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June 07, 2021
Summer fruit season at the farm is upon us. The Amadio Ranch sells delicious Armenian cucumbers and watermelons in addition to their famous peaches, tomatoes, and sweet corn. The heat of the Arizona summer brings out the natural sweetness in everything at the Amadio's local farm stand.
One of my favorite summer treats is chamoy drizzled over watermelon. Chamoy is a Mexican condiment made with stone fruit, chilies, and lime juice. Chamoy is an extra special sauce that hits all the flavor notes of sweet, spicy, and tangy. It is often found on street food carts across the American Southwest.
This classic sauce can be found in bottles at many grocery stores, but it is easy and tastier to make at home! One shortcut is to use a high-quality fruit jam. I like to use plum butter because it has a tart flavor and pairs well with the Smokey ancho chilies. Using a high-quality fruit jam or fruit preserves ensures you are getting more fruit flavor with no preservatives or food coloring!
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Sweet and Spicy fruit dipAuthor:
2 tablespoons ancho chili powder
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
½ cup lime juice from 4-5 large limes
¾ cup water (more or less depending on your consistency preference. I like mine less runny, so I use about ½ cup)
¾ tsp salt
Combine the ingredients in a jar and store in the refrigerator for up to 1 month:
Enjoy chamoy as a dip for fruit (mangos, watermelon, pineapple, and cantaloupe) and vegetables (cucumbers and jicama), drizzled on chips, or even layered in your favorite frozen mango margarita! For extra flavor, sprinkle on some Tajin (a spice blend of salt chili and lime found in most national supermarkets).
This recipe works well if you have half a jar of preserves left! Just mix or shake everything straight in the jam jar!
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