Tajín (pronounced tah-heen) is a Mexican seasoning made with a blend of mild red chili peppers, sea salt, and lime. If you’re looking to add a little zing to fruits, vegetables, or any of your other favorite foods, Tajín is the spice for you.
Inspired by his grandmother's signature chile lime sauce, Horacio Fernandez created Tajín in 1985. The name comes from the Tajín archeological site in Veracruz. Fernandez was so impressed by the site's iconic ancient buildings and pyramids that he decided to name the spice after it, especially when he became aware that "aji" means chili in the Nahuatl language.
Tajín came to the United States in 1993 and Americans have been loving it ever since. Since 2012, sales of Tajín Clásico have tripled and that number keeps on growing. You can find in the produce section, seasoning aisle, or with other Hispanic foods at most major grocery retailers. You can also order it online.
Though Tajín Clásico is by far the most popular product in the brand, there are actually quite a few different types of Tajín. Here's a breakdown of each variation of the spice.
The OG Tajín you're probably most familiar with. It boasts itself as a "unique blend of lime, chili peppers, and sea salt that adds the perfect balance of zing to your food." Think of Tajín Clásico as an all-purpose seasoning because it pairs well with fruits and veggies, meats, poultry, salads, popcorn, and drinks.
Tajín Clásico Low Sodium provides the same blend as the original, just with less salt. If you're sensitive to salt or trying to lower your sodium intake, this version is for you.
If you really want to spice up your life, try Tajín Habanero. It packs more heat than Clásico, replacing the mild red chili peppers with habanero chilies. This blend pairs especially well with fish, tuna, and pineapple.
Alright, so Tajín Rimmer is literally the same as Tajín Clásico. The key difference here, however, is the packaging. The Rimmer is designed to to be an user-friendly way to rim your favorite juices, smoothies, and other beverages with Tajín.
If at some point while sprinkling Tajín Clásico on your favorite snack you've thought, "Gee, I love this stuff, but I wish it was a sauce," do I have good news for you. Tajín Regular Snack Sauce packs the same punch as Clásico, but it in a select liquid blend. Try it with franks and sausages.
Perhaps the most unique and mild of all the Tajín products, Tajín Chamoy is sauce with a hint of apricot that gives your food a sweet and spicy twist. It's perfect for snacks, ice cream, and frozen fruit bars.
Using Tajín is pretty simple – just sprinkle it on your favorite foods to your tastes. We personally love Tajín garnished on Mexican street corn, watermelon, and avocado toast. Tajín's website also has a ton of food and beverage recipes if you want to spice things up in the kitchen.