This Mango Pie wins contests! It's that good. It's a year-round dessert that touts crazy delicious mango flavor and coconut crust.
Picture it: That moment when you bite into the most perfectly ripe mango and it blows your mind. There's really no fruit like it.
Very few fruits blow minds. It's a fact. This is all researched by me! So why not make a mango pie? It's perfect for spring, summer, and Thanksgiving.
For multiple years now, this coconut mango pie has won my friend's very competitive, family pie-making contest at Thanksgiving. I shared it with her a few years back and now it holds its place as the best pie she has ever made!
Keep reading to find out what makes the graham cracker crust incredible in this Mango Pie!
Not your average graham cracker crust
This show-stopping pie has sweet coconut mixed into the graham crackers for the toasty crust. Toasted coconut has got to be one of my favorite things on this earth.
There's nothing like that crispy, tropical flavor in your mouth. I love graham cracker crusts, but wanted the coconut flavor to pair with my mango filling, so adding a little toasted coconut was the perfect touch.
I took this idea and used it in my Key Lime Pie bars too. It's a divine combo.
What’s in coconut mango pie?
Like key lime pies, this mango pie is a custard made of eggs, juice, and sweetened condensed milk (in the place of a custard's usual cream, or milk and sugar).
With pure mango puree or nectar, a little lime to bring out the fruitiness, and a few eggs, this filling bakes into a dense, luscious custard.
The smooth mango pie filling is reminiscent of key lime pie, with a creamy but intense fruity flavor. As in a key lime pie, I use the richness and sugary flavor of sweetened condensed milk to create the filling.
Other custard pies, like my Chocolate Covered Pretzel Pie are made with eggs, sugar and milk. Those ingredients make a rich and smooth, pudding-like filling.
Buying the right mango puree
If you are buying mango nectar, be sure it's pure mango. Most juices and nectars have fillers like pear or apple so you don't get the intense mango flavor.
This fruit puree, is my favorite. It keeps well in the freezer, so you can make pie after pie after pie!
*This is a fun solution: If you can't find or get the frozen puree, try baby food. Yes! Pure pureed baby food like this is also usable in this recipe.
As noted in the recipe, you can make your own puree in a pinch by blending fresh or frozen mango with a little water, then straining it through a fine-mesh sieve. The flavor may not be as intense as the concentrated store-bought purees. You can add a little extra lime juice to pump up the flavor.
How to make a coconut mango pie
My mango pie is a custard because it contains eggs, but the filling gets cooked in the crust, like a traditional pecan or pumpkin pie would.
These baked custards can often feel curdled on your tongue if the recipe isn't just perfect. Using sweetened condensed milk helps this baked filling stay silky smooth and even dense, just like I love it!
The fluffy topper is a Swiss meringue (a Swiss meringue is different from a regular meringue in that the sugar is cooked into the egg whites before whipping), a more stable and easy-to-pipe meringue.
Use the back of a spoon to swoosh it into delectable designs, or an #826 piping tip to make designs like mine.
Can I make this pie in advance?
Absolutely! I wouldn't refrigerate the mango custard pie for more than 24 hours as the crust may get a bit too soft. Otherwise this is a great make-ahead pie recipe.
Can I use homemade mango puree?
Yes, you may make your own homemade mango puree if you don’t have any on hand. I’ve given detailed instructions on how to do so in the recipe card below.
Please note that homemade mango puree isn’t as intense as concentrated store-bought puree, but you can add extra lime juice to amp up the flavor.
Tips for making this mango dessert
There are a few key things to remember when making a mango custard pie:
- This recipe calls for sweetened condensed milk, NOT evaporated milk. Sweetened condensed milk is much thicker and sweeter.
- Be sure to buy pure mango puree that’s made of 100% mangos. Check the ingredients list to make sure there are no fillers or additives in it. There might be some lemon juice or citric acid, but you don't want pear or apple puree mixed in.
- I used sweetened shredded coconut in this recipe and not unsweetened coconut flakes. Sweetened shredded coconut can be found in the baking aisle of your local grocery store.
More Homemade Pie recipes:
If you love this pie be sure to check out more pie recipes from Tara Teaspoon.
Make this mango dessert recipe now, in the summer, spring or winter! Or make it for your Thanksgiving Pie Contest! It will win hands down!
Blow Your Mind Coconut-Mango Pie
- 12 graham cracker sheets
- 3 tablespoon confectioners' sugar
- ½ cup sweetened shredded coconut
- 6 tablespoon butter melted
- 4 eggs separated
- 1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk
- ¾ cup pure mango puree
- 2 tablespoon fresh lime juice
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- Pinch of salt
- To make crust, heat oven to 325°F. Pulse crackers, confectioners' sugar and coconut in a food processor until finely ground. Add butter and blend. Press mixture firmly into bottom and up sides of a 9-inch pie pan. Bake until lightly browned, 12 to 15 min. Crust can be stored for up to 1 day, loosely covered with foil.
- For filling: Beat egg yolks until thick and light in color, about 4 min. Stir in sweetened condensed milk, mixing another 2 min. Stir in mango puree and lime juice. Pour mixture into crust and bake at 325°F until just set in the center when gently shaken, about 30 min. Cool pie completely and refrigerate before topping.
- For meringue topping: Whisk together egg whites, granulated sugar and salt in a mixing bowl over a pan of simmering water. When sugar is dissolved and mixture is hot to the touch, remove from heat and whip until firm peaks form, about 12 min. Transfer mixture to a piping bag fitted with a #826 large open-star tip and pipe onto chilled pie. Set under a broiler until just toasted. Top with extra coconut.
- Look for mango puree in the health food section of your grocery store or try this fruit puree, it is my favorite. It keeps well in the freezer, so you can make pie after pie after pie! *This is a fun solution: If you can't find or get the frozen puree, try baby food. Yes! Pure fruit pureed baby food like this is also usable in this recipe.
- Make your own by blending fresh or frozen mango with a little water, then straining it through a fine-mesh sieve. The flavor may not be as intense as the concentrated store-bought purees. You can add a little extra lime juice to pump up the flavor.
- Use the back of a spoon to swoosh it into delectable designs, or an #826 piping tip to make designs like mine.
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Recipe Tara Bench. Food Styling Sara Neumeier. Prop Styling Cindy De Prima. Photography Maura McEvoy. Original LHJ 10/11. Updated May 2021.