What sauces do you have in your pantry and fridge? You might not have chamoy in your kitchen, which is a type of Mexican sauce made from pickled fruit.
Interested in trying it? Before you give it a try, we’ll tell you what chamoy tastes like, how to use it, and what it’s made of. That way, you’ll know if you’ll like it.
What Does Chamoy Taste Like?
While the consistency of chamoy can vary, the flavor is generally similar across the board: sweet, spicy, and brightened with saltiness. The pickling of the fruit used in it can also create a vinegary, sour note in the background of the flavor.
The texture can be anything between thin and liquid to thick and pasty. Most often, though, you’ll see it somewhere in between with a consistency that’s semi-thick like barbecue sauce.
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What Does Chamoy Taste Good With?
Chamoy is used in many traditional Mexican recipes. We suggest testing some of those first to gain familiarity with the flavor.
Drizzle it over fruits and veggies or use it as a dip for them. It’s especially good with sliced mangoes.
Try it on top of tortilla chips. You can even make shaved ice with chamoy to create a sweet treat with a little kick. On a similar note, try adding a little bit to the next fruit smoothie you make if you want something that will really wake you up.
Want to learn more about other types of sauce? Take a look at our guide to what chimichurri sauce tastes like.
What is Chamoy Made of?
The ingredients that go into chamoy are simple: some kind of fruit, chilies, lime juice, and sometimes vinegar. Common fruits used in the sauce include apricots and mangoes.
If you can’t find it in your local grocery stores, it’s also easy to make at home. With a blender, apricot jam, lime juice, chilies, and salt, you can whip up your own homemade Chamoy sauce.
They say variety is the spice of life – and we think part of that is sampling a variety of sauces. Who knows what you might discover about your taste preferences? Chamoy is an excellent starting point, too, thanks to its tangy and sweet flavor profile. The next time you have a mango smoothie, consider blending in a bit of chamoy for fun.
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