Mildly Hot, Sweet & Spicy
"Mango, Plum, Mint & Jalapeno Salsa"
plus a "Roasted Baja Style Salsa"

Perfect weather, perfect fruit and perfect veggies went into this weekend of grillin and chillin with some Mango Mint Plum and a Roasted Baja Style Salsa to compliment some chili lime chips for dipping.

For the Mango, Plum, Mint, Jalapeno salsa I began by pulsing onions, garlic, mint and parsley in the food processor till minced.

I added two mango's cubed and four plums cut into small pieces. With two of the plums I left the skin to add color and texture. Add the fruit to the onion, mint and parsley mix.

Take a quarter of a jalapeno with the seeds removed and finely dice. Add to the salsa mix. Spritz with the juice of one lime.

Refrigerate till ready to serve with chips and avocado dip.
*My note; this salsa tasted so much better served on top of guacamole. I didn't make it the first night, but the next day I made guacamole and served it with the Mango Plum salsa and it took it up two notches in the flavor category!


I have been trying to hunt down this recipe for quite a long time now. There is a chain restaurant we enjoy going to called Baja Fresh Mexican Grill. I love their tacos simply prepared with grilled chicken, or beef, topped with cilantro, avocado, lime and salsa. But not just any salsa, my favorite salsa is their dark brown Baja Fresh salsa that I had never understood how they got that rich brown color. I asked around and finally received an answer from Heather over at Girlichef. Heather told me most likely the color was achieved by roasting till black all the tomatoes, onions, jalapeno and garlic. So I took her advise and blackened on my grill all the vegetables, popped them into the blender and pulverized them into a wonderful salsa. I also added cilantro, lime and salt to taste.

While my husband and kids loved the salsa, I came away learning a few things. Seed the jalapeno first.. it was eye popping hot for me, although my daughter and husband liked it just fine. Also, I went overboard with the garlic, I always do that! :) I used almost the whole head of garlic when really only a few cloves will suffice. I don't have exact measurements down yet. I will have to make it again before I post quantities. But as far as an ingredient list goes. Tomatoes, onion, Jalapeno, garlic, cilantro, lime and salt.

Thank you Heather!! Ciao and hugs. :)


girlichef said...

Oh my sounds and looks absolutely mouth-watering...all of it!! And you are more than welcome! What a delicious bunch of food :D

Celine's Cuisine said...

These 2 salsas are beautiful. I love Mango and my son too! I love fruits in recipes... we need to improve our love for salsas at home... My husband is not a big fan of Mexican food so I cook Mexican food rarely even if we are surrounded by it! I would like to try both of them for a great impromptu aperitif... actually we are thinking of having late "housewarming" soon... in the next 2-3-4 weeks... we do not know yet I hope you an your family can join us!

Bellini Valli said...

So amazing:D

duodishes said...

A chunky salsa is what we love! This looks like it's so sweet and spicy. The plum is very different.

Juliana said...

Love them both...would have hard time to decide which one to try first. Both look so refreshing and tasty...yummie. Very nice pictures...

Sara said...

I love the sound of both of these! My husband could live off chips and salsa, I'll have to make this for him.

Elra said...

Look aboslutely delicious and refreshing laurie. I love salsa!

Maryann said...

The roasted salsa looks amazing :)

foodcreate said...

Delicious! Mouthwatering perfect for the summer time.

Thanks for sharing:)

And you can visit me if I can visit you:)


Proud Italian Cook said...

Hi Laurie! I'm so glad I finally got through to your blog, it kept saying I couldn't open it and abort. I wrote you an email, did you get it? Anyway, I too love the brown salsa at Baja Fresh (we have them here too) everytime I eat it I feel there's a hint of chocolate in there somewhere, what do you think? Yours looks like the real thing. Love the mango one too!

Sue said...

I LOVE mango salsa and I never thought to add plums to it. Great idea.

Your pictures are good enough to eat!