Versatile, magical chile lime seasoning (aka Tajín) brings bright fiery flavor to so many foods! My Homemade Tajín (Copy Cat) focuses on the lime and roasted chile powders while reducing the sodium content. Elevate your fresh fruit, rim a cocktail, sprinkle on popcorn, rub on grilled chicken breasts…
👩🏻🍳 Tamara Talks – About Spice Mixes and Plastic
I have to take just a moment to stress the main reason I am looking to create my own spice mixes and condiments. I am a gal with a mission!
I have always been somewhat eco-conscious, but recently have become alarmed at the vast amount of single-use plastic we’re generating on planet Earth. In spite of the popularity of recycling in many parts of the World, plastic isn’t being recycled at even a fraction of the rate we’re generating it.
Making spice mixes is only a small step towards using less plastic. This taco seasoning, and this mole spice blend followed this homemade tajín recipe. Store bought Tajín is very inexpensive and widely available, and I would use it in a pinch. However, making my own, and storing it in reusable glass jars is one of many small steps I’ve begun taking. Join me on my journey?
🌶 What is Tajín?
I was at least half serious in the opening sentence when I referred to tajín as “magical.” This transformative 3 or 4 ingredient powder elevates the simplest ingredients – fresh mango comes to mind – to something special.
Tajín (pronounced ta-heen) is the ubiquitous, chile-lime powder of Mexico, and while we think of it as a spice mix, it is important to note: Tajín is a brand – think Kleenex and CrockPot. Its bracing acidity, spicy kick, and saltiness shines on fruit, but don’t stop there!
Want to know the history of Tajín? See 13 Facts You Didn’t Know About Tajín…
- red chile powder – single or a mix. I like ancho and chipotle. New Mexico ground red chile powder is another good option. Avoid generic “chili powder.” It’s a spice blend that includes cumin and other spices.
- fine sea salt
- lime powder – Lime powder is widely available, and adds actual lime flavor to the spice blend. Citric acid just adds the sour flavor (rather than lime), but is a good substitute if you can’t find lime powder.
🔪 How to Make Tajín
Most recipes as well as the bottle of commercial Tajín are equal parts – salt, dehydrated lime powder, and red chile powder. At Andersen casa, we try to watch our sodium intake, and have found the “regular” Tajín to be a little too salty for our taste.
- Add 4 tablespoons of red chile powder (can be 1 kind or a combination) and crystallized lime powder to a small prep bowl.
- Add 2 tablespoons fine sea salt.
- Stir well to combine.
- Using a funnel, add to an airtight container.
Store spice blends in airtight containers. I use mason jars. I keep “chalkboard” labels and a liquid chalk marker to label them.
If the tajín is exposed to air, it will start to clump. Make small batches that you will use quickly to avoid clumping.
Is there a substitute for lime powder?
How can I tell if my tajín is salty enough?
What kind of red chile powder can I use?
I would like it hotter. What can I use?
I hope you’ve found some inspiration for both making your own spice mixes and creative ways to use them! See What to Put Tajín On for more ideas…
Homemade Tajín Recipe
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- Combine all ingredients thoroughly in a prep bowl.
- Use a funnel to store in an airtight container.
- Keeps indefinitely (I think!).
NOTE: Macronutrients are an approximation only using unbranded ingredients and MyFitnessPal.com. Please do your own research with the products you’re using if you have a serious health issue or are following a specific diet.
🥭 Recipes That Use Homemade Tajín
Below you’ll find a few of my own recipes that use tajín, but if you love the spice blend, you won’t want to miss What to Put Tajín On! It’s a collection of 24 delicious ideas for how to use tajín…