¡Viva Tequila! This spirit is arguably the friskiest of them all, and it’s not just for sipping or for mixing into cocktails with lime and sugar. Try one of these 4 tequila-based food recipes and it’ll change the way you look at the agave-based spirit!
Tequila Lime Chicken Tacos
Tequila, lime and chicken are all just a natural fit for one another. Try this mouthwatering taco recipe!
- ½ cup tequila
- Juice from 4 limes, freshly squeezed
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 jalapeños: 1 finely chopped and 1 sliced, divided
- Ground black pepper
- Kosher salt
- 1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- 1 tbsp. vegetable oil
- Corn tortillas, warmed, for serving
- 1 avocado, sliced
- ¼ head red cabbage, shredded
- ½ cup cotija cheese
- Lime wedges, for serving
- In a large baking dish, whisk together tequila, lime juice, garlic, and chopped jalapeño and season with salt and pepper.
- Add chicken and marinate in the fridge for 20 minutes to an hour.
- In a skillet over medium-high heat, heat oil. Cook chicken until golden and no longer pink inside, approx. 8 minutes per side.
- Let rest 10 minutes before slicing. Serve in tortillas; add avocado, sliced jalapeño, cotija and squeezed lime.
Simple and quick! This single pot chili recipe is packed with robust flavor and is nice and hearty.
- 1 lb. ground beef
- 1 can Italian-style stewed tomatoes
- 1 can light red kidney beans, drained
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 can tomato sauce
- 1 ½ fluid ounces anejo tequila
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- 1 ½ teaspoons ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
- Brown the ground beef in a large pot over medium heat, breaking it up with a spoon while it cooks; drain.
- Stir in the tomatoes, kidney beans, onion, garlic, tomato sauce, tequila, chili powder, cumin, salt, and cayenne pepper; simmer 20 minutes.
- Let it cool and serve!
This recipe is for more than just the tequila lover! The marinade reduction is a fantastic pairing with the firm-fleshed fish. Sea bass or any other firm textured fish may be used if grouper is not available.
- 4 (6 oz.) grouper fillets
- ⅓ cup Sauza Gold Tequila
- ½ cup orange liqueur
- ¾ cup fresh lime juice
- 1 tsp. salt
- 3 large cloves garlic, peeled
- 4 tbsp. olive oil
- 3 medium tomatoes, diced
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 1 small jalapeno, seeded and minced
- 4 tbsp. chopped fresh cilantro
- 1 pinch white sugar
- Salt to taste
- 1 tbsp. olive oil
- Ground black pepper to taste
- Place fish in a shallow baking dish.
- In a bowl, stir together the tequila, orange liqueur, lime juice, 1 teaspoon salt, garlic, and olive oil.
- Pour mixture over fillets, and rub into fish. Cover and refrigerate for ½ hour, turning the fillets once.
- Preheat the grill for high heat. Next, in a medium bowl, toss together the tomatoes, onion, jalapeno, cilantro, and sugar. Season to taste with salt. Set salsa aside.
- Remove fillets from marinade, and pat dry. Brush the fillets with oil, and sprinkle with ground black pepper.
- In a small saucepan, boil remaining marinade for several minutes.
- Remove from heat, and strain out garlic cloves. Set aside to cool.
- Grill fish for 4 minutes per side, or until fish is easily flaked with a fork.
- Transfer fillets to a serving dish. Transfer the fish to a serving plate. Spoon salsa over the fish, and drizzle with the cooked marinade to serve.
Tequila Marinated Fruit
Luscious, tropical fruit is a great finale to any meal. For best results, slice the fresh fruit in the morning and refrigerate, then sprinkle on tequila an hour before eating. Skewer before serving.
- ¼ watermelon (2 lbs.)
- 1 mango, peeled
- 3 oranges
- ½ cup tequila reposado
- 1 tbsp. lime zest
- Cut watermelon and mango into 1-inch cubes.
- Slice off rind and pith from oranges; cut in half lengthwise, place flat sides down, and cut into semicircles.
- Place all fruit in a large dish and sprinkle with tequila. Set aside for up to an hour.
- Grate lime zest over fruit. Skewer and serve.
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