This Mangonada recipe (also known as Chamoyada or Chamango) is a sweet, frozen mango drink with a tangy, spicy swirl of chamoy, and a sprinkling of tajin chile-lime seasoning. You can make this refreshing treat at home – perfect for a hot summer’s day!
What is a Mangonada?
A cross between a refreshing drink and a healthy dessert, a Mangonada is a frozen slushie made from sweet, juicy mangoes with swirls of tangy, spicy chamoy sauce – an addictive combination!
Topped with fresh mango chunks, a sprinkling of tajin chili lime seasoning, and garnished with a tamarind straw, it’s a fun and tasty treat.
Also called Chamoyada, Mangoneada, or Chamango, they’re a popular Mexican treat, found in palaterias (ice cream shops) and sold by street vendors. They’re showing up more and more in the US, and it’s easy make your own at home.
Why you’ll love this Mangonada recipe:
- Bold and exotic flavors
- Sweet, tangy, and a little spicy
- Easy to make at home
- Perfect for parties, barbeques, and gatherings
- A healthy dessert
- Mangoes – you can use fresh or frozen mango chunks. If using fresh mango, freeze the chunks before using so the slushie is icy and thick. You’ll also want some fresh mango chunks to sprinkle on top as a garnish.
- Mango juice or nectar – mango juice provides the liquid to process the frozen mango chunks into a frozen slushie without diluting the mango flavor. You can use store bought mango juice or nectar, or make your own with fresh or thawed, frozen mangoes. Alternatively, use another tropical juice flavor like passion fruit, guava, or pineapple.
- Lime juice – adds a bright and tangy flavor to the mango. You can also use lemon juice.
- Sugar – add a little sugar to bring out the flavor of the mangoes if they’re not sweet enough
- Ice – makes the slushie cold and icy
- Tajin – (pronounced ta-HEEN) Tajin is a chili lime seasoning made of dried mild red chili peppers, dehydrated lime juice, and sea salt. It can be found in Latin grocery stores or online. In LA, I can find it in the produce section of my local supermarket.
- Chamoy – Chamoy is a very popular condiment made from dehydrated fruit (such as apricot, mango, or plums), chili powder, dried hibiscus flowers, (Jamaica or roselle flowers), salt, sugar, and citrus juice. It’s sweet, sour, salty, spicy, and a little tart. It can be found in Latin grocery stores or online. In LA, I can find it in the produce section of my local supermarket.
- Tamarind candy straws (Tarugos) - optional for serving, but a lot of fun! A mangonada straw is made of sticky tamarind fruit and coconut sugar combined to form a sweet candy straw rolled in chili powder. It can be found in Latin grocery stores or online.
How to make a Mangonada (Chamango)
Pour a little chamoy and tajin into two small saucers. Dip the rims of the glasses first into the chamoy and then into the tajin.
In a blender, combine the frozen mango chunks, mango nectar or juice, lime juice, sugar, and ice. Blend until smooth. It will have the consistency between a smoothie and a sorbet.
Swirl some chamoy on the sides of two 16oz glasses.
Pour the mango mixture into the glasses.
Top with chopped mango, a drizzle of chamoy, and a sprinkle of tajin.
Serve with a tamarind straw.
- Use ripe mangoes for the sweetest mango flavor.
- Fresh mangoes or frozen mango chunks can be used for the slushie. If using fresh mango, cut into chunks and freeze before blending for an icy slushie.
- Have your glasses rimmed and mango topping chopped and ready before blending so the drink doesn’t melt.
- For even more tangy flavor, add a layer or two of chamoy in the middle of the drink as you pour in the mango mixture.
- Serve in clear cups to see the pretty swirls and vibrant colors
- Sugar free – if your mangoes are nice and ripe, they may be sweet enough without added sugar. You can also use a sugar replacement like Lakanto monkfruit sweetener.
- Chamoyada – use a different fruit like strawberries, guava, or pineapple for another flavor of chamoyada
- Mild or Spicy – chamoy sauce can be mild or spicy depending on the types of peppers used
What does a mangonada taste like?
A mangonada tastes like a sweet and tangy mango sorbet with swirls of spicy, sweet, salty, tangy chamoy sauce. It’s an exciting and intense icy beverage.
What does chamoy taste like?
Chamoy is made from dried fruits (such as apricot, mango, or plums), chili powder, dried hibiscus flowers, (Jamaica or roselle flowers), salt, sugar, and citrus juice. It’s sweet, sour, salty, spicy, and tangy.
What are the tajin ingredients?
Tajin is a chili lime seasoning made of dried mild red chili peppers, dehydrated lime juice, and sea salt.
What is a tamarind straw?
A tamarind straw is made of sticky tamarind fruit and coconut sugar combined to form a sweet candy that’s pressed around a straw and rolled in chili powder. It’s sweet, sour, and spicy.
What’s the difference between mangonada, chamango, and chamoyada?
They’re all names for the same blended drink of mangoes and chamoy. A mangonada is a type of chamoyada, which can be made with different fruits.
Are Mangonadas vegan?
Mangonadas are vegan friendly. Check that the tamarind straws you use don’t’ contain gelatin.
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Best Mangonada Recipe (Chamoyada, Chamango)
- Total Time: 10 minutes
This Mangonada recipe (also known as Chamoyada or Chamango) is a sweet, frozen mango drink with a tangy, spicy swirl of chamoy, and a sprinkling of chile-lime seasoning.
- Pour a little chamoy and tajin into two small saucers. Dip the rims of the glasses first into the chamoy and then into the tajin.
- In a blender, combine the frozen mango chunks, mango nectar or juice, lime juice, sugar, and ice. Blend until smooth. It will have the consistency between a smoothie and a sorbet.
- Swirl some chamoy on the insides of two 16oz glasses.
- Pour the mango mixture into the glasses.
- Top with chopped mango, a drizzle of chamoy, and a sprinkle of tajin.
- Serve with a tamarind straw.
- Prep Time: 10
- Cuisine: Mexican
Keywords: mango, dessert, smoothie, slushie, frozen, tajin, chamoy, chamoyada, chamango, mexican
David Scott Allen says
This sounds amazing, Kelly! Mark and I were just in Santa Fe, and we always stop in Hatch, NM, on the way home to get chile powder, fresh chiles, and chile mango - slices of dried mango coated in a type of tajín. This takes that one step further - what an great combination!
I'd love the chile mango, David! It's a fantastic combination! Thanks so much!
John / Kitchen Riffs says
I've never heard of this! But I WANT it! I love mango -- this looks like a terrific way to use it. Thanks!
The flavors are amazing, John! Thanks so much!
Why have I not had this in my life?! It's gorgeous and mango is my favorite fruit. I'm going to try it. Thank you! 🙂 ~Valentina
Mine too! Thanks so much, Valentina!
We have never tasted anything similar. Tempted to make !
It's definitely like a party in your mouth with such bold flavors! Thanks so much, Davorka!