I am Mexican, and since I can remember I have been eating fruit and vegetables with lime, salt, and chili powder. Our authentic Mexican candy are sweet and sour, spicy, with acidity and perfect for me. Just like this chamoy sauce, it has all the perfect flavors of my childhood.
Since I can remember, at home, we always eat vegetables with lemon and chili. I mean, we are Mexicans, and there is no Mexican who says they don’t eat fruit and vegetables with chili or chamoy…. yummy!
What is chamoy sauce?
Chamoy is a thick sace made from dried fruit, chile and some acid. I like to use vinegar and lime juice for it. The sauce is found every where in Mexico, from street snack carts to the store shelves. There are a lot of variations for this recipe, but this chamoy recipe hits the spot for me.
However, I don’t know if you’ve also seen it, but the Chamoy that they sell in the stores has nothing to do with the chamoy that I ate when I was a kid… and I am older now, but not so much. The last ones I’ve seen have a lot of food coloring and other ingredients that I can’t pronounce in them.
And every time we go shopping my kids ask for a store-bought chamoy sauce and every time I say no. So instead of saying no and no to my kids every time we go to the supermarket… I decided to make my own Mexican fruit sauce for them.
Take a look at the ingredients, it doesn’t take a lot to make it. Take a look at the picture down here.
Lime, ancho chili, apricots, apple cider vinegar, and sugar… and that’s it! It is excellent! At home, I’ve made two large jars of homemade chamoy, and everyone has loved them!
Especially Sofia, she loves chamoy on mango, on apple, on everything. So now in my fridge, I always have cucumber, carrot, jicama, mango, etc… I have everything ready peeled and chopped in the fridge, and so when the kids arrive home, “starving,” they don’t hit my pantry. They run directly to the fridge for the “mugrerito” (healthy-ish Mexican snacks).
TIPS AND IDEAS TO MAKE HEALTHY HOMEMADE Mexican snacks
- The truth is that you can use this chamoy sauce in everything you can think of or on things that lack some flavor, like jícama. I love this vegetable but it is basically flavorless.
- I love it with a sliced apple or mangoes. Do you know how to peel and prepare mangoes as paletas? You have to stick a wood kebab stick to the end and then peel from the bottom up. You make some cuts around the mango and finish it up with the chamoy sauce.
- Chamoy also is the best in mangonadas (a type of mango slushie), or with lemon ice pops, mango and strawberry paletas or chips.
- With sliced jicama or with fresh coconut, watermelon, pears, apples, papaya, etc.
- In Mexico, there is a very famous sushi place that adds Chamoy to their steamed rice and finished some of their most famous sushi rolls.
- If you go through the streets of Mexico, you’ll find snack carts or food trucks with “prepared” fruit. The “prepared” means fruit with chili, lemon, salt and some type of spicy sauce.
- A very Mexican snack will be a mix of fruits and vegetables (think pineapple+cucumber+carrotos+jicama) with lime juice, chili powder, and chopped peanuts. And of course, all finished up with this chamoy sauce.
- You can make this sauce as spicy or as acidic as you want.
- It holds up to two weeks in closed jars and in the fridge.
THE BASIC RULES FOR EATING “junk” FOOD at home
These are the “rules” that we follow at home when my kids want to eat chips at home. I believe in balance and not forbidding my kids’ things. It’s better if we give our kids better options or tools to let them identify better food options.
- They have to read the labels and only eat or buy the ones with five ingredients or less. Like corn chips, they only have cornmeal, oil, and salt. Or kettle chips that still only have potatoes, oil, and salt.
- They cannot have chips with neon powders or dyes or flavors or anything that stick and stain their fingers.
- Our junk food day is Friday (although the older they get they do not follow this rule that much), and during the week, if they want something else, they eat this chamoy with carrots, cucumber, or fruit.
- Before eating potato chips, they have to eat a banana, a handful of almonds, or something that fills them up and take away their “hunger pains.”
- Also, they have to drink water, to be sure they are not mistaking hunger for thirst.
- The last “rule” is that the corn chips or potato chips have to be accompanied by a sauce, salsa verde, guacamole, hummus, or anything else fresh.
So here is my recipe for
a Mexican favorite and super famous spicy sauce perfect for fruit and vegetables. This sauce makes the perfect spicy and flavorful healthy-ish snake. If you like the recipe please share on FB, Instagram or save it for later on Pinterest.
How to make chamoy at home?
- ¾ cup dried apricots
- 1 ½ cup boiling water
- 2 tablespoons cane sugar
- 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 4 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 ½ tablespoon ancho chili powder or more if you like it very spicy
- ½ teaspoon sea salt
- Soak the apricots in the boiling water until the water cools.
- Add the dried apricots and soaking water to the blender with the rest of the ingredients.
- Blend until everything is well integrated. If it is too thick, add a tablespoon of water at a time until you achieve the perfect texture.
- Try and adjust the flavor.
- Add more chili or more lemon depending on your taste.
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