Jul 18, 2009 - Main Dishes, Marinade/Spice Blends    Comments Off on Chili Lime Marinade

Chili Lime Marinade

I love the grill. I love grilled food. Steaks, chicken, fish (when I wasn’t allergic to it), all sorts of meats and even sometimes the occasional grilled portabello. But there is one very strange and sad thing about it.

I’m afraid of the grill.

I think it stems from my parents gas BBQ. It had a lever to push and light it, but it was so loud that I was convinced that it would cause it to explode. I only had lit it a few times and each time I would shut my eyes and try to get as far away as I could from the grill and still push the lever. I always was afraid to blow myself up. It was pretty darn strange.

Now I leave the grilling up to the Husband and I stick with creating new marinades and different things for the grill. He can deal with the heat and exploding grill, I’ll hide in the house. (No it never has blown up, but that doesn’t stop me from being afraid still.)


This marinade has to be my favorite one for beef so far. I love limes and I love chili powder, so I decided to just make it up one day and see what would happen.

Grilling Meat


There is only one bad thing about making this. Each time we make it I always get too excited about eating it to take pictures of the final product.

My favorite way to eat this meat is in tacos. With a nice amount of shredded cheddar cheese and sour cream all wrapped up on a corn tortilla.

The sour cream and the cold cheese are a great pairing with the tangy and spicy flavor of the marinade. Best ever.

Chili Lime Marinade
Marinates 1-2 lbs of meat

  • 1-2 limes, juiced and zested
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup diced red onion
  1. Whisk together all ingredients and pour over meat to marinade for 6-8 hours. Cook as desired, discarding extra marinade.

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