Homemade Chili Lime Seasoning

You’ll love this delicious Mexican Chili Lime Seasoning! Perfect to sprinkle on fruit, put on the edge of a drink glass, & even savory dishes.

Newsflash for Mexican food lovers!  Did you know that it is super easy to make your own delicious Mexican Fruit Seasoning?

Chili powder in a small bowl

This is the real deal my friends! There is no need to run to the store for one of those spicy fruit seasoning in a bottle then be disappointed that they’re not as good as you wanted them to.  

Forget about having to buy Trader Joe’s chili lime seasoning or even the famous Tajin seasoning….just make your own!!

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Oranges sprinkled with Chili Lime Seasoning

All of the ingredients are likely sitting right there in your spice cabinet!  Just do a little measuring, a little mixing, and you’re ready to make your favorite Chili Lime Seasoning………It is seriously that easy!

If you have whole dried chiles you can just ground them in any blender or food processor: watch how easy it is to make this:

Ingredients for Chili Lime Seasoning

Two hands removing seeds from dried chiles

The great thing about this recipe is that you can choose your favorite ground chili powder and it does not have any unknown ingredients or preservatives!

  • The chili powder. It can be the combination of a ground chiles or just one! Pick your favorites: chile guajillo, chile ancho, chile de arbol, chile california, etc.
  • The citric acid: This is what will give your seasoning the lime flavor so I highly recommend that you do not skip this ingredient! I used this one from Amazon but you can find it anywhere baking ingredients are sold. Use 1 teaspoon for one 1/4 cup of chile powder.
  • Salt: I use 1 teaspoon salt per 1 teaspoon of citric acid. I think this is the perfect balance 🙂
  • Sugar: This is optional if you want to give it a hint of Mexican candy or if your chili seasoning comes out too spicy for your taste.

Store the Chili Lime Seasoning in an airtight container in a cool, dry place so it lasts longer. It can last for years!

Step by step instructions

Making your own Chili Lime Seasoning Recipe at home it’s easier than you think!

  • If using whole dried chiles, remove seeds from chiles and add to a blender.
  • Grind until it reaches a powder consistency.
  • Transfer to a small bowl and add the salt & citric acid. Mix well.
Grinding dried chiles in a small blender

What To Put Chili Lime Seasoning On

There are so many ways you can enjoy this Mexican seasoning but here are a few of the most popular ones in Mexico:

  • Mango
  • Oranges
  • Pineapples
  • Watermelon
  • Fresh coconut
  • Jicama
  • Membrillo (fresh quince)
  • Elote Asado (Grilled corn)
  • Edge of a drink or a cocktail glass
  • Soups like Albondigas, Sopa Mexicana
Orange slices with sprinkled chili powder
A cocktail glass with chili lime seasoning on the edge.
a small bowl with cucumber and chili powder

If you make this Chili Lime Season, please let me know by leaving a comment below…I would love to hear from you!

Chili powder in a small bowl

Chili Lime Seasoning

Servings 4 Tablespoons
Ana Frias
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
You'll love this delicious Mexican Chili Lime Seasoning! Perfect to sprinkle on fruit, put on the edge of a drink glass, & even savory dishes.

Equipment

  • Blender or grinder
4 Tablespoons

Ingredients
  

  • 1/4 cup chili powder like chile guajillo, chile ancho, chile de arbol, or chile california. Use a combination of your favorite dried chiles
  • 1 teaspoon salt kosher or table salt will work
  • 1 teaspoon citric acid
  • 1 teaspoon sugar optional

Instructions
 

  • If using whole dried chiles, remove seeds from chiles and add to a blender.
  • Grind until it reaches a powder consistency.
  • Transfer to a small bowl and add the salt & citric acid. Mix well.
  •  Add sugar: this is optional if you want to give it a hint of Mexican candy or if your chili seasoning comes out too spicy for your taste.

Video

*Ana’s Notes:

Store the Chili Lime Seasoning in an airtight container in a cool, dry place so it lasts longer. It can last for years!

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NUTRITION

Serving: 1Teaspoon | Calories: 1kcal

The nutritional information and US conversions are calculated automatically. I cannot guarantee the accuracy of this data. If this is important to you, please verify with your favourite nutrition calculator and/or unit conversion tool.

small glass bowl with Chili Lime Seasoning

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13 Comments

    1. Hi D! You can use chile de arbol but it’ll be more spicy. I believe the commercial ones like tajin are very red because they use artificial coloring if that’s the look you’re going for.

    1. How is this misleading? The lime citrus flavor comes from the citric acid in order to make it last. If you add fresh lime then it does not turn out to be in the powder form. Thanks for your concern though.

  1. Is it 1 tsp salt per 1 tbsp citric acid or 1 tsp salt per 1 tsp salt? There’s conflicting information. Also, do you think I could use something like lemon powder instead of citric acid and have it turn out? I just have a lot of it. Thanks!

    1. Hi Kathy! My apologies for the confusion! The recipe card is correct and I have fixed the text on the post. It should be 1 tsp citric per 1 tsp salt. I think the lemon powder should work! Use what you have for sure….the key is to get that hint of citrus to balance the flavors. Let me know how it turns out!
      xo,
      Ana

  2. 5 stars
    Amazed how popular this type of seasoning has become in the U.S. all of a sudden. Now I don’t have to go buy it. I can make my own!