How to make chamoy fast and easy

This chamoy sauce is straightforward and very easy to make. You can eat it as a snack on fruits , vegetables and mangonadas.

If you’re a fan of sweet and spicy flavors, you’ve probably heard of chamoy. This popular Mexican candy has a unique taste and texture and has gained a dedicated following worldwide.

Un frasco de salsa de caramelo al lado de una cuchara de madera, con chamoy.

Have you ever wondered what chamoy is and how it differs from other types of candy? In this blog post, we will delve into everything you need to know about this popular treat, including its roots and the various types available.

Whether you are a long-time chamoy lover or a newcomer, keep reading to explore the wonderful world of Mexican candy!

What is chamoy sauce?

Chamoy is a popular condiment in Mexico made from a combination of dried fruit, chile, and acid. I prefer using vinegar and lime juice for my recipe. This sauce can be found in street snack carts as well as store shelves all across Mexico. Although there are many variations of the recipe, this homemade chamoy recipe satisfies my taste buds perfectly.

Why is it better to make Mexican chamoy at home?

Homemade sauce is always the best option as you can control the ingredients that go into it. The store-bought chamoy sauce may not be very healthy due to the presence of various artificial colors, preservatives, xanthan gum, high fructose corn syrup, or sodium benzoate.

However, this recipe for homemade sauce is a healthier alternative as it contains none of these ingredients.

Un bowl con una lima, chamoy y una rodaja de lima.

homemade chamoy sauce ingredients

  • Lime. It is better to use limes than lemons.
  • Ancho chili, use ground ancho chile powder. You can blend ancho chiles without seeds and stems into powder. If you like your Mexican sauces very spicy you can add or sub with chile de árbol (red chile peppers).
  • Dried apricots. When purchasing apricots for the sauce, choose unsweetened ones to preserve the acidic flavor. Alternatively, sour apricots, Turkish apricots, hibiscus flowers, dried prunes, ume plums, or tamarind can be used as substitutes.
  • Apple cider vinegar. I buy organic apple cider vinegar because it has the most nutritional value. Substitute with rice vinegar if needed.
  • Sugar. Use cane sugar or coconut sugar, whichever you like best.

How to make chamoy sauce (chamoi)?

In a saucepan, boil about a cup of water and then add the fruit to it. Let it soak until it plumps up. Once done, drain the fruit and mix it with other ingredients, such as a couple of tablespoons of chili pepper, acid, and sugar.

Keep tasting this Mexican sauce mixture until you get the perfect balance of sour, sweet, and spicy. Once satisfied, let it rest and chill before serving. Taste it once again when it is at room temperature; the spice may change to make sure it’s perfect, and then enjoy!

Una tabla de cortar de madera con zanahorias, apio y limas rociadas con chamoy.

How to eat Mexican chamoy sauce?

  • Carrot, cucumber, and jícama sticks.
  • Mangoes. Make cuts around the mango and finish it with the chamoy sauce. Any fresh fruit tastes great with it.
  • Mangonadas. Chamoy is also the best in mangonadas (a mango slushie) or with lemon, mango, and strawberry paletas or chips.
  • Fruit with sliced ​​apples or fresh coconut, watermelon, pears, papaya, etc.
  • Make chamoy rim for cheladas or margaritas. To prepare the rim of a glass for a margarita or michelada, you can use this chamoy sauce. Simply place an upside-down glass in a bowl of sauce, carefully turn it over, sprinkle with Tajin or your favorite chili powder, and serve.
  • Raspados (shaved ice), chamoyada, paletas (perfect over hibiscus flower- jamaica ones), drizzled over a sorbet.

How do Mexicans eat chamoy?

Mexican Fruit Cups. If you go through the streets of Mexico, you’ll find snack carts or food trucks with “prepared” fruit. The “prepared” means fruit with chili, lemon, salt, sometimes tortilla chips or Fritos and spicy sauce.

A Mexican snack is fruit cups that mix fruits and vegetables (pineapple + cucumber + carrots + jicama) with lime juice, chili powder, and chopped peanuts. And, of course, it all finished up with this chamoy sauce and a dash of Tajin chili powder.

Mexican fruit cups with chamoy are a delicious and popular treat. They feature a mix of fruits and vegetables topped with a tangy and spicy sauce made from chamoy, lime, salt, and chili powder. Making your own chamoy is easy, and it can be used as a dip or condiment for both sweet and savory snacks.

In sushi. In Mexico City, a famous sushi place adds Chamoy to their steamed rice and uses it to finish some of their most renowned sushi rolls. You have to believe me that chamoy is a very popular Mexican condiment,

Is chamoy spicy?

Creating your own chamoy recipe at home allows you to fully customize the flavor to your liking, giving you the freedom to adjust the spiciness and acidity levels to your taste.

This delicious sauce is a favorite among my children, and its unique blend of flavors and textures is sure to impress anyone who tries it.

Tres vasitos llenos de fruta, helado y chamoy.
Mexican fruit cup with chamoy sauce.

Frequently asked questions

Is chamoy the same as Tajin? No, chamoy and Tajín are not the same, but they are both popular condiments in Mexican cuisine that add a tangy, spicy kick to a variety of foods and drinks.

What does chamoy taste like? Chamoy is a Mexican condiment with a unique flavor profile that’s sweet, spicy, salty, and sour. Chamoy tastes:

  • Sweet: The fruit base (which can be apricot, mango, or plum) gives chamoy its sweet undertones.
  • Sour: Lime juice or citric acid adds a tangy, zesty kick.
  • Spicy: Chili peppers bring in the heat, though the level of spiciness can vary from one chamoy to another.
  • Salty: Salt balances out the other flavors and heightens the overall taste experience.

Is Chamoy good on chips? Yes! And if you want to make the best Mexican Snack, add to your chips, some Fritos or Taquis, chopped cucumber, lime juice, Tajin, spicy peanuts, and finish with the chamoy sauce. A DREAM!

What is Tamarind Chamoy? Chamoy sauce made with tamarind as a base.

Un frasco de salsa de caramelo al lado de una cuchara de madera, con chamoy.

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How to make chamoy at home?

Alejandra Graf
This chamoy sauce is straightforward and very easy to make. You can eat it as a snack on fruits , vegetables and mangonadas.
4 de 8 votos
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Soaking time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Snack
Cuisine Mexican vegan
Servings 2 cups
Calories 173 kcal


  • ¾ cup dried apricots
  • 1 ½ cup boiling water
  • 2 tablespoons cane sugar
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 4 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 ½ tablespoon ancho chili powder or more if you like it very spicy
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt


  • Soak the apricots in the boiling water until the water cools.
  • Add the dried apricots and soaking water to the blender with the rest of the ingredients.
  • Blend until everything is well integrated. If it is too thick, add a tablespoon of water at a time until you achieve the perfect texture.
  • Try and adjust the flavor.
  • Add more chili or more lemon depending on your taste.



It keeps up to two weeks in a closed jar in the fridge


Serving: 4tablespoonsCalories: 173kcalCarbohydrates: 45gProtein: 2gFat: 0.4gSaturated Fat: 0.02gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.04gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.04gSodium: 596mgPotassium: 608mgFiber: 4gSugar: 39gVitamin A: 1759IUVitamin C: 12mgCalcium: 35mgIron: 1mg
Keyword healthy chamoy sauce, how to make chamoy, mexican candy, mexican sweet and sour sauce


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