Truly outrageous spicy-sweet Paletas (Mexican Popsicles) made with fresh cantaloupe and chiles!
Recently I went to a small Latin market to shop for chiles. I knew our grocery store would have ancho chiles, but I wasn’t sure about the dried pasillas. Plus, I love these kind of markets. They always have such wondrous diversity and great deals!
After wondering around for a while, dreaming of the infinite recipe possibilities with the unique ingredients piled high on shelves, I found exactly what I needed and headed to the resister.
In front of the counter was a freezer case filled with Paletas (Mexican Popsicles.) The kids looked up at me with pleading eyes.
It was a hot day after all, and there were so many paletas to choose from! I started reading the flavors to the kids… Coconut, pineapple, tamarind, lime, watermelon, banana, sour orange. Then I saw one simply labeled “Chile.”
Now up to this point I wasn’t craving a popsicle, but I had to know… What would a chile-flavored popsicle taste like?
I had that inkling it might be something special! We walked outside and unwrapped our mexican popsicles.
The chile flavored Paletas (Mexican Popsicles) was unreal.
A delicate medley of cantaloupe, cucumber, and lime, with an strong dose of salt and lingering heat from the little flecks of jalapeño throughout the pop. This brilliant amalgamation of sweet, salty, tart, spicy, and cooling flavors was a complete revelation!
Clearly, I had to come home and recreate the chile Paletas (Mexican Popsicles.)
My son repeatedly stated they were, “Totally awesome!” The daughter said, “It’s so spicy, but I can’t stop eating it!” And my husband has been telling everyone in sight about them for the last 3 days. You could say the homemade chile Paletas (Mexican Popsicles) were a hit!
I bet you’ll enjoy these sweet and spicy Paletas (Mexican Popsicles) just as much as we did.
Paletas (Mexican Popsicles)
Yield: 12 servings
Prep Time:1 hour 15 minutes
Easy spicy-sweet Paletas (Mexican Popsicles) made with fresh cantaloupe and chiles. The perfect way to spice things up while you cool off this summer!
- 1/2 large ripe cantaloupe
- 1 medium peeled cucumber
- Juice of 2 fresh limes
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1 jalapeño, seeds removed and diced
- 2 drops of red food coloring to enhance the color (optional)
- Peel the cantaloupe and remove the seeds. Roughly chop the cantaloupe and cucumber. Place them in a blender with lime juice, salt and sugar. Puree until smooth. Check the flavor; it should be equally sweet and salty. Add a little more sugar or salt if needed.
- Add half or all of the jalapeño to the blender. Pulse a few times.
- Pour the mixture into popsicle holds. Freeze for one hour, then push popsicle sticks into the center of each cup and return to the freezer until solid. Usually 2-3 hours total.
Yield: 12 servings, Serving Size: 1 popsicle
- Amount Per Serving:
- Calories: 45 Calories
- Total Fat: 0.1g
- Sodium: 200mg
- Carbohydrates: 11.5g
- Fiber: 0.5g
- Sugar: 11.3g
- Protein: 0.4g
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