This is seriously the easiest ice cream to make. It takes only 3 major ingredients, maybe 4–mangos, sweetened condensed milk, vanilla, and maybe some regular milk if you want it less sweet. I prefer the no-milk version.
Processing this through an ice cream maker makes it a lighter, fluffier ice cream, but you can also pour it into a container directly from the blender and put it in the refrigerator. Either way, it’s a good idea to set it out on the kitchen counter for about 15 minutes to make it easier to scoop.
In Mexico, we like the sweet with the salty. My mother would always add salt to her watermelon. Some sort of chile would always be added to sweet corn on the cob, or most fresh fruit. Tahin seasoning is the most popular choice to sprinkle on fresh fruit, cucumbers, corn or anything you want to add a little spice to. Tahin is not spicy hot, it just adds another level of flavor. No Mexican kitchen is complete without it.
Try it. Not only because this is an ice cream you won’t be getting at your local ice cream shoppe, but also because it’s delicious! You might also like my Paleo version of mango popsicles here.
- 4-5 cups mango flesh (about 6-7 large mangos)
- 1-14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- pinch of salt
- 1 cup milk (optional)
- Tahin seasoning for sprinkling (optional)
- Peel and slice the mango flesh and place in a blender.
- Add the condensed milk, vanilla and salt. Blend until smooth. At this point, taste the blended mango to see if you are happy with the flavor. If you want less sweetness, add some milk, about ½-1 cup. Blend again.
- Pour the mixture into a container and freeze until firm.
- For serving, allow the container to sit at room temperature for about 15 minutes. Scoop into a bowl and sprinkle with Tahin, if desired.
Et cetera: As a child, there were always mangos in our home. My mother loved them! There’s a story about my parents were having a conversation when they were engaged and my mother was relentlessly eating a mango until my dad told her he didn’t think she was paying any attention to him because she was more interested in eating her mango. My mother then threw the mango across the street and said, “There, are you happy now?” My dad walked away and my mother walked across the street to retrieve her mango, afterwhich she washed it off very well and polished it off. That’s one of our favorite family stories.