12 Tequila Recipes That Will Knock Your Socks Off

Honey-Chipotle Barbecue Sauce
Our tequila recipes make it easy to fit your favorite booze into a meal, such as a chicken marinade, a light salad dressing, or added zing in barbecue sauce. If you love margaritas and Mexican food, the transition to cooking with tequila is an easy one. Pop a bottle of your favorite tequila and get cooking!

Seared Scallop Tequila Shooters

Tequila factor: 4 tablespoons

This fiesta-starting Mexican appetizer puts tequila in its rightful place: the shot glass. Together with a mango puree, the liquor infuses mango and scallop skewers with its trademark tang. If you love tequlia shrimp, give this a try! 

Pounded Almond Chicken with Mushroom-Tequila Sauce

Tequila factor: 1/3 cup

Meaty mushrooms and tequila combine with onion and thyme for a savory sauce you’ll want to use again and again. To take this tequila chicken recipe over the top, we added a rich almond crust, creating an irresistible combination of texture and flavor.

Queso Fundido Mexican Pizza

Tequila factor: 2 tablespoons

Don't bother choosing between pizza and Mexican—in our world, you can have the best of both. Our fresh fundido pizza features crumbly Chihuahua cheese and creamy avocados sprinkled on tequila-zested chorizo.

Grilled Drunken Shrimp and Scallop Skewers

Tequila factor: 1/4 cup

A double-dose of tequila is just what you need to perk up a summer BBQ. We created a tequila-lime marinade that doubles as a salad dressing by blending tequila with olive oil and herbs. Drizzle it over crunchy jicama slaw, and brush it on shrimp for a crisp, flavorful finish.

Fish Tacos with Peppers

Tequila factor: 1/4 cup

For tacos that pack a punch, look no further. A 30-minute lime-tequila marinade is enough to infuse flaky halibut with a powerhouse of tangy flavor. Top off these fresh tequila fish tacos with cilantro and mango slices.

Chile-Garlic Mushrooms (Champinones al Ajillo)

Tequila factor: 1/3 cup

If garlic is your go-to flavor, you'll fall head over heels for this flavor-packed dish. Simmered in chicken broth and gold tequila, cremini mushrooms, Serrano chiles, and 12 (count 'em) cloves of garlic become a melt-in-your mouth blend that's spicy, tangy, and a little sweet.

Tequila-Marinated Chicken Thighs

Tequila factor: 1/4 cup

Tequila adds as much flavor to your chicken dinner as it does to your margarita. The bold agave flavor brings together a blend of citrus juices, chipotle peppers, and garlic. Your family will love this tequila lime chicken. 

Tequila Shrimp Nachos

Tequila factor: 4 tablespoons

We've never met a plate of nachos we didn't like. Start yours with tortilla chips, then pile on cumin-spiced shrimp, queso fresco, and colorful heirloom tomatoes. A luscious OJ-tequila marinade gives the shrimp their zing.

Pan-Seared Halibut with Chile-Garlic Butter

Tequila factor: 1 teaspoon

A little tequila goes a long way in this light fish recipe. The flavorful liquor adds bold taste to a decadent butter mixture, perfect for spreading on seared halibut. We used store-bought butter and added a swirl of tequila and lime. Chile peppers create a perfect balance of acidic and spicy flavors.

Tequila-Honey-Lime Marinated Drumsticks

Tequila factor: 1/2 cup

Warning: Sharing these tequila lime chicken drumsticks might be impossible. They're one of our favorite tequila recipes! The citrus notes in tequila fit right in alongside honey and lime for a classic tequila-lime marinade that gets even better on the grill.

Editors tip: Not a fan of drumsticks? Try using the marinade to make tequila lime wings! 

Pibil-Style Pork Ribs

Tequila factor: 2 tablespoons

From start to finish, the authentic preparation of this tequila recipe makes all the difference. A blend of nine freshly ground spices starts things off with a bang. Then, you'll slow-cook the seasoned pork ribs in banana leaves for subtly sweet flavor and fall-off-the-bone texture.

Honey-Chipotle Barbecue Sauce

Tequila factor: 1/4 cup

Try this homemade barbecue sauce the next time you make ribs. A slow simmer of bold flavors like oaky anejo tequila and chipotle chile peppers give the barbecue sauce a south-of-the-border kick, while honey and onions bring out the sweet side.

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