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Mexican Fruit Seasoning Recipe (Copycat Tajin)

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This Mexican fruit seasoning recipe is a copycat Tajin seasoning substitute, a popular Mexican spice blend. It’s the perfect mix of sea salt, chili powder, and dehydrated lime and is a great way to bring out the sweetness of the fruit. Give this homemade version a try!

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This Mexican seasoning blend has the perfect balance of contrasting flavors. It adds great flavor and complexity to many things besides sweet fruits.

You can add it to Mexican recipes like this one, a pinch on top of dairy-free ice cream or a large bowl of popcorn, and even use it as taco seasoning.


Reader Review of this Mexican Fruit Seasoning Recipe

It adds an irresistible zing, especially on fruits like mangoes and pineapples. Definitely a keeper in my spice cabinet! – Fran


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Copycat Tajin Seasoning Substitute

Why This is the Best Tajin Seasoning Substitute

  • Customizable: With this homemade tajín recipe, you can adjust the spiciness and saltiness to your liking. Add more or less chili peppers and sea salt to control the heat and salt and tailor it to your taste preferences.
  • Fresh and Preservative-Free: Making your own spice mixes ensures you use fresh ingredients without any additives or preservatives. It’s a healthier option compared to store-bought versions.
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Before I lost 125 pounds I never would have thought to add spicy seasonings to tropical fruits. I wasn’t a very adventurous eater, just a big junk food junkie. Now that I have lost weight I love trying new foods and spices. 

I crafted this simple recipe with mild heat, allowing you to adjust the spiciness to your liking. By creating your own seasonings, you have complete control over what goes into it, avoiding excessive salt commonly found in packaged seasoning. 

Plus, with this spice blend you can customize it to suit your taste preferences, making it milder or spicier. 

I use it on popcorn, vegan queso dip, and especially fruit!

If you want to create more of your own spice blends, check these out.

Homemade Spice Blends


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List of ingredients for this Mexican Fruit Seasoning Recipe

You can find the full recipe card including ingredient quantities, full step-by-step instructions, and nutritional information below.

  • Ground Chili Powder – adds subtle warmth without being too spicy or intense
  • Dried Lime Peel – thinly slice the peel, removing most of the white pith, and place it on a baking sheet in a single layer. Bake at a low temperature (around 200°F or 95°C) until the peel is dry and crisp.
  • Sea Salt
  • Optional Cayenne Pepper – as much or little as you desire for extra heat
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Ingredients

How to make this Copycat Tajin Recipe

  • In a spice grinder, grind dried lime peel.
  • In a small bowl, mix all spices together.
  • Place a funnel in a spice bottle and pour the homemade salt substitute into the spice shaker.
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FAQ’s

What are the ingredients in Chile Lime Tajin Seasoning?

The label on traditional Tajin chile lime seasoning says it includes chili peppers, sea salt, citric acid, dehydrated lime juice, and silicon dioxide (to prevent caking).

These dried chiles could include guajillo chile, chili de árbol, or piquín chili.


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Is Tajin Healthy?

Tajin seasoning can be considered a healthier alternative to some other seasonings due to its natural ingredients. 

  1. Low in Calories: Tajin is low in calories, so using it to season foods can add flavor without significantly increasing calorie intake.
  2. No Added Sugar: It does not contain added sugar, which is a positive aspect compared to many other seasonings and condiments.
  3. Rich in Vitamin C: The dehydrated lime used in Tajin provides vitamin C, an essential nutrient for a healthy immune system.

Tajin has 190 mg of sodium in 1/4 teaspoon, so if you are watching your sodium intake I suggest using this Tajin Seasoning Substitute and lower the amount of sodium to suit your diet.  

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Mexican Fruit Seasoning – Copycat Tajin Seasoning Substitute

Is Tajin Gluten-free?

Yes and so is this Tajin Seasoning Substitute. 

How to use this Tajin Seasoning Substitute 

Here are several ways to use this popular Mexican condiment:

  1. On Fruits: Mexican fruit stands are known for adding this spice blend over Mexican fruit cups. You can sprinkle this Copycat Tajin on fresh produce like mangoes, pineapples, watermelon, or your favorite type of fruit. The spicy flavors add a delicious twist to the sweetness of the fruit, a refreshing snack on a hot day.
  2. On Vegetables: Use Tajin as a seasoning for grilled or roasted vegetables such as corn on the cob (elote), zucchini, or roasted potatoes. It adds an incredible burst of flavors to your veggie dishes.
  3. On Snacks: Sprinkle Tajin on popcorn or nuts for a spicy and tangy snack, a staple in Mexican street food culture. It’s a tasty way to elevate simple snacks.
  4. In Dips: Mix Tajin into non-dairy sour cream or non-dairy yogurt to create a spicy Mexican sauce for dipping vegetables or chips. It’s also great mixed into guacamole or salsa for an extra kick. 

These are just a few ideas to get you started, but the possibilities are endless when it comes to using this Tajin Seasoning Substitute in your cooking. It’s a versatile spice blend that can add depth and complexity to a wide range of Mexican cuisine.

Best way to store this Mexican Fruit Seasoning Recipe

If you’ve made your own homemade spice blend and want to store it for future use, here are some general guidelines:

  1. Airtight Container:
    • Store the Tajin Seasoning Substitute recipe in an airtight container. This helps prevent exposure to air and moisture, which can compromise the quality and flavor of the spices.
  2. Cool, Dark Place:
    • Keep the container in a cool, dark place away from direct sunlight and heat. Exposure to light and heat can cause the spice mixture to lose its potency more quickly.
  3. Avoid Humidity:
    • Moisture can lead to clumping and can affect the quality of the substitute. Store the container in a dry place to avoid humidity.
  4. Labeling:
    • Label the container with the date of preparation or purchase. This helps you keep track of its freshness and ensures you use it within a reasonable timeframe.
  5. Check for Spoilage:
    • Periodically check the substitute for any signs of spoilage, such as changes in color, texture, or aroma. If it smells off or looks discolored, it may be time to replace it.
  6. Refrigeration (Optional):
    • While many spice blends don’t require refrigeration, if you live in a humid environment, you might choose to store it in the refrigerator to extend its shelf life.

Remember that a spice blend’s shelf life depends on the individual spices’ freshness. Ground spices tend to lose their flavor more quickly than whole spices, so it’s a good idea to make smaller batches or check and refresh your spice blends periodically. 

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Mexican Fruit Seasoning Recipe (Copycat Tajin)

This Mexican fruit seasoning recipe is a copycat Tajin seasoning substitute, a popular Mexican spice blend. It's the perfect mix of sea salt, chili powder, and dehydrated lime and is a great way to bring out the sweetness of the fruit. Give this homemade version a try!
Course Seasoning
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword Mexican fruit seasoning recipe, Tajin copycat, Tajin seasoning substitute
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 14 teaspoons
Calories 5kcal
Author Cindy Newland with Intentionally Eat

Ingredients

  • 3 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1 Tbsp dried lime peel
  • 1 tsp sea salt

Optional

  • 1 tsp cayenne

Instructions

  • In a spice grinder, grind dried lime peel.
  • In a small bowl, mix all spices together.
  • Place a funnel in a spice bottle and pour the homemade Mexican fruit seasoning into the spice shaker.

Notes

Nutritional Information is only an estimate. The accuracy of this recipe may differ depending on the ingredients you use. 
 

Nutrition

Serving: 1 tsp | Calories: 5kcal

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​Disclaimer: Please note that I am not a medical professional. The information provided on this blog is based on my personal experiences and research as a vegan recipe enthusiast. While I strive to provide accurate and up-to-date information, it is important to consult with a qualified healthcare professional or a registered dietitian before making any significant changes to your diet, especially if you have any underlying health conditions or concerns. The recipes and tips shared on this blog are meant for general informational purposes and should not be considered a substitute for professional medical advice. Always prioritize your health and well-being by seeking personalized guidance from a qualified healthcare provider.

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