If you’re anywhere near San Antonio right now, you know that the ten day celebration known as Fiesta begins tomorrow. If you’re not familiar with Fiesta it’s full of parades, medals, parties, flower crowns and lots of food! My favorite party was always Taste of The Northside. It’s a delicious tasting event that was close to home and that supports a wonderful charity, Brighton House.
There are official Fiesta events all over the city, but you can also just head downtown to soak up the atmosphere. One of my favorite places downtown is Market Square. It’s known for delicious food and fun shopping (it’s the best place to buy Mexican vanilla). This is where you’ll find the famous 24 hour bakery Mi Tierra, plus all kinds of delicious food carts. And if you’re looking for colorful backdrops for your Instagram photos, this is the place!
One of the food cart staples in Market Square is the spicy fruit cup. The minute you see someone walking around with one, you’ll be on the lookout for the cart! It’s the perfect antidote to the hot Spring weather. If you’re not in San Antonio, you need to try this out for yourself. It’s simple, and it will be the perfect thing for your Fiesta or Cinco de Mayo celebration.
There are a couple of key things to making one of these fruit cups: 1. The fruit isn’t diced up small, it’s in pretty big chunks. 2. You need the spicy seasoning. In Texas, it’s pretty easy to find Tajìn in the produce section of any grocery store but in Alaska, not so much. I did find Mrs. Dash Fiesta Lime is the spice aisle, and I am very happy with it.
That’s it for rules. These are simple and delicious, and they’re perfect for a backyard bbq, or for your Taco Tuesday celebrations! My kids inhaled these, so don’t worry about it being too spicy. You can also add in jicama and cucumber, but I went for all fruit! Use the fruit you love. The only fruit that I think might be a little weird is banana, but I could be totally wrong! I didn’t put exact amounts of the fruit because it totally depends on how many people. For reference, I served 6 people with one pineapple, one pound of strawberries and one pound of mango. I also just used a single serving bottle of ginger ale.
Do you have a favorite Fiesta food? Let us know in the comments.
Festive Fiesta Fruit Cups
- Pineapple, cut into spears
- Strawberries, hulled and halved
- Mango, cut into large chunks (I actually used frozen, and it was great)
- Lime, cut into wedges
- Ginger ale or citrus soda
- Mrs. Dash Fiesta Lime seasoning or Tajìn
- Place all the fruit except for the lime in a large bowl. Top with soda. Refrigerate for at least an hour.
- Strain the fruit and divide it between individual cups.
- Sprinkle the seasoning generously on the fruit and top with a lime wedge.