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Tajin Seasoning Recipe

If you’re a fan of tangy, spicy seasonings, you’ll love this homemade version of Tajin that you can easily whip up in your kitchen. This Tajin copycat recipe combines tart lime crystals, smoky paprika, and a blend of chili powders with just the right amount of salt and sugar to create a seasoning that’s bursting with flavor.

Chili seasoning in a glass spice jar.

Perfect for sprinkling on fresh fruit, adding a zesty touch to your favorite dishes, or even rimming cocktail glasses, this versatile spice mix brings the vibrant tastes of Mexican cuisine right to your table. Skip the store-bought version and enjoy the fresh, bold flavors of this homemade Tajin seasoning!

Tajin seasoning, a beloved staple in Mexican cuisine, is known for its unique blend of mild chili peppers, lime, and sea salt. The original Tajin Clásico seasoning is a product of Tajín, a Mexican company that has perfected this versatile spice mix, making it popular worldwide. It is commonly used to add a burst of flavor to fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, and even the rims of cocktails like Bloody Marys.

Tajin seasoning copycat in a glass spice jar.

The distinctive taste of Tajin comes from its combination of dehydrated lime juice, citric acid, and a variety of chili powders, creating a tangy and mildly spicy seasoning that enhances the natural flavors of any dish.

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons True Lime Crystals or dried lime zest
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon guajillo powder
  • 1 ½ teaspoons granulated sugar
Guajillo Powder, smoked paprika, salt, sugar, and lime crystals.

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a small mixing bowl and whisk until all lumps are gone and everything is fully combined.
  2. Store in a glass jar or other airtight container in a cool, dry area for up to 5 weeks.
Guajillo Powder, smoked paprika, lime crystals, sugar, and salt being whisked together.
Chili seasoning in a glass spice jar.

Copycat Tajin Seasoning

This homemade Tajin seasoning combines lime crystals, chili powders, salt, and a touch of sugar for a perfectly balanced and flavorful spice blend. Perfect for sprinkling on fruits, meats, and more!
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Course: seasoning, staple
Cuisine: Mexican
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1 batch
Calories: 69kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons True Lime Crystals or dried lime zest
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon guajillo powder
  • 1 ½ teaspoons granulated sugar

Instructions

  • Combine all ingredients in a small mixing bowl and whisk until all lumps are gone and everything is fully combined.
  • Store in a glass jar or other airtight container in a cool, dry area for up to 5 weeks.

Notes

Nutrition information is an approximation.

Nutrition

Calories: 69kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 0.3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Sodium: 7.113mg | Potassium: 329mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 5.826IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 51mg | Iron: 3mg
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Tips

  • Look for the bottles of True Lime Crystals. If you can’t find one, you will need 32 packets of True Lime.
  • If you have moisture packets hanging around, toss one inside this jar to keep the True Lime crystals fresher for longer. Moisture can cause it to harden and clump together; this recipe does not use anti-caking agents.
  • You can swap out the True Lime crystals for dried lime zest in the same amount. The lime taste will be stronger and the ingredient size a bit bulkier, but this is preference-based. True Lime crystals are 100% lime and have a finer consistency, allowing them to mix into the spice blend better.
  • Use regular table salt and not coarse salt, as coarse salt doesn’t mix into the seasoning as well and tries to separate.
  • Do not leave the spice uncovered for even a few hours, or it will harden up.
  • While this might not look like the store-bought version, the taste is spot on and – dare I say it – might even tastes better.
  • Look for guajillo powder at your local Latin tienda (Latin grocery store.) A 1.25-ounce packet of seasoning will only cost about $1. Chipotle powder can replace guajillo powder, although it will slightly change the flavor.
Tajin copycat seasoning spilling out of a spice jar.

Storage Information

Store your homemade Tajin seasoning in an airtight container in a cool, dry place for up to 5 weeks. Adding a moisture packet can help keep it fresher for longer.

Ways to Use Tajín

  • Sprinkle on fresh fruit for a zesty kick.
  • Rim cocktail glasses for a tangy, spicy twist. Think Bloody Marys, Margaritas, and anything with mangoes.
  • Use as a seasoning for meats and vegetables.
  • Add to taco seasoning blends for extra flavor.

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