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. #
    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 :-)


  2. #
    Marie — August 5, 2011 @ 3:18 pm

    interesting flavor combo nice.


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    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.


  4. #
    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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