How to Dehydrate Mango – Dried Chili Lime Mango Recipe!

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Knowing how to dehydrate mango will allow you to create one of my favorite dried mango recipes: the dried chili lime mango! This naturally plant-based snack offers a ton of fruity, tropical flavors in every bite. 

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Mangoes are one of my favorite fruits because you can enjoy them fresh in so many ways! However, they’re so good dried, too. Once you learn how to make dehydrated mangoes, you’ll find yourself snacking on them often. Add a delicious chili lime flavor to the mix and you’ll have an irresistible snack that everyone will love!

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Why You’ll Love It

  • Healthy snack. This fruit offers a ton of nutrients like fiber, protein, vitamins C, A, and B6, and potassium. One cup only has 99 calories, so you can snack often without the guilt!   
  • Super easy to do at home as the dehydrator does all the hard work.
  • A handy snack that you and your family can eat while you’re on the go.
  • No additives and preservatives since you’re making this tasty treat without chemicals.
  • Cheaper than most store-bought dried mangoes, so you’ll save some bucks. 
  • Delicious and versatile! It’s so good as is, but you can also try changing things up by following our recommendations below.
  • Preserve fresh mangoes and prolong their shelf-life. By learning how to dehydrate mango, you’ll get to enjoy them for most of the year. 
  • Gluten-free, vegan, and vegetarian, so even picky eaters will love these mango chips!
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Ingredient Notes

  • Ripe Mangoes: The heart of this recipe! We’ll use fresh ones to make dried chili lime mango.
    • Frozen mangoes can also work if fresh ones are unavailable, but you’ll have to essentially create mango fruit leathers out of them first (by defrosting, pureeing, and pouring them onto a baking sheet) since they often only come in cube forms instead of slices.  
  • Lime: Gives the dried mango pieces a tarty, citrus flavor.
    • If you don’t have fresh lime, you can swap about 2 tablespoons of bottled lime juice.
  • Chili Powder: Gives a subtly spicy kick to the fruit. Different brands of chili powder will give slight flavor variances.
  • Granulated Sugar: Entirely optional; adding it depends on the sweetness of your mangoes. Feel free to skip this ingredient entirely if you prefer. 
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How to Make Dehydrated Chili Lime Mango

Sliced mango pieces on a wooden cutting board with a black knife, prepared for dehydrating.
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Seasoned potato wedges on a white baking tray lined with parchment paper, arranged in neat rows, illustrating how to dehydrate mango.
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Homemade sweet potato chips freshly dehydrated, spread out on a white silicone baking mat.
Sliced mangoes drying on a mesh tray with a dehydrator in the background, displaying the "sahara" logo on its red panel.
  1. Peel each mango and vertically cut around the core until you have four pieces from each fruit. Then, on a cutting board, slice the mango sections into uniform slices approximately ¼ inches thick and ½ inches wide.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine the mango slices, lime juice, chili powder, and sugar (if using).
  3. Gently toss everything together until the mango is well-coated.
  4. Place the mango pieces in even layers on your dehydrator‘s trays.
  5. Set your dehydrator to 135℉ and dehydrate the mango for 6 hours. After 6 hours, you can check the mango to make sure it is dehydrated enough to your liking. Depending on how juicy the mangoes used were, this can take up to 8 hours.
  6. Enjoy it right away, or keep it stored in an airtight container.
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Fun Variations

  • Make it spicier by adding more chili powder or some cayenne pepper to the mix. 
  • Make it more sour by increasing the amount of lime juice you put into the fruit strips. 
  • Add sea salt if you want to balance the flavors with some saltiness. 
  • Use Tajin for the added sour-sweet-salty flavors. 
  • If you don’t have a dehydrator, you can make dehydrated mangoes using an oven set on the lowest heat setting, although this might take longer. You must also keep the oven door open a bit to let moisture escape.    
  • To make a delicious dried fruit mix, try dehydrating other fruits like pineapples and bananas!
Bowl of spicy sweet potato fries with lime wedges and dried mango on a light textured surface.

Storing Dehydrated Mango

Keep your dried mangoes inside an airtight container like a Mason jar, then place them in a cool, dry place in your pantry or kitchen. This way, they can last up to 6 months.

If you’re planning even longer-term storage, you can vacuum seal the container and it should stay fresh considerably longer.

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Top Tips

  • When making dried chili lime mango, look for ripe fruits that are firm to the touch and not overripe! That way, they won’t turn mushy when you slice them, and you won’t make a mess.
  • Don’t cut your mangoes too thick or too thin. Aim for ¼ inch thickness for best results. 
  • Be sure to allot spaces between the mango slices on the dehydrator tray for good airflow. 
  • A good way to know if your mango is dehydrated enough is to tear one in half; if any sign of moisture appears, you need to dry them a bit longer.  
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Baked sweet potato fries scattered on a light surface with dried chili peppers and dehydrated mango slices.
Baked sweet potato wedges and dried mango slices scattered around a halved lime on a light textured surface.

Chili Lime Mango (How to Dehydrate Mango)

Knowing how to dehydrate mango will allow you to create one of my favorite dried mango recipes: the dried chili lime mango! This naturally plant-based snack offers a ton of fruity, tropical flavors in every bite. 
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Course: Snack
Cuisine: Dehydration
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Dehydration Time: 6 hours
Total Time: 6 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 50 servings
Author: Kristen Wood

Ingredients

  • 3 fresh, ripe mangoes peeled and sliced
  • 1 lime juiced
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar optional

Instructions

  • Peel each mango, and then vertically cut around the core of each mango until you have four pieces from each fruit. Then slice the mango sections into vertical pieces approximately 1/4" thick and 1/2" wide.
  • In a mixing bowl, combine the mango pieces, lime juice, chili powder, and sugar (if using).
  • Gently toss everything together until the mango is well-coated.
  • Place the mango pieces in nice even layers on your dehydrator's trays.
  • Set your dehydrator to 135℉ and dehydrate the mango for 6 hours. After 6 hours, you can check the mango to make sure it is dehydrated enough to your liking. Depending on how juicy the mangoes used were, this can take up to 8 hours.
  • Enjoy right away or keep stored in an airtight container in cool, dry place for up to 6 months.

Notes

  • If you do not have fresh lime, use approximately 2 tablespoons of bottled lime juice.
  • Sugar is not necessary and is dependent on how sweet and ripe the mangoes you are using are. Use your best judgment here!

Nutrition

Serving: 1piece | Calories: 8kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 0.1g | Fat: 0.1g | Saturated Fat: 0.01g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.02g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.02g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 24mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 159IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 2mg | Iron: 0.04mg

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