A Basic Recipe for Mexican Marinade

Mexican Marinade
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  • 15 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins,
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: Makes 2 cups (serves 12)
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This marinade can be used on pretty much any kind of meat or in any Mexican-style dish. The lime and cilantro flavor blend well together and is not too overpowering. 

What You'll Need

  • 1/3 cup white vinegar
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/3 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 tablespoon dried  Mexican oregano
  • 1 tablespoon sea salt
  • 2 teaspoons mild chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ancho chili powder

How to Make It

1. Combine marinade ingredients and store in a plastic container with a lid. Store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days after preparation.

2. Marinate beef, lamb and pork for about 6 to 12 hours, poultry for  up to 4 hours and fish for 30 minutes to 1 hour. Marinate shrimp for 15-30 minutes.  

3. If so inclined, after marinating meat, place mixture in a saucepan and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 6-8 minutes.

Remove from heat and drizzle over sliced meats or add to rice.


Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
Calories 82
Total Fat 6 g
Saturated Fat 0 g
Unsaturated Fat 5 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 606 mg
Carbohydrates 6 g
Dietary Fiber 1 g
Protein 1 g
(The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)