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29 September 2020

Tajin seasoning is a popular Mexican spice blend made with a combination of salt, chili peppers, and dehydrated lime. It adds just the right touch of zing. Learn more about it.

If you are a spicy food lover, you may come across a lot of spices you never knew about but once you do, they take up a permanent space in your spice rack. One such spice is Tajin, an oddly named spice blend but with an amazing taste! Here is everything you’d like to know about it.

What is Tajin Seasoning?

Tajin is a well-known Mexican seasoning made with a combination of chili powders, lime and sea salt with a few other ingredients. If you are familiar with the tortilla chip brands that include a hint of lime, this is quite similar – the right combination of salty, tangy, and spicy to satisfy your taste buds.

The most popular brand of this spicy seasoning is widely produced in Mexico by Tajín, a Mexican Company, though it’s popularity continues to grow in the United States. This brand is made with mild chili peppers, lime and sea salt and is quite mild. They also sell 

How To Use Tajin Spice?

Many people wonder, what should I put Tajin on? The spice blend is famous for its tangy and spicy flavor, so it is a perfect fit for sprinkling onto fruits and vegetables, where it will enhance the sweet taste. You can also add it to homemade guacamole and the flavor boost will leave you amazed. It is great for Mexican cuisine.

Try this – take a cucumber, cut it into circles, lay them out on the plate, then sprinkle Tajin over the slices to make a perfect mouth-watering appetizer. Quick and easy!

You can also sprinkle the spice blend on pineapple, melon, and mango to enhance their sweetness and make your taste buds tingle with satisfaction. The best thing is that you can whip these appetizers together in a matter of a few minutes. Easy peasy!

Also, use it on popcorn or potato chips to make the perfect snack for movie night. Rim a glass with Tajin for a twist on your favorite margarita or for Bloody Marys.

You can usually get your hands on Tajin in most grocery stores as they are easily available.

Substitutes For Tajin

If by any chance you are unable to find Tajin seasoning, you can make your own by following the below-mentioned guidelines. As you already know that Tajin is a mixture of salt, lime juice, and chili pepper, the substitute is very easy to make as well.

For making your own Tajin at home, you will need:

  • 1 tablespoon of paprika powder or red chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried lime zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon each of garlic powder, onion powder, grounded coriander, salt, cayenne pepper powder
  • 1/8th teaspoon sugar

Once you have collected all the ingredients, mix them up well and use it as a seasoning in the place of tajín seasoning.

How Long Does Tajin Last?

Spices usually do not have an expiration date, however, the flavor weakens after some time. Try to keep your spices in air-tight and sealed containers to increase their life. It is best used within 3 months to guarantee the best flavor. Keep refrigerated if using fresh lime zest and use within a few days, or freeze it.

Where Can I Buy Tajin?

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Tajin Seasoning
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Homemade Tajin Seasoning Recipe

Tajin seasoning is a popular Mexican spice blend made with a combination of salt, chili peppers, and dehydrated lime. It adds just the right touch of zing. Learn more about it.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Course: Seasonings
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: chili powder, lime, seasoning, spices
Servings: 1
Calories: 32kcal


  • 1 tablespoon paprika or red chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried lime zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon sugar


  • Mix all of the ingredient together in a small bowl.
  • Use as desired to season your dish.


Calories: 32kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 589mg | Potassium: 160mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 3656IU | Calcium: 16mg | Iron: 2mg

Questions? Feel free to contact me anytime. I’m happy to help. — Mike H.

NOTE: This page was updated on 9/29/20 to include new information. It was originally published on 3/31/19.


  1. Does this need to be stored in the fridge since it has fresh lime zest? Will it really last 3 months?

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Jeanette, use dehydrated (dried) lime zest and it will last 3 months. If using fresh lime zest, use within a few days and store in the refrigerator. I have updated the post to make that clearer. Thank you.

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