How to Make Tequila-Lime Marinade


This marinade is an excellent flavor booster for chicken or fish in Mexican or Southwestern dishes.

Things You'll Need

  • 1/2 c. tequila
  • 1/4 c. fresh lime juice
  • zest from 1 lime
  • 1 fresh ripe jalapeño chile (the red one) - minced
  • 2 stalks green onion - minced
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1 tbsp. sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/3 c. corn oil
  • Groceries
  • Basting Brushes
  • Juicers
  • Measuring Cups
  • Measuring Spoons
  • Mixing Bowls
  • Wooden Spoons
  • Mixing bowls
  • Measuring cups
  • Mix all the ingredients together.

  • Let the mixture sit, preferably overnight, but at least for 2 to 3 hours.

  • Shake the mixture well, then reserve 1/2 c. to use as a baste.

  • Marinate white meats such as chicken or pork for up to 2 hours. Fish and shellfish should marinate for 45 minutes. Shake the food often while it marinates.

  • When grilling marinated food, use reserved marinade as a baste during the second half of cooking.

  • Discard used marinade when you start cooking.

Tips & Warnings

  • This marinade packs a kick, so be sure to use it carefully. It's best when made a day ahead, so the fresh jalapeño has a chance to blend in.
  • Be sure to follow the marinating time recommendations carefully.
  • Since this recipe contains alcohol, be wary of flame-ups when grilling. Use metal utensils and move food if flames persist.

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