The BEST Spicy Jalapeño Margarita

This easy spicy margarita recipe combines orange juice, freshly squeezed lime, & jalapeño slices with Blanco tequila served over ice with a Tajin seasoned rim & egg-white foamy finish.

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glass filled with spicy margarita with a tajin seasoned rim and fresh jalapeno slices and lime wedge for garnish

Every host/hostess needs a good margarita recipe on hand for a fun taco Tuesday, a family gathering, or a holiday party! This easy, delicious, skinny-ish spicy margarita recipe is the perfect blend of sweet and spice.

Fresh orange and lime juice come together to create the classic, tangy margarita mix, while pickled jalapeno juice, Tajin seasoning, and fresh jalapeno slices bring the kick to balance it out. This spicy margarita recipe is literally the BEST, and it’s about to blow your mind!

Originally posted in 2020 and updated in October 2021

What Makes This Spicy Margarita Recipe Work?

Spicy Margaritas are both savory and sweet and pack the perfect jalapeno punch. Regular margaritas are great, but this cocktail is next level with the fresh jalapenos, Tajin seasoned rim, and a little jalapeno juice to give it that final kick. Additionally, I love adding egg white to the mix to give the margarita a beautiful, foamy finish.

Ingredient Notes

orange juice: most margaritas call for an orange liqueur such as triple sec, but I prefer fresh orange juice. It adds the perfect amount of sweet orange flavor to the spicy jalapenos, without adding the orange liqueur.

jalapeno juice: You’re going to garnish your margarita with a couple of fresh jalapeno slices (I mean, it is called a spicy jalapeno margarita after all) but I recommend keeping a jar of pickled jalapenos on hand. Use the pickled jalapeno juice to give your margarita the extra kick!

monk fruit sweetener: I love monk fruit sugar because it dissolves just like regular sugar, but is a 0 carb and 0 calorie natural sweetener! No need to make simple syrup for this recipe.

egg white: While this is totally optional, don’t skip it! It gives the margarita a beautiful foamy top that makes it special.

Tajin Seasoning: This hands down gives these jalapeno margaritas that extra punch they need. Further, I use Tajin on the rim instead of salt. It tastes amazing and gives the cocktail a little color and dimension.

three glasses filled with jalapeno margaritas with a foamy white top and tajin seasoning garnish

How to Choose the Best Tequila

While you really can choose whichever Tequila you prefer, Silver or Blanco Tequila is my go-to for this margarita recipe. It has a more mild flavor and blends super well in margaritas.

Gold Tequila like Anejo is aged longer and is best sipped neat. Reposado is also aged, but in a pinch would be a good second option if you don’t have Blanco Tequila on hand.

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    Step by Step Instructions

    You’re probably wondering how to make a spicy margarita in the comfort of your own kitchen for a fraction of the price at a bar. Get ready, folks. You’re about to become a homemade jalapeno margarita-making bartender in just 5 easy steps.

    1. Combine the fresh squeezed lime juice, orange juice (filling in for triple sec!), spicy jalapeno juice, your choice of sweetener, and Blanco tequila in a cocktail shaker and shake. Shake 10-15 seconds. Add the egg white and shake vigorously again for 20 more seconds. 
    2. Rim your glass with lime juice and rub it into the Tajin seasoning until the rim is completely coated.
    3. Strain the mixture over ice after rimming your glass.
    4. Add two slices of jalapeno and a lime wedge for garnishing.

    The 5th step? ENJOY your homemade spicy margarita!

    glass filled with spicy margarita with a tajin seasoned rim and fresh jalapeno slices and lime wedge for garnish

    Peachy Tips & Tricks

    If you don’t have a jar of pickled jalapenos, I recommend muddling a fresh jalapeno slice and adding that to the other ingredients to be shaken.

    Sprinkle some Tajin seasoning on top of the egg white and garnish with a lime wedge and fresh jalapeno slices. Your friends and family will be wowed by this beautiful spicy cocktail!

    FAQs

    What is the purpose of the egg white in the margarita?

    The egg white is what really gives this margarita its life. Once you shake the egg white with the other ingredients and pour over ice, you will get this beautiful foamy top every single time.

    Can I make this spicy margarita without freshly squeezed lime juice?

    I highly recommend using freshly squeezed lime juice. Some people will opt to use lime juice from a bottle, and it is not the same flavor. You will get the best results using freshly squeezed lime juice. In a pinch, you can use a few TrueLime crystalized lime packets. It’s just limes crystalized into a powder and they have an amazing flavor!

    Is Blanco Tequila the best to use for margaritas?

    Yes! It’s only aged two months so it has more of a mild flavor and blends super well in margaritas. If you only have Reposado on hand, that will be fine. Anejo, however, might be too strong a flavor for these spicy margaritas.

    Is this a skinny margarita?

    This spicy margarita is skinny-ish. With only 173 calories, 3 grams of sugar, and 16 net carbs, it definitely beats out other margarita recipes that top over 300 calories and 50 carbs. Now you can have 2!

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    Spicy Jalapeño Margarita


    • Author: Ashley McCrary
    • Prep Time: 5 minutes
    • Total Time: 5 minutes
    • Yield: 1 drink 1x

    Description

    This easy spicy margarita recipe combines orange juice, freshly squeezed lime, & jalapeño slices with Blanco tequila served over ice with a Tajin seasoned rim & egg-white foamy finish.


    Ingredients

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    •  2 ounces Blanco Tequila 
    • 1 1/2  lime, juiced
    • 1.5 oz orange juice 
    • 23 jalapeno slices
    • 1 tsp jalapeno juice (from a jar of pickled jalapenos)
    • 1 tsp monk fruit sweetener (or sweetener of choice, more or less to taste)
    • 1 egg white (optional)
    • Tajin Seasoning
    • Ice
    • Lime wedges for garnish

    Instructions

    1. Combine the fresh squeezed lime juice, orange juice (filling in for triple sec!), spicy jalapeno juice, your choice of sweetener, and Blanco tequila in a cocktail shaker and shake. Shake 10-15 seconds. Add the egg white and shake vigorously again for 20 more seconds. 
    2. Rim your glass with lime juice and rub it into the Tajin seasoning until the rim is completely coated.
    3. Strain the mixture over ice after rimming your glass.
    4. Add two slices of jalapeno and a lime wedge for garnishing.
    5. Enjoy!

    Notes

    Make sure to use fresh lime juice and not the juice from a bottle. 

    You can find Tajin seasoning at most grocery stores in the spice aisle.

    The purpose of the egg white is to give the foamy top. Feel free to remove if you do not care to have that

    (Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

    Remember to drink responsibly.

    • Category: Drinks/Cocktails
    • Cuisine: American

    Nutrition

    • Serving Size: 1 drink
    • Calories: 173
    • Sugar: 3
    • Fat: 5
    • Carbohydrates: 18
    • Fiber: 2
    • Protein: 7.1

    Keywords: Spicy Jalapeno Margarita, Cocktails, Margarita

    Comments (17)

    • Haven’t made it yet but I know my Margs and this will be outstanding, thank you!

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      • I hope you love this recipe!

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    • Holy cow is this good! It just so happened I was pickling jalapeños this morning. Absolutely delicious. Have a feeling I may be having a dance party tonight if I keep drinking these! 😉

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      • Thank you for trying this recipe. So happy you liked them!

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    • What is the purpose of the egg white in the Margarita?

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      • This gives it the foamy top.

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    • Amazing⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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    • I NEED to make this…it looks so refreshing!

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      • Hope you enjoy it.

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    • Going to try this recipe this weekend!

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      • Hope you love it.

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    • This is the best damn margarita recipe!! My new go to and already have made them 3 times this week alone!

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      • This seriously makes me SO happy. It is my favorite ever too!

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    • Delicious! Made this for my friend and I and we both wanted a second. LOVED the foamy top.

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      • This made my day. So happy to hear.

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    • My favorite margarita recipe!

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      • Thank you

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