Homemade Chile Limon Seasoning

When I couldn't find any chile limon seasoning to purchase at the local market, I decided to prepare my own.

Course Snack
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 33 minutes
Servings 1 Cup



  • 2 cups chile de arbol dried or chile japones
  • 2 chile guajillo dried or 1 chile ancho
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sour salt citric acid
  • Kosher salt to taste I added about 3 1/2 teaspoons



  1. Remove any stems from dried chiles.   Remove the seeds only from the large dried chiles, not the chile de arbol. Place the dried chiles to a skillet. Heat to medium/low heat and cook for 6 to 8 minutes, turning often. You just want the peppers to become slightly aromatic and dry out a little more. You will do this in batches so you don't overcrowd the pan.
  2. Also in batches, grind the peppers to a coarse grind using a spice grinder or coffee bean grinder. I only use my coffee grinder for spices, lol!
  3. Combine the ground up chiles with Citric acid(sour salt) and kosher salt to taste. Keep store in an airtight container. Makes about 1 cup. My favorite way to enjoy the chile limon seasoning is on fresh fruit.

Recipe Notes

Tips~ I only use my coffee grinder for spices. They are fairly inexpensive, so I would suggest using it only for spices.