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Mexican Fruit Cups, or Vasos de Frutas, are a colorful and refreshing snack that combines the tropical flavors of various fruits with a tangy and spicy twist.

Sliced fruit in a plastic cup topped with chili lime salt and a lime wedge.

You’ll find these colorful fruit cups at stands all across Mexico, around the beaches, and even here in the U.S. by Hispanics populations.

The flavors of Mexican fruit cups are so addicting that its become the only way my family enjoys fruit, especially in the summertime.

Try my recipe for spicy Mango Salsa or Pineapple Salsa.

What is a Mexican Fruit Cup?

Traditional Vasos de Fruta is an assortment of fresh fruits mixed together and served in a cup.

Sliced fruit in cups on a circle wooden board.

The combination of fruits are customizable but typically includes tropical fruits such as mango, pineapple, coconut, watermelon, papaya, kiwi, strawberries, and cucumber. And yes, cucumbers are classified as a fruit.

The fruit is either cubed or sliced and placed in a plastic cup for easy on the go eating. The ‘Mexican’ aspect of the fruit cup is the topping, which commonly consists of lime juice, chamoy, and chili-lime salt (Tajin).

Ingredients

These are the ingredients I used, but feel free to customize your fruits based on what you like.

Text labeling the ingredients, jicama, watermelon, cucumber, lime, tajin, chamoy, and mango.

Most of these fruits are pretty common, but Jicama might be something new for you. It’s actually a root vegetable and a cross between a pear and potato. It has a high water content and is a good source of fiber.

I recently discovered the Siete brand chamoy and prefer it over the regular chamoy. The regular chamoy has high fructose corn syrup and artificial coloring.

How to Assemble

Start by washing all of the fruit well. I prefer to use a few tablespoons of vinegar in a large bowl of water and place the fruit in the mixture for a few minutes. Then rinse again with fresh water.

Peel and slice all the fruit either into cubes or strips like I did below.

Sliced jicama, cucumber, mango, and watermelon on a rectangular plate with lime wedges on the side.

If you don’t plan on eating all the fruit now, then store them cut like this in an air tight container for up to 3 days. My family always eats more fruit when its already cut and ready to go.

Start by drizzling some chamoy and tajin on the inside walls of the cup or vaso. Then layer the cut fruit and squeeze fresh lime juice over every piece. Top with more chamoy and tajin.

Three plastic cups filled with sliced fruit.

Tajin or Chili Lime Salt is not very spicy, for an extra kick add some ground chile de arbol. You can also add fresh mint leaves for a refreshing bite.

I hope you try these Mexican Fruit Cups and perhaps it’ll be your new favorite way to enjoy fruit!

Three Mexican fruit cups topped with chamoy and tajin.

Mexican Fruit Cup Recipe

Renee
Mexican fruit cups, or Vasos de Frutas, are a refreshing snack that combines the tropical flavors of various fruits with a tangy twist.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4

Equipment

Ingredients
  

  • 1 Jicama peeled and sliced
  • 1 mini Watermelon peeled and sliced
  • 1 Cucumber peeled and sliced
  • 1 Mango peeled and sliced
  • 2 Limes
  • Chamoy to taste
  • Tajin to taste

Instructions
 

  • Start by rinsing all the fruit in water. I prefer to add a few tablespoons of vinegar to a large bowl of water and allow the fruit to soak for a few minutes. Then rinse again with clean water.
  • Peel all the fruit either with a sharp knife or peeler.
  • Cut fruit into uniform pieces, either cubes or slices.
  • Start by drizzling some chamoy and tajin on the inside walls of the cup. Then layer the cut fruit and squeeze fresh lime juice over every piece. Top with more chamoy and tajin.

Video

Notes

Other options for fruit include: Pineapple, Coconut, Strawberries, Kiwi, or Grapes.

Nutrition

Calories: 113kcalCarbohydrates: 27gProtein: 2gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0.1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.1gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.1gSodium: 9mgPotassium: 471mgFiber: 10gSugar: 12gVitamin A: 667IUVitamin C: 64mgCalcium: 47mgIron: 1mg

Nutritional information is provided as an estimate only and depends on ingredients and amounts used. Thai Caliente makes no guarantees to the accuracy of this information.

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