Chilled Mango Soup with Crema and Pepitas

May 9, 2012

Author Notes:

Last Saturday I made this for an impromptu Cinco de Mayo party and loved how the green mango stood in for a more traditional citrus addition.


Makes: 3 cups


  • 1 whole dried New Mexico red chile
  • 3 ripe Champagne or Ataulfo mangoes, peeled and chopped for 3 cups of fruit
  • 1 firm green mango, peeled and chopped for about a cup of fruit
  • 1 cup peeled and sliced cucumber
  • 1/4 cup chopped red onion
  • 1 tablespoon rough chopped cilantro stems
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cumin seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt (plus more to taste if necessary)
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup water
  • Crema Mexicana for serving (can substitute crème fraiche)
  • Generous amounts of toasted pepitas for serving
In This Recipe


  1. Using kitchen shears remove stem from chile and discard. Cut chile into small ½-inch squares and place in a bowl. Cover chile with hot water and let rehydrate for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Drain and discard the water (but not the seeds). Place soaked chile pieces (and seeds) in the bowl of a food processor.
  2. Add the next five ingredients (through cilantro stems) to the food processor.
  3. Toast cumin seeds in a dry pan over medium heat until fragrant, shaking pan to prevent burning. Crush seeds in a mortar and pestle. Add to soup mixture along with kosher salt.
  4. With the machine running, add olive oil and water in a stream through chute. Continue processing, stopping occasionally to scrape down sides with a spatula, until mixture is smooth and mango pieces are no longer visible.
  5. Transfer soup to a bowl or quart glass measure and cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least two hours and up to a day to allow flavors to meld. Before serving, stir and taste for salt, adding more if necessary.
  6. When serving, portion soup into small bowls, stir in crema (start with a teaspoon), and top with toasted pepitas. Enjoy.

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Reviews (20) Questions (0)

20 Reviews

Beautiful, M. May 10, 2012
love it, looks cooling and refreshing and I love the crunchy pepitas on top!
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gingerroot May 11, 2012
Thank you, Beautiful, Memorable Food. I love the flavor and texture the pepitas add to the soup.
Madhuja May 10, 2012
I love how you are using both sweet and sour mangoes to boost the flavor! Lovely!
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gingerroot May 11, 2012
Thank you, Madhuja, yes, the green mango adds a sour savory note that balances the sweet of the ripe mangoes.
PistachioDoughnut May 10, 2012
Wow! lovely...i have a list of things that I want to try and now this is one of them.
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gingerroot May 11, 2012
Thank you, PistachioDoughnut. I'd love to hear your thoughts if you try it.
wssmom May 10, 2012
MMmmmm. Totally.
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gingerroot May 11, 2012
Thanks, wssmom!
Oui, C. May 9, 2012
Very creative....I love the sound of this one!
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gingerroot May 10, 2012
Thank you, Chef!
LE B. May 9, 2012
brilliant out-of-the-box creativity! th you for the inspiration! <br />best, <br />mindy
Author Comment
gingerroot May 10, 2012
Aw, thanks, LBF! Your mango coconut cashew spring rolls sound amazing.
EmilyC May 9, 2012
Another great recipe from your kitchen, gingerroot! This looks and sounds fantastic.
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gingerroot May 10, 2012
Thanks, EmilyC. I'd love to hear your thoughts if you give it a try.
hardlikearmour May 9, 2012
This sounds great! I'm a big fan of chilled, spicy soup. Something about the dichotomy really appeals to me.
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gingerroot May 10, 2012
Thank you, hla. Dried New Mexico red chiles are not unbearably spicy but add enough kick to make the contrast interesting.
Bevi May 9, 2012
This sounds like a great recipe for soup "shots". I will try this!
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gingerroot May 10, 2012
Thanks, Bevi! I totally agree - I served it as a starter in small cups.
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gingerroot May 9, 2012
Thanks so much, BKR! It is decidedly savory, which I enjoyed, and was a perfect starter for our Cinco de Mayo gathering. I'd love to hear your thoughts if you give it a try.
BlueKaleRoad May 9, 2012
This sounds refreshing and flavorful - love that there's some zip from the chile. And what a lovely photo! I can't wait to try this one.