Versatile, magical chile lime powder (aka Tajín) brings bright fiery flavor to so many foods! Homemade Low Sodium Tajín 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 barbecue...
👩🏻🍳 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. 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...
🥭 How to Use Tajín
- sliced raw fruit like mango, pineapple, watermelon, and coconut
- dehydrated mangoes
- in a fruit salad
- sliced raw vegetables like jicama, cucumber, and radishes
- sprinkled on guacamole
- rim a glass for a cocktail
- Sweet Tajín Popcorn!
- as a rub on grilled chicken
- red chile powder - single or a mix. I like ancho and chipotle.
- fine sea salt
- lime powder (not powdered citric acid)
🔪 Step by Step Instructions
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 each of red chile powder (your choice) 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.
💭 Tips and FAQ
Is there a substitute for lime powder? Yes. Citric acid is a good substitute for the sour element of this spice mix. Keep in mind it tastes sour rather than like lime!
How can I tell if my tajín is salty enough? You can add salt, but you can't subtract salt. Sprinkle a bit on some fruit or cucumber, and add more if you want it saltier.
What kind of red chile powder can I use? New Mexico red chile powder, generic red chile powder, ancho, chipotle, are all good options. Generic chili powder is not! It is a spice mix that includes things like cumin.
I would like it hotter. What can I use? To bump the heat up a bit, use a little cayenne (proceed cautiously!).
I hope you've found some inspiration for both making your own spice mixes and creative ways to use them!
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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!).
My recommendation is for a total of 4 tablespoons of red chile powder. You can choose your favorites and make it as hot or mild as you like! Cayenne is a good way to boot the heat if you like it extra hot.
I recommend the True Lime because it actually tastes like lime (not just sour). There are similar products out there that can probably get the job done.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 0