Fruit leathers rolled up in a tupperware on a wooden surface.

Chili Spiced Fruit Leathers (LA Fruit Cart Style!)

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 6 hours
Total Time: 6 hours 5 minutes
Makes: 8 leathers
Calories: 35 kcal
Author: Fresh Off the Grid

This easy fruit leather recipe is inspired by LA's fruit carts: chili dusted watermelon, mango, and pineapple. Sweet, salty, and just a hint of spice.

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups watermelon
  • 1 cup mango
  • 1 cup pineapple
  • ½ lime juiced
  • 1 teaspoon Tajin seasoning or other chili-lime seasoning
  • neutral oil for greasing trays

Instructions

  1. If using frozen fruit, thaw to room temperature. Place watermelon, mango, pineapple, and lime juice into a blender or fruit processor. Blend until smooth.
  2. Lightly oil your dehydrator’s fruit leather trays. Spread the puree into an even, ¼” layer onto the trays. In our Nesco Snackmaster, this recipe used two trays. Sprinkle the Tajin seasoning over the top.
  3. Dehydrate at 135F for 4-8 hours, until the leathers are pliable and no longer tacky.
  4. Peel the leathers off the tray and cut into strips with a knife, pizza cutter, or scissors. If using a square tray, this will be fairly straightforward. If your trays are round (like ours), cut them into quarters and then roll them into cone shapes. Store in an airtight container or ziplock bags.

How to make fruit leathers in the oven:

Preheat your oven to the lowest temperature it will go.
After blending the fruit, spread the puree on a silicone mat or parchment paper lined baking sheet. Spread the mixture into an even 1/4" layer.
Place the baking sheet in the oven and dry 4-6 hours, until the fruit leather is dry and no longer tacky. You may want to rotate the sheet around every hour or so to ensure even drying.

EQUIPMENT NEEDED

Dehydrator
Fruit leather trays
Offset spatula
Knife, pizza cutter, or scissors
Airtight container or ziplock baggies