Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Mexican Fruit Snack

Almost daily, I am reminded of when my hubby and I were newlyweds. Being from 2 slightly different cultures, differences were bound to arise. Most of our differences revolved around food. One such experience was when my hubby asked me to prepare him a plate of fruit, specifically mango. I peeled the mango, cut it up into bite-size pieces and served it to my hubby. Simple, yet hubby-pleasing!

My hubby, looked at me lovingly and asked if I had possibly forgotten something. To which I answered, "No, I didn't forget anything. Why do you ask?" My hubby explained that in Mexico, it is customary to prepare mango, and most fruits, with salt, lemon and some form of chile, be it a hot sauce or a ground chile and lemon powder. I returned to the kitchen and finished preparing the mango in the authentic Mexican way.

If you're trying to impress the Mexican in your life or just looking for authentic Mexican recipes, try serving this fruit platter.

Easy Fruit Snack


  • Mango, pineapple, watermelon, papaya, coconut, cucumber and/or jicama
  • Salt
  • Tajin fruit and snack seasoning*
  • Limes

Peel and chop desired fruit(s) into bite-size pieces. (Any combination of the above fruits will work.) Sprinkle generously with salt and Tajin seasoning. Squeeze lime juice over fruit. Enjoy!!!

*If you can't find Tajin seasoning in the latin food aisle of your grocery store, use either Valentina or Tapatio brand hot sauce.

With Love,
Leslie Limon

(P.S.) This recipe can be prepared with out the Tajin or hot sauce.


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  2. I am looking for a fruit platter recipe to bring to a work potluck tomorrow. Since most of the main dishes that my co-workers are bringing are mexican recipes (enchiladas, arroz con pollo casserole, chili beans), I thought I'd try to bring a mexican fruit platter. I like your recipe above, but how do you peel and slice a coconut? And why the cucumber?

  3. Suzig: I hope you decided to take the Mexican fruit platter to your potluck. As far as peeling a coconut, well, I don't. The coconut vendor usually peels the coconut for me and that involves the use of a machete.

    And the cucumber adds a certain freshness to the platter.

  4. Thanks for your response Leslie. I did make the fruit platter with the cucumber and I easily found the Tajin spice. I'd never made a fruit platter/salad/dish like this before, and it seemed like my co-workers really liked it (especially the jicama). I bought the coconut, but didn't end up breaking/peeling it. It's still in a bowl on kitchen counter. I'll have to google it. Anyway,I like your site,blog and recipes.

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  7. Hi Leslie,
    Can you give any tips/advice on cooking tamales? What types of fillings, besides the usual pork/beef, are used in authentic Mexican cooking? My dad, husband and I are making tamales for the first time this weekend, so any instructive advice would be much appreciated.
    I am also looking for a traditional Mexican Christmas cookie recipe with lemons as the main ingredient. I have a huge lemon tree in my backyard and I would love to be able to use these fresh lemons for my Christmas cookies. Can you help?
    Thanks. Again, I really love your site and blog.
    ~Suzi g.

  8. Hi Suzi! So nice to hear from you again. I always enjoy hearing from my readers. To answer your question about tamales, they can be filled with just about anything. Tamale filling vary from State to State. My grandmother used to make them with pork/beef, chile colorado and added 2 black olives to each tamal. In Jalisco, tamales are usually filled with shredded pork with a mole ranchero sauce. I will be posting the recipe on Monday. One of my favorite fillings is shredded chicken, oaxaca or mozzarella cheese and canned jalapeño slices. Another great filling is slices of roasted poblano peppers with requeson, a soft cheese very similar to ricotta cheese.

    I really don't know of any Mexican cookie recipes that are made with lemons. But I do have a couple of recipes posted on this blog that use lemons, such as Lemon-pecan cinnamon rolls, Agua de Limon and Key lime pie. Hope this was of help to you.

    With Love,
    Leslie Limon

  9. Thanks! The tamale filling suggestions are great! Since this is the first time I/we are making them, we're sticking to the typical pork & Chicken. But I love the cheese suggestions. I will look for your tamale recipe tomorrow.
    Thanks again.
    ~Suzi g.



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