Not your everyday Ice Pop – Mexican Mango & Chili Ice Pops

May 4, 2011

in Ice Cream,Mexican,Recipes

Mexican Mango-Chili Ice Pops

I know the fruit and chili combo is definitely more of an acquired taste and not as common to encounter here in the US as it is in Mexico, where you add chili to practically everything. The way I see it, Mexicans enjoy pushing the the culinary envelope. From the timeless Mole, to a “Ranchero” style pizza topped with beans, onion, jalapeños, chorizo, and cheese.

During the few years while I lived in Mexico we would “always” have some sort of appetizer prior to the main meal of the day. The choices varied wildly, sometimes we would have sliced cucumber or (insert any other fruit you can think of) with lime, salt, and chili, sometimes they would totally switch things up on me and just as I was expecting something bitter and salty, it turned out to be, diced cucumber with lime and sugar instead. Sometimes the appetizer would be as simple as salted peanuts, a slice of panela, or carnitas bathed in lime juice and chili, you are get the picture.

Chili and Lime also happens to be one of the staples most if not all street vendors have on hand; that is unless they are selling camote azado (roasted sweet potato) or churros for example, because that would just be plain wrong.

Having said that, it should be no surprise that the flavor profile of sweet & spicy (hmmm… that reminds me of someone I know) would also be incorporated into a dessert.

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Mexican Mango-Chili Ice Pops - Paletas de Mango con Chile
Serves: 6-8
  • 2 ripe mangoes, (1 cubed, 1 diced)
  • ½ cup water
  • ¾ cup agave syrup
  • 2 limes, juiced
  • 1 teaspoon Tajin
  • 1 teaspoon Tapatio
  1. In the container of an immersion blender, puree cubed mango, water, and agave syrup.
  2. Combine diced mango, lime juice, tajin, and tapatio in a small bowl until evenly coated.
  3. Add diced mango into mango puree and stir. Pour mixture into ice pop molds and freeze 2-3 hours.


I thought I’d add a link to the Wiki reference for the word “Tapatio”, since I grew up in Guadalajara and my mom is a native from Jalisco. :)

Mexican Mango-Chili Ice Pop - Paletas de Mango con Chile


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{ 45 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Liren May 4, 2011 at 11:10 pm

What a perfect, mouth-puckering treat for the sultry weather we will be having this Cinco de Mayo! Love it, enjoy your celebrations!


2 Daydreamer Desserts May 5, 2011 at 9:38 pm

Thank you Liren! :)


3 Miriam/The Winter Guest May 5, 2011 at 12:28 am

Qué bueno!!


4 Daydreamer Desserts May 5, 2011 at 9:39 pm

Hola Miriam, que gusto!


5 Belinda @zomppa May 5, 2011 at 5:49 am

A perfect combination!!


6 Daydreamer Desserts May 5, 2011 at 9:41 pm

Hi Belinda, glad you liked the combo. :)


7 Junia @ Mis Pensamientos May 5, 2011 at 7:09 am

wow i love it! mango icepops!!!


8 Daydreamer Desserts May 5, 2011 at 9:41 pm

Hi Junia, same here… they are so refreshing. :)


9 Bianca@South Bay Rants n Raves May 5, 2011 at 9:25 am

It’s only in the past year that I’ve had the chili & lime combo. It’s quite good! Also I love the cucumbers dipped in anything. Growing up it was vinegar with salt and pepper. I think I’ll try to make these pops this weekend! :)


10 Daydreamer Desserts May 5, 2011 at 9:43 pm

Hi Bianca, glad you hear you liked the combo. I hope you enjoy the ice pops. -Stay cool! :)


11 kellypea May 5, 2011 at 1:31 pm

These sound fabulous! I use the Tajin seasoning regularly on all kinds of fruit & veggies, but have never thought of using it like this. Great idea!


12 Daydreamer Desserts May 5, 2011 at 9:44 pm

Tell me about it, Tajin goes well with almost everything!


13 cooking rookie May 5, 2011 at 4:28 pm

That’s one hot icicle :-)


14 Daydreamer Desserts May 5, 2011 at 9:47 pm

Hot indeed! I bet you’re no rookie! ;)


15 Feast on the Cheap May 5, 2011 at 6:44 pm

A spicicle!


16 Daydreamer Desserts May 5, 2011 at 9:47 pm

Very clever… LOVE IT! :)


17 Cookin' Canuck May 5, 2011 at 8:58 pm

This is a fantastic idea. An unusual pairing, but so appealing. I love the idea of eating an appetizer before every meal. That’s my kind of tradition.


18 Daydreamer Desserts May 5, 2011 at 9:54 pm

Hi Dara, glad you liked the combo. It’s definitely a tradition that is easily embraced by others.


19 Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen May 6, 2011 at 4:09 am

I’ve never had spicy mango before but it sounds good!


20 marla {family fresh cooking} May 6, 2011 at 5:12 am

Josie, these pops sound refreshing and I love the fruit/spice combo of flavors. Hope you had a fun Cinco de Mayo!


21 Courtney May 6, 2011 at 6:51 am

Yum!! These sound awesome!


22 Andrea @ Fork Fingers Chopsticks May 6, 2011 at 6:54 am

Hi Josie. It’s been awhile – you lured me back in with paletas from your Twitter post. I recently made some coconut and mango popsicles and sprinkled a little chile atop – for those who dared.

Hope you have a great Cinco de Mayo weekend.


23 Carolyn May 6, 2011 at 8:08 am

I love this idea so much. I stumbled them!


24 BigFatBaker May 6, 2011 at 9:04 am

YUM. I loved going to Mexico and other tropical places where mangos were a easy to find and served with something spicy. The kick of the hot sauce with the salt and lime is so addicting and I haven’t really ever seen it anywhere else. I want to make some once it finally gets warm outside! I also love your popsicle molds. SO cute!


25 TripleScoop May 6, 2011 at 9:19 am

I will have to give this a try..I like Mangoes and Tapatio but haven’t tried them together.


26 May 6, 2011 at 10:40 am

I wish I could have a bite! That first photo made my mouth water.


27 Joy May 6, 2011 at 11:18 am

That is so cool. I would try this just to mess with my daughter. She would be so confused :D


28 bryan May 6, 2011 at 5:42 pm

Wowza looks great! I love the sweet ans spicy mix that you have in these what a perfect summer snack!


29 Sandra May 6, 2011 at 6:55 pm

This very creative. I like the way you think!


30 Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction May 6, 2011 at 7:18 pm

Oh, yum :) My kind of popsicles!


31 Gera@Sweets Foods Blog May 6, 2011 at 9:09 pm

Really not everyday I can enjoy these marvelous hot- refreshing combo – excellent :)




32 Daydreamer Desserts May 10, 2011 at 7:05 am

Thanks Gera!


33 Katrina May 7, 2011 at 12:18 am

These sound amazing! So perfect for the hot weather we’re having here in Switzerland.


34 Daydreamer Desserts May 10, 2011 at 7:05 am

Hi Katrina, enjoy and stay cool!


35 Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets May 7, 2011 at 2:00 pm

I just ran for the first time in months and lemme tell ya I’d kill for one of those right now. They look so refreshing and great unique flavors!


36 Daydreamer Desserts May 10, 2011 at 7:05 am

Hi Xiaolu, thanks! Hope it was a good run!


37 Celia May 7, 2011 at 3:36 pm

This is such an awesome idea! Can’t help wondering if I could slip a little tequila in too… ;-)


38 Daydreamer Desserts May 10, 2011 at 7:03 am

I would never oppose to such a thing, I say do it! ;)


39 Juanita May 10, 2011 at 12:55 am

Yum with the lime and agave!


40 Rashmi from May 10, 2011 at 8:10 pm

Yum.. one of my fav. ways to eat Mangoes.. with a kick… here’s my version of the mango pops:

Can it get any better than this? Your macaroons make me drool though…


41 Daydreamer Desserts May 10, 2011 at 9:15 pm

Hi Rashimi, so glad to hear my macarons make you drool! Love your mango-canyanne pepper version too, nothing like mango with a kick right? :D


42 Baking Serendipity May 10, 2011 at 9:19 pm

I have mangos in my fridge just waiting for the perfect use…this might be it!


43 Daydreamer Desserts May 19, 2011 at 9:23 pm

I’m going to have to concur with your comment. ;)


44 purabi naha May 18, 2011 at 11:10 pm

Hi, I am your new friend from foodbuzz. I just love your recipes, particularly this one! I want to make this one, but I don’t think I’ll get Tajin and Tapatio in my supermarket here in Hong Kong. Can you please suggest an alternative.


45 Daydreamer Desserts May 19, 2011 at 9:26 pm

Hi Purabi, welcome, glad to have you as a new friend from foodbuzz and especially glad to hear you love the recipes. As a substitution you can use any mild red pepper based hot sauce (not salsa) and a few red chili pepper flakes combined with a hint of salt.
Hope that helps!


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