If there’s one condiment that triggers mania here in Arizona, it’s chamoy. We pour it over mango, snow cones (aka chamoyada), and lace our cocktails with it. With 25 cents in hand, I’d chase down the ice cream truck as a kid to buy a mini bottle of chamoy. I’d suck that bottle dry by dinner time and have the red stained tongue to prove it.
If you’re searching for chamoy, it can mean only one thing. You’re probably hooked for life, which means you need your spicy candy sauce fix pronto. No matter where you are in the world, you can make authentic chamoy in 5 minutes with a few simple ingredients.
With your diy bottle of chamoy, I’m sure you’ll be making your own swirly chamoy popsicles and supremely refreshing mangonadas all summer long or enjoying with beer and jicama!
What’s in chamoy?
Chamoy is made up of chili, salt, sugar, and citric acid. Sometimes it contains fruit and is like a hot sauce candy.
Why This Recipe Works
Chamoy has a uniquely loud flavor profile. A true chamoy must be equally salty and sour, then spicy, and a little sweet. It should hit your tongue and instantly make you want some more. To get the signature flavor profile, this chamoy is made of ancho chili peppers, lime juice, apricot jam, salt, sugar, and water. That’s it.
Homemade chamoy is easy to make in a blender, and there’s nothing artificial about it.
What do you do with chamoy?
There are many variations when it comes to chamoy. Taste it by itself so you can adjustment the profile to your preferences (e.g. extra lime juice or salt). A popular street food is chamoy sauce with fresh mango, lime or Tajin – a salty, spicy Mexican seasoning. If you want the ultimate chamoy experience, check out these mangonada smoothies, where chamoy is used to coat the inside of a glass or make mango chamoy fruit roll ups (a total blast of flavor).
Which pepper is best for chamoy?
I recommend dried ancho chile peppers that have a reddish hue. However, if you are sensitive to spicy food, try using the milder New Mexico dried chile peppers instead. Both of these peppers have a pleasant fruity flavor.
I’m curious to know — where did you first try chamoy? I was introduced to it by a neighbor kid when I was 8. While it’s readily available in Arizona, I’ve seen it as far north as New York City. For those of you in-the-know, I think you’ll find this is the chamoy recipe you’ve been looking for.
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