Simple, healthy and refreshing. This Mexican cucumber chili lime is one of the best snacks for a low-calorie, guilt-free munch.
This “recipe” is sooooo easy that it’s kind of ridiculous to write about it. But, considering that my Mexican recipes are so popular and that you guys seem to enjoy spicy food, I decided to bring it here to the blog.
More than a recipe, It’s a useful food combination that can help with unwanted savory cravings. So, instead of eating a bag of my favorite spicy chips — with an unholy amount of calories—, I eat spicy cucumber.
Crunchy, refreshing, sour, spicy and healthy.
For this recipe, the spicy factor is the key. In Mexico they use Tajin. But…
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What is tajin?
Tajin is the most famous Mexican spice out there. It’s a combination of dried chili, sea salt, and dried lime. It is sour and spicy at the same time.
Because it is a mild spicy spice, it’s often used in desserts — yes, Mexicans are like that — candy, and even fruit.
I must confess I wasn’t too keen on this spicy-sweet combination but it grew on me. Now, I’m all over sweet-spicy recipes.
That is the reason I prefer sweet cucumber for this recipe but you can use your favorite type of cucumber with no problem.
If you have no access to tajin in your local grocery store, don’t despair. The perfect substitution is cayenne pepper in a much smaller amount. If you use 2 tsp of tajin, then use just ½ tsp of cayenne pepper and distribute it well across all the cucumber.
That’s it! Now, you can have Mexican chili cucumber at home.
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- 1 big cucumber
- 1 lime
- 2 tsp tajin (½ tsp cayenne pepper)
Peel the cucumber and cut it into rounds.
Squeeze the lemon juice over the sliced cucumber and sprinkle with tajin or cayenne pepper.
I’m Maria and I love cooking—and mostly EATING—food from all around the world. I’ve been sharing my abuela’s secret Latin-American recipes for the last 7 years with the world on this blog. I’ve been a full-time food blogger for many years and I’m always trying new delicious meals that don’t require a culinary degree or a Michelin-star chef. I also love traveling, cats, and knitting.