Jalapeno-Garlic Marinade

Jalapeno peppers in bowl

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Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Total: 15 mins
Servings: 24 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
12 Calories
0g Fat
2g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 24
Amount per serving
Calories 12
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 196mg 9%
Total Carbohydrate 2g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Protein 0g
Calcium 15mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This marinade combines the flavor of jalapeno with garlic and adds spice to any cut of meat or vegetable. Don't worry about it being too hot; once seeded, jalapenos lose much of its heat. However, feel free to adjust the number of peppers used to suit your tastes or simply leave the seeds in for a hotter marinade.


  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 cup vinegar (red wine)
  • 4 medium jalapeno peppers
  • 3 cloves garlic (peeled)
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili (red, ground)
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Steps to Make It

  1. Cut jalapenos in half and remove the stem and seeds. We recommend using clean kitchen gloves for this job. Chop jalapeno halves into quarters. Place jalapenos pieces and peeled garlic in a blender with 2 tablespoons of water. Grind to a pulp.

  2. Add remaining water and the rest of the marinade ingredients. Continue blending until mixture is well combined. Let marinade stand covered in blender for 5 minutes. Carefully remove lid and let it rest for 2 to 3 minutes more before using. 

  3. To marinate: Allow meats like beef, pork, lamb, poultry, and game to marinate for about 2 to 6 hours. Marinate fish and vegetables for 30 minutes. Store marinade in an airtight container in refrigerator for up to 3 days after preparation. 

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