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Did You Know You Can Cook with Tequila?

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Tequila is a magical agave-based spirit that soothes our soul in margaritas and other go-to tropical concoctions. But did you know that tequila also is a miracle-maker in cooking? It's true - tequila adds a subtle sweetness and feisty punch to a variety of different dishes. Breakfast, lunch and especially dinner, there's many ways to add tequila to your meals. 

Tequila: It's what's for dinner. Here are some tasty ways you can cook with this awesome spirit:

As a Marinade 
Marinating meats really takes their flavors to a whole new level. Take that flavor up a notch higher by incorporating tequila into marinades. Chicken, pork, beef and even seafood - all can be enhanced thanks to the magical wonders of tequila. 

Here's a zingy marinade recipe to get you started:

Zesty Pineapple-Tequila Marinade


  • 1/4 cup olive oil 
  • 1/4 cup cilantro leaves, finely minced 
  • 3 tablespoons lime juice 
  • 2 tablespoons tequila
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt 
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper 
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic 
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes 

Add all ingredients to a large bowl and mix together until combined. Pour over cuts of meat and refrigerate for 2-3 hours or overnight. 

tequila Add tasty new flavor to shrimp tacos by incorporating tequila.

In Tacos 
What food goes better with a freshly poured margarita than a plate of tacos? Every bite is full of so much flavor - and you can take things to the next level with tequila for a match made in taste bud heaven. Try the light and refreshing shrimp tacos recipe below:

Mango-Tequila Shrimp Tacos


  • 3 tablespoons tequila 
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil 
  • 2 tablespoons finely minced cilantro leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt 
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 pound shrimp, cooked 
  • 4-5 taco shells 
  • 1/4 cup chopped mango 
  • 1/4 cup chopped red onion 
  • 2 cups shredded cabbage 

Place the tequila, olive oil, cilantro, salt and pepper in a large bowl and stir to combine. Add the shrimp and toss to coat evenly. Add serving of shrimp to a taco shell and top with chopped mango and onion and shredded cabbage. Repeat for remaining taco shells and serve. 

In Salsas
Chips and salsa are also must-haves when enjoying thirst-quenching margaritas. Pouring some tequila in your salsa, though, makes things extra festive. Here's how to create a tasty tequila salsa that boasts island fruit flavor and creamy avocado with a little heat:

Pineapple-Jalapeño Tequila Salsa


  • 1 1/2 cups pineapple chunks 
  • 1/4 cup minced red onion 
  • 2 large tomatoes, quartered 
  • 1/4 cup finely minced cilantro leaves 
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt 
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper 
  • 1/2 cup tequila 
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, minced
  • 1 can black beans, drained 
  • 2 avocados, cut into small cubes 

Mix all ingredients except avocado cubes and beans in a food processor for 1-2 minutes. Fold in avocado cubes and beans into salsa; serve alongside tortilla chips. 

tequila Add tequila for a refreshing watermelon sorbet with a twist.

As a refreshing sorbet 
Looking for a light and refreshing dessert, or a small dish to cleanse your palate in between courses? Look no further than this refreshing sorbet that you can make in your Margaritaville® Frozen Concoction Maker®:

Watermelon-Tequila Sorbet 


  • 3 ounces lemon-lime seltzer water
  • 2 ounces tequila 
  • 3 ounces fresh lime juice
  • 2 cups watermelon cubes 
  • 1 ounce liquid sugar 
  • Small watermelon slices for garnish 

Add ice to the ice reservoir and all remaining ingredients to the Margaritaville® Frozen Concoction Maker® glass jar. Mix and spoon sorbet into small bowls. Garnish with small watermelon slices and enjoy. 

As a Salad Dressing
Make it more fun to load up on your greens when you whip up an easy, tequila-infused dressing. Top your salads with crispy tortilla strips, corn and black beans, then drizzle it all with the creamy dressing below. It gets the party started way more than plain old ranch ever could!

Creamy Tequila-Lime Salad Dressing


  • 3 avocados, peeled and seeds removed 
  • 1 1/2 cups sour cream 
  • 1/2 cup tequila 
  • 1/3 cup finely minced cilantro leaves 
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic 
  • 3/4 cup olive oil 
  • 1/2 cup lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt 
  • 2 teaspoons ground black pepper

Combine all ingredients in a blender until smooth. Pour over salad and enjoy. 

As an indulgent dessert
Spoil yourself - you deserve it! Tequila makes a sweet and chocolately frozen dessert concoction even more indulgent. 


  • 2 cups chocolate ice cream 
  • 1 ounce chocolate liqueur 
  • 3 ounces tequila 
  • 1 ounce orange liqueur 
  • Orange slices for garnish
  • Whipped cream for topping
  • Chocolate shavings for garnish 

Add ice to the ice reservoir and all remaining ingredients to the Margaritaville® Frozen Concoction Maker® glass jar. Concoct and pour into glasses. Garnish with orange slices, a swirl of whipped cream and a sprinkling of chocolate shavings before enjoying. 

Remember to enjoy your frozen concoctions responsibly and follow all drinking laws.