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Mango Chutney & Tacos

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

I know, I know, this makes no sense. I am clearly sharing a mango chutney recipe, yet I have just referred to a big Mexican celebration that commemorates a victory over the French Army in 1862.

You know what? I love food, I really do, but I also like experimenting with a range of flavours to create dishes I really enjoy, rather than always sticking to traditional combinations. I have had a few hiccups. Imagine chocolate macarons and foie gras I had forgotten to refrigerate in a heatwave – yes, that!

This little salad, mango chutney and halloumi combination in a Stand ‘N’ Stuff soft taco was a huge success, believe me. Seriously, has no one ever thought of using mango chutney with halloumi for a yummy veggie taco?

Mango Chutney & Halloumi with salad in a Soft Taco

I absolutely love halloumi, its chewiness and saltiness, but until yesterday, I had only had it with avocado, bread or as part of a vegetarian fry up.

When Old El Paso challenged me to create a Mexican-inspired recipe, I wanted chicken, soft tacos and mangoes. I was pretty sure that would be a disaster, so I planned a small Mexican-inspired buffet for my little family.

I made the mango chutney at the weekend and the smells that came out of my kitchen on Sunday were to die for. Seriously, look at these ingredients!

Mango Chutney Ingredients

When it had cooled down enough, I had a spoonful or two of the delicious, sweet and sticky jam-like mixture. Seriously yummy!

Mango Chutney

Halloumi is one of my favourite cheeses and I simply grilled it for a few minutes. My children will not go anywhere near it, so I marinated chicken breasts in Old El Paso Tomato Stir-in Sauce and grilled them for 10 minutes (5 on each side). It was tender and full of flavours (with no heat). I sliced the chicken to make it easier for the children.

Our Feast for Cinco de Mayo

We also had salad, baby tomatoes, salsa, guacamole, avocado, soured cream, jalapeños, cucumber and Stand ‘N’ Stuff soft tacos. My little ones absolutely loved being completely in charge of what went in their taco shells and Jumpy had her own ‘free from’ wraps.

Beanie helping herself

Mild Chicken Tacos

Fancy my mango chutney recipe? I adapted it from a 2007 recipe from Good Food magazine.

Mango Chutney

Makes 3 jars.
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes


  • 2 tablespoons rapeseed oil
  • 2 red onions peeled, halved and thinly sliced
  • A 5cm piece fresh root ginger peeled and grated
  • 8 green cardamom pods
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • ½ teaspoon cumin seeds
  • ½ teaspoon coriander seeds lightly crushed
  • ¼ teaspoon Nigella seeds
  • ½ teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 2 Bramley apples about 550g, about 850g, peeled, cored and chopped 4 ripe mangoes, peeled and chopped
  • 4 ripe mangoes about 850g, peeled and diced
  • ½ a large red chilli seeds in, finely sliced
  • 350 ml white wine vinegar
  • 350 g light brown soft sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt


  1. Heat the oil in a casserole dish (or large pan) over a high heat. After a minute, add the onion and fry for 2 minutes, stirring regularly.
  2. Once the onion has softened a little, add in the ginger and cook, giving the contents of the pan a good stir every 30 seconds or so.
  3. After 5 minutes, or once the onion slices are golden, stir in the cardamom pods, cinnamon stick, cumin seeds, coriander seeds and Nigella seeds. Fry until toasted.
  4. Stir in the turmeric, add the apple and pour in 350ml water. Cook, covered, for 10 minutes.
  5. Add in the mango and chilli, stir then cover and cook for a further 20 minutes.
  6. Pour in the vinegar, sugar and salt, stir then leave to simmer uncovered for 30 minutes. Stir frequently until the mixture has thickened. Spoon into sterilised jars.

This post has been sponsored by Old El Paso. It is an entry to the Tots 100 Cinco de Mayo recipe challenge sponsored by Old El Paso. The range of Old El Paso products is available in all major supermarkets. To find out more, click here.  


  1. 05/05/2016 / 2:41 pm

    I love mango chutney but I’ve never tried to make my own, it’s yet another thing I’m now adding to my list to make!

    We really love those taco bowls, the boys love having dinner served in them and ask to have their snacks served in them too! I’ve got the BBQ chicken ones planned for dinner tonight.

  2. Eva
    07/05/2016 / 7:33 am

    Si je viens compris, n’importe quelle date du calendrier est une bonne excuse pour manger 😉 Tes tacos me donne très envie ! x

    • Mel
      08/05/2016 / 11:00 pm

      Totalement! Merci Eva, ces derniers temps, je ne sais pas pourquoi, mais j’ai plus envie de salade et halloumi que de poulet/sauce quand on mange mexicain. Du coup, c’est le parfait compromis sans faire 2 repas différents (on n’est pas au restaurant, hi hi!). x

  3. Angela Milnes
    09/05/2016 / 1:49 am

    this looks and sounds delicious. I love chutney and wonder if its a food I could eat and enjoy. The pictures look fab and i may just add this to my handwritten recipe book 🙂 Thanks for sharing.

    • Mel
      09/05/2016 / 10:19 pm

      Thanks Angela!

  4. Sarah Ella (Mumx3x)
    09/05/2016 / 9:04 am

    I’ve never tried halloumi before but I’d really like to it! This dish sounds so yummy and healthy! I must try it. My children love being in charge of what goes onto there plaits too! Especially tacos, we haven’t had tacos for a while, I’m going to add them to this weeks meal plan! Thank you for sharing. xx

    • Mel
      09/05/2016 / 9:49 am

      My pleasure! It really was yummy and such a nice change (for me!). The kids much prefered this mild version too. They always moan when their dad makes tacos or fajitas because they find it too hot.

  5. Rhian Westbury
    09/05/2016 / 10:42 am

    I go through phases with things like mango chutney as I tend to have it more with pompadoms and an Indian than tacos, but sounds interesting to make yourself x

    • Mel
      09/05/2016 / 10:16 pm

      I had never had mango chutney with anything other than Indian food, but I just fancied it last week and it was delicious!

  6. Sarah Bailey
    09/05/2016 / 1:58 pm

    Ohh this sounds so interesting – your photos make it look like perfect warmer days meal as well. x

  7. Kaz & Ickle Pickle (@IcklePicklex)
    09/05/2016 / 7:39 pm

    I have never tried halloumi – it sounds yummy though. My children would love to try this too. Kaz x

  8. Working Mum Blog
    09/05/2016 / 9:57 pm

    I love halloumi! I have not thought about putting it into a taco before. Sounds tasty so I have to give this a go soon. Thanks for sharing

  9. Nayna Kanabar (@SIMPLYF00D)
    10/05/2016 / 6:45 pm

    the mango chutney looks really delicious , we always have jar in the fridge, it goes with everything even sandwiches.

    • Mel
      16/05/2016 / 7:38 pm

      It does, doesn’t it? I absolutely love it and I’m glad I made it. So simple yet so tasty!

  10. Harriet from Toby & Roo
    10/05/2016 / 7:02 pm

    Oh my giddy aunt that looks delectable! I am a big fan of those soft tacos and mango chutney! YUMM! H x

  11. Jen (@jenbalancebelly)
    11/05/2016 / 8:17 pm

    this looks so delicious- i love mango chutney although trying to find a low sugar version!

    • Mel
      16/05/2016 / 1:45 pm

      I’m sure you can make it with agave nectar or honey rather than sugar, but it will still be sweet.

  12. Kate - gluten free alchemist
    11/05/2016 / 9:27 pm

    I’ve been wanting to make Mango Chutney for ages. It’s my favourite. Great recipe Mel. Bookmarked! x

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