Chamoy is one of the most popular and common condiments in Mexico. You can use it in mixed cocktails, fruits, as a candy, and so much more. There’s no single right way to eat it!
What is Chamoy?
Chamoy is a saucy condiment made of dried chilies, lime juice, and fruit. It can be mango, apricot or plum. The Chamoy comes in different presentations, such as a part, a sweet, powder, and everything to accompany the examples mentioned above.
Let’s not confuse the Chamoy with the Tajin, since the Chamoy is more like a paste with a more fruity flavor, while the Tajin is salty with lemon and chili.
A Little Bit of History
Although Chamoy is very popular in Mexico, its origin is from another place. Chamoy is originally from Asia, coming from Japanese food.
It’s not known exactly how it arrived in Mexico and how it became typical of the population. It is believed that the migration to Mexico from Asia in the 1590s may have been the main introduction of this condiment to the Mexicans.
However, Mexico adapted the Chamoy to so many different presentations that different companies create their own Chamoy products.
Different Faces of Chamoy
- Liquid Chamoy: it is the most common and is consumed alone, as a snack sauce or for fruit.
- Chamoy Powder: Perfect for fruits and vegetables, as it adds a tangy and sweet flavor.
- Solid Chamoy: I eat caramelized Chamoy candies with other flavors, like watermelon, tamarind, and mango.
National Chamoy Day Activities
- In many parts of the United States and Mexico, local entrepreneurs create products, whether from Chamoy or with Chamoy. On this day, support locals and try the Chamoy closer to you. Eat it the way you like it!!
- Prepare the Mangonada recipe found on our page and add more Chamoy!
- Learn the different presentations that Chamoy can have.
And most importantly, enjoy this seasoning the way you like it!