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Mango Con Chile (Chile Lime Mango and Papaya)

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SPICY Chile Lime Mango and Papaya. Fruit with attitude. 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.

Mango Con Chile in a small dish

Mango Con Chile

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

Chile Lime Mango and Papaya - with seasoning for papaya

What Ingredients You Will Need

  • Some Ripe Mangoes
  • Some Small Papayas 
  • Granulated Sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon Chile Powder – preferably ancho powder
  • Pinch of Cayenne
  • Zest of a Lime

What Equipment You Will Need

  • Sharp Knife
  • Spoon
  • Small Bowl
mangoes and papayas uncut

How To Make This Real Fruit Flavor Experience

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.

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.

sliced mango and papaya

Slice the mangoes and papayas into thick strips.

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

Sprinkle the seasoning for papaya and mango slices on top of the fruit. Serve immediately.


spice blend for fruit

Get the Complete Printable Mango con Chile Recipe (Seasoning for Papaya and other Fruits) Below. Enjoy!

Chile Mangoes and Papayas sliced in dish with seasoning sprinkled on top

Frequently Asked Questions

How Long Do Leftovers Last?

The fruit itself can last in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. I do not suggest storing the fruit with the seasoning on it. However, if you do, it can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. 

What Other Fruit Can I Use This With?

In many other Spanish-speaking countries like Nicaragua and Costa Rica, they have a seasoning similar to this chile-lime salt and they use it on many fruits. 

You can sprinkle this on pineapple, watermelon, popsicles (paletas), eggs, and even on the rim of your alcoholic beverages (like beer and margaritas).

close up of mango with chile on top

Other Great Fruit Recipes

Check the printable recipe card below for nutritional information including calories, carbohydrates, protein, sodium, fat, and fiber percentages.

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Mango Con Chile (Chile Lime Mango and Papaya)

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Fruit with attitude—SPICY Chile Lime Mango and Papaya.
Servings: 8



  • 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.


Serving: 1serving, Calories: 64kcal, Carbohydrates: 16g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 228mg, Potassium: 208mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 13g, Vitamin A: 1225IU, Vitamin C: 61.3mg, Calcium: 20mg, Iron: 0.3mg
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Author: Sommer Collier

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  1. Yum!

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  15. 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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  17. 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.

  18. interesting flavor combo nice.

  19. 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 :-)

  20. 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.

  21. 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.

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

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

  24. My husband would love this. Thanks!

  25. 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!

  26. 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. :)

  27. 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. :)

  28. 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)!

  29. 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.

  30. 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.

  31. Simple, but FULL of such great flavor!

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

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

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

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

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

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

  39. 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.

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

  41. 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!

  42. 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

  43. Different – but I love the sweet heat!

  44. Love this! You can make simple fruit look so appealing

  45. Great post! Love the photos!

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

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

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

  49. Those are fruit with style!

  50. Oh what awesome pictures, this looks wonderful

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

  52. This looks so tasty and perfect for summer!

  53. YUMMY! What more can I say?

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

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

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

  57. 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!

  58. 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.

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

  60. Ooh lala! This looks great- interesting flavor combo.

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

  62. 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!

  63. 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!

  64. 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!

  65. 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…

  66. Ahhhh, this looks awesome!