So, I know I've mentioned this before, but my upbringing was super meat-and-potatoes. Taco casserole was about the furthest south of the border we went for dinner. But, as you get older and make friends from different cultures, it's super fun to see the different things that they eat on the regular. Surprisingly, not everyone adds a can of cream of chicken soup to everything they eat.
One of my neighbors is Mexican and he and his wife were constantly pouring tajin seasoning on their fruit and vegetables. When I tried it, I was super surprised — it was sweet and tart at the same time and totally brought out the flavor of the fruit. Tajin is a popular Mexican spice mostly made up of chili, lime and salt. Surprisingly, there's a way to add healthy food to my diet that doesn't involve ranch dressing.
Since my first Tajin experience, I haven't looked back. I can't find it here locally, so I begged my sister (who lives in San Antonio) to send me a couple bottles and she did not disappoint. There are some different variations of Tajin, too — off-brands and some versions that are sweeter. My neighbors also add a little hot sauce to theirs, but I'm too Midwestern for all that business.
Tajin definitely got me through the summer and absolutely added more fruit into my diet. Apparently, it's an acceptable snack for me now, instead of a block of cheddar cheese. I like to add Tajin to watermelon, green apples (with a little lemon juice to make it stick), oranges and cucumbers. It's also super popular on mangoes and I've kind of been wanting to try it on popcorn. Do you eat Tajin? What's your favorite thing to throw it on?
Also, these photos were a part of a class I took on Skillshare about food collages, taught by Julie Lee of Julie's Kitchen. We rave about Skillshare and all the fun things we learn on it — use our referral link for a free month if you'd like to learn new things, too!
Photos and text © Katie Currid, 2015. All rights reserved.