This recipe for Mexican fruit cups is spears of tropical fruit, stacked in a glass and sprinkled with chile lime seasoning. A refreshing and unique take on fruit salad!
I have a confession to make. I’ve been holding out on you guys. These Mexican fruit cups have been my summer obsession for about a month now, and it’s taken me way too long to share them with you! You’re probably wondering what the big deal is – I mean, it’s just fruit in a cup right? It’s a fruit cup with a sweet and spicy twist, and I have been making a variation of these fruit cups almost every day since I discovered them.
I actually experienced Mexican fruit cups for the first time last month at the County fair. It was a warm day and these tall cups of fruit spears caught my eye. I ponied up the $7 for one, thinking I was getting a variety of melon and pineapple. To my surprise, mixed in with the fruit was spears of cucumber and jicama! I originally thought it was kind of an odd addition to a fruit cup, but the flavor combination really works.
When I purchased that Mexican fruit cup at the fair, I declined the offer of a chile lime seasoning packet to sprinkle over the top. BIG MISTAKE. The chile lime seasoning really makes this a special treat. I happened to pick some up at the grocery store and while I planned to use it for savory applications, I figured I’d sprinkle it on some fruit to see what the big deal was about. I’ve been hooked ever since. There are a couple of different brands of chile lime seasoning, Tajin is the most popular, although I purchased mine at Trader Joe’s.
You barely even need a recipe for this one, it’s just that easy. But that combination of fruit with the cucumber and jicama and seasoning is just so refreshing on a hot day, you’ll never look at boring old fruit salad the same way again!
Mexican Fruit Cups
- 6 spears of peeled and cored pineapple
- 6 spears of peeled and seeded mango
- 6 spears of peeled and seeded papaya
- 6 spears of peeled watermelon
- 6 spears of peeled English cucumber
- 6 spears of peeled jicama
- 6 lime wedges
- 2-3 teaspoons chile lime seasoning to taste
- Place one of each type of fruit and vegetable into 6 cups. Serve with lime wedges and sprinkled with chile lime seasoning to taste.