We all have that go-to staple for summer—that one item we dig out of the closet after everything thaws out that signifies summer is here. It’s trusty and versatile and that’s why we love it. Maybe it’s that beach bag that doubles as a workout tote, or that old bucket hat that keeps the sun off your face and acts as a fashion statement (because you knew they’d make a comeback eventually).

With summer in full swing, we’re met with a barrage of barbecues, picnics, festivals and more. And we all know what that means—all the food and all the drinks. With the foodie frenzy in full swing, it can be daunting to try to put a new twist on old summer classics. If you’re already sweating about impressing guests at your next soiree, we’ve got our own summer staple for you that pairs just as easily with savory as with sweet: Tajín® Clásico seasoning.

Chef Michelle Duran and Chef Alexa McKay

Tajín’s authentic flavor is a unique blend of mild chili peppers, dehydrated lime juice and sea salt—but you don’t have to seek out your local Mexican grocer to buy it. Global love for Tajín has been heating up and for two gals with Hispanic roots, we’re excited to see the ‘zing’ craze come to Tyson Foods.

Chef Alexa here, and for me, TexMex is my heritage cuisine so adding a little bit of chili or lime to my dishes feels so natural to me. Sprinkling a little Tajin over fresh cut fruit or using it on grilled chicken makes them taste like home.

And for me, Chef Michelle, Tajín was always a staple in our household. It was the perfect little seasoning. From eggs for breakfast to french-fries at lunch and popcorn for a snack. We never missed a chance to spice things up.

We’re here to show you that no matter if you’re the hostess with the mostest or want to surprise and delight when you show up, Tajín should be your new go-to staple this summer.

For movie night

I think most people can agree that when it comes to cinema snacks, popcorn reigns supreme for movie munchies. Whether you’re spending the night in, hiding under the covers while watching the newest horror flick, or heading out to the theater or the drive-in to enjoy the newest irreverent comedy with pals, Tajín Popcorn Trail Mix is sure to be a palate-pleaser.

What You’ll Need:

  • Tajín Popcorn
  • Caramel corn
  • Corn nuts
  • Roasted peanuts
  • Candied mango

Mix ingredients to your liking. Try swapping in different mixed nuts or dried fruit, and if you’re feeling super sweet, add some chocolate chips.

For your backyard barbecue

The perfect backyard barbecue isn’t complete without finger foods to nibble on while you get the grill fired up. Finding the perfect balance can be hard—you want something to tide you over, but don’t want to ruin your appetite, and you want something that stands out from the usual chips and dips. Tajín ‘Salchicha’ in a Blanket is the perfect snack to punch up your hors d’oeuvres this summer.

What You’ll Need:

Cut crescent dough into triangles and roll up each Lit’l Smokie. Sprinkle on a pinch of Tajín before popping in the oven. Once they’re golden brown, top each with a dollop of chili mayo and serve with your favorite cheese sauce.

For the tailgate

Summer is baseball season, and that means tailgating is in full swing. Whether you’re prepping for nine innings at the ball park or celebrating your little leaguer at the local field, make sure your fan food fare isn’t a foul. Try swapping the chips in your nachos with chicken and bring on the zing with Tajín Chicken Bite Nachos.

What You’ll Need:

Heat up the chicken bites on a sheet tray in the oven. When they’re just about done, sprinkle them with shredded cheese and put them back in the oven until the cheese is perfectly melty. Pick a fun plate for your chicken bite nachos or serve them right out of the pan. Top your nachos with your favorite nacho fixins’ like pico de gallo, guacamole, and cilantro—and don’t forget that beautiful sour cream drizzle!

For hanging by the pool

There’s nothing like the feeling of basking in the hot summer sun while you’re lounging next to the pool (don’t forget the SPF!). So why not try heating up your cool poolside treats this year?

Get your sweet and savory fix with Tajín:

  • Roll your favorite popsicle in Tajín to add an extra punch
  • Make your own “fruit pops” by putting a slice of watermelon, pineapple or cantaloupe on a stick and sprinkling with Tajín
  • Toss Tajín with a mixed fruit salad to add some heat to your sweet

For 5 o’clock

It’s Friday afternoon and you’re looking to unwind after a long work week—we feel you there! Break out the patio chairs and those margarita glasses you’ve had stashed in the cabinet all winter and bring south of the border to your own backyard. This Mango Chamoy Margarita is the perfect treat to make you say “ole.”

What You’ll Need:

  • Tajín
  • Mango puree
  • Chamoy
  • Tequila
  • Fruit skewers

First thing’s first: rub the rim of your empty margarita glass with a lime wedge and dip it in Tajin so you get a little zing with every sip. Mix together 1 part fresh squeezed lime juice, 2 parts mango puree, and 3 parts tequila. You can shake it up in cocktail shaker, serve it over ice, or mix it up in a blender. Give your margarita a pop of flavor and color by swirling in 1 part Chamoy. Cut up any tropical fruit you have on hand and skewer it for a fun and tasty cocktail topper.