Fruta picada con chile (or tajín) y limón is a comfort food for me. It is one of the many things my mom prepares for me when I visit her. It also reminds me of home because I grew up surrounded by street vendors who sold things like raspados, elotes/esquites, chicharrones, ice cream, and of course, fruta picada. I remember all the kids in my neighborhood, including my sisters and I, would hear their horns and go running after them. Even now we can’t help but get excited when we hear them. Me hace feliz seeing that my nephew also shares this excitement.
Street vendors are part of what makes Los Angeles’s culture and community so vibrant. It is one of the many things I have missed since moving to Oregon. Every summer, I look forward to buying un raspado de vainilla con lechera. Y si tengo mucho antojo también me hecho unos chicharrones o un elote, cause why not?
I hope you enjoy this delicious snack as much as I do and if this is your first time eating mango/pepino con tajín y limón, you’re welcome 🙂 Oh and felicidades to all the graduates. ¡Sí se pudo!
-Una Mexicana from South Central, LA
In México, they have elaborate ways of cutting fruit; Mexican people just have a way of turning food into art, it’s incredible!
Check out the Tajín recipe website for recipe ideas https://www.tajin.com/us/recipe-finder/ Tajín is a seasoning blend made up of dried mild red chili peppers, dehydrated lime juice, & sea salt.