chamoy sauce
chamoy sauce

How to Make Chamoy

5/5
Chamoy is a popular Mexican condiment equal parts hot sauce and candy made from chili peppers, citric acid, sugar, and salt. It's fantastic on fresh mango with a little pinch of Tajin seasoning, but you could also use it to make mangonada popsicles, smoothies, or snow cones.

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 0 minutes
Share on facebook
Share on pinterest
Share on email

 This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure policy.

Recipe Rundown

chamoy condiment with fresh mango and tajin

If there’s one condiment that triggers mania here in Arizona, it’s chamoy. We pour it over mango, snow cones (aka chamoyada), and lace our cocktails with it. With 25 cents in hand, I’d chase down the ice cream truck as a kid to buy a mini bottle of chamoy. I’d suck that bottle dry by dinner time and have the red stained tongue to prove it.

If you’re searching for chamoy, it can mean only one thing. You’re probably hooked for life, which means you need your spicy candy sauce fix pronto. No matter where you are in the world, you can make authentic chamoy in 5 minutes with a few simple ingredients.

testimonial from instagram

With your diy bottle of chamoy, I’m sure you’ll be making your own swirly chamoy popsicles and supremely refreshing mangonadas all summer long or enjoying with beer and jicama!

chamoy condiment sauce made with ancho chili, apricot jam, salt, sugar, and lime juice

What’s in chamoy?

Chamoy is made up of chili, salt, sugar, and citric acid. Sometimes it contains fruit and is like a hot sauce candy.

Why This Recipe Works

Chamoy has a uniquely loud flavor profile. A true chamoy must be equally salty and sour, then spicy, and a little sweet. It should hit your tongue and instantly make you want some more. To get the signature flavor profile, this chamoy is made of ancho chili peppers, lime juice, apricot jam, salt, sugar, and water. That’s it.

Homemade chamoy is easy to make in a blender, and there’s nothing artificial about it.

What do you do with chamoy?

There are many variations when it comes to chamoy. Taste it by itself so you can adjustment the profile to your preferences (e.g. extra lime juice or salt). A popular street food is chamoy sauce with fresh mango, lime or Tajin – a salty, spicy Mexican seasoning. If you want the ultimate chamoy experience, check out these mangonada smoothies, where chamoy is used to coat the inside of a glass or make mango chamoy fruit roll ups (a total blast of flavor).

ripe mangos

Which pepper is best for chamoy?

I recommend dried ancho chile peppers that have a reddish hue. However, if you are sensitive to spicy food, try using the milder New Mexico dried chile peppers instead. Both of these peppers have a pleasant fruity flavor.

chile peppers

I’m curious to know — where did you first try chamoy? I was introduced to it by a neighbor kid when I was 8. While it’s readily available in Arizona, I’ve seen it as far north as New York City. For those of you in-the-know, I think you’ll find this is the chamoy recipe you’ve been looking for.

Did you make this recipe? Leave a star rating and comment below!

Chamoy

Chamoy is a popular Mexican condiment equal parts hot sauce and candy made from chili peppers, citric acid, sugar, and salt. It's fantastic on fresh mango with a little pinch of Tajin seasoning, but you could also use it to make mangonada popsicles, smoothies, or snow cones.
4.82 from 55 votes
Print Pin Rate
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: chamoy, chamoyada, chili, gluten free, hot sauce, mangonada, Mexican, sauce
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 2 cups
Calories: 213kcal
Author: Chef Sara Furcini

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup water
  • 3 dried ancho chili peppers
  • 1 cup apricot jam 10 oz jar
  • 1/2 cup lime juice from 4-5 large limes
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 3/4 tsp salt

Instructions

  • Add the water to the blender. Wipe the chili peppers to remove any dust. Pull off the stem and shake out the seeds. Place the whole pepper in the blender along with the apricot jam, lime juice, sugar, and salt.
  • Blend on high speed until extremely smooth. Store in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 2 months. Use chamoy with fresh mangos for a fun snack.

Video

Notes

Selecting the Best Ancho Chile (Chili) Peppers

You can identify the best ancho chiles by the color. Look for red tones in the dried peppers because that is a signal for a fresher, more flavorful ancho.

Selecting the Best Apricot Jam

Read the ingredients on the jar of apricot jam. I like Crofter’s organic apricot jam (red label or blue are both 8 grams of sugar and work interchangeably) because the flavor of the apricot is pure and there’s no artificial ingredients or preservatives. Plus, it comes in a 10 oz jar, so you can just use the whole jar in this recipe.

Possible Variations

I really like this recipe because it tastes authentic, but you may consider adding a bit of citric acid powder (start with 1/4 teaspoon). Another idea to get that extra tangy oomph would be to add extra lime juice or a teaspoon of tamarind paste (just concentrated tangy tamarind) or any brand tamarind candy (tamarind and chile with sugar added). Just start by adding a little bit at a time (a small pinch or teaspoon), then add more to get it just right.
 
 

Nutrition

Calories: 213kcal | Carbohydrates: 57g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1765mg | Potassium: 198mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 45g | Vitamin A: 855IU | Vitamin C: 38mg | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 1mg

Some of the links on this page are affiliate links, which may pay me a small commission for my referral at no extra cost to you!

More Mexican Recipes

Calabacitas Guacamole

Crockpot Pork Green Chili

Creamier Ricotta Cheese Flans

picture of Easy Dutch Oven Cooking

More Recipes

Subscribe
Notify of
guest
9 Comments
Oldest
Newest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Cynthia
Cynthia
11 months ago

Just made this! I used a jar of peach jam that I had left over from last year’s harvest & Dried New Mexico chilis as that’s what I had on hand. AMAZING!!! I NEVER really how easy it was to make & my husband is just giddy because we tend to do no sugar, so spicy Mexican candies aren’t allowed in the house ? ( also because when we DID have them around my husband could easily polish off a pound a week) I had used erythritol in my peach jam when I made it & monkfruit for the sweetener… Read more »

Kay
Kay
10 months ago

Do you know how I could preserve this so that it does not need to be refrigerated ?

Nicole
Nicole
10 months ago

I’m curious as to why you don’t cook your chiles first?

Ronda
Ronda
9 months ago

I love mangonadas and yours looks so yummy and refreshing! Cheers! I love everything about this, from the mango to the tajin!

Chelle Thompson
Chelle Thompson
5 months ago

Great instructions and a very thorough post! I really enjoyed making this recipe!

Sara @ TheFrayedApron.com

Thanks for the feedback!

9
0
Would love your thoughts, please comment.x
()
x