Chili Lime Mango Smoothie

Growing up, there was a little corner market (Hi Ho Market for those from Monterey Park) down the street from my house where my friends and I would always buy chili mango lollipops. My other favorites were the watermelon lollipops, lime powder, Lucas chili powder, and pulparindo. We might have had an addiction because I can’t remember a time I didn’t have one of those in my pocket. With the powder ones we’d sprinkle a little in the palm of our hands and dip our tongue in it (how sanitary!) and with the lime packets we’d simply dip our finger in.

It must have stuck with me because chili covered mango (fresh and dried) are still one of my favorite snacks. I thought I’d try turning it into a drink and it was just as delicious! Unfortunately my stomach can’t handle all that chili powder anymore so be sure not to add too much unless you want a stomach ache/heartburn.

Chili Lime Mango Smoothie
serves 1

3/4 c frozen mango chunks (I bought mine from Traders Joe’s)
1/2 c lemon/limeade*
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1/4 tsp paprika

In a high speed blender (I love my Vitamix!) combine all ingredients and blend into a smooth puree. If you’re blender can’t smooth out all the chunks feel free to substitute with mango sorbet. Add more pepper if you want it spicier but be careful, the heat builds up as you drink it. This would also taste pretty good as a popsicle or even a bit of yogurt.

* I made lemonade with 1 lemon and 1 lime to make it tangier.

{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

Sandy @ tinytinyfork July 31, 2012 at 3:11 pm

Hi Ho!!!! Yes.. I still get excited when i see the push up tamarindo-honey candy thing! Great recipe :)


Shannon p July 31, 2012 at 3:25 pm



Sara/Matchbox Kitchen August 1, 2012 at 10:23 am

I’ll make some for you the next time you come over :)


Erica July 31, 2012 at 3:43 pm

What an interesting combo. I’m intrigued!


satsuki shibuya July 31, 2012 at 4:33 pm

this looks delicious & refreshing! perfect for summer nights with friends.


oni July 31, 2012 at 4:43 pm

THOSE ARE MY FAVORITE CANDIES TOO! thanks for this recipie it absolutely speaks to my flavor preferences.


Sara/Matchbox Kitchen August 1, 2012 at 10:22 am

To this day I still can’t get enough of those candies! I also love those little strawberry/chili balls that I used to buy from the ice cream man. Unfortunately now that I’m older I can buy a bag of 50 for about $3 (and eat them all in one sitting).


Samantha July 31, 2012 at 5:07 pm

Looks and sounds amazing… I’ve been saving my pennies for a Vitamix! Can’t wait to try this as soon as I get my hands on one.


Sara/Matchbox Kitchen August 1, 2012 at 10:21 am

The Vitamix really is worth every penny. If you have access I’d suggest getting one at Costco. I saved around $75!


Aly August 1, 2012 at 2:37 pm

You don’t have to spend a ton to make great smoothies! I bought a Ninja from Amazon and I love it! And it isn’t huge, so I can easily store it.

Excited to try this smoothie!


Rachel August 1, 2012 at 12:32 am

Oh, this sounds delicious – I’m going to have to stop being lazy and stop buying smoothie in the carton, and make some myself!


la domestique August 1, 2012 at 7:05 am

This drink looks fantastic! Love the flavor combo!


Jenny @ BAKE August 2, 2012 at 8:39 am

the only spicy mango I’ve come across is in chutney form, this smoothie sounds amazing!


Bre August 2, 2012 at 10:16 am

Yum! I bet this would also be great with a shot of tequila for a refreshing cocktail. Sort of a chili-mango margarita.


Dyan August 4, 2012 at 10:00 am

this sounds so yummy and refreshing! a perfect summer drink :)


deanna January 1, 2013 at 7:43 pm

I just got an Oster “My Blend” personal smoothie maker… it’s surprisingly awesome at blending everything so there arent chunks.. the only thing I think it had a little trouble with is large pieces of bagged ice. But.. i find that having that piece or 2 of ice solid in my smoothie helps to keep it cold as i drink it.. nothing worse then a thawed smoothie. And the Oster “My Blend” is under $30. plus you mix and drink from the same travel bottle. just switch lids. and you can buy extra bottles if you need to make more then one smoothie, or customize smoothies. I know i must sound like i invented the thing.. but I’m seriously in love with it!! lol..and Im going to make this smoothie… it sounds A-MAZ-ING!!


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