Mexican Fruit Cups (vasos de fruta)

Mexican fruit cups are versatile, easy to make, and refreshing. It is an amazing way to enjoy fresh fruits with more flavor and a delicious tangy zing!

Healthy and flavorful, these two words make a deadly combination. An amazing example of this combination is the delicious, refreshing, and super healthy Mexican fruit cups.

Mexican fruit cups garnished with salsa, chili powder and lime juice.

Nothing can beat a cup of fresh tropical fruits loaded with Mexican flavors on a bright sunny day. It is enough to lift your mood.

What are Mexican fruit cups?

Mexican fruit cups (vasos de fruta, in spanish) are a very popular and common Mexican street food. It is made from fresh tropical fruits, mainly mangos, pineapples, jícama, watermelons, etc.

They are topped with delicious Mexican salsa and chili powder. The combination of fresh sweet and tangy fruits, heat from the spicy, and kick from the salsa and lime brings so much flavor.

Mexican fruit cups seasoned with chili powder and salsa.

What’s special about the Mexican fruit stands?

If you are wondering what’s unique about a Mexican fruit stand, there is so much! You will have to see it to understand the hype behind these stands. To satisfy your curiosity, here is why I simply love these stands:

  • The variety: Mexicans sure know how to use a variety of ingredients; if you ever get a chance to see a Mexican fruit stand, you will get blown away by the variety of fruits they keep. And the best thing is, they are all organized in such a beautiful way as if it is a piece f art, literally!
  • The color: With the variety comes the colors. You will get the fruit of every color! From orange to red, green, yellow, white! You name it, and they have fruit for it. It is so vibrant and pretty. The colors catch your eye instantly!
  • The technique: The way they cut all these fruits and use other ingredients to top them up and create a beautiful, visually appealing cup is amazing. It seems like a simple task, but there is technique! That’s for sure!
  • The flavors: No flavor overpowers the cup. It is a perfect balance of sweetness, tanginess, and heat. It is utterly delicious.
Cups filled with various types of fruits placed on a stand.

In those stands you’ll find not only fruit cups but also other snacks like pepinos locos (crazy cucumbers), mangonadas (mango slushies), sandía loca (crazy watermelon), aguas frescas, and a lot more!

So, what are you waiting for? Try Mexican fruit cups the next time you see a stand! And if you don’t have it in your area, no problem at all! Follow this simple recipe and make this delicious cup at home for yourself and your family. It is a perfect snack and is super healthy and flavorsome. I am sure you will fall in love with it instantly!

Make your own version!

The good thing about a Mexican fruit cup is that you don’t need a recipe for it. You have four main components, i.e., fresh fruit, salsa, chili powder, and lime. So, no matter what fruit you have at your home or in season, you can create a delicious and refreshing Mexican fruit cup!

The spice from the chili powder, the kick from the salsa is enough to cut through the sweetness of the fruit and balance out the flavors. Those below are the ingredients I used for this recipe:

A cutting board loaded with various tropical fruits cut into pieces.

Make it kid-friendly

Want to make those delicious fruit cups but your kids (or yourself) doesn’t like spicy? No worries! you can still enjoy this refreshing recipe by just adding a pinch of salt and a squeeze of lemon on top. You won’t believe how delicious is!

Notes

  • You can add as much Chamoy or Tajín you want, I recommend adding first just a few drops and a pinch or both, taste and adjust to your liking.
  • If you using other types of salsa or chili powder you’ll need to ad a pinch of salt to each serving as those two brands contain salt already on the product.
  • You can make your own Valentina copy-cat salsa using our recipe.
Mexican fruit cups recipe (foto cover)

Mexican Fruit Cups (vasos de fruta)

Mexican fruit cups are versatile, easy to make, and refreshing. It is an amazing way to enjoy fresh fruits with more flavor and a delicious tangy zing!
PREP 10 minutes
TOTAL 10 minutes
5 from 1 vote
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Servings: 10

Ingredients 

  • 1 large mango (peeled and cut into spears)
  • 2 large oranges (peeled and cut into cubes)
  • ½ small pineapple (peeled, cored and cut into cubes)
  • 1 large jícama (peeled and cut into cubes)
  • 4 cups watermelon (peeled and cubed)
  • 2 medium cucumbers (peeled and cut into spears)

For serving

  • Tajín or chili powder (as needed)
  • Chamoy, Valentina or any hot Mexican salsa (read notes)
  • 3 limes (some for serving and some for garnish)

Instructions

  • Place fruit on cups alternating one piece of each type.
  • Squeeze a little bit of lime juice over the fruit.
  • Add a splash of salsa and finish with a sprinkle of Tajín on top (read notes).
  • Place a wedge of lime on each cup and serve.

notes

  • You can add as much Chamoy or Tajín you want, I recommend adding first just a few drops and a pinch or both, taste and adjust to your liking.
  • If you using other types of salsa or chili powder you’ll need to ad a pinch of salt to each serving as those two brands contain salt already on the product.
  • You can make your own Valentina copy-cat salsa using our recipe.
Nutrition
Calories: 127kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 7mg | Potassium: 474mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 743IU | Vitamin C: 85mg | Calcium: 54mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. 5 stars
    These look delicious. I remember having something similar on the beaches of Mazatlan. Brings back memories. Thanks for sharing #cookblogshare

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