This popular spice blend from Mexico is made with dried chilis and lime. I’ve made it easy to make your own Tajin seasoning at home!
What Is Tajín Seasoning?
Tajin is a popular seasoning in Mexican cuisine made with a combination of three main flavor profiles: chili, lime, and salt. Pronounced “ta-heen,” the Tajín Clásico spice blend is produced by the Mexican company of the same name, Tajín.
The chiles traditionally used in Tajin seasoning range from mild to hot, each with its own hint of smokiness, depending on how it was dried. The citrus flavor in the brand mix comes from dehydrated lime juice.
Because the dried chili peppers and dehydrated lime can be difficult to find in regular grocery stores, I created a blend that delivers all of the spicy, smoky chili flavor and punch of lime with easy-to-find ingredients.
Ingredients For Homemade Tajin Seasoning
For the lime flavor, I’ve added fresh lime zest. The salt in the recipe draws out the moisture and oils in the zest, perfuming the chiles in the process. The salt also preserves the freshly-grated zest and prevents bacteria from growing.
Most chili powders contain a variety of peppers, as well as garlic powder and other spices to round out the flavor. This variety helps the homemade Tajin taste like the store-bought. The addition of smoked paprika and ground chipotle adds more depth and complexity, while the salt and lime provide that tangy punch Tajin is known for.
After zesting the limes, I like to place the zest on a paper towel and let it dry out for a few minutes before adding it to the rest of the ingredients, which will help to keep it from clumping.
Some other recipes also include garlic and onion powder in their versions, but I prefer it without. It’s closer to the store-bought seasoning and allows you to use it in more ways.
How To Make Tajin Seasoning
To make your homemade spice blend, combine the chili powder, smoked paprika, ground chipotle, salt, and lime zest. After everything is well mixed, I’ll often let it sit on the counter for a while longer so I can press out any clumps that may have formed.
Transfer the homemade Tajin to a glass jar or container and store it in a cool, dry, dark place for up to three months.
My favorite way to enjoy this spicy, citrusy seasoning is to sprinkle it on slices of mango and pineapple. It’s amazing on the rim of cocktails and mixed drinks, like a Bloody Mary or mango margarita. It’s also great on popcorn, and of course, as a seasoning for steak, chicken, and shrimp. Tajin can also be used on all sorts of vegetables, try it on grilled corn!
I hope you share all the delicious uses you find for this homemade Tajin spice mix in the comments below.Print
- 3 Tbsp. chili powder
- 2 Tbsp. smoked paprika
- 1 Tbsp. ground chipotle
- 1 Tbsp. salt
- 3 limes, zested
- In a medium bowl whisk together chili powder, paprika, ground chipotle, salt, and zest until well combined.
- Transfer mixture to an air-tight container. Store up to 3 months in a cool, dry, dark, place.