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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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  • Reply
    Natalie @ Once Upon a Cutting Board
    March 18, 2013 at 10:29 pm

    I’ve never thought to add mangoes to a fajita but it makes perfect sense with all the other flavours going on! When I do buy taco or fajita seasoning it’s a premixed spice from the bulk bins so I’ve never thought to look at the ingredients list – I should do that next time (or make my own, I just hate measuring things haha)

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      March 19, 2013 at 6:34 pm

      I don’t think I’ve ever thought to look for those seasoning mixes in bulk bins! I’m going to do that next time I’m at Whole Foods and see if the ingredients are any different than the packets…

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    March 19, 2013 at 12:05 am

    I’m guilty of buying that taco seasoning mix when I’m lazy, so I’m bookmarking this fajita mix! And I love mangoes in savory food, I don’t think they get in there enough. Beautiful colors in that pan too.

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      March 19, 2013 at 6:27 pm

      It is really easy to make yourself–just mix everything in a small bowl. And then you have it on hand for the future!

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    [email protected]'s Recipes
    March 19, 2013 at 6:29 am

    A very delicious wrap with mango. Sweet and spicy…a perfect combo of flavours.

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    Robin (Masshole Mommy)
    March 19, 2013 at 6:34 am

    Oh how yummy!!

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    Megan @ Monroe Makeshift
    March 19, 2013 at 2:49 pm

    I’ve seen mangoes all over lately and I never really knew what to do with them. This looks really good!

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      March 19, 2013 at 6:11 pm

      They are awesome on their own, but you can throw them into muffins, oatmeal, broil them with a little brown sugar on top. So many possibilities!

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    shelly (cookies and cups)
    March 19, 2013 at 4:16 pm

    Love these! I am definitely going to try that fajita seasoning…and mango is my most favorite fruit, so…

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    Bernadette @ Now Stir It Up
    March 19, 2013 at 4:50 pm

    I love LOVE veggie fajitas (more than meat fajitas), but I never would have thought to use mangos in it. It sounds delicious.

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    Lisa @ Greek Vegetarian
    March 19, 2013 at 8:28 pm

    Oh I LOVE mangoes. What a great recipe!! I love your fajita seasoning mix too… Pinning now!

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    Mary @ Fit and Fed
    March 19, 2013 at 9:55 pm

    You are a girl after my own heart, you know how much I love those champagne mangoes. I’m glad they are back and I’m sure they are great in this recipe! This flavor combination reminds me of the Trader Joe’s chili mangoes: wouldn’t dried chili mangoes be a nice variation on your mango leather?

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      March 20, 2013 at 7:54 pm

      I actually do put a little bit of cayenne or chipotle on the fruit leather sometimes! It’s delicious and very close to the taste of those chili mangoes from Trader Joe’s. 🙂

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    March 20, 2013 at 6:53 am

    Mmm, I am making this as soon as I get my hands on some mangos! Looks delish!

    • Reply
      March 20, 2013 at 7:43 pm

      I hope you like the recipe if you make it! 🙂

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    March 20, 2013 at 8:17 am

    My hubby loves mangoes, so I’ll have to make this for him! It looks so colorful! Yum!

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    Krystyn @ Really, Are You Serious?
    March 20, 2013 at 10:29 am

    Yummmy! Mangoes and spice are awesome together.

    And, homemade fajita seasoning sounds yummy. I’ve been making homemade taco for a while, now.

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      March 20, 2013 at 7:42 pm

      I need to make a homemade taco seasoning mix! The past few times I made tacos, I just measured the seasoning right into the skillet–a mix would definitely be easier than 10 different spices every time. 🙂

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    March 20, 2013 at 11:18 am

    Oh my… i would have never thought to put mangos in fajitas! I love this idea and all the veggies that are packed in them!

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    Anne - Mommy Has to Work
    March 20, 2013 at 12:53 pm

    They look tasty!! I would try em!

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    Alissa N
    March 20, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    I have never tried champagne mangos, but now I am convinced I need to!! I have had a couple of ripe mangos in the fridge that I have been debating what to do with, I think I know now!! These look so amazing!!

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      March 20, 2013 at 7:40 pm

      Champagne mangoes make regular mangoes taste like crap. 🙂 They completely spoil you!

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    Diana @ Eating Made Easy
    March 20, 2013 at 5:26 pm

    Love the sweet and spicy in this recipe, looks like lots of left overs too. I love cooking big then having left overs for a day or two.

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    March 20, 2013 at 7:14 pm

    Mango with just about anything is delicious!

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    Laura (Tutti Dolci)
    March 20, 2013 at 7:28 pm

    These fajias look incredible, I love the mangoes!

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    March 20, 2013 at 10:34 pm

    I am the proverbial “poor college student”. I need someone to feed these to me right now!

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    Anna {Herbivore Triathlete}
    March 21, 2013 at 5:56 pm

    Mangoes make everything better in my experience! Your photos are always so clear and bright, absolutely stunning. I love fajitas and yours look delectable.

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      March 21, 2013 at 7:12 pm

      Thank you! 🙂 The longer, sunnier days definitely make photography easier!

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    March 21, 2013 at 10:45 pm

    I have to try this out! I hope it’s as good as the pictures depict! 🙂 Thanks sharing!

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      March 24, 2013 at 7:41 pm

      I hope you like it if you make it! 🙂

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    Marta @ What should I eat for breakfast today
    March 21, 2013 at 10:55 pm

    This is a very interesting and original recipe. I’d never think of adding mango to fajitas, but I will 🙂

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    Anna (Hidden Ponies)
    March 22, 2013 at 1:25 am

    I’ve never had a champagne mango, looks like I need to change that! Love the colours and flavours of these!

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    March 23, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    These look so good. I love that you make your own Fajita seasoning. I can’t wait to make these.

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    March 26, 2013 at 6:05 pm

    I made these last night and they were amazing! I used the not chicken seasoning cube that I bought to make the chicken noodle soup. The seasoning mix is very tasty.

    • Reply
      March 27, 2013 at 9:07 pm

      Thanks for the feedback–I’m glad they turned out well! 🙂

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