Mango and Peach Salsa + Oven-Baked Pork Chops

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A plate of food, with Mango and PeachA couple of days ago I experienced a “first.”  I’ve had mangoes on my mind for a few weeks now.  Likely because, by nature, I always seem to be thinking about food in general – or maybe it’s because of the beautiful summer season and with it we are enjoying  all of the fresh fruit and produce that comes our way.  Whatever the cause, I put together a simple mango salsa and the very first thing that entered my mind after tasting it was, “Why haven’t I done this before….?”

A pile of mangos and peaches
I remember my first taste of mango.  I was in second grade and a classmate of mine whose dad was a native of the Philippines brought in a couple of the sweet and tropical fruit with their big pits in the center.   I distinctly recall not being impressed one way or the other, at the time.  It was unlike any fruit I had tasted before, not offensive by any means but still rather intriguing, I suppose.
A close up of a fruit
Mango on a cutting board
A close up of mango salsa
In any case, mangoes became better known to me later on in life.  Through the years, I have tasted ice cream made with them, juices flavored by them, and on occasion found them in salads that I might be enjoying. However, mangoes really became more prominent to me with the occurrence of a couple of other events in my life.  First there was the discovery of this fruit by my foodie-son, Isaiah, who was probably 3 years of age when he fell in love with this fruit.  Even today, at the ripe old age of 9, mention the word mango to Isaiah and he stops everything, always trying to find the angle that will bring the fruit to him in the most expeditious manner.
A bowl of mango salsa
About the same time I began an ongoing love affair with the people and land of Costa Rica, a tropical paradise laden with rainforests, pristine beaches, volcanoes, and mango trees.  The ticos (people of Costa Rica) have a diet filled with beautiful and delicious fresh fruits of all kinds, mangoes frequently being principle.  It is in the rainforest of Manuel Antonio, near the fishing town of Quepos, where I truly fell in love with the mango.
A plate of food, with Mango and Peach

My original intent was to create this post exclusively centered around mango salsa.  But a couple of twists of fate transpired over the course of the weekend, leading me to take a slight change of path.   First, I was at the Piggly Wiggly doing some cottage grocery shopping, when I ran smack-dab and  head-on into the most succulent-appearing bin of fresh peaches I’ve ever seen.  Before I had any specific uses in mind for these beauties, they were already settled nicely into my cart and we continued our our way.

 A pile of mango
 Peaches and mangoes, has there ever been a more suitable match?
A plate of food on a table, with Mango and Peach
The next thing that ultimately led to the incorporation of pork chops into this post was a welcomed but unexpected rains shower that arrived at our little lake cottage late on Sunday afternoon.  My intention was to grill some nice chops and serve them up to the boy with fresh sweet corn and salad, but once again I found myself switching gears slightly, this time because of the light but steady rain.  Undaunted by the rain, I did a quick pan sear of the chops which I had seasoned earlier in the day, and then finished them off in the oven.  By this time, there was mango and peach salsa aplenty and I realized that destiny had brought all of these delicious components together on this rainy, summer Sunday afternoon.  My intuition served me well.   Jake, our 16  year old and most candid food critic, enthusiastically proclaimed this to be an excellent meal.  When I get that from him, I know I’ve done alright.
A plate of food

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Mango and Peach Salsa + Oven-Baked Pork Chops

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Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 35 minutes
Total: 45 minutes
Yield: 4 servings


for the salsa

  • 2 ripe mangoes, peeled and diced.
  • 2 ripe peaches, peeled and diced
  • 1/4 red onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cucumber, peeled, seeds removed and finally diced
  • 1 small jalapeno pepper finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, stems removed and finely chopped.
  • juice from 1/2 fresh lime
  • salt and pepper to taste

for the pork chops

  • Pork chops
  • Garlic salt
  • Fresh ground peppercorn
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil


for the salsa

  • In large mixing bowl coming all ingredients. Stir gently until well mixed.

for the pork chops

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Generously season pork chops with garlic salt and pepper. This can be done ahead of time, keep seasoned meat in refrigerator until ready to make.
  • Place butter and vegetable oil in large skillet over medium high heat.
  • Sear each pork chop, one minute per side and then place on a oiled broiler pan.
  • When all of the pork chops are seared, place broiler pan in oven and bake for 30-40 minutes, depending on thickness, until juices run clear.


Calories: 451kcal, Carbohydrates: 25g, Protein: 31g, Fat: 26g, Saturated Fat: 16g, Cholesterol: 97mg, Sodium: 238mg, Potassium: 888mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 21g, Vitamin A: 1652IU, Vitamin C: 49mg, Calcium: 31mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
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  1. 5 stars
    The Article on Mango and Peach Salsa Oven-Baked Pork Chops is nice, It give detail information about it ,Thanks for Sharing the information about Mango.

  2. I truly understand Isaiah’s love of mangoes! I had never tasted one until I went to college and it’s been a nonstop obsession ever since!

    1. Joanne,
      I will pass your understanding on to Isaiah! Thanks for taking the time to comment and have a wonderful weekend!

  3. Love this recipe for mango salsa and it has to be great with pork chops! I bet this will go great with grilled chicken too! Hey DAN – love your photos absolutely beautiful !!

    1. Thanks, Ladies! This was a delicious little salsa and one that will no longer be a stranger in our kitchen!

  4. Fruit salsa paired with meat is one of my all time favorites! These pork chops need to be dinner ASAP!

  5. Love the salsa, it looks so fresh and summery! Great on top of meat.

  6. Your salsa looks so fresh and pretty, great job on it! I love how it screams out “summer!”.

    And the pork chops – yum! I don’t eat pork chops often but this recipe is going to make me pick up a pack next time I’m at the grocery store.

    1. Thanks, Pamela. This turned out to be a pretty good combination of summer and taste!

  7. Great minds think alike with the fruit salsa this week! Yours looks awesome, Dan!

    1. Ashley –
      Thanks! I’ll eat salsa any ole’ time but nothing beats the taste of these fresh, seasonal ingredients!

  8. Your Mango and Peach Salsa looks divine, Dan! I could eat an entire bowl of it. Mmm…I can taste the fruit now, with the chopped red onion, fresh cilantro and lime juice! And, on top of a smoky grilled or oven baked pork chop? Sheer heaven…especially in the summertime. Also, I enjoyed reading about your thoughts and how it was destiny (or, “density” as we say around here in homage to the film, Back to the Future) in creating this dish. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Stacy –
      Thanks for so much for commenting, this salsa is a great summer-something and it goes well with just about anything! Hope you have a great rest of the week!

  9. That salsa sounds absolutely perfect! I have some corn chips in front of me right now and that would make my meal all the better. Lovely recipe!

    1. Katrina,
      Thanks for the comments! This salsa goes well with anything, but especially well with summer!!

  10. Your peach and mango salsa sounds so incredible! I think I could eat it by the bowlful!

    Glad to have stumbled on your post

    1. Thank you for the comments! Honestly, I could eat this in one capacity or another, every day!