Smokey Tequila-Lime Marinade

Smokey Tequila-Lime Marinade


"This awesome marinade for chicken, chicken wings or flank steak has a taste of Mexico with a hint of Texas. It's definitely a must for the grill!"


10 m servings 176 cals
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Original recipe yields 6 servings



  • Calories:
  • 176 kcal
  • 9%
  • Fat:
  • 13.6 g
  • 21%
  • Carbs:
  • 2.9g
  • < 1%
  • Protein:
  • 0.4 g
  • < 1%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Sodium:
  • 390 mg
  • 16%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Place the garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and cayenne pepper into a mixing bowl. Whisk in the liquid smoke, lime juice, tequila, vegetable oil, and cilantro until evenly blended.
  2. To use the marinade, pour into a resealable plastic bag, and add 1 1/2 to 2 pounds of meat. Squeeze out the excess air, seal, and marinate in the refrigerator 4 to 6 hours before cooking as desired. Grilling over charcoal is best, but a gas grill will do fine as well.
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  1. 36 Ratings


Great marinade! I used minced garlic vs. garlic powder and used this for chicken kabobs. I let this marinate for 8 hours and skewered some red and green peppers, onion, and cherry tomatoes. I...

I made this with boneless, skinless chicken breasts. It was very easy to make and was delicious. I also marinated overnight.

This is a great base marinade; for chicken wings, I did change it up a little bit. Into a large plastic bag, I minced 5 garlic cloves and a small fresh onion from the garden. Added 1 teaspoon of...

I didn't have any onion powder and used less garlic powder, cayenne pepper and no liquid smoke. I marinated the chicken breasts overnight and they turned out really well! We could taste all of ...

I wasn't going to be grilling my chicken, so I didn't use the liquid smoke, but other than that followed exactly; I marinaded the chicken overnight then used it to make jalapeno chicken. Awesome...

All we could taste was the smoke. Next time I think I will add real garlic and real onion and leave the smoke out.

I made this minus the liquid smoke as I did not have any and used fresh garlic vs. the powder. I used it on a pork tenderloin and it was very good. Thank you for the recipe!

What a great marinade! I used a Mesquite flavored liquid smoke, and cut the lime down a little, as I'm not a huge fan. Also omitted the cilantro for the same reason. We used it for both beef ...

I made this last night as a marinade for chicken wings. I took some of the reviewer's comments and used fresh onion and garlic instead of the powders. I also decreased the liquid smoke to 2tsp ...