jalapeno shrimp poppers with mango sauce

jalapeno shrimp poppers with mango sauce

I’m addicted to all things spicy-sweet. My friends are all aware of this; every time I walk into a restaurant or bar, the first thing I do is scan the menu for a spicy cocktail like this one. Even my favorite morning green juice (recipe coming!) is spicy-sweet, and I’ve even been known to blend in a little fresh mango to add flavor. That’s why, since I’m also a huge fan of jalapeno poppers (yes, I’ve even wrapped them in chicken and bacon), this easy recipe was a no-brainer for me.

The mango sauce I made to go on the top of these was inspired by some shrimp tacos I made a few weeks ago. They had a mango salsa spooned over the top and were so flavorful that I knew I had to come up with some type of twist to them. Mangoes are one of my favorite fruits for so many reasons: they’re easy to quickly dice up (here’s how), they keep well (ripen on the counter then keep in the fridge for up to a week) and they’re fantastic in both sweet and savory dishes. And I love that they’re available year-round so I can use them whenever I like!

jalapeno shrimp poppers with mango sauce

Here are some tips on how to both select and store your mangoes:

How to select a mango:

  • To find a ripe mango, squeeze the fruit gently.
  • Color isn’t always the best indicator of ripeness.
  • A ripe mango will be slightly soft like a peach or avocado.

How to store mangoes:

  • Keep unripe mangoes at room temperature.
  • Mangoes shouldn’t be refrigerated before they are ripe.
  • To speed up ripening, place mangoes in a paper bag at room temperature. Once ripe, mangoes should be moved to the refrigerator, which will slow down the ripening process. Whole, ripe mangoes may be stored for up to five-seven days in the refrigerator.
  • Mangoes may be peeled, cubed and placed in an airtight container in the freezer for up to six months (great for smoothies or cocktails)!

Now that you know so much more about mangoes, how would you like to try some for yourself? I’m giving away a mango starter kit with a sampling of mangoes, a paring knife, fruit scoop and dish towel! Contest is open to US residents and you can enter below:

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And let me tell you a little something about this mango sauce! It’s so easy you won’t believe it – just puree a mango with a little lime juice, that’s it! It’s sooo good and naturally sweet, you don’t need to add any sugar. You can use it to top just about anything. I like to keep some in the fridge for ice cream, cheesecake or other desserts, not to mention to swirl into my smoothies or even just to take a spoonful when I’m craving something sweet but don’t want to indulge in a sugary dessert. Give it a try and let me know what you think! (And, if you add a little adobo sauce from a can of chipotle you’ll have a nice sweet, smoky and spicy sauce that goes great over chicken. Just sayin’).


  1. says

    My favorite thing with mangoes is to add some to a burrito. Like you I love mangoes, just now discovered the Keitts which are an excellent fall variety (that stays green when ripe).

  2. Vicky says

    Love how simple the sauce is and I am sure it adds a ton of flavor! Favorite way to enjoy a mango is peeling it and eat it with my hands, it makes a mess, but it is sooo enjoyable ;-)

  3. says

    I would say my favorite way of eating mangoes would be in smoothies! or with a chicken dish!

    My mom is a huge lover of jalapenos and she would just love this.


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