All-Purpose Tex-Mex Marinade

This recipe courtesy of Marinades by Lucy Vaserfirer


  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 2 tablespoons distilled white vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 bunch fresh cilantro, stem ends trimmed
  • 1 yellow onion, cut into eighths
  • 3 jalapenos, stemmed
  • 1/2 cup pickled jalapeno slices
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper


  1. Combine the oil vinegar, lime juice, cilantro, jalapenos, pickled jalapenos, and cumin in a blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  3. Divide a third of the marinade between zip-top bags, either use immediately or freeze for future use.
  4. For grilled chicken breasts, place 8 boneless, skinless breasts (about 8 oz. each), pounded to an even thickness, in one of the zip-top bags and turn to coat.  Seal the bag, letting out all the air. Marinate for at least 2 hours and up to overnight in the refrigerator.
  5. Set the bag aside at room temperature for about a half an hour. Remove the chicken from the marinade, pat dry with paper towels, then grill on an oiled grill grate over direct high heat until just cooked through, 10 - 12 minutes, turning once.
  6. Tent the chicken with foil and let rest for 5 to 10 minutes before carving and serving.
  7. Dice the chicken breasts and use in any Tex-Mex favorite--from fajitas to burritos to nachos or quesadillas. Slice and serve on a Caesar salad. For a particularly satisfying sandwich, stack the grilled chicken breast, bacon, Swiss or cheddar cheese, garlicky guacamole, lettuce, and tomato on an artisan-style bun.


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