Mexican Fruit Salad

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Fiery fruits…

Ready to turn your delicious everyday fruit salad into something fiery and – believe it – even more flavorful?  A little chili powder goes a long way in this Mexican fruit salad recipe. It’ll light up your healthy dessert or snack – your mouth won’t know what hit it.

Now don’t go reaching for any old chili powder. You don’t want the generic seasoning as it’s a mix of spices, including cumin, oregano, and garlic. That’s too much spice conflicting with the sweet tropical fruit. Instead opt for a chili powder made from 100% hot peppers. There are many to choose from, whether the mild and earthy ancho powder or the fiery chile de àrbol powder. Even smoky pepper powders like chipotle work well – that is, of course, if you like the smoky undertone. Or if you simply want fire with little in between you and the sweet tang of fresh fruit, go for a sprinkle of cayenne. It has a big spicy bite, but overall it’s neutral in taste compared to other peppers. 

Mexican Fruit Salad

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Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • 3 cups melon chopped, mixed melon, cantaloupe, watermelon is a plus
  • 2 cups mango chopped
  • 2 cups strawberries chopped
  • 1 cup pineapple chopped
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon chipotle powder or other chili pepper powder*


  • Add the fruit to a mixing bowl and stir to disperse evenly.
  • Add the orange juice and lime juice, coating the fruit evenly.
  • Sprinkle in the sugar, salt, and chili powder, evenly coating the fruit.
  • Serve chilled.


Use a chili powder made from 100% hot pepper, not a generic chili powder as the generic variety is a seasoning containing other spices. Here are some recommended options:
- Ancho chili powder: Mild simmer, earthy
- Green jalapeño powder: Mild to Medium kick (depending on chili used), with a fresh taste (delicious with fruit, but hard to find. Make your own.)
- Chipotle powder: Medium kick, smoky
-Chile de Arbol powder: Medium kick, nutty
- Cayenne pepper: Strong medium kick, neutral flavor
For a strong medium heat, try cayenne pepper powder. In between, opt for a green jalapeño powder or
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UPDATE NOTICE: This post was updated on August 17, 2019 to include new content.
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