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Watermelon with Homemade Tajín, Candied Peanuts, and Hot Sauce Recipe

This Mexican-inspired street snack is salty, sweet, and spicy at the same time.

by Gerardo Gonzalez
Jul 1 2015, 3:52pm

"The more chilled the watermelon, the better."

Prep time: 20 minutes


for the homemade Tajín mix:
1/4 cup sumac
1/4 cup Aleppo
1/16 cup smoked salt

for the candied peanuts:
1 cup peanuts
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon water

for the hot sauce:
1 pineapple
4 dried guajillo chilies, rehydrated
1 cup chipotle peppers in adobo
1 cup apple cider vinegar
salt, to taste
1 watermelon, cut into pie-shaped slices
popsicle sticks


1. Make the tajín mix by blending all ingredients together. Set aside.

2. Next, make the candied peanuts. Melt sugar and water over medium heat. Once color starts to appear in sugar, toss in peanuts. Take off heat and stir vigorously. Return to heat for thirty more seconds while stirring vigorously. Let cool.

3. To make the hot sauce, purée and blend until smooth.

4. To assemble: Cut watermelon into pie-shaped slices. Stick a popsicle in the rind so that it's easy to handle. Sprinkle with tajín, candied peanuts, a squirt of hot sauce, and a tamarindo lollipop if you like. Enjoy.

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