Grilled Margarita Steak

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There’s maybe nothing I love more than a Margarita. The tequila, lime, and orange flavor is irresistible. I’ve tried a tequila-type marinade with chicken before and I thought rib-eye steaks would be even better with these flavors.

Margarita Steaks - juicy rib-eyes marinated in tequila, lime, and triple sec.

Rib-eyes have a fairly high fat content and as the meat grills, the fat melts and makes the most tender and flavorful meat. And it really soaks up the flavors of the marinade.

Margarita Steaks - juicy rib-eyes marinated in tequila, lime, and triple sec.

I made a marinade out of tequila, triple sec, lime juice, garlic, and cilantro, plus a little sugar and a few red pepper flakes for even more flavor. I let the margarita steaks marinate for about 5 hours (4 to 6 hours is good). Be sure to pat the steaks dry before you grill them to get a really nice char.

I cooked them on a hot grill (you could use a grill pan instead) and you’re going to laugh. The last few times I’ve grilled on our new grill, I’ve been wondering why the grill marks were so wide. I mentioned it to my husband. Well, it turns out the grill grates were upside down! Well, even with the fat grill marks, these steaks were still unbelievable. I love a juicy rib-eye. Even more so when flavored like a margarita.

Margarita Steak - juicy rib-eyes marinated in tequila, lime, and triple sec.

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Margarita Steaks - juicy rib-eyes marinated in tequila, lime, and triple sec.

Margarita Steak

Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 4 hours
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 4 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 687kcal
Author: Christin Mahrlig
Juicy Grilled Margarita Steak marinated in tequila, lime, and triple sec. The next best thing to drinking a margarita!
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  • 1/3 cup tequila
  • 2 tablespoons triple sec
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon Vegetable oil
  • 4 Rib-Eye Steaks


  • Combine all ingredients in a ziptop bag, coating steak well. Refrigerate for 4 to 6 hours.
  • Place steak on counter 20 minutes before ready to grill.
  • Heat grill to medium-high heat. Lightly oil grill grates
  • Discard marinade and pat steaks dry with paper towels.
  • Place on gill for 5 minutes, flip steaks, and continue to grill until desired degree of doneness.


This marinade gives the steak a little bit of a sweet taste. If you don't want sweetness, cut sugar in half.
You can substitute orange juice for triple sec.


Calories: 687kcal

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17 thoughts on “Grilled Margarita Steak

  1. WOW! I was very skeptical about this recipe …made it according to the instructions …and, it turned out sooooo darn good. I served it with salsa verde (recommended from a similar recipe) and it was a big hit with me (a Gringo) and my Costa Rican family members …young and old, male and female. Served with the salsa verde …it went way beyond expectations!!! Maybe not a pure steak lovers steak, but a real adventure in in flavor. Try it!!! And …although probably very good without it …salsa verde (a salsa with tomatillos) is recommended to launch your steak into another dimension.

    Thanks for sharing this recipe!

  2. WoW!!
    This is going to be such a hit with my hubby, he’s a big time grilled meat guy.
    Any grilled meat is always good, but adding this marinade is tops!
    Thanks Christin!

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