Mango Margarita with Chile Salt and Lime

by heidi on May 1, 2014

Frozen cocktails aren’t really my thing. I save my frozen tendencies drinkable with a straw for milkshakes and smoothies.

Mango Margarita with Chile Salt and Lime

My idea of a great margarita is to make it strong and put it on the rocks.

That is, until, it’s a Mango Margarita. Then I say make it fruity, a bit limey and add some spice and bring me another.

The first time I had a mango margarita was on a Mexican vacation in the small beach town of Todos Santos (if you haven’t been, you HAVE to go) with my little family of three and my BFF Kim and her husband. We’d rented our other friend’s vacation house (see it here) where we blew up the pool toys and made the very necessary trip to the Mexican market to stock up on essentials: Chips and salsa, Mexican pancake mix (loaded with sugar and insanely delicious,) Nutella, mangos, lime and tequila.

Bienvenidos! Let’s get this party started. 

Mango Margarita with Chile Salt and Lime

Mango Margarita with Chile Salt and Lime

Mango Margarita with Chile Salt and Lime

Kim and I spent most of that vacation lounging in the pool reading books and drinking lots of mango margaritas. Lots of mango margaritas. LOTS. It was heaven.

This margarita is super fresh, thanks to the two ripe mangos that have gone through the spin cycle in the blender (this one crunches ice like nobody’s business.) It’s a little limey, thanks to a generous squeeze of fresh lime juice. And it hits the spot just right with the required dosage of tequila and flavorful orange liqueur.

But what kicks my mango marg into high gear is the chile powder infused salt that rims the glass. A little heat that hits the lips first, that’s cooled down with the icy blend that quickly follows.

I could sit in a pool of it all day with a gigantic straw to suck it all down. With a doozy of a brain freeze sure to follow. But if I add enough tequila, I may not even notice.

Mango Margarita with Chile Salt and Lime

Yield: makes 4 margaritas

Mango Margarita with Chile Salt and Lime


2 medium mangos, peeled, pitted and chopped into large chunks
2 cups ice
6 ounces tequila
4 ounces orange liqueur
3 ounces fresh lime juice
1 teaspoon super fine sugar
1 tablespoon chile powder
1 tablespoon kosher salt
1 lime for garnish


  1. In a blender, puree the mango then add the ice, tequila, orange liqueur, lime juice and super fine sugar and blend until smooth.
  2. Mix the chile powder and kosher salt on a small plate. Moisten the rim of a glass with the lime wedge; dip the rim in the chile powder and twist to coat. Pour into the glass and serve with a wedge of lime.

adapted from Food and Wine

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{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

Averie @ Averie Cooks May 1, 2014 at 3:43 am

My idea of a great margarita is to make it strong and put it on the rocks. <—-we'd make a great drinking team :)

This mango drink though, oh wow, can I have a refill already? I know I'd need one the minute I started. Looks like they'd go down so easily! pinned


Sommer @ASpicyPerspective May 1, 2014 at 6:05 am

I love the chile salt rim! I can wait to try on of these babies! Pinned


Cassie May 1, 2014 at 6:19 am

Remember that time in Austin when we had spicy mango margaritas? I want to do that again with you…or just with these and this chile salt. Genius!


Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar May 1, 2014 at 6:43 am

Such a fabulous recipe. Loving that rim!


Meagan @ A Zesty Bite May 1, 2014 at 6:53 am

Margaritas are a special treat for me and I don’t order them often enough. Love this mango version with the spicy rim.


Kathryn May 1, 2014 at 7:11 am

I tend to be a traditionalist when it comes to margaritas but this makes me think that I really should branch out a little!


Christine from Cook the Story May 1, 2014 at 7:29 am

Emphatic YES to the salted rim!


Janine May 1, 2014 at 7:42 am

I love mango margaritas. I just returned from an inclusive day resort in Cozumel. They had tamarind margaritas that were delicious. I am hoping in the future you will consider a recipe for that.
Similarly they had chili on the rim and I picked up a few bottles of the sugar rim mixture.


Cecile@My Yellow Farmhouse May 1, 2014 at 8:24 am

Wow – let’s get the party STARTED!! And I like the idea I could tell myself that they’re healthy ’cause they contain mango !!


Annalise @ Completely Delicious May 1, 2014 at 8:26 am

This reminds me of the mango + chili lime salt we made for your magazine last summer. LOVE the drink combo, we should share a pitcher soon! :)


Erin | The Law Student's Wife May 1, 2014 at 8:50 am

LOVING the chili on the rim. Sweet, spicy, and clearly sassy. Cheers lady!


Amanda May 1, 2014 at 9:33 am

Looks delicious! I absolutely love mango and it’s hard to say no to a margarita.


Molly @Doughvelopment May 1, 2014 at 12:19 pm

Sounds so refreshing! Love the kick in the salt!
Now I just need to get a real blender that crushes ice haha!


Laura (Tutti Dolci) May 1, 2014 at 12:30 pm

So gorgeous, and that chile salt rim is perfection!


Liz @ The Lemon Bowl May 1, 2014 at 7:59 pm

These are all of my favorite flavors!! Reminds me of Cancun and the wonderful man who sold mango slices with fresh lime juice and salt on the beach every day. I called him Mango Man and I miss him. The end.


Denise May 2, 2014 at 11:12 am

Mangos – check. Tequila – check. Chili powder – check. Time to make a batch of these crazy delicious looking margaritas! I had a margarita in Todos Santos last summer that had what I thought was a chili powder rim on the glass – turned out it was spicy and salty worms. I still ordered another!


Yvette (Muy Bueno) May 2, 2014 at 9:44 pm

Ok, could your photos be any more fabulous? So beautiful! I’ve always wanted to go to Todos Santos and that house looks dreamy.


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