Crunchy Jicama Sticks with Chilies and Lime

A crisp, salty, and spicy alternative to chips, that happens to be pretty healthy, too!

Crunchy Jicama Sticks with Chilies and Lime

If you've never heard of the jicama, here's a quick primer! It's pronounced "hee-ca-ma," it's crisp, crunchy, and very refreshing, and its neutral taste lends itself to being jazzed up with exciting flavors.

This version of jicama is a great snack alternative to chips - it has a similar satisfying crunch and savory-salty flavor, but without any of that deep-fried guilt added on top. The combination of chili and lime with jicama is well-loved as a snack across Mexico. This version uses two kinds of chilis to add spice and smoke - the flavors are totally adjustable to suit your desired level of heat. Give it a try for a wonderfully refreshing and healthy summer snack!

Spices used in this recipe


Chili Peppers, Crushed
Chili Powder, Chipotle
Salt, Kosher
Peppercorns, Tellicherry, Grinder

Ingredients

Preparation

  1. Trim the jicama, cutting off both ends, and then peel. Peeling can be slightly difficult, as sometimes the skin is fibrous, so make sure you get all the peel off for the best crunchy texture. Cut the jicama into ¼-inch thick sticks.
  2. Place the jicama sticks in a bowl and toss with the lime juice, cilantro, and crushed red chili flakes.
  3. Arrange on a plate or in a bowl and sprinkle with chipotle powder, ground black Tellicherry pepper, and kosher salt. Keep these three spices on hand as you snack to adjust the seasoning as you go! Serve at once.

Serves 6 as a snack. Adapted from Serious Eats.

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