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Discover how you can squeeze more flavor out of life when you learn How To Make A Mangonada with Odwalla® Mango Tango®.
The rhythm of life has a way of putting us on a roller coaster ride sometimes whether we like it or not, wouldn’t you agree? Those roller coaster rides can be great life lessons though, so it’s important to pay attention to the details in the choices we make each and every day. Remember to breathe, pause, and find ways to stir your spirit in a positive direction. It also helps to eat good food that is minimally processed and good for the “heart and soul” whenever possible. For this reason, I’ve chosen Odwalla® Mango Tango® from Target as one of my ingredients in today’s recipe to show you how to make a mangonada. Food has a way of awakening our souls, and believe it or not, a mangonada can do just that.
Some people call it a mangonada, some people call it a chamango. We call it a mangonada in my family. I’m not entirely sure if there is a difference, but I think it has something to do with the extra toppings. I do know, however, that the base ingredients for this addictive Mexican smoothie are always the same.
Let’s start with the key ingredient. Mango!
Odwalla® Mango Tango® smoothie gives this mangonada that extra boost of mango-flavored sweetness that wakes up my Mexican roots and feeds my soul. You may think that’s a little far-fetched, or how can a drink do that, but mango seriously has that effect on me. Especially when a mango is turned into a mangonada! I want you to experience that same feeling too.
If you’ve never had a mangonada, don’t you worry, I’m about to break it all down for you.
What is a mangonada?
It is a signature Mexican drink with a bold flavor. With its tropical flavor, it has fast become a favorite treat for many. A mangonada is like a smoothie made with mango, except it also has lime, chamoy sauce, ice, Tajin, and sometimes juice.
Smoothies are made with fruit. We all know that, right? Well, mangonadas are also made with fruit, except this drink made with mango and lime only. That’s it. No other fruit is added to the mix. Some people don’t even add lime to theirs, whilst others use a lime-flavored chili powder. And while it might have the same thick and smooth consistency of a smoothie, there are two main factors that make this drink stand out a little taller than a regular fruit smoothie. Chamoy sauce, and a Tirolo straw.
The chamoy sauce and tamarind candy straw
If you’ve never had chamoy sauce, it might surprise you to find out it isn’t very spicy. It’s actually a little bit of everything! Chamoy sauce is sweet, sour, spicy, and savory all at the same time. It’s traditionally made with pickled stone fruits such as apricots and plums as well as lime and chiles.
And in case you didn’t know already, mango and chamoy are like bff’s! Nothing compares to those two flavors together. Anyone who loves mango and has had a mangonada will probably agree when I say your life will never be the same after you’ve had mango with chamoy sauce.
The second factor is the use of a Tirolo straw that is wrapped in a soft but firm tamarind candy. You can use a regular straw, but as you’ve probably already seen in the pictures, a mongonada also has diced fresh mango on top. That means you’ll probably also need a spoon, or wide enough straw to enjoy the mango pieces with the drink. The straw eliminates the spoon and adds an extra savory element to the mangonada with the tamarind candy.
Some people like to add a variety of Mexican candies on top of their mangonada as well, but the tamarind candy straw is the one you really shouldn’t go without. A mangonada isn’t the same without it in my opinion.
So what do you say we put it all together now, shall we?
How to make a mangonada at home.
Pulse 3 cups of ice cubes until it starts to resemble the texture of coarse snow cone ice. It doesn’t have to be completely crushed, just enough to get it started and not leave you with big chunks of ice cubes in your mangonada when you’re finished.
Then add the frozen mango chunks (or fresh mango chunks if you prefer), fresh lime juice, and one bottle of Odwalla® Mango Tango® from Target. Blend again until smooth and there aren’t any large pieces of ice cube left.
Drizzle a ring of chamoy sauce around the inside of a cup, then fill the cup with the mangonada drink. Insert straw, top with diced mango, and finish it with Tajin fruit seasoning.
I like to put it in the freezer while I clean the counter and wash the blender before I drink it. You don’t have to do this step, but I like that extra last-minute freeze.
When you want to squeeze more out of life and bring more flavor, and more enjoyment in your life through the senses, I invite you to try a Mangonada. I promise, if you love mangos, you will love this drink.
Don’t forget to pick up a 15.2 oz bottle of Odwalla® Mango Tango® on your next trip to Target!
FAQS For Mangondas
Is a Mangonada healthy?
Yes! They are a healthy drink packed with tropical fruit.
What does Mangonada taste like?
It has a bold tropical flavor. It tastes like a tropical smoothie or mango slushy, with the chamoy sauce adding a sweet, sour, savory, spice taste all at once!
What is chamoy sauce made of?
It is a bright orange-red sauce made from pickled apricots and plums, along with lime and chiles.
Where to find Mexican ingredients?
You should be able to find most Mexican ingredients and Mexican foods in your local supermarket, such as Target or Walmart. You can also try online at Amazon.
How to choose the best mangos?
Ideally, you should look for mangos that are not green. Ripe mangos should have a mix of yellowish, orange and red tones to it. Some might just have a deep yellow color too and that’s OK. Perfectly ripe mangos should be firm, but still have a little softness to them. If you press your finger into the mango and it leaves a dip, it’s too ripe. Whereas if you press it and it feels like a rock, it’s way underripe and could take a few weeks to ripen. If you can’t find any fresh ripe mangos, frozen is another option.
What to look for in a mango juice?
A concentrated mango juice works best to give it that extra depth of flavor.
How To Make A Mangonada
- 3 cups ice
- 1 12oz bag frozen mango chunks
- 1 15.2oz Odwalla® Mango Tango® flavored smoothie
- 1 lime
- Chamoy sauce
- 1 fresh mango peeled, diced, divided
- Tajin chile fruit seasoning
- Tirolo tamarind straws
In a blender, pulse ice until crushed and starts to resemble the texture of snow cone ice.
Add frozen mango chunks, lime, and mango smoothie. Blend until smooth (about 15-20 seconds).
Drizzle a ring of the chamoy sauce around the inside of a cup, then fill the cup with mangonada drink. Insert straw, top with diced mango, and finish it with Tajin fruit seasoning.
You can also coat the rim of the cup with chamoy sauce and Tajin in the same way you would with lime and salt for a margarita. Just make sure to do that step before adding the chamoy sauce inside the cup.