Sweet, spicy, tart, and 100% natural, Dehydrated Tajín Mangoes are a super easy, healthy snack with no sugar added! Coated with spicy homemade tajín, active time is just minutes...
Those who say, the color of summer is not YELLOW are those who failed to see mangoes.~~Zephyr Limns, poet
👩🏻🍳 Tamara Talks - About Mangoes
Another favorite aspect of life on the United States/Mexico border is the produce, and nothing beats a fresh, ripe mango IMHO. Mangoes are available (several varieties) year 'round in McAllen, but the summer mangoes are spectacular.
So, yes, many of my recipes feature mangoes including (but not limited to) an easy mango salsa, buddha bowls, coconut mango custard, and a steak and arugula salad. Type "mango" in my search bar for many more!
Because mangoes are a key food here, I'm always looking for new ways to use them. I recently posted a recipe for homemade low sodium tajín, and shortly after bought a dehydrator. I remember our students in Peru mentioning how good fresh mango is with tajín, and an idea was born... It's a great flavor combination!
These spicy dried mango slices are one of our favorite snacks. I hope you'll give them a try!
🥭 Are Mangoes Healthy?
The short answer? YES. The longer answer? Mangoes are packed with nutrients, high in antioxidants, may have immune boosting properties, and may support heart and digestive health. Consider this:
- 1 cup of sliced mango contains only 99 calories
- 1.4 grams protein
- 24.7 grams carbohydrates
- .6 grams fat
- 2.6 grams dietary fiber
- vitamin C 67% RDI
- copper 20% RDI
- folate 18% RDI
- vitamin B6 11% RDI
- vitamin A 10% RDI
- vitamin E 8% RDI
This is by no means an exhaustive list. For more information, see Mango: Nutrition, Health Benefits and How to Eat It.
📋 Ingredients You'll Need
Here is a quick look at the ingredients in the recipe – it’s handy to use at the grocery store or as a summary of what you need. Skip to the recipe for quantities.
This delicious and healthy snack requires just 2 ingredients... Yes, you read that correctly! You will need mangoes and tajín.
- mangoes (see Tips)
- tajín (to taste)
Break down mangoes - Peel the mangoes, slice the plump cheeks away from the pit, then (using a very sharp paring knife) cut the remaining fruit from the pit. Cut into small, even strips.
Combine with the tajín - Sprinkle tajín generously over mangoes, keeping in mind it's spicy! Use your hands to mix it in fairly evenly. You'll be using your hands to place them on dehydrator trays, so go ahead and get them sticky!
Place mangoes on dehydrator trays - Place the mango slices into the food dehydrator in a single layers. It is important to not crowd the fruit on the trays!
Cook the tajín mangoes - Cover and cook at 135° for 8-10 hours. Cooking time varies according to thickness of mangoes, humidity level, and temperature of your appliance (mine runs at 135°). I start checking at around 8 hours. You're looking for pliable fruit that is not overcooked. You don't want chips!
- Can I make Tajín Mangoes without a dehydrator? Absolutely! Place the sliced mangoes on a baking rack over a baking sheet in the lowest possible heat setting. If it's higher than 135°, you will need to start checking sooner than 8 hours.
- What type of mangoes should I use? I find larger mangoes provide bigger slices and the prep goes more quickly. However, you can use any variety.
- How do I store my dehydrated mangoes? Wait until they are COMPLETELY COOLED! Pack the fruit very loosely, and shake the container periodically. If you notice any condensation, return them to the dehydrator. Small batches limit contact to the air.
- How long can I store my dried mangoes? Store the dried fruit in an airtight container in a cool, dry, dark place for up to a year. If they're exposed to light, they need to be used much sooner.
- How ripe should my mangoes be? Firm but yielding when pressed, just like when you are looking for a ripe avocado.
- What happens if I remove my mangoes too soon? If moisture is not removed, they will spoil. A good way to test is to put a few slices in a zip bag and see if moisture accumulates in the bag. If so, you aren't done yet.
For more information on how to store, see Learn How to Store Home-Dried Foods.
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These Dehydrated Tajín Mangoes are such a healthy and delicious snack. Whether you have a dehydrator or not, they're so easy to make! What are you waiting for?