I am Mexican, and since I can remember, I have been eating fruit and vegetables with lime, salt, and chili powder. Our authentic Mexican candies are sweet and sour with acidity, spicy, and a bit of umami. Just like this chamoy sauce – it has all the ideal flavors of my childhood. It’s perfect for me.
What is chamoy sauce?
Chamoy is a thick sauce (condiment) made from dried fruit, chile, and acid. I like to use vinegar and lime juice for it. The sauce is found everywhere in Mexico, from street snack carts to store shelves. There are a lot of variations for this recipe, but this homemade chamoy recipe hits the spot for me.
Why is it better to make chamoy at home?
Chamoy will always be best when made from scratch. 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. The last ones I’ve seen have a lot of FD&C (food coloring), preservatives, and other ingredients like xanthan gum, high fructose corn syrup, and sodium benzoate.
- Lime, it is better to use limes than lemons.
- Ancho chili, use ground ancho chili powder. You can put in the blender ancho chiles without seeds and stems until they become powder if you do not have any.
- Dried apricots. When you buy the apricots, buy them without sugar. The apricot is acidic, and we don’t want to lose that flavor in the sauce with sweetened fruit.
- You could substitute with sour apricots, ume plums, or tamarind.
- Apple cider vinegar . I buy organic apple cider vinegar because it has the most nutritional value.
- Sugar. Use cane sugar or coconut sugar, whichever you like best. The most important thing is that you prepare this authentic Mexican chamoy sauce to your liking.
How to make chamoy sauce (chamoi)?
The instructions for making chamoy are straightforward. Boil some water in a saucepan, soak the fruit until plump and blend with the rest of the ingredients: the couple tablespoons of chili pepper, acid, and sugar. Then taste, taste, taste until it is perfect, sour, sweet, and spicy. Let it rest, chill and taste again before enjoying it.
How to eat chamoy sauce?
- Everything. 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 flavorless.
- Apples and mangoes. I love chamoy sauce with a sliced apple or with mangoes. You make some cuts around the mango and finish it with the chamoy sauce. Any fresh fruit tastes great with it.
- Mangonadas. Chamoy is also the best in mangonadas (a mango slushie) or with lemon, ice pops, mango and strawberry paletas, or chips.
- Crudites or fruit. With sliced jicama or fresh coconut, watermelon, pears, apples, papaya, etc.
- Micheladas or margaritas. You can use this chamoy sauce to prepare the rim of a glass for a margarita or michelada. Place an upside-down glass in a bowl with the sauce, carefully turn around, sprinkle with chili powder, and then serve your drink.
- Raspados (shaved ice), chamoyada, paletas (perfect over hibiscus flower- jamaica ones), drizzled over a sorbet.
How do Mexicans eat chamoy?
- In Mexico City, a very famous sushi place adds Chamoy to their steamed rice and uses it to finish some of their most renowned 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 spicy sauce.
- A very Mexican snack mixes fruits and vegetables (think pineapple + cucumber + carrots + jicama) with lime juice, chili powder, and chopped peanuts. And of course, it all finished up with this chamoy sauce and a dash of Tajin.
- You can make this sauce as spicy or as acidic as you want.
Is chamoy spicy?
Yes, it can be, but the beauty of making your chamoy recipe at home; you can control the spiciness. My kids are in love with it.
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So here is my recipe for making Chamoy, 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 it on FB or Instagram or save it 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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