Mango Avocado Salsa with Homemade Tortilla Chips

Today’s forcast:  Mostly typical with a chance of afternoon a-typicality.  I’m hoping for a pleasant mix of the usual and unusual.  I wouldn’t want to bore you with trite details about things I need to do, such as pay the bills, or water my plants…you already know all about such things.  I’m talking about a “Mary Poppins” version of everyday; the highlights of normality, such as…

Xylophones and hand drums played in synch by 8-year-olds…funny stories told by my students, such as “ It’s my dad’s birthday today.  I have a poisonous frog.  I need to make sure that I keep the tank closed so that my dad doesn’t get poisoned, because it’s his birthday.”…blue jeans after work… a new version of my tried-and-true pasta…  Glee on a Tuesday night…Playing un-fetch (Luca hasn’t quite figured out the “bring it back” part)… playful banter with the Mister, and… reading books in bed.

I always find a few bits of the unexpected wrapped up in the everyday as well.

Random tulips popping up in the middle of my front lawn…a good hair day…staying up past 10 on a weeknight…government holidays…spur-of-the-moment dates…girls’ nights…a perfectly tidy house, camping trips, sun showers and…desserts.

What is your typical salsa?  Does it come from a jar, or do you find it in little dishes at Mexican Restaurants?  Do you make it yourself? (if so, do share…) Tomato-based?  A bit of onion, chiles and cilantro?  Yup.  That sounds like my typical salsa too.

Now here is an a-typical salsa:  Mangoes, firm but sweet and ripe, diced into neat little cubes.  Avocados, neatly chopped to mimic the mangoes.  Red onion adds color and crunch.  Two kinds of minced chiles, for two different kinds of heat.  Lime, to wake up the mellow butteriness of the avocado.  Cilantro, because who doesn’t like cilantro?  (Oh.) Cumin adds depth and ties everything together.  After a bit of tweaking (salsa is never an exact science), there will be a magic moment when everything locks into place.  Trust yourself…You’ll know.

Simple fried tortilla chips will make you wonder why you have never made your own  before.  So simple!  When hot, they are reminiscent of popcorn.  Sprinkle with sea salt, and have a little taste to admire your work.  If your dinner guests aren’t already surrounding the chips and salsa waiting to pounce, invite them to partake while the chips are still hot.

Mango Avocado Salsa

Taste and tweak as you go according to your tastes and ingredients. I swear by the addition of grape seed oil, as I think it prevents the avocados from oxidizing and turning brown.  Mango avocado salsa also makes a perfect pair for grilled mahi tacos (a recipe surely to come).

  • 3 medium avocados (ripe but not too soft), halved, pitted, peeled, and diced
  • 2 medium to large mangoes (ripe, but not overly soft), peeled, cut away from the pit, and diced
  • 1 small to medium red onion, peeled, halved and finely chopped
  • 1 small habanero pepper, minced (use more or less to taste)
  • 1/2 to 1 jalapeno, minced
  • 1/3 cup chopped cilantro, tender upper stems and leaves
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice, from about 2 limes
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt or kosher salt (or to taste)

Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl.  Gently toss together, being careful not to mash the avocado.  Taste and adjust the lime juice, cumin and salt to taste.

Homemade Corn Tortilla Chips

  • 1 dozen (or more if desired) white or yellow corn tortillas (stale tortillas work best), halved twice to create 4 equal triangles
  • canola, corn, or vegetable oil (enough to fill a dutch oven or medium saucepan with 1 inch of oil)
  • salt to taste

Place a few layers of paper towels on a plate.

Heat oil in a saucepan over medium-high heat to 350˚F, or until the oil shimmers.  You will know your oil is hot enough when you drop a tortilla in and it immediately bubbles and begins to float to the top.  Fry until crisp and beginning to turn golden, about 2-3 minutes (It will take a bit of trial and error to know when to take the chips out of the oil.)

Remove tortillas with a skimmer or spatula to the paper towels.  Sprinkle with sea salt and serve.


Filed under Appetizers, Condiments

9 responses to “Mango Avocado Salsa with Homemade Tortilla Chips

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  2. Chuck

    This salsa chutney went great with baked fish and I like it with carrots and celery as a snack. I have seen some people add coconut to this salsa and called it a chutney.

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  4. I already saw this combination but I have never tried it…Your post just remind me about it…In the other salad i saw there were tomatoes too, do you think they will work?

  5. Mango and avocado go so well together.

  6. Sally

    yummmm….heading to California where I’m going to try THIS…

  7. Jenny,
    Lovely writing. I got happy imagining the delights of your daily life; it reminds me to enjoy the little things. And of course, the pictures are amazing as always.

    Did you know that some people keep the avocado seed in the guacomole to keep it from browning?

    I got a laugh from the article about cilantro. When we moved to Morocco, our maid, Fatima, said she would never use cilantro (coriander) because it “makes you sleepy” among other problems. Now, I can get her to at least purchase it when I put it on the market list…


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