5 Latin-Inspired Jicama Dishes

Despite spanning plates around the world, jicama will always have its roots in Mexican and Latin cuisine. Its refreshing crispness and sweet, starchy flavor makes the vegetable a laid-back partner for chefs everywhere. Show your jicama a little home-town love with these dishes from the cuisine that made it famous.

Jicama Con Chile

A particularly popular snack and appetizer throughout Mexico and Southern California, jicama con chile is a fantastic blend of salty, sour, and spicy flavors. Traditionally, sliced jicama sticks are seasoned with lime juice, red pepper flakes, and chili powder, but feel free to add in your own latin spices.

Jicama Salad

The crisp juiciness of jicama makes it a wonderful addition to a variety of salads, but we like pairing it with popular Mexican ingredients like avocado, bell peppers, or cilantro. If you’re looking to mix up the texture of your salad, there are few better options than jicama.

Mexican Vegetable Soup

Nothing quite beats a good soup at the end of a long day. Bring your customers some comfort by utilizing jicama in a spicy vegetable soup. This dish can be a great “soup de jour” if you need to burn through a lot of excess produce in your kitchen, as you can combine almost any mixture of Mexican produce with a little retooling. To start, we’d recommend working with corn, bell peppers, red onion, and diced tomatoes.

Jicama Salsa 

Simultaneously light, flavorful, and colorful, jicama based salsas are great entry point into the world of the jicama. We’d recommend focusing on the interplay between sweet and spicy flavors here, so don’t be afraid to add in sweeter fruit like mangoes or pineapple alongside jalapeños or serranos.

Mexican Slaw

If you need something to tie the flavor profile of a fish taco together, a Mexican inspired slaw can do wonders. For best results, try julienning your jicama to ensure that it compliments the flavor of the meat with each bite. In terms of complimentary flavors, you can never go wrong with scallions or lime juice alongside the integral cabbage portion.

  • Pro Tip: Avoid overusing mayonnaise in this slaw; it’ll overshadow any subtle flavors.