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.
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.
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.
Mix the spices and lime zest together.
And sprinkle over the top.
Chile Lime Mango and Papaya
Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
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.
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