Smokey Tequila-Lime Marinade

Smokey Tequila-Lime Marinade

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  • Prep

    10 m
  • Ready In

    10 m

“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!”

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Original recipe yields 1 1/4 cups


  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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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 grilled this over charcoal and it came out great. I served this with "Lime Cilantro Rice" from this site.



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

The Bunny Chef

The Bunny Chef

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 the flavor components except the cilantro, which I'll probably leave out next time. And there will be a next time! Thanks!

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Amount Per Serving (6 total)

  • Calories
  • 176 cal
  • 9%
  • Fat
  • 13.6 g
  • 21%
  • Carbs
  • 2.9 g
  • < 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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