Sandia Loca: Mexican-style crazy watermelon

Sandia Loca (crazy watermelon) is the perfect party snack for summer. A colorful fruit piñata with a mix of flavors that ranges from sweet to salty, to sour, and even spicy.

Sandia loca (crazy watermelon) decorated with fruit skewers and Mexican candies.

What Is Sandia Loca?

Sandía Loca (a.k.a. crazy watermelon) is a popular Mexican snack made using the flesh and shell of watermelon and filling it with a variety of fruit, salty snacks, and Mexican candies.

The fresh fruit mixture is then drizzled with Hot salsa, lime juice, and a blend of chili powder to deliver a particular and tasteful family snack.

I sound crazy, right? Well, that’s why Sandia Loca translates to ‘crazy watermelon’ because the name of this snack comes from the way is made: Adding whatever you feel like, from fruit, peanuts, and even Mexican spicy candies. The crazier, the better!

A close up of sandia loca.

About the watermelon (sandia)

Watermelons are packed with Vitamin A and C, potassium and magnesium. They also also high in water and low in calories.

You will need a ripe but firm and sweet watermelon, so when buying it, look for the yellow spot where the watermelon was sitting on the ground, it should be creamy yellow and not green.

Depending to how many people you wanna serve this recipe, you can choose from a small, medium, or large watermelon. You can see in the video below that I used a small watermelon.

Many small watermelons piled.

Related article: Types of watermelon. By MaterClass.com

The Ingredients And Where To Buy them

Honestly, I try to keep it low when adding candies because my family and friends are not too used to those, so I add just a few to decorate the watermelon and the rest is mostly fruit, which everyone loves!

All snacks, salsas, and tamarind candies can be found at online Mexican stores or Amazon. In some USA states or other countries with large Mexican communities, you can also find some local Mexican stores that always carry those ingredients.

FRUIT/VEGGIES: In Mexico, the most used are jicama, pepinos (cucumber), orange, pineapple, and mango. But of course, you can also add anything you have locally available, such as strawberries, apples, pears, blueberries, etc.

CANDIES: Some candies you might like to include are Banderillas (straws with tamarind), Vero Mango (mango-flavored lollipops sprinkled with chili), Pulparindos, Salsagheti, etc.

A variety of Mexican candies displayed on a marble surface.

SALTY SNACKS: The ones you don’t wanna miss are Japanese peanuts, also known as cracker nuts. This popular Mexican snack can be also found at any Latin Store or Amazon in small bags, look for them as cacahuates japoneses.

SEASONINGS: Tajin (Mexican chili powder blend), chamoy (hot salsa with lime), and any type of hot salsa you prefer, I like Valentina salsa or Cholula salsa.

How To Make Sandía Loca

Prepare the shell

Wash thoroughly the watermelon and then cut it in half. Cut a little bit of the stem end of the watermelon so it prevents the fruit from rocking back and forth and helps it to sit flat.

Cutting the watermelon base.

Prepare the fruit

Now, score the flesh of the watermelon into a deep grid, then, using a spoon, scoop the fruit carefully and place it onto a large bowl. I also made a few balls for the skewers using a watermelon baller (this is optional).

A collage showing how to cut and carve the watermelon.

Cut the other fruits into cubes, bars, or any format you’d like. Place everything into the bowl with the watermelon.

IMPORTANT: Before placing in a bowl, make 2 or 3 skewers with the fruit and set them aside. Those will be for decorating at the end.

Add lime juice, Tajín powder, and Chamoy to the fruit in the bowl. Carefully toss everything, taste, and adjust to your preferences adding more lime juice, salt, salsa, or chili powder.

The fruit seasoned and mixed on a bowl.

Add the fruit salad into the watermelon shell. You can either place it all at once or make layers with peanuts, candies, and fruit. I prefer adding all fruit so I don’t have to add so many candies.

The fruit salad into the watermelon shell.

Decorate

Place the candies on top inserting them here and there. Place the fruit skewers and lollipops inserted into the watermelon rind to keep them in place.

Decorating watermelon with candies.

Drizzle with more Chamoy and sprinkle more Tajin on top. You can also add a splash of Clamato juice, this is an optional step but surely adds some flavor to this Mexican snack!

How To Serve

Sandia Loca is a snack that you can serve mostly for parties and gatherings. Since is a bit spicy I really recommend pairing it with some Mexican frescas, here are the ones I think you might like:

How To Make Ahead And Store

Yes! This fun snack can be made a few hours or even one day ahead. And actually is better for you if you want to serve ir at a party. So…

  • Cut the fruit but don’t season it.
  • Keep it in an air-tight container covered in the fridge.
  • Wrap the watermelon shell with cling film and keep it also stored in the fridge.
  • Assemble everything when you intend to serve it.

Watch How To Make It

Similar Recipes

  • Pepinos Locos. Cucumbers cups filled with Japanese peanuts, jicama, and salsas.
  • Tostilocos. Tostitos corn chips layered with fruit and seasoned with chamoy, tajin, and lime juice.
Sandía loca recipe cover.

Sandía Loca (crazy watermelon)

author Maricruz
This Sandia Loca (crazy watermelon) is the perfect party snack for summer. A colorful fruit piñata with a blend of flavors that ranges from sweet, salty, sour and spicy.
prep 20 minutes
total 20 minutes
serving 10

Ingredients 

  • 1 medium watermelon
  • 1 medium mango (diced)
  • 1 medium orange (cut into half-moons)
  • 1 large cucumber (diced)
  • 1 cup jícama (diced)
  • Mexican sweet-spicy candies (read notes)
  • 1 cup Japanese-style peanuts (or salty peanuts)
  • Chamoy sauce
  • Tajín powder
  • 2 limes
  • ½ cup clamato juice (optional)
  • salt

Instructions
 

  • Wash thoroughly the watermelon and then cut it in half.
  • Cut a little bit of the stem end of the watermelon so it prevents the fruit from rocking back and forth and helps it to sit flat.
  • Score the flesh of the watermelon into a deep grid, then, using a spoon, scoop the fruit carefully and place it onto a large bowl.
  • Cut the other fruits into cubes, bars or any format you’d like. Place everything into the bowl with the watermelon.
  • IMPORTANT: Before placing in a bowl, make 2 or 3 skewers with the fruit and set aside. Those are optional but can be used to decorate.
  • Add lime juice, Tajín powder, and Chamoy to the fruit in the bowl.
  • Carefully toss everything, taste, and adjust to your preferences adding more lime juice, salt, or spicy.
  • Add the fruit salad into the watermelon shell. You can either place all at once or make layers with peanuts, candies and fruit.
  • Place the candies on top inserting them here and there.
  • Place the fruit skewers and lollipops inserted into the watermelon rind to keep them in place.
  • Drizzle with more Chamoy and sprinkle more Tajín on top and serve.

Notes

  • You can find a large variety of typical Mexican candies at online stores (like Amazon) and Mexican grocers. Choose whatever you like, even though, candies with tamarind are the most used.
  • Some candies you might like to include are: Banderillas (straws with tamarind), Vero Mango (mango flavored lollipops sprinkled with chili), Pulparindos, Salsagheti, etc.
  • Nutrition info doesn’t include candies and peanuts.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 166kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 6mg | Potassium: 635mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 33g | Vitamin A: 2844IU | Vitamin C: 58mg | Calcium: 49mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. 5 stars
    Omg you just gave the most beautiful idea! I’ll go to a party next weekend and was wondering what to bring, this sandia loca is perfect!

  2. 5 stars
    What a fun and lovely idea, I am just so sorry I didn’t see this recipe before, as there’s no way I can find a good watermelon right now. But I bookmarked this recipe anyway.