Our refreshing Mangonada recipe has the perfect balance of sweet, spicy and savory flavors. Easily made with ripe mangoes, frozen mango chunks or mango sorbet, and layered with chamoy and Tajin seasoning, Mangonada aka chamoyada, is the best Mexican drink to sip – through a regular or funky tamarind straw – on a hot day!
Mangonada, Mango Chamoyada or Chamago
This Mangonada or Chamoyada recipe is a popular treat that will for sure spice up your day.
Bursting with the sweet flavor of juicy mangoes, the tartness of fresh limes and the spicy flavors of Tajin – the well known chili-lime salt, and chamoy, a sweet, sour and spicy condiment, Mangonada is the perfect beverage to serve during warm summer months
Whether you spike it or not, this refreshing drink is like sunshine in a cup (or tall glass!).
What is a Mangonada?
Mangonada is an authentic Mexican frozen drink, somewhere in between a mango smoothie and a slushy. It’s made with blended frozen and/or fresh mango chunks and lime juice, topped with Chamoy and chile powder or Tajin. It’s usually served with big straws made from tamarind leather.
This refreshing frozen treat is known as chamoyada, chamango, raspado or mangoneada and it’s also made into mangonada paletas.
Why You’ll Love Mangonadas?
- Healthy: This recipe is made with simple and natural ingredients.
- Kid and Adult Friendly: This is a a non-alcoholic beverage that can be spiked into a fun and delightful cocktail for the adults.
- Versatile: Make it skinny or light by using coconut water instead of mango nectar. Switch up the mango for different fruits or simply adjust the level of spiciness to your taste.
- Quick and made ahead: It’s made in 10 minutes and it can be made ahead of time. Simply blend the frozen mango mixture and keep it chilled until you are ready to drink it.
What is a Mangonada Made of?
For ingredient’s quantities, check the printable recipe card below.
- Mango: For this recipe, you can use fresh mangoes or frozen mango chunks. If you cannot find fresh ripe mangoes, frozen mango is available in any grocery store year round.
- Mango Nectar: I prefer nectar but mango juice can be used.
- Lime Juice: Nothing compares to the taste of fresh lime juice. The bottled stuff just doesn’t taste the same.
- Sugar: OPTIONAL .Check the sweetness of your mangoes before adding any sweetener. You can also use honey, monkfruit, stevia or agave.
- Chamoy: This ingredient is becoming more popular, but for now it’s sold in Hispanic markets and online. I am providing a recipe so you can make this hot sauce at home. Chamoy only has 4-ingredients, apricot jam or mango jam, chili powder, salt and lime juice.
- Tajin: I always have tajin seasoning in my pantry but you can use any other chili lime seasoning.
- Ice Cubes: It helps blending this drink into an almost slushy consistency.
How To Make a Mangonada
- Place the fresh or frozen mango, the mango nectar or coconut water, lime juice and ice into a blender. Blend until smooth. Taste and add sugar, if needed. Blend for a few seconds to combine. The mixture should have the consistency of soft sorbet or a slushy.
- Pour or scoop some of the mango mixture into the prepared glass, then layer it with chamoy sauce (about 1-2 tablespoons per layer), working your way up the glass and finishing with chamoy sauce. Top with fresh mango slices or chunks and a sprinkle of Tajin or your favorite chile-lime salt. Serve with a tamarind candy straw or a regular straw and enjoy!
Frequently Asked Questions about Mangonada
What Does Mangonada Taste Like?
Mangonada aka chamoyada is a fruity frozen drink with a perfectly balanced bold flavor. Mangonadas are sweet, a little tart, salty and spicy all at the same time.
Is a Mangonada Healthy?
This smoothie or slushy type drink is not only incredibly flavorful but also quite healthy. Although mango nectar can contain a lot of sugar, this drink can be made with coconut water which cuts on calories but not on flavor.
What’s the Difference Between Mangonada and Chamoyada?
Both are the same sweet, savory, tangy and spicy drink! This delicious frozen drink is called different names depending on where you are in Mexico. Other names for mangonada or chamoyada are chamango, raspado or mangoneada
What is Tajin?
Tajin is the redish seasoning put in mangoes as well as other fruits, vegetables, chips, etc. It’s a blend of chili powder, dehydrated lime juice and salt.
What Are Tamarind Candy Straws?
Tamarind candy straws or a tamarin sticks are straws wrapped in thick and chewy tamarind fruit leather and covered in spicy chili powder. Sometimes this sweet and spicy treat is made with tejocote, an Aztec sour stone fruit loaded with vitamin C.
Frequently Asked Questions About Chamoy
What Is Chamoy Made Of?
Chamoy is a popular Mexican condiment traditionally made from dried ume plums (which are actually not plums but sour apricots) pickled with spicy chili de arbol, lime juice, sugar and salt. Other fruits like green mangoes and tamarind are sometimes used to make this vibrant sauce.
How Does Chamoy Taste Like?
This popular Mexican condiment is sweet, sour, salty and spicy.
Is Chamoy a Sauce?
Yes and no. Spicy chamoy comes in many different forms. As a sauce is used as a condiment. It is also made into fruit leather called saladito. It’s also sold as sweet, sour and spicy Mexican candy and it’s made into popsicles or chamoy paletas.
How To Make Chamoy at Home?
Making chamoy sauce at home is very easy and takes less than 5 minutes. Homemade chamoy is made with only 4 ingredients that are available in all supermarkets. Actually, I keep 2 of them in my pantry at all times!!
- Apricot jam, mango jam or peach jam or preserves
- Chili powder
- Lime juice
To make homemade chamoy, simply place all the ingredients in a blender or mini food processor and blend until smooth. Done! For a lighter consistency, simply add water.
Tips for the Best Mangonada
- For a much lighter version of this drink, use coconut water instead of mango nectar.
- You can make homemade chamoy in 5 minutes, with 4 common pantry ingredients! See recipe below.
- Spike up your drink with tequila. Mangonada margarita is the perfect cocktail for any gathering, fiesta or celebration like Cinco de Mayo. I use tequila silver or reposado.
Take a look at these other drink recipes:
- Strawberry Lemonade Vodka Cocktail
- Lemon Drop
- Pomegranate Margarita
- Bikini Martini
- Prickly Pear Margarita
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Mangonada (Mexican Mango Drink)
- 16 ounces fresh or frozen mango chunks
- 12 ounces mango nectar or coconut water for a lighter version (1 1/2 cup)
- 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
- 1 cup ice
- 1-2 tablespoons sugar, optional and to your taste
- Chamoy sauce to taste recipe below
- Chili lime seasoning or Tajin
- For serving: Fresh mango slices or chunks
- Tamarind candy straws aka Tarugos (optional)
Make it A Cocktail
- 1 cup tequila silver, or to taste
- Pour a small amount of Chamoy onto a small plate (to wet the rim of the glass). On a separate small plate, put some of the chili lime seasoning. Dip the rim of the glass in Chamoy, then dip the rim into the chili lime seasoning (Tajin)
- Place the frozen mango, mango nectar (or coconut water), lime juice and ice into a blender. Blend until smooth. Taste and add sugar, if needed. Blend for a few seconds to combine. The mixture should have the consistency of soft sorbet or a slushy. Add additional mango nectar (or coconut water), if needed.
- Pour or scoop some of the mango smoothie mixture into the prepared glass, then layer the smoothie with the chamoy sauce (about 1-2 tablespoons per layer), working your way up the glass and finishing with the chamoy sauce. Top with fresh mango slices or chunks and a sprinkle of chili lime seasoning (Tajin). Serve with a tamarind candy straw or a regular straw.
1/4 cup of fresh lime juice
2 teaspoons ancho chile powder (or more for a spicy version)
1/2 teaspoon of salt Put all the ingredients into a blender and puree until smooth.