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Sweltering summer heat can only mean one thing, paletas!!! These cucumber-chile paletas are the perfect cucumber popsicle, not to spicy, sweet, and just the right amount of tart. (You can put lime and chile on almost anything and I’d totally eat it.) We are so happy to be participating once again in Lola’s Cocina Paleta Week. This year there are 10 vegan paletas! So be sure to head over there and check it out and share with #paletaweek.

Cucumber-chile paletas (Cucumber popsicles with lime and chile). Not too spicy, yet sweet and a bit tart, the perfect combination.

Paletas are definitely a family favorite treat. Some of our favorites are strawberry, coconut, pecan, mango and tamarind, but there are so many other flavors out there like oreo, chocolate, watermelon, and of course cucumber. The kids love to help make them and they get super excited when they see the paleta mold come out.

Cucumber-chile paletas (Cucumber popsicles with lime and chile). Not too spicy, yet sweet and a bit tart, the perfect combination.

Mexico has a history of unconventional ice cream flavors, some of them are even trendy now, but Mexico has been doing it for years. Some of the most popular ones are corn, avocado, arroz con leche, rose petal, and tequila and lime.

Cucumber-chile paletas (Cucumber popsicles with lime and chile). Not too spicy, yet sweet and a bit tart, the perfect combination.

The beginning of the paleta industry can be traced to Tocumbo, Michoacan in the 1930’s. Where a family business, la Michoacana, flourished and spread to the rest of the country. You can find a Michoacana in almost any town in Mexico, and without a doubt you will be able to find vegan options there.

Cucumber-chile paletas (Cucumber popsicles with lime and chile). Not too spicy, yet sweet and a bit tart, the perfect combination.

To find your vegan options, simply ask for paletas or helado de agua, which means from water. Paletas and helado de agua are made with a water base, and are just as delicious as there milky counterparts. One of the greatest things about Mexican paletas and ice cream is that they are made with local and fresh fruit. What are your favorite paleta flavors??

Cucumber-chile paletas (Cucumber popsicles with lime and chile). Not too spicy, yet sweet and a bit tart, the perfect combination.

The Recipe: Cucumber-Chile Paletas (Cucumber Popsicles)

  • You don’t have to use a fancy cucumber to make this (a.k.a english cucumbers), a regular one will do.
  • Make sure to peel and remove the seeds.
  • Our favorite chile powder for this is Tajín, which is now available at most grocery stores.
  • Make sure that your pineapple is ripe for extra sweetness.
  • You can use any sweetener you prefer.
  • Enjoy!!
Cucumber-chile paletas (Cucumber popsicles with lime and chile). Not too spicy, yet sweet and a bit tart, the perfect combination.
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Cucumber-Chile Paletas (Cucumber Popsicles)

These cucumber-chile paletas are the perfect cucumber popsicle, not to spicy, sweet, and just the right amount of tart.
Course Dessert
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword cucumber popsicles, vegan paletas
Prep Time 15 minutes
Servings 8 paletas
33 kcal
Author Dora S.

Ingredients

  • 2 ¾ cup Cubed cucumber peeled, deseeded
  • 1 cup Cubed pineapple, fresh
  • 2 tbsp. Sugar or your favorite sweetener
  • 2 tbsp. Lime juice, fresh
  • 2 tbsp. Tajín chile powder

Preparation

  1. Place all the ingredients in the blender, and process until smooth.
  2. Pour into your molds, snap on the lids, and freeze for at least 5 hours.
  3. After unmolding the popsicles, sprinkle them with some more chile powder and enjoy!!

Chef's Notes

If you don’t have popsicle molds, you can use shot glasses or small plastic cups. Pour mixture into glasses and freeze for 30 min to 1 hour. Insert popsicle sticks and freeze for 4 more hours.

Nutrition Facts
Cucumber-Chile Paletas (Cucumber Popsicles)
Amount Per Serving (1 Paleta)
Calories 33
% Daily Value*
Sodium 61mg3%
Potassium 156mg4%
Carbohydrates 9g3%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 6g7%
Vitamin A 1140IU23%
Vitamin C 12.5mg15%
Calcium 21mg2%
Iron 0.8mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition Facts
Cucumber-Chile Paletas (Cucumber Popsicles)
Amount Per Serving (1 Paleta)
Calories 33
% Daily Value*
Sodium 61mg3%
Potassium 156mg4%
Carbohydrates 9g3%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 6g7%
Vitamin A 1140IU23%
Vitamin C 12.5mg15%
Calcium 21mg2%
Iron 0.8mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

 

 

 

There’s nothing like a refreshing margarita on a blistering hot summer day. This pineapple chile margarita on the rocks is exactly that, refreshing, slightly sweet, tart, and a bit spicy. The combination of fresh pineapple, pineapple juice, tequila, triple sec, lime juice and chile powder make it hard to have just one. I am happy to be participating in margarita week hosted by holajalapeno.com with this recipe. Click on the link to discover many other margarita recipes that you can test out on your friends this 5 de Mayo.

This pineapple chile margarita on the rocks is refreshing, slightly sweet, tart, and a bit spicy. It's hard to have just one!

I first had this margarita on my honeymoon, of course I was no stranger to the combination of pineapple and chile, but to have it incorporated in one of my favorite drinks was a delightful surprise. It could have been my newlywed bliss, the amazing Four Seasons Punta Mita with its views, beach and service, or even the especially hot sun on that day that made this drink so particularly enchanting. Over the years I have made this pineapple chile margarita over and over again and I figured it’s finally time to share with you.

This pineapple chile margarita on the rocks is refreshing, slightly sweet, tart, and a bit spicy. It's hard to have just one!

I am a bit of a margarita snob. I’m pretty sure all bartenders hate me, because I always specify the quantities and ingredients I would like in my margarita. It goes something like this: ” I would like a margarita please, 2 oz of Don Julio reposado, 1 oz. of triple sec, and 1 oz of fresh lime juice, but please make sure it’s FRESH lime juice, and on the rocks with salt.” After a sure eye roll from the server, and my husband’s stare of embarrassment (or maybe it’s pride), most of the time I get the exact margarita I want. I just cannot swallow another taste of margaritas made with sour mix or fake lime juice. I told you I was a snob!

This pineapple chile margarita on the rocks is refreshing, slightly sweet, tart, and a bit spicy. It's hard to have just one!

The Recipe: Pineapple Chile Margarita on the Rocks

I prefer my margaritas with a salt rim and on the rocks, but if you would like to make this frozen, just blend the whole think up. Enjoy!

This pineapple chile margarita on the rocks is refreshing, slightly sweet, tart, and a bit spicy. It's hard to have just one!
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Pineapple Chile Margarita on the Rocks

Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 2 drinks
Author Dora S.

Ingredients

  • 1 Lime, cut into quarters
  • 1/2 cup (4 fl oz.) Tequila of your choice, ( I like Corralejo)
  • 1/4 cup (2 fl oz.) Cointreau or triple sec
  • 1/4 cup (2 fl oz.) Lime juice, fresh
  • 1/2 cup (4 fl oz.) Pineapple juice
  • 1/4 cup Chopped pinapple, fresh
  • 1 tsp. + 1/4 cup Tajín chile powder (see note)
  • 2 cups Ice cubes or crushed ice

Preparation

  1. Place the ¼ of a cup of Tajín chile powder on a small flat plate. 

  2. Take one quarter of a lime and rub it along the edges of the two glasses you will be serving your margarita in. Immediately place the rims of the glasses on the plate with the chile and twist to coat. 

  3. Combine the tequila, Cointreau, lime juice, pineapple juice, chopped pineapple, 1 tsp. of Tajín chile powder, and 1 cup of ice. Stir to blend well.

  4. Divide the remaining one cup of ice between the two glasses and pour margarita mixture over. 

  5. You can garnish with a wedge of pineapple dipped in chile powder

Chef's Notes

You can find Tajín chile powder at your local grocery store or at the nearest Mexican market.

Hot sticky summers, clothes drenched in sweat, and the almost unbearable burn of the sun on your skin can only describe a summer in northern Mexico, ok and probably Arizona and Texas too. Those were the summers of my childhood, but summer in Mexico also means dozens of paleta flavors to explore and the perfect yuki o raspado(slushie) to cool you down. One of the most memorable raspados is the mangonada, a combination of sweet mango puree and ice, layered with spicy chamoy, lime juice and chile powder. It is a classic combination of sweet, sour, and spicy, which is a popular flavor profile of Mexican cuisine, and one of my favorites.

mangonada

This mangonada was made with homemade chamoy which means it has no added sugar! What no sugar? That’s right. (Chamoy is a sweet and spicy sauce made from dried apricots that is used as a dip for fruit or in paletas and raspados.) The only sugar in this mangonada is the natural sugar found in the mango and dried apricots. You can also buy chamoy bottled at your local hispanic market or on amazon. Just writing about this is making my mouth water.

mangonada

mangonada

We will not be spending this summer in Mexico. Instead two of my nieces are coming to visit. We will be enjoying the beautiful California weather and beaches  while they are here. There will be swim lessons, vacation bible school and possibly a road trip in July. I’m looking forward to a long summer spent with family and friends. Enjoy!

The Recipe: Mangonada (Mango and Chamoy Slushie)

mangonada
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Mangonada (Mango and Chamoy Slushie)

Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 2 servings
Author Dora Stone

Ingredients

Chamoy

  • 1 cup Apricots, dried
  • 2 cups Water
  • 2-3 tbsp. Chile ancho powder
  • 2 tbsp. Lime juice, fresh
  • 1 tbsp. Apple cider vinegar

Slushie

  • 1 cup + 2 tbsp. Mango, diced
  • 1 cup Ice
  • 6 tbsp. Chamoy
  • 1 Lime, juice of
  • Chile powder To Taste (tajín)

Preparation

  1. To make the chamoy, place the dried apricots and water in a saucepot and bring it up to a boil. Lower heat and simmer for 30 min. Set aside.
  2. Reserve ¾ of a cup of the apricot cooking liquid.
  3. Take the simmered apricots, reserved cooking liquid, chile ancho powder, lime juice, and apple cider vinegar and blend until smooth. Add more or less water for a thinner or thicker consistency. (I left mine a little on the thick side.) Let cool.
  4. To make the slushie, place ½ cup of mango in the bottom of the blender container, add a layer of ice, continue to alternate the layers this way with the rest of your ice and 1 cup mango.
  5. Blend on medium speed until you are left with a slushie consistency. The pieces of ice, though small, should still be seen.
  6. To assemble, take to glasses and pour in a tbsp. of chamoy in the bottom of each one. Add a layer of mango slushie, followed by another tbsp. of chamoy. Repeat one more time.
  7. Sprinkle 1 tbsp. of diced mango on the top of each finished slushie. Squeeze half of a lime into each glass and top with as much chile powder as you desire. Serve with a spoon and a straw.

Chef's Notes

Makes 2 (8 oz.) glasses. Use 2 tbsp. of ancho chile powder for a mild chamoy, use 3 for a spicier version.