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Sweet and Spicy Mango Fajitas (Homemade Seasoning Mix)

Sweet & Spicy Mango Fajitas Recipe

Sweet & Spicy Mango FajitasThere’s no need to buy seasoning packets when you can make your own homemade fajita seasoning mix! Use the following recipe to make these Sweet & Spicy Mango Fajitas.

Love Affair with Mangoes

Champagne mangoes are heeeere! I knew they’d be in season again soon, so I’ve been stalking Whole Foods waiting for the glorious day when there’s a huge crate of them front and center in the produce section. Every week, I’ve been disappointed. And last week, I was prepared to be disappointed again when I didn’t see that big huge crate, but I managed to find the champagne mangoes in a small crate at the back of the produce section.

Champagne Mangoes
Then I did a little dance. And for once it wasn’t because of the peppy instrumental version of “Big Country” playing over the PA system. No, it was because I finally had my precious champagne mangoes and I could make my Sweet & Spicy Mango Fajitas.

I keep a huge running list of recipe ideas on my computer and mango fajitas has been on there for at least a year now. Oh sure, I could have made them with regular mangoes, but I wanted to wait for the champagne mangoes because: a) they’re cheaper than regular mangoes when they’re in season, b) they’re tastier than regular mangoes, and c) I have never bought a bad champagne mango, but it seems like every other regular mango I buy is brown in the middle.

Homemade Fajita Seasoning Mix

Make Your Own Seasoning

In addition to the mangoes, I added red bell pepper, zucchini, red onion, and jalapeño for a little kick; I seasoned them with a homemade fajita seasoning mix I’ve been using for about a year now. Although those pre-made seasoning packets are handy, they’re also expensive for what you’re getting and full of unnecessary ingredients like corn syrup, corn starch (I don’t think this is needed when you’re making veggie fajitas, so I leave it out), and artificial colors. I’m including my fajita seasoning recipe here; it makes more than you’ll need for these fajitas, but you can put it in a bag or container and keep it for several months—it’s good for any veggie fajita recipe, not just this one!

Sweet & Spicy Mango Fajitas
I had really high expectations for this recipe. Sometimes I’m not sure how a dish will turn out, but I just knew this one would be delicious. Because: mangoes! Luckily, it did not disappoint. And then I did another little dance: the tasty fajita dance.*

*Which is basically the robot because that’s the only dance I know how to do.

Sweet & Spicy Mango Fajitas Recipe

Sweet and Spicy Mango Fajitas

These Sweet and Spicy Mango Fajitas make a quick Meatless Monday dinner. Serve with cilantro, lime wedges, queso fresco and your other favorite fajita toppings.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 servings


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp fajita seasoning mix
  • 1 red onion thinly sliced
  • 1 red pepper seeded and cut into strips
  • 1 zucchini halved lengthwise and sliced
  • 1 jalapeño seeded and diced
  • 2 mangoes peeled and cubed (use champagne mangoes if you can find them)
  • about 8 medium tortillas warmed
  • coarsely chopped cilantro lime wedges, crumbled queso fresco and salsa for serving


  • Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat.
  • Add fajita seasoning and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
  • Add onion and cook until softened, about 5–7 minutes.
  • Add red pepper, zucchini, and jalapeño; cook about 5 minutes more, or until veggies are just starting to brown. Stir in mangoes.
  • Serve on tortillas with cilantro, lime wedges, queso fresco and salsa.
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Homemade Fajita Seasoning Mix Recipe

Homemade Fajita Seasoning Mix

There's no need to buy packets of fajita seasoning at the grocery store when you can make your own! Adapted from's Fajita Seasoning Mix.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes


  • 2 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1 tbsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 2 1/2 tsp crushed vegetable bouillon cube
  • 1 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes


  • Combine all ingredients in small bowl. Store in zip-top bag, jar, or resealable container.
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  • Reply
    Brenda Williams
    March 30, 2013 at 9:01 am

    You have introduced me to more things, that I had never heard of in my life. I LOVE IT!!!
    Thank you.

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    April 12, 2013 at 2:21 am

    I added black beans to this recipe and it is amazing. Soooooo tasty! I can’t get over the flavour.

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      April 12, 2013 at 7:02 pm

      I thought about adding black beans too! I’m glad to hear it worked out. 🙂

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    May 7, 2013 at 1:51 pm

    Oh my goodness, these were divine! I added chicken for my sister, but it didn’t need it, of course. They were amazing! The seasoning was great, and so nice to have ready for the next time I make these because there WILL be a next time (it takes a lot for me to make something twice but this has made the short list).

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      May 8, 2013 at 8:02 pm

      I’m the same way–I hardly ever make anything twice! So I take that as a big compliment. 🙂 Glad you enjoyed them!

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    May 28, 2013 at 2:13 pm

    I made this for tea tonight and oh my it was delicious!!! I’ve only ever used mango in a non-dessert way to make mango chutney so this was a wonderfully different tea for us! Will definitely be adding it to the repertoire! I’m currently in end of year exams at uni so how quick this meal is to make was a bonus as well! Thanks! :))

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      May 28, 2013 at 6:50 pm

      Thank you for your comment–I’m glad it turned out well! 🙂

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    July 9, 2013 at 1:20 am

    Another mango recipe! Yes!!! Okay, I’m officially stalking your blog tonight. 🙂

    • Reply
      July 13, 2013 at 4:30 pm

      You can totally stalk my blog! I am okay with that! 🙂

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    Meg van der Kruik
    March 27, 2014 at 1:13 am

    Can we do the robot dance together some day?! I am PRETTY good at it! Robot dance off;)

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      Kiersten Frase
      March 27, 2014 at 5:12 pm

      I’ll totally win because no one is as stiff and awkward as I am. NO ONE!!!!

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    November 17, 2020 at 6:35 pm

    Great recipe!

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