What is Tajín Seasoning?

Tajín combines two of Mexican cuisine’s signature flavors: chili spice and citrus. And it’s become so popular over its 35 years that The New York Times said that, rather than simply being a seasoning, “Tajín is a lifestyle.” While it was invented in 1985 and debuted in America in 1993, the seasoning has really exploded in popularity since 2012, and is now available in 35 countries.

What’s commonly called “Tajín” is really ”Tajín Clásico,” the first and most popular condiment made by Empresas Tajín in Jalisco, Mexico. It’s made with ground, dried chile peppers (a blend of chiles de árbol, guajillo and pasilla), dehydrated lime and sea salt. The company also makes a lower sodium version and a spicier habanero version, in addition to snack sauces.

Salty, Citrusy and Not Too Spicy

While the color — and the combination of three hot peppers — might be off-putting to people who don’t love spice, this seasoning actually isn’t all that spicy. It’s more of a mild warmth that’s also salty and citrusy at once. Tajín started out as a seasoning to enhance fresh fruit and vegetables like mango, pineapple, melon, jicama, and cucumber — but as the product grew in popularity, people started using it anywhere and everywhere.

Ways to Use Tajín Seasoning

It adds a punch to guacamole or grilled corn; it can be part of a marinade on poultry, meats and fish; and it’s commonly used as a tabletop condiment that’s an alternative to plain salt. Cocktails are another story. Use Tajín as a seasoning in a Michelada, as a rimmer on a bloody mary, or to add an extra something to a margarita, spicy or not. True connoisseurs sprinkle it liberally on popcorn, calling it a game changer.

This has been my new go to snack lately while trying to satisfy some snack cravings. It’s crunchy, citrusy, spicy and low carb… my new addiction, and so satisfying too!

Marsha Fenwick, C.N.P.  R.R.T.

Marsha is not your typical nutritionist. She began her career 20 years ago as a Registered Respiratory Therapist. Later, she earned her certifications as a Registered Nutritional Consultant Practitioner, Certified Nutritional Practitioner, and Registered Orthomolecular Health Practitioner. Marsha is also a Certified Cancer Coach. Her clinical practice specializes in: sustainable healthy weight loss, digestive health, women's hormones, diabetes, heart health, and cancer prevention and recovery. For more information and to book a FREE 15 minute consultation go to www.marshafenwicknutrition.com

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