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
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.