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Chile Lime Mango and Papaya

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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

Chile Lime Mango and Papaya

Yield: 8 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes


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.

Making this recipe? Why not take a quick shot and share it on Instagram! Make sure to tag it #ASpicyPerspective so we can see what you're cooking!

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

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66 Responses to “Chile Lime Mango and Papaya”

  1. Blog is the New Blackposted July 21, 2011 at 6:45 am

    Ahhhh, this looks awesome!


  2. Katarinaposted July 21, 2011 at 6:49 am

    Lovely pictures!


  3. Celiaposted July 21, 2011 at 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. Trixposted July 21, 2011 at 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 Rodriguezposted July 21, 2011 at 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. Meganposted July 21, 2011 at 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. sweetlifeposted July 21, 2011 at 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 @Cleanlinessposted July 21, 2011 at 8:12 am

    You rock my world.


  9. Lolly's Sweet Treatsposted July 21, 2011 at 8:28 am

    Ooh lala! This looks great- interesting flavor combo.


  10. Nisrine M.posted July 21, 2011 at 8:32 am

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


  11. Brian @ A Thought For Foodposted July 21, 2011 at 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. CLAIREposted July 21, 2011 at 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 Spiceposted July 21, 2011 at 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 Bantersposted July 21, 2011 at 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. mjskitposted July 21, 2011 at 11:09 am

    YUMMY! What more can I say?


  16. Alicia@ eco friendly homemakingposted July 21, 2011 at 11:21 am

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


  17. Leanna @ Raptortoeposted July 21, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    This looks so tasty and perfect for summer!


  18. Lindaposted July 21, 2011 at 12:19 pm

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


  19. jennifurlaposted July 21, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    Oh what awesome pictures, this looks wonderful


  20. Angie's Recipesposted July 21, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    Those are fruit with style!


  21. Cristinaposted July 21, 2011 at 1:09 pm

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


  22. Rachel @ Not Rachael Rayposted July 21, 2011 at 1:38 pm

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


  23. Radhika @ foodfor7stagesposted July 21, 2011 at 2:53 pm

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


  24. Christineposted July 21, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    Great post! Love the photos!


  25. Maris (In Good Taste)posted July 21, 2011 at 3:57 pm

    Love this! You can make simple fruit look so appealing


  26. Shelbyposted July 21, 2011 at 4:24 pm

    Different – but I love the sweet heat!


  27. Tricia @ Saving room for dessertposted July 21, 2011 at 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 Warrenposted July 21, 2011 at 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. Joyposted July 21, 2011 at 8:20 pm



  30. Jeanetteposted July 21, 2011 at 9:55 pm

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


  31. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchenposted July 22, 2011 at 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 Pellegriniposted July 22, 2011 at 6:58 am

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


  33. pachecopattyposted July 22, 2011 at 1:02 pm

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


  34. Kellyposted July 22, 2011 at 2:33 pm

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


  35. skip to malouposted July 22, 2011 at 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. Curtposted July 23, 2011 at 9:04 am

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


  37. Parsley Sageposted July 23, 2011 at 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 Kitchenposted July 23, 2011 at 11:29 am

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


  39. Tiffanyposted July 23, 2011 at 9:17 pm

    Simple, but FULL of such great flavor!


  40. Sanjeeta kkposted July 24, 2011 at 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 kkposted July 24, 2011 at 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. Monetposted July 24, 2011 at 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. The Mistress of Spicesposted July 25, 2011 at 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!


  44. Kristen M.posted July 25, 2011 at 8:59 pm

    My husband would love this. Thanks!


  45. Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidenceposted July 26, 2011 at 7:10 am

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


  46. Steve @ HPDposted July 27, 2011 at 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.


  47. Stevieposted July 28, 2011 at 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.


  48. Sally the Saintposted July 29, 2011 at 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.


  49. Prerna@IndianSimmerposted August 1, 2011 at 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 :-)


  50. Marieposted August 5, 2011 at 3:18 pm

    interesting flavor combo nice.


  51. Robyn Medlin Lindarsposted October 10, 2011 at 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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  53. Diana @ Mood Your Foodposted May 4, 2012 at 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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