Tajín Seasoning: Most Definitely Not a Candy

Please pardon my absence — I was in Mexico for a month! While I was there, one of my favorite street snacks was also one of the simplest: a big cup of fresh fruit and/or vegetables smothered in chili and lime juice.

(OK, so this was actually in Queens)

(This was in Queens)

Although I prefer Valentina hot sauce, most vendors (and homes) carried Tajín seasoning instead — a powder of chili peppers, salt, and dehydrated lime juice that is, quite possibly, the essence of Mexico itself. (For the record, there are other brands as well.)

I bought my Tajín in the U.S., as evidenced by the package’s glaring, Captain-Obvious disclaimer:

Unequivocally not a candy.

I never doubted you.

Anyway, I decided to try it out with some fruits and vegetables at home.

Blackberry, cucumber, heirloom apple, celery, banana, carrot

Blackberry, cucumber, heirloom apple, celery, banana, carrot

Tips:

* This stuff is salty. As tempting as it is to cover your fruit salad in a blanket of sour chili granules, Tajín powder must be used sparingly.

* As an antidote to sweetness, Tajín is actually quite pleasant sprinkled atop pineapple, mango, or juicy dessert apples. Not recommended: banana and blackberry.

* For a more savory flavor, Tajín is also a decent match for cucumbers. After letting the chili-salted cucumber sit out for a few minutes, it begins to resemble a pickle, which is always a good thing.

And in case you still aren’t convinced…

Tajin not a candy1

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6 Responses to Tajín Seasoning: Most Definitely Not a Candy

  1. soypoblana says:

    Yes love tajin makes healthy snacks not so boring!

    Like

  2. im says:

    I just returned from a short trip to Mexico City. Chicharrons were my mom’s favourite snack.

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