This recipe for Mexican fruit cups is spears of tropical fruit, stacked in a glass and sprinkled with chili lime seasoning. A refreshing and unique take on fruit salad!
You can never go wrong with fresh fruit, whether it’s fruit kabobs, fruit sushi, fruit pizza, a tropical fruit salad or in fruit cup form. These Mexican fruit cups are sure to be a hit at any gathering!
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 cup full of tropical fruits with a sweet and spicy twist, and I have been making a variation of these fruit cups almost every day since I discovered them. Serve your fruit cups alongside other Mexican favorites such as chile colorado, cilantro lime shrimp or a hearty taco bake.
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Mexican Fruit Cups Ingredients
To make this recipe, you will need pineapple, mango, papaya, watermelon, cucumber, jicama, limes and chili lime seasoning.
How Do You Make Mexican Fruit Cups?
Gather your fruit and jicama. Peel all the ingredients, then cut them into similar sized spears. Place one of each type of fruit and vegetable into each cup. Add a lime wedge to each cup and sprinkle with chili lime seasoning. Serve and enjoy! Don’t forget to squeeze that lime juice over the top before you eat!
Tips For The Perfect Dish
- Look for firm but ripe mangoes and papayas. If the fruits are too soft, you won’t be able to cut them into spears.
- I typically use Mexican papaya, but Hawaiian papaya will also work well!
- You can also choose to cut your fruit and jicama into cubes if you prefer, and serve it in a bowl to make a Mexican fruit salad.
- Chili lime seasoning can be found at most grocery stores in the spice aisle. The most popular brand is Tajin, but I also like the Trader Joe’s version. It typically contains salt, chili powder and lime.
Mexican fruit cups will stay fresh in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Simply cover each cup tightly with plastic wrap, and add the chili lime seasoning right before serving.
In Spanish, Mexican fruit cups are called vasos de fruta.
The salt, chili and citrus in tajin really accentuate the flavors of the fruit, and the combination of sweet and savory makes the fruit taste even better!
Fruit with tajin is a great addition to any healthy diet. Fruit is low in calories and very high in nutrients. Tajin has a negligible amount of calories and adds a lot of flavor without making the dish less healthy.
While this dish is great as-is, you can change the ingredients to customize the flavors to your tastes.
- Fruit: Feel free to add other fruits to your cups. Some great options include oranges, cantaloupe, honeydew or even fresh coconut.
- Sauce: It is very common to add sweet and savory chamoy sauce to fruit cups. Chamoy can be found in the ethnic foods aisle of most grocery stores. Another option is to add a drizzle of honey.
- Spice: Prefer a little more heat? Try adding some minced jalapeno in with the fruit.
- Herbs: You can garnish your fruit with a little chopped cilantro or mint.
Mexican fruit cups are a great snack on a hot day, or the perfect accompaniment to a Mexican inspired meal. Looking for more great Mexican recipes? Don’t miss my lists of 10 chicken taco recipes and 25 Mexican appetizer recipes!
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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 chili lime seasoning
- Place one of each type of fruit and vegetable into 6 cups.
- Add a lime wedge to each cup.
- Sprinkle chili lime seasoning to taste over each cup, then serve.
- Look for firm, but ripe, mangoes and papayas. If the fruit is too soft it will be difficult to cut into spears.
- Chili lime seasoning can be found at most grocery stores in the ethnic foods aisle. The most popular brand is Tajin, but I also like the Trader Joe’s