Mexican-Inspired Watermelon Sorbet (Nieve de Sandia)


This watermelon sorbet can be made with or without the spice infusion and without an ice cream maker! It is so smooth and delicious, reminiscent of the popular fruit in a cup sold at soccer games and as street food.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Additional Time:
4 hrs 20 mins
Total Time:
4 hrs 40 mins
10 servings


  • 7 ½ cups seedless watermelon, chopped into chunks, divided

  • 1 ½ cups white sugar

  • 3 limes, juiced, or more to taste

  • 4 tablespoons chamoy (Mexican chili fruit condiment), or more to taste (Optional)

  • 2 tablespoons chili-lime seasoning (such as Tajin®) (Optional)


  1. Place 2 1/2 cups watermelon into an electric blender and liquefy. Transfer juice to a saucepan and add sugar and lime juice. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and let simmer until all sugar has dissolved, about 5 minutes. Set aside and allow to cool, about 20 minutes. Chill and store simple syrup in a closed glass jar in the refrigerator.

  2. Place remaining watermelon chunks on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and freeze until solid, about 4 hours.

  3. Add frozen watermelon pieces, a few at a time, to the bowl of a food processor and puree. Add 1/3 to 1/2 cup of the simple syrup mixture, followed by chamoy and chile-lime seasoning; process until smooth. Serve right away or store in an airtight plastic container in the freezer.

Cook's Note:

If needed, let the frozen watermelon sit for a few minutes before processing.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

127 Calories
0g Fat
33g Carbs
0g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 127
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0g 0%
Sodium 272mg 12%
Total Carbohydrate 33g 12%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 31g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 6mg 29%
Calcium 7mg 1%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 21mg 0%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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