Honky-Tonk Tequila Lime Steak

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Grilled steak on cutting board with jalapenos

I know it is not technically grilling season but in our neck of the woods, we grill out almost all year long. (unless it is extremely cold or snowing) This Honky-Tonk Tequila Steak is so good it just needs to be shared.  Cookin' It With Kix is chock full of recipes that are sure to inspire you to get in the kitchen or fire up the grill. 

steak in resealable bag with marinated

Marinated steak being placed on grill

I know you are asking why did that recipe jump out at me? Well I want to tell you a little story. My husbands family has a long line of music lovers and let's be honest, music runs in their veins. When they get together, at some point a guitar is pulled out and a jamming session just happens. Years ago we would all get together at a local bar on karaoke night. Karaoke night was every Saturday night and we didn't go every weekend but when we did, we had so much fun. 

Tequila Lime marinated steak with lime and jalapenos on cutting board sliced

Now you would not catch me up on that stage but my husband, now that is a different story.  After kicking back a few, he had no problem getting up there and singing his heart out. His favorite song to sing, "Boot Scootin' Boogie"  He actually won a contest singing that song and the championship competition was the opener for a Clarence Carter concert. Say what??  He was super nervous and kicked back just a few too many before his performance and came in 5th. But man, what a great time we had! 

Close up cut up steak with jalapenos

Let me just say this has a 1/4 cup of tequila in it. Whoo doggie!!  I was intrigued at how this would turn out. First off, I will say it smelled so good as soon as it hit the hot grill and I couldn't wait to sink my teeth into it. My husband and I both agreed, this was the best steak we have ever put in our mouth. It just melted in our mouths. 

Honky Tonk Tequila Lime Steak on cutting board sliced on fork

Yield: 2-3

Honky-Tonk Tequila Lime Steak

The marinade brings this Honky Tonk Tequila Lime Steak over the top delicious. An easy recipe to add to your grilling menu.
prep time: 30 H & 3 Mcook time: 15 Mtotal time: 30 H & 18 M


  • For the marinade-
  • Big handful of fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1/4 cup of tequila
  • 1/2 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 cup of Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder or 4 minced garlic cloves
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder or 1 shallot, roughly chopped
  • 1 serrano or jalapeno pepper, seeded and roughly chopped (optional)
  • 1 flank steak
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


How to cook Honky-Tonk Tequila Lime Steak

  1. Mix the cliantro, tequila, lime juice, Worcestershire sauce, black pepper, salt, garlic powder, onion powder, and serrano pepper in a large ziptop plastic bag or plastic storage container. Add the steak. Seal the bag or cover the container, and refrigerate for several hours.
  2. Heat grill to high. Remove the steak from refrigerator or cooler, and let sit on counter, in the marinade for at least 30 minutes before grilling. Remove it from the marinade, and sprinkle both sides with the salt and pepper. Discard the marinade. Grill or broil the steak for 4 to 5 minutes each side over direct heat. Remove from the heat, and let the steak rest for 5 minutes on a cutting board. Slice against the grain and serve.


If you are not a fan of cilantro, you can replace with parsley or simply leave it out. It will still be just as delicious.
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  1. Can I use this marinade for chicken?

    1. I think it would be just as delicious on chicken. If you do try it, come back and let us know how it turned out for you. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoy!


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