cultures, borders, even oceans.

This little snack is something I’ve eaten on the streets of many countries with tropical climates. Whether in Central America or Southeast Asia, spicy fruit is a beloved treat.

Spicy Fruit

In Mexico, whole mangoes are commonly served on a stick with lime juice and chile powder. In several South American and Asian countries, mangoes, ripe papayas, even unripe green papayas are served sliced with a spicy sprinkle over the top.

Here I’ve combined the best of both continents for a snack that can satisfy any craving… sweet, salty or spicy.

Spicy Papaya

Even my little ones love the vibrant combination of the perky fruit and deep flavorful heat.

How to Prepare: Simply peel and slice the mangoes and papayas.

How to Cut Mango

Mix the spices and lime zest together.

Chile Lime Rub

And sprinkle over the top.

Chile Rub


Thai Mango and Papaya


Yield: 8 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Chile Lime Mango and Papaya


2 Mangoes
2 small Papayas
1 Tb. sugar
¾ tsp. salt
¾ tsp. chile powder (preferably ancho)
1 pinch of cayenne
Zest of 1 lime


Cut the flesh of the mangoes off the pit. Run a small knife around the interior of the peel to remove it. Cut the papayas in half and scoop out the seeds. Then remove the peel in the same manner as the mangoes.

Slice the mangoes and papayas into thick strips.

Mix the sugar, salt, spices and lime zest in a small bowl.

Sprinkle on top for the fruit. Serve immediately.

What’s YOUR favorite way to serve up summer fruit?

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64 Responses to “Chile Lime Mango and Papaya”

  1. #
    Blog is the New Black — July 21, 2011 @ 6:45 am

    Ahhhh, this looks awesome!


  2. #
    Katarina — July 21, 2011 @ 6:49 am

    Lovely pictures!


  3. #
    Celia — July 21, 2011 @ 7:06 am

    For the first half of this post I kept wondering “But *what* is she going to do with this fruit?” Then I realized…the fresh fruit was going to stay that way, and that this recipe is pretty much the best idea ever. So delicious! I’m heading to Southeast Asia soon – can’t wait to eat more than my fill of tropical fruit…


    • Mark@SeasonWithSpice — July 22nd, 2011 @ 6:58 am

      Hope you are heading over here soon because all the exotic fruits are in season right now like durian, mangosteen, rambutan, jackfruit, and langsat. Have a great trip!


  4. #
    Trix — July 21, 2011 @ 7:21 am

    I absolutely love these flavors – In Coney Island I used to get mango that had been slathered in hot sauce and salt on a stick – this is a more elegant version for sure!


  5. #
    Nelly Rodriguez — July 21, 2011 @ 7:41 am

    Love both these fruits and a great way to season them! I’ve been on a papaya quick, and was reading that something in the papaya avoids cholesterol from oxidizing (only oxidized cholesterol sticks to arteries!) *not a doctor, just read this only and via some research! looks delicious!


  6. #
    Megan — July 21, 2011 @ 7:49 am

    We just had a Trader Joe’s open up near us and tried out dried papaya with a chili rub – so delicious! I can’t imagine how amazing this must be with fresh papaya. I will definitely be giving this a try!


  7. #
    sweetlife — July 21, 2011 @ 7:49 am

    one of my favorite childhood snacks, still is, every summer in mexico..we would wait for the man to pass in his cart..yummy


  8. #
    Emily Malloy @Cleanliness — July 21, 2011 @ 8:12 am

    You rock my world.


  9. #
    Lolly's Sweet Treats — July 21, 2011 @ 8:28 am

    Ooh lala! This looks great- interesting flavor combo.


  10. #
    Nisrine M. — July 21, 2011 @ 8:32 am

    What a beautiful, zesty dish. The flavors and colors are amazing.


  11. #
    Brian @ A Thought For Food — July 21, 2011 @ 8:36 am

    There’s something so refreshing about sprinkling some chili powder on mango… the kick of the pepper with the snap of the lime… all mellowed out by the sweet fruit. It’s a beautiful pairing.


  12. #
    CLAIRE — July 21, 2011 @ 8:46 am

    your photos are gorgeous- they look like they could be straight out of a magazine!

    also, this looks amazing- we are at our 18th day of being over 100 degrees and this just might be the refreshing goodie i need!

    hope all is well!


  13. #
    Laura @ Family Spice — July 21, 2011 @ 9:52 am

    Those really do look GORGEOUS! My kids like lime on their papaya. Maybe when they grow up they’ll try it with chile powder?


  14. #
    Bonnie Banters — July 21, 2011 @ 10:10 am

    Oh, I love that these delectable fruits are combined with just a little spice…so unique and fun! Thanks for sharing!


  15. #
    mjskit — July 21, 2011 @ 11:09 am

    YUMMY! What more can I say?


  16. #
    Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking — July 21, 2011 @ 11:21 am

    Oh this just looks awesome!! I am so ready to try this really soon! Thanks so much for sharing.


  17. #
    Leanna @ Raptortoe — July 21, 2011 @ 12:01 pm

    This looks so tasty and perfect for summer!


  18. #
    Linda — July 21, 2011 @ 12:19 pm

    I absolutely love this! Uncomplicated, simple dishes that burst with flavor! You’re recipes always excite my tastebuds!!


  19. #
    jennifurla — July 21, 2011 @ 12:38 pm

    Oh what awesome pictures, this looks wonderful


  20. #
    Angie's Recipes — July 21, 2011 @ 1:04 pm

    Those are fruit with style!


  21. #
    Cristina — July 21, 2011 @ 1:09 pm

    This looks and sounds delicious. The colours alone make it inviting. A fantastic contrast in flavors! :)


  22. #
    Rachel @ Not Rachael Ray — July 21, 2011 @ 1:38 pm

    Yum! What a perfect snack for summer. I love your mortar and pestle by the way!


  23. #
    Radhika @ foodfor7stages — July 21, 2011 @ 2:53 pm

    This is how the street vendors in India sell these tropical fruits. I can’t stop drooling at them.


  24. #
    Christine — July 21, 2011 @ 3:45 pm

    Great post! Love the photos!


  25. #
    Maris (In Good Taste) — July 21, 2011 @ 3:57 pm

    Love this! You can make simple fruit look so appealing


  26. #
    Shelby — July 21, 2011 @ 4:24 pm

    Different – but I love the sweet heat!


  27. #
    Tricia @ Saving room for dessert — July 21, 2011 @ 6:05 pm

    Sommer you are so creative! I can’t image how tasty this is! I may have to step outside my baking box to give this one a try. Thanks


  28. #
    Lisa Warren — July 21, 2011 @ 7:13 pm

    I had mango this way while eating my way through Bangkok last year and I still crave it! The flavors – sweet, salty, spicy and tart are amazing. It even works with unripe mangoes/papaya – just omit the lime. Thanks for the street food memory!


  29. #
    Joy — July 21, 2011 @ 8:20 pm



  30. #
    Jeanette — July 21, 2011 @ 9:55 pm

    Love the idea of fresh tropical fruit and sweet, salty, sour and spicy flavors!


  31. #
    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen — July 22, 2011 @ 2:33 am

    Gorgeous photos! I usually eat mine with a squeeze of lime juice but I will venture out of my comfort zone and try your spicy version.


  32. #
    Georgia Pellegrini — July 22, 2011 @ 6:58 am

    Wow, I just love the presentation here… it’s like spicy healthy sweet french fries!


  33. #
    pachecopatty — July 22, 2011 @ 1:02 pm

    I love this contrast between sweet, fresh and spicy, a great way to enjoy your yummy fruit;-)


  34. #
    Kelly — July 22, 2011 @ 2:33 pm

    Wow this looks so good, your picture are absolutely gorgeous! :)


  35. #
    skip to malou — July 22, 2011 @ 11:10 pm

    wow my favorite tropical fruits… but i never tried it with chile. this intrigues me . I m used to coating them with condensed milk but i welcome the change… would definitely love this for sure.


  36. #
    Curt — July 23, 2011 @ 9:04 am

    That sounds awesome. Not too spicy, but just enough to make it interesting. And easy to make too!


  37. #
    Parsley Sage — July 23, 2011 @ 10:06 am

    New favorite! This is WONDERFUL. Sometimes papaya can be a little zzzzzz so this is a perfect way to jazz it up! Buzzed :)


  38. #
    Hester Casey @ Alchemy in the Kitchen — July 23, 2011 @ 11:29 am

    Stunning photos and a lovely healthy snack with from a spicy perspective! Delicious!


  39. #
    Tiffany — July 23, 2011 @ 9:17 pm

    Simple, but FULL of such great flavor!


  40. #
    Sanjeeta kk — July 24, 2011 @ 4:00 am

    Wow..what a wonderful idea to make a powder of zest with ther spices…must have been very tangy and delightful, Sommer. I love the 2nd click very much.


  41. #
    Sanjeeta kk — July 24, 2011 @ 4:01 am

    Wow..what a wonderful idea to make a powder of zest with other spices…must have been very tangy and delightful, Sommer. I love the 2nd click very much.


  42. #
    Monet — July 24, 2011 @ 2:59 pm

    What a beautiful post. Each photograph was full of such amazing color and texture. Thank you for sharing with me, my friend! I hope you are having a relaxing Sunday. As always…this looks delicious (and I’m sure it tastes even better)!


  43. # — July 24, 2011 @ 7:35 pm

    Sommer, I know I can always count on you for a delicious recipe and a photo, or five, that will make me drool! Wish I was the kid in the photo holding all that deliciosness. :)


  44. # — July 24, 2011 @ 7:37 pm

    Sommer, I know I can always count on you for a delicious recipe and a photo, or five, that will make me drool! Wish I was the kid in the photo holding all that deliciousness. :)


  45. #
    The Mistress of Spices — July 25, 2011 @ 7:23 am

    There’s nothing like fresh, tropical fruit with chili and lime on top. A burst of wonderful flavors in your month! Since I don’t have any trips to Latin America or South/SE Asia lined up anytime soon, I’ll have to make your recipe. Thanks for sharing!


  46. #
    Kristen M. — July 25, 2011 @ 8:59 pm

    My husband would love this. Thanks!


  47. #
    Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidence — July 26, 2011 @ 7:10 am

    Mmm this looks beautiful and delicious. I enjoy a similar combination with watermelon!


  48. #
    Steve @ HPD — July 27, 2011 @ 6:53 am

    I think Savory Spice just opened a shop in Asheville. You can get this amazing honey sugar there, perfect for this dish.


  49. #
    Stevie — July 28, 2011 @ 11:25 am

    I’ve been away from your blog for too long! This looks so good. I always enjoy mangoes and papayas while traveling in Brazil, though I haven’t seen them add spices. Spicy food for the most part hasn’t really caught on there yet. I am sure that I’d love this simple dish. It is so cute the way you prepared it: it looks like a cone of sweet potato fries.


  50. #
    Sally the Saint — July 29, 2011 @ 7:35 am

    This looks yummy….you have a lovely blog… You have so many wonderful
    dishe with chili.I have bookmarked you blog and some recipe from that to try.


  51. #
    Prerna@IndianSimmer — August 1, 2011 @ 2:05 am

    As I always say, “its the simple things in life that never fail to make you happy”. This recipe right here is one of those! Love it :-)


  52. #
    Marie — August 5, 2011 @ 3:18 pm

    interesting flavor combo nice.


  53. #
    Robyn Medlin Lindars — October 10, 2011 @ 7:20 pm

    I’ve enjoyed browsing your blog. I especially enjoyed reading about Okie Dokie BBQ restaurant in Asheville. I used to visit Asheville alot when I was a student at ASU in Boone. The chile, lime mango and papaya fruit salad looks delicious. Would you like to be a guest post on my blog with this recipe? I’m always looking for good recipes.


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    Diana @ Mood Your Food — May 4, 2012 @ 10:31 am

    Mango with chili and lemon is my favorite snack! I’ve never made the seasoning myself before, I buy Tajin which is basically chili with lemon and I guess other stuff that are not as healthy. I’m guessing you mix taste very similar so I’m going to start making it myself! Oh, and it also tastes AMAZING with popcorn.


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