Mango black bean salsa

By Katy Nielsen

The Mexican festival Cinco de Mayo commemorates the Battle of Puebla. Taking place on May 5, the event is celebrated across the U.S. What better way to enjoy the day than with a mango black bean salsa to share with friends and family?

The ingredients are low in calories but don’t lack flavor, and using mango adds freshness to the dish. This recipe takes approximately 10 minutes to prepare and does not require expertise in the kitchen to do it well.

The key is to buy fresh ingredients. For this recipe, purchase one large mango, 1 red onion, 1 can of black beans, 1/4 cup of fresh cilantro, 1 jalapeno pepper and 1/4 cup of lime juice. To begin, peel and chop the mango into small 1-inch-by-1-inch slices. Place the cut mango slices in a separate bowl or cup.

Next, chop the red onion into small pieces. The salsa requires 1/3 cup of the onion, and the pieces should be cut into smaller slices than the mango. Add small slices of tomato to taste.

Clean and cut the cilantro. Cilantro has a strong flavor, so cut approximately 1/4 of a cup for this dish.

Wash the jalapeno pepper and cut it in half. Remove the seeds and chop it finely. The spiciness of the dish will be determined by the amount of pepper you add. The recommended amount is between 1/2 and the entire pepper.

Open the can of beans, drain the juice and rinse them gently. Have 1/4 cup of lime juice ready. Lime juice can be purchased at your local grocery store, or you can simply squeeze 1 to 2 limes, which can yield up to 1/4 cup of juice.

Combine the mango, onion, cilantro, tomato and jalapeno in a medium bowl. Squeeze or pour the lime juice across the mixture. Stir all ingredients well, cover and refrigerate until your guests arrive. Serve with lightly-salted chips and enjoy!


1    large mango, chopped

1/3 cup red onion, chopped

1    cup black beans, rinsed and drained

1/4 cup freshly chopped cilantro

1    tomato

1    jalapeno pepper, seeded and finely chopped

1/4 cup of lime juice

1    bag of salted tortilla chips


1.    Peel and slice mango

2.    Dice onion

3.    Chop cilantro and jalapeno

4.    Wash and drain black beans

5.    Combine mango, red onion, black beans, cilantro and jalapeno in a medium bowl

6.    Squeeze lime juice over mixture

7.    Stir well

8.    Cover and refrigerate until ready to use

9.    Serve with chips and enjoy