Entomophagy Recipes: Mexican Chapulines

July 14, 2019
July 28, 2019

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These are so easy to make and a very popular snack in Mexico. The Bug Lady thinks they taste a bit like Beef Jerky.

Recipe contributed by THE BUG LADY

Mexican Chapulines

Total: 25 mins; Serves 4


  • 150 g frozen or freeze-dried grasshoppers; legs removed
  • Juice from 2 freshly-squeezed limes
  • 1 tablespoon of neutral tasting oil such as canola or grapeseed
  • 1 teaspoon of fine salt
  • ½-1 teaspoon chipotle chilli powder


1. If you are using freeze-dried grasshoppers, let them soak the lime juice for 1/2 hour before roasting.

2. Remove the wings and legs of the grasshoppers, and put them in a bowl with all the rest of the ingredients. Let them soak for a while; approximately half an hour.

3. Preheat oven to 350°F/175°C. Put a piece of wax or parchment paper on a baking sheet, and spread out the grasshoppers on the sheet. Bake them for approximately 17-20 minutes, until they are crispy and taste like dried meat. Salt to taste, and serve.

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This entomophagy recipe is included in Bugs for Beginners, a cookbook which teaches Westerners how to prepare edible insects and safely eat a bug. Text may include affiliate links

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