mangonada smoothies
mangonada smoothies

Mangonada Smoothies

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No summer is complete without the supremely refreshing mangonada. The orange and red swirled Mexican smoothie is a cool umami breeze on a hot day.

Prep Time: 5 minutes

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mangonadas in a glass with tamarind straws and chamoy

A mangonada is a spiced up slushie made with actual mangoes. It’s the kind of refreshing drink that’s on repeat in my house, especially in the summer time.

This mangonada is light yet surprisingly flavorful with only a few simple ingredients. Talk about mouthwatering!

Ingredients In Mangonadas:

  • chamoy – a yummy Mexican condiment that has a salty, sweet, sour, and spicy flavor profile
  • tajin – a seasoning sometimes referred to as lime salt (great on popcorn)
  • tamarind candy – tamarind pulp sweetened with sugar and coated with chile powder

Where to Find Mexican Ingredients

Here in the southwest, it’s easy to find chamoy, tajin, and tamarind candy straws (Mexican grocery stores, gas stations, Walmart). If you want to make your own chamoy, it takes 5 minutes and is especially delicious without all the additives.

Of course, everything is also available online here.

step by step process: chamoy swirled in a glass, tajin chili lime salt, tamarind wrapped straws, and mangonada smoothies

How to Make Mangonadas (Chamoyadas)

THE BASE

My favorite way to make a mangonada is with mango juice, fresh mango, and ice. You can try frozen mango pulp, adding juice a little at a time to get the right consistency. The key here is to aim for a thick, slushy consistency so you have something to set the mango slices on top of.

How to Choose the Best Mangoes

It’s really important to pick ripe mangos (champagne or Mexican) for a perfectly sweet and tart flavor. If you can’t get ripe mangoes, frozen mango pulp is a great substitute.

Pro Tip: Ripen mangoes overnight on the counter by placing inside of a paper bag.

What to Look for In a Mango Juice

This mangonada recipe works best with a more concentrated mango juice. Sun Tropics Mango juice or Naked Mango juice both worked very well for me, but you could use any brand that lists the main ingredient as mango puree or mango juice.

ripe mangos

THE MANGO

When slicing the mango, set some aside for topping the smoothie for a delightful topping. When working with frozen mango, you may need to increase the amount of mango juice to get the texture just right (add a little at a time).

THE GARNISH

For the complete mangonada experience, try coating the glass (like you would a margarita) with chamoy followed by tajin fruit seasoning. It’s not the end of the world if you leave it out – most tamarind straws come coated with it anyway.

Tamarind Chili Straws – Buy or DIY

For me, the tamarind wrapped straw is essential. If you’ve never tried it, imagine a tangy, chile-coated fruit roll up that gets especially chewy-good as it gets cold.

tamarind candy used for wrapping the straw
chewy, sweet, spicy, tangy tamarind candy

Oh, and if you are extra (I am) – try buying the tamarind candy and making your own straws. When you wrap your own, there’s no risk of the candy being dried out (so worth it). Also, if you are as obsessed as I am with Mexican flavors, you would love these mango chamoy fruit roll ups.

Mangonada smoothies on a tray with tajin and fresh mango
Also known as the chamango, the mangonada is inspired by popular Mexican street food.

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mangonada smoothie with tamarind straws

Mangonada

No summer is complete without the supremely refreshing mangonada. The orange and red swirled Mexican smoothie is a cool umami breeze on a hot day.
4.85 from 13 votes
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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: gluten free, mango, mangonada, smoothie
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 2 people
Calories: 215kcal
Author: Chef Sara Furcini

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Pour the mango juice, ice cubes, and 1/2 of the mango (fresh or frozen) into the base of a blender. Blend on high speed until smooth and creamy. Dice the rest of the mango and set aside.
  • Dip the rim of each glass into some water. Then dip the glass into some tajin to coat.
  • Add a very small amount of chamoy to the inside of each glass, swirling to coat.
  • Pour the mango smoothie into each glass and add the fresh diced mango and top with the tamarind straw. Enjoy!

Notes

Tips: Authentic Mangonadas are thick enough to let the fresh mango rest on top. Since this recipe uses mango juice combined with 1/2 of a fresh mango, you will have to put the fresh mango in the freezer ahead of time for a thicker texture. Alternatively, you could freeze some of the mango juice into ice cubes.
 

Nutrition

Calories: 215kcal | Carbohydrates: 55g | Protein: 1g | Sodium: 21mg | Potassium: 299mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 51g | Vitamin A: 2630IU | Vitamin C: 68.7mg | Calcium: 64mg | Iron: 1.5mg

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rohit aggarwal
rohit aggarwal
1 year ago

thank you for giving me wonderful information

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