Ataulfo Mango and Jalapeno Quesadillas

April 26, 2011

There are few fruits I enjoy more than the Ataulfo Mango. These little yellow mangos are the size of your palm and they melt in your mouth like butter. Also called Champagne Mangos, they have a smooth texture with none of the fibrous or stringy pulp you find in, say, a Tommy Mango.

Unfortunately, their season is only about 2 to 3 weeks here. They are imported from Mexico by Whole Foods and Wal-mart (in this area). Even sadder is that this season has almost come to an end. So I guess you can say this post is in honor of their tastiness. It also works well with other varieties of mango so don’t let the lack of Ataulfo mangos hold you back!

I’ve shared this recipe before, but with it spotlighting one of my favorite flavor combinations (and with a few better photos this time around) I thought it worthy of a repost. Not to mention, this time I made them with homemade corn tortillas.

No recipe is necessary. You simply add as much of each ingredient as you like. You’ll need about a half mango for each quesadilla if your tortillas are small, about 5 inches in diameter.

Ataulfo Mango and Jalapeno Quesadillas

Ataulfo mango, diced
Diced or sliced pickled jalapenos
Shredded cheese, I used a whole milk mozzarella
2 tortillas (I’m partial to homemade)

Place all ingredients on one tortilla. You can help it melt a bit by popping it in the microwave for a few seconds. Top it with the other tortilla and heat over medium-high in a skillet until the tortilla is slightly browned and crispy.

I’ve also tried the combo in an Ataulfo Mango Jalapeno Pizza. Equally as good!

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  • Rebecca from Chow and Chatter April 26, 2011 at 8:39 pm

    wow love these mangoes too what a fun way to eat mango

  • Stella April 26, 2011 at 8:56 pm

    We had quesadillas tonight for dinner! I love the idea of mango; definitely will have to bookmark this and give it a go soon.

  • TasteHongKong April 27, 2011 at 3:04 am

    No recipe? Then I will not feel guilty about filling with more mango : ). Fortunate enough, we can have them imported from S.E.Asia for months.

  • Jecka April 27, 2011 at 4:50 am

    My grandparents have two of those mango trees in their back yard, so I was basically raised on them! I remember the first time I had a traditional (green-skinned) mango and was so confused how to eat it because of all of the fiber! Regardless, mango is my favorite fruit… no matter what variety.

  • Vivienne April 27, 2011 at 4:54 am

    wow im loving the flavour combination here!! i can never get enuf of mangoes too…would love to try this type tho – never had a silky/non-fibrous ones before!

  • Andrea (Off Her Cork) April 27, 2011 at 7:19 am

    Scott loves those mangoes. We bought a case of them at WF and you got a discount for the case. I’m not a fresh mango fan, for some reason they taste burnt to me and I can’t get past it. They smell that way too! I can do frozen mango though which is even more odd.

  • Lauren @ Healthy Food For Living April 27, 2011 at 9:33 am

    Mangoes just might be my all-time favorite fruit, and the champagne (or ataulfo) mangoes are particularly sweet and delicious. These quesadillas look great!

  • chopinandmysaucepan April 27, 2011 at 11:16 am

    7 more months before our mango season starts again :(

  • Emily April 27, 2011 at 12:18 pm

    These are beautiful Lori, and I’m so impressed that you made your own tortillas! I think I’ve been meaning to for oh a year now. :)

  • kat April 27, 2011 at 1:18 pm

    Sweet & spicy, yum!

  • Lori April 27, 2011 at 5:57 pm

    Rebecca – I love a good sweet spicy combo.

    Stella – Quesadillas are such a good meal. A great change from the same ol’ sammie.

    TasteHongKong – Oh yeah, put in as much as you want. :) I really miss our mango access in Brazil.

    Jecka – How great! What a difference if you were used to those. They are so good and, I think, different than others. I’ll take any tasty ripe variety though!

    Vivienne – They are so good!

    Andrea – We almost bought a case, but I was afraid I wouldn’t get through them all before they went bad. Intersting about your mango preferences. :)

    Lauren – Thanks and I’m with you. Love them!

    chopin – Hopefully it will go fast for you! :)

    Emily – You have to add it to your list of new things to try! :) So easy and tasty, you’ll be hooked.

    kat – Such a big fan of that flavor combo!

  • kate@ahealthypassion April 27, 2011 at 6:05 pm

    I love those mangoes an definitely stocked up a few weeks ago when they were $1 at whole foods!

  • 5 Star Foodie April 28, 2011 at 4:30 am

    I love the Ataulfo Mangoes, I actually have a recipe to be posted sometime soon with it. The quesadillas sound wonderful.

  • Sagan April 28, 2011 at 2:39 pm

    You use the most unique combinations! This sounds delicious. I can just imagine what great flavour this dish would have.

    Also, your homemade tortillas look BEAUTIFUL. Yummy!

  • Deb in Hawaii April 29, 2011 at 2:03 am

    Beautiful photos. These quesadillas look wonderful and the combination on pizza sounds wonderful too. 😉

  • Tangled Noodle May 4, 2011 at 4:58 am

    I’m good to go on the mangoes but pickled jalapeños may be a bit more difficult. Still, I can be persistent if it means a taste of this wonderful flavor combination! 😎