Crazy Good Mangonada Recipe


mangonada recipe in 2 glasses topped with fruit and tamarind straws

This mangonada recipe has got it all: sweet, tangy, spicy and colorful. It is the perfect frozen treat for a hot day and this recipe makes enough to share with a friend. Our version is based on the popular Mexican drink, yet modified to align with our plant-based lifestyle. Mangonada, also called mango chamoyada, is a fun blend of tropical fruits and chamoy sauce. I promise the end result is totally worth it. It’s crazy good!

Mangonada is a newer beverage creation, thought to have originated in Mexico in the 1990s. It starts with a flavorful fruit smoothie base, then adds in layers of chamoy sauce and is finished off with a tamarind straw and a frosted glass rim. It is non-alcoholic yet has the look and taste of a speciality cocktail. I don’t think anyone would flinch if you added some booze to this, if that’s your style.

mangonada ingredients on countertop including chamoy sauce, orange juice, mango and lime juice

Ingredients to Make Mangonada Recipe

We created our own healthier mangodada recipe because Graciela (who is a part of the Rawkstar Team) was raving about the one she’d buy in Guadalajara City, where she lived. I looked into to and realized how good it sounded. Mango, lime and spices— yes please! The chamoy adds such a unique and addictive flavor to the tropical fruit base. I had to make my own version that’s clean(er) and easy to do, which is how the rawkstar mangonada came to exist. Enjoy!

The base of this crazy good mangonada is a mango-lime smoothie. When blending, you want the texture to be sorbet-like. Layer it in a glass with chamoy sauce, then top with freshly cut mango.

  • Mango: This tropical fruit is packed with vitamin C and fiber. I use frozen mango for a super thick smoothie, then fresh mango (or thawed frozen chunks) for the topping.
  • Orange Juice: I love the vitamin C boost found in oranges, yet any fruit juice can be used. Peach, apple, pineapple, passionfruit or guava juice are all great options. Swapping in another juice may change the smoothie color, if you’re trying to serve at a party where presentation is everything.
  • Lime juice: I recommend using fresh-juiced limes instead of store-bought lime juice. The latter often has preservatives added to it, which aren’t necessary.
  • Chamoy: This sauce is the perfect blend of sweet, salty, sour, spicy… all at the same time. You can buy it online (look for ones with clean ingredients- no food dyes, citric acid, or gums) or make your own with my Homemade Chamoy recipe.
  • Tamarind straw: This chili lime straw is completely optional… or not depending, on your style.
2 shots of pouring ingredients + blending mango lime smoothie

Helpful Blending Tips

The orange layer of this fruity drink is a blended mango lime smoothie. Yep, just 3 ingredients: frozen mango, orange juice and lime juice, blended to perfection. You’ll want to create a sherbert-like consistency, which is thicker than most smoothies, yet not as thick as a smoothie bowl.

Frozen mango is what thickens this smoothie up nicely.

If you find it too watery, just add more frozen mango and blend again. Feel free to use your blender tamper to help the ingredient blend up nicely. Thicker smoothies tend to need the extra help.

3 photos layering mango lime smoothie and chamoy sauce for mangonada recipe

Where to Find Chamoy

You can find chamoy in the international section of a grocery store. Yet it’s important to read the label since most store-bought brands include preservatives, dyes and gums. Here’s a few options that are clean and rated highly:

Once you realize you like chamoy (and become obsessed with mangonadas), it’s best to just make your own. It’s pretty easy to make in your own kitchen, stores well and you this way, you know exactly what’s in it, too.

dipping straw into tamarind paste and rolling in tajin

How to Make a Tamarind Straw

While you don’t need the fancy fun straw… it does take this to the next level. So I encourage you to go all out on this fun recipe. Here’s how to make a tamarind straw to jazz up your new favorite mangonada recipe.

  1. Mix together 1 tbs honey and 1 tablespoon tamarind paste in a small bowl.
  2. Take a straw (paper, metal, plastic) and coat the topin the tamarind paste. We used our reusable stainless steel straws that we sell in our online smoothie supply shop.
  3. Next, roll the coated end of the straw in Tajín to coat completely in goodness.

That’s how you make a flavor-packed tamarind straw. Pretty dang easy, right?

2 glasses of mangonada topped with fresh fruit

Helpful Mangonada Recipe FAQs

What’s in mangonada?

Hamilton Beach Juicer Machine, Big Mouth Large 3” Feed Chute for Whole Fruits and Vegetables, Easy to Clean, Centrifugal Extractor, BPA Free, 800W Motor, Black
Mueller Juicer Ultra Power, Easy Clean Extractor Press Centrifugal Juicing Machine, Wide 3" Feed Chute for Whole Fruit Vegetable, Anti-drip, High Quality, Large, Silver
Juicer Machines, Juilist 3" Wide Mouth Juicer Extractor, for Whole Vegetable and Fruit with 3-Speed Setting, 400W Motor, Easy to Clean, BPA Free
Juicer, HOUSNAT Juicer Machines Vegetable and Fruit with 3-Speed Setting, Upgraded Version 400W Motor Quick Juicing, Juicing Recipe Included
NutriBullet Juicer Centrifugal Juicer Machine for Fruit, Vegetables, and Food Prep, 27 Ounces/1.5 Liters, 800 Watts, Gray NBJ50100

A mangonada is basically a mango-lime smoothie mixed with chamoy sauce. It uses chili powder and Tajín to give it a spicy-salty flavor. My mangonada recipe also tells you how to make Tamarind straws for the complete look.

Are mangonadas healthy?

While mangonadas are made with real whole fruit, they are basically a fruit smoothie with a spicy kick. I wouldn’t use this as a meal replacement, yet it is a great treat to share this summer.

Why is a mangonada salty?

Mangonadas are made with chamoy sauce which contains chili powder + sea salt. You can cut back on the salt content by lowering the amount of either of these ingredients in your beverage.

pouring creamy mangonada into glasses with chamoy and diced mango on top


Crazy Good Mangonada

Try this Mexican-inspired mangonada recipe dressed up for a party or dressed down for a fun night in. It's made with frozen mango + a crazy good kick from the chamoy sauce.
Course Beverage
Cuisine Mexican-Inspired
Keyword healthy dessert, smoothie recipe, spring recipe, summer recipe
Prep Time 10 minutes
5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 285kcal
Author Jen Hansard


  • blender


  • 2 cups mango frozen
  • 1 ½ cup orange juice
  • ¼ cup lime juiced
  • ½ cup chamoy sauce

Toppings (optional)

  • 1 lime wedged
  • ¼ cup mango chunks
  • 1 tablespoon Tajín
  • 2 tamarind straws (recipe in post)


  • Place mango, 1 cup orange juice and lime juice into a blender. Puree until smooth. The smoothie will be thick. Add remaining juice as needed while blending to facilitate blending. The final texture should be like sorbet.
  • Take lime wedge and run it around the rims of the serving glasses. Dip the rims into the Tajín seasoning. Layer the mangonada smoothie and chamoy sauce until the glasses are full. Garnish with lime wedges, fresh mango and a tamarind straw, if using.


  • Sub any kind of fruit juice for the orange juice. I recommend peach, apple, pineapple, passionfruit or guava.
  • Tajin is chili lime seasoning (I found mine at Trader Joe’s. You can also find it in a local Hispanic grocery store).


Calories: 285kcal | Carbohydrates: 71g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 0.3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.5g | Sodium: 1179mg | Potassium: 998mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 56g | Vitamin A: 3258IU | Vitamin C: 238mg | Calcium: 89mg | Iron: 1mg
Summertime drinks that are easy to make

More Summertime Beverages

If you’re ready for some fun n’ fruity drinks then try out one of these other plant-based summer recipes:

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