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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 and Spicy Mango Fajitas

Sweet & Spicy Mango Fajitas Recipe

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
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


  • 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


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

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Homemade Fajita Seasoning Mix

Homemade Fajita Seasoning Mix Recipe

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


  1. Combine all ingredients in small bowl. Store in zip-top bag, jar, or resealable container.

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    March 18, 2013 at 7:58 am

    These look amazing!

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    Anele @ Success Along the Weigh
    March 18, 2013 at 8:06 am

    Oooh, this look yummy! I saw champagne mangoes for $1 a piece at the Kona Farmers Market last year and almost bought some but didn’t. What’s the difference in taste? Are they sweeter?

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      March 18, 2013 at 2:37 pm

      Yes! They are sweeter, more tender, and they don’t have that stringy-ness that you sometimes get with regular mangoes. They are superior in every way!

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    Cassie | Bake Your Day
    March 18, 2013 at 9:24 am

    I love making my own seasoning mixes. I can’t wait to try this one. And mango in fajitas – totally brilliant!

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    March 18, 2013 at 9:39 am

    how is it that i’ve never had a champagne mango before? they look and sound amazing! i LOVE mangos in everything. i cannot wait to make this with your homemade spice mix and then do a little dance myself, which basically consists of me jumping up and down and shaking my booty.

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      March 18, 2013 at 2:36 pm

      Okay, you need to be on the lookout then because they’ll be popping up everywhere very soon. 🙂 And I am glad I am not the only one who dances because of delicious food!

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    Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell
    March 18, 2013 at 9:41 am

    It just looks so incredible and I’m mad that we don’t have a Whole Foods here!

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    McKel | Nutrition Stripped
    March 18, 2013 at 9:52 am

    Kiersten, I love that you’ve made your own fajita seasoning. I’m always trying to perfect that seasoning and now I’m definitely giving yours a try! Filler and preservative free, that’s the way to go 😉

    Happy Monday!

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    March 18, 2013 at 10:16 am

    We just had fajitas this weekend ourselves.

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    Meghan @JaMonkey
    March 18, 2013 at 10:28 am

    I love Mango but I’ve never cooked with it. I think I’ll try it this week.

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    March 18, 2013 at 10:37 am

    oh, the instrumental Big Country… playing faintly in the background…

    I know this disappointment of anticipating something each time you grocery shop… and then when you finally find it?? OOOH YEAH.

    I love the sound of these fajitas – mango and spice just go together so well…

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      March 18, 2013 at 2:33 pm

      Sometimes you just overhear that all-sax version of “The Rhythm is Gonna Get You” and you just have no choice but to BREAK. IT. DOWN. Right there in front of the frozen corn. It’s okay though because corn doesn’t judge.

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    Stephanie @ henry happened
    March 18, 2013 at 12:13 pm

    Yay for mango season! I can’t wait to try champagne ones this year. And homemade taco seasoning is genius! I love it but hate buying it b/c I know it has so much sodium.

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      March 18, 2013 at 2:30 pm

      This version still has salt in it, but you can cut it down. 🙂

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    March 18, 2013 at 12:13 pm

    I am salivating right now. Poor lunchtime salad — you do not stack up to this!

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    March 18, 2013 at 12:24 pm

    I love putting mangoes in tacos or fajitas! Although I’ve never tried a champagne mango – I feel like I need to correct this soon! These look delicious – and so much better than what I’m about to eat for lunch : )

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      March 18, 2013 at 2:30 pm

      They are so good! Unfortunately, you can’t find them year-round, but this is the time of year when they start popping up all over the place. 🙂

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    March 18, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    I’ve been eating champagne mangos with smoked salmon in brown rice sushi rolls. OMG delicious! Will have to try these fajitas soon. Thanks for sharing.

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    Cat Davis | Food Family & Finds
    March 18, 2013 at 1:46 pm

    Oh I like that you make your own fajita seasoning. I’ll definitely need to try that, I’m pretty sure I already have the ingredients.

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    Jackie @ Domestic Fits
    March 18, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    This is amazing! I just started to see mangos again at farmers markets and I can’t wait to start using them. I love them n savory dishes, this is perfect!

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    EA-The Spicy RD
    March 18, 2013 at 2:13 pm

    Love your fajita seasoning mix-definitely want to try it! I just got back from a multi-family ski trip where all our kids devoured champagne mangos every morning 🙂

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    March 18, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    Great flavors in this!! Mango is my absolute favorite fruit, so delicious cooked or raw !

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    a farmer in the dell
    March 18, 2013 at 3:39 pm

    I’m doing a little dance right now too! These sound amazing!!!

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    March 18, 2013 at 4:39 pm

    Wow! this looks SO delicious! I love mangoes…The fajitas seasoning mix is amazing, I am trying it soon.

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    March 18, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    Kiersten these unique fajitas look out of this world! I have to try it as soon as mangos start arriving at my store. Thanks for sharing:)

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    March 18, 2013 at 5:38 pm

    I love that you added mangoes to fajitas – these sound amazing! This would be such a good idea for serving at a family summertime get-together…it makes me wish I could be eating outside again already! I just bought one of those mangoes yesterday too, but they were called Ataulfo…I guess they go by a different name in the US? Either way, I agree with every point you made about them – you can always get a nice ripe one that isn’t rotten!

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      March 19, 2013 at 6:37 pm

      Yeah, I’ve seen them called Ataulfo or Alphonso mangoes too, but usually they’re labeled as champagne mangoes at the store here. Maybe because it sounds classier? 🙂

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    Averie @ Averie Cooks
    March 18, 2013 at 5:48 pm

    Mango is one of my fave things ever and I use it whenever possible. Love it here!

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    Courtney @ The Fig Tree
    March 18, 2013 at 6:07 pm

    Cannot wait to make some of this seasoning! I make fajitas frequently. It will be nice to have a proper homemade seasoning mix to use! And I agree with you – these would make me want to break out into dance too. I snorted out loud at your robot comment. LOL 🙂

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      March 19, 2013 at 6:35 pm

      These are definitely dance-worthy. Robot or otherwise. 🙂

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    Vegan Woman
    March 18, 2013 at 8:09 pm

    Way to hunt down those Champagne Mangos! Love the spice mix.

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    Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl
    March 18, 2013 at 10:21 pm

    I LOVE fajitas, and your idea to add the sweetness of mango sounds fabulous! Thanks for sharing :).

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