If you ever find yourself in LA, specifically West LA, you have to get “fruit in a bag” from the Mexican fruit stands. These are small street carts with tons of fresh fruit. You can pick what fruits you want or don’t want and then you’re given the option of adding salt, lemon juice, and salted chili powder (Tajin). For a few dollars, you get a cornucopia of delicious fruit and a taste treat sensation – a Mexican Fruit Cup on the go.
You can cater the whole experience to your particular tastes, but I recommend the salt and lemon juice. They help accentuate the fruit flavors. The salted chili powder is a great addition as well, I just only like it for a few bites, not the whole bag.
Mexican Fruit Cup Recipe
I’ve been wanting to make a homemade version since I enjoyed my first fruit bag about a year ago. The whole process is very simple, it’s just that buying all the fruit and chopping it up seemed a bit time-consuming.
The “recipe,” just like the real thing, is customizable, however. I’m allergic to pineapple and, we just discovered, my guy and I aren’t big fans of fresh papaya, so ours will have extra of everything else.
I highly recommend the cucumber and jicama in the salad to break up the fruity sweetness and it also adds a welcome crunch. (if you need to use up any jicama, try them on fish tacos)!
The best part about the Mexican fruit salad is that the lemon and salt accentuate the flavors, so every piece of fruit doesn’t have to be perfectly ripe when you start chopping. And the chili powder is a fun addition for a sweet + spicy flavor combination!
Want more Mexican-inspired recipes? This Mexican Chocolate Cake is simple and yet so deliciously amazing – same goes for my Iced Mexican Mocha. Homemade fajita seasoning is a must-have no brainer in our world, something we use regularly in these wild rice stuffed peppers, my one pot Mexican casserole (a fabulous dinner for a small crowd), and my 7 layer sweet potato dip (vegan)! These Mexican pinwheels are a fun appetizer that’s actually very simple and easy to make!
And if you have time, can you sip on some of these mango margaritas on the rocks for me? Thanks! I really appreciate it!
MEXICAN FRUIT CUP SALAD
- For a small gathering: serve in glasses or cups. Top with toasted coconut or serve with salt, lemon, and chili powder.
- For serving on the go: serve in ziploc bag (small or large) with forks. Bring along salt, lemon, and chili powder.
- For bbqs and potlucks: serve in a large bowl for everyone to scoop themselves. Provide salt, lemon, and tajin.