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Paletas De Tamarindo

Enjoy Paletas De Tamarindo at home! Make these delicious and icy Mexican Popsicles with tamarind for the hottest days. They are super easy to prepare, they will be your favorites!
Course Snack
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 10 paletas
Calories 82kcal
Author Ana Frias


  • 10 to 12 large fresh tamarind pods
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 10 cups water (2 for cooking the tamarindo) divided
  • Chili powder or Tajin optional


  • Remove the shells from the tamarind and the strings as much as possible.
  • Bring 2 cups of water to a boil then add the pods and sugar.
  • Reduce heat to low and cook for 20 minutes. Stir a few times while it cooks
  • Remove tamarind mix from heat and let it cool to room temperature.
  • Remove the seeds from the pods with very clean hands.
  • In a blender, add the tamarind mixture and puree.
  • Strain the mixture through a sieve pressing on the pod solids to extract as much liquid as possible. Transfer the pulp to a pitcher and add the remaining water
  • Pour paletas mixture equally into molds and freeze for at least 6 hours or up to 2 weeks. Sprinkle with tajin or chili powder if desired.
  • Enjoy the remaining Tamarindo Agua Fresca over ice.


Tajin it's a Mexican spice blend sold at most grocery stores. Look for it in the Latin aisle or the next to the fresh fruit.


Serving: 1paleta | Calories: 82kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Sodium: 19mg | Potassium: 8mg | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 2IU | Calcium: 7mg