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Oh yes, it’s Margarita time!

Margarita Chicken Quesadilla with Margarita Guacamole

Yes, I am well aware that it is Monday.

But hey, who the heck said you can’t have a little fun on Monday?

Plus, I already have margarita plans for you guys on friday (hint, it’s not a drink). I went a little Margarita crazy!

Margarita Chicken Quesadilla with Margarita Guacamole

Honestly, I do not even know where to start with these.

The margarita chicken or the margarita guacamole?

Or actually, maybe I should start with how the weekend went? Yeah, let’s start there.

Margarita Chicken Quesadilla with Margarita Guacamole

The weather was insane this weekend! And I mean insane in a good way.

Sun, sun, sun! Barely a cloud in the sky, it was awesome. The temps even warmed up to the forties and fifties on Sunday, but if you were in the sun it felt more like the sixties. Score!

Now, let’s hope that snow that was going on just four short days ago stays away. Snow in May is a completely normal thing up here in the mountains. Really, one day it is sunny and sixty and the next it’s thirty and snowing. Let’s just think positive thoughts though, sunny, sunny skies!

Margarita Chicken Quesadilla with Margarita Guacamole I really need to stop talking about the weather.

Let’s talk Margarita’s!

Alright, technically I did not make real margaritas, but trust me these quesadillas are the next best thing. No wait, to me they are the best and closest thing I am gonna get to a real margarita. Remember guys, I am only the young age of the nineteen and to be honest I am not into alcohol. Love cooking with it, but straight up? It’s just not my thing.

Yes, yet another reason why I am maybe the weirdest person you have (virtually) ever met.

Margarita Chicken Quesadilla with Margarita Guacamole

So these quesadillas? They are so good, so cheesy and so fun.

The marinade for the chicken is basically like mixing up a margarita. Just take away the ice and add some olive oil. Then let that chicken marinate for a least thirty minutes to soak up all that flavor!

Ah huh! Yeah people, it’s five o’ clock somewhere!

Margarita Chicken Quesadilla with Margarita Guacamole

My favorite though is the Margarita Guacamole. Obviously.

I have no words for this guacamole. It left everyone at the table speechless. Seriously, it’s just that good. I not only topped the quesadillas with the guacamole, but I put the guacamole in the quesadilla. Yes, in the quesadilla. Just do it, you will not regret it.

Oh and I always put rice in my quesadillas. Always. You gotta have rice. I don’t know why, but it just makes them good. I learned that from my dad. He always put rice in our quesadillas when we were younger and I guess I must have liked them, cause now I cannot make a quesadilla without the rice. I just can’t.

Margarita Chicken Quesadilla with Margarita Guacamole

Margarita Chicken Quesadilla with Margarita Guacamole

Prep Time 2 hours
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Servings: 4 Servings
Calories Per Serving: 948 kcal

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Margarita Chicken

  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breast or tenders
  • 1/4 cup tequila
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 Jalapeño minced (remove the seeds for less heat)
  • zest of 1 lime
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cumin

Margarita Guacamole

  • 3 avocados mashed
  • 1/2 cup grape tomatoes quartered
  • 1/4 cup green onions chopped
  • 1/4 fresh cilantro chopped
  • 1 in Jalapeño seeded and diced (I left half of my seeds )
  • zest of 1 lime
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 1 tablespoon fresh orange juice
  • 1-3 tablespoons tequila I used 1
  • salt to taste

To Make the Quesadilla

  • 8 whole wheat flour tortillas
  • 1 cup cooked white or brown rice
  • 4 ounces sharp white cheddar cheese freshly grated
  • 4 ounces pepperjack cheese freshly grated
  • 1/2 cup pickled jalapeños optional
  • olive oil for toasting


  • Whisk the tequila, olive oil, lime juice, orange juice and honey in a bowl. Add the garlic, jalapeño, lime zest, cumin, salt and pepper. Whisk to combine.
  • Add chicken to a ziplock bag or baking dish and pour marinade ingredients over top. Marinate (in the fridge) for 2-24 hours, flipping chicken a few times. When you're ready to prepare the quesadillas, preheat the grill to medium high heat and grill the chicken for 6 to 8 minutes per side or until cooked through. Allow to cool five minutes and then chop into bit size pieces or shred with a fork. Set aside.
  • While the chicken is cooling make the margarita guacamole. Mash the avocados (I left mine pretty chunky, but go as chunky or smooth as you want) in a medium size bowl. Add the tomatoes, green onions, cilantro, jalapeño, lime zest, lime juice, orange juice and tequila. Stir to combine and season with salt and pepper.
  • Heat an electric griddle or skillet over medium heat. Add a bit of olive oil.
  • Place 4 tortillas down, covering each with a bit of both cheeses, then evenly distribute the margarita guacamole over top (I saved some of the guacamole for dipping). Then evenly distribute the rice, then add the diced chicken. Add the pickled jalapeños and sprinkle with a little more of both cheeses. Place the tortilla on the griddle or skillet, then cover with the other tortilla. Cook until the bottom is crispy and golden brown, then gently flip and cook for another 2-3 minutes until crispy and golden.
  • Cut into fourths and serve with the remaining Margarita Guacamole.


Margarita Guacamole slightly adapted from Food Network Mag May 2013 Issue

Margarita Chicken Quesadilla with Margarita Guacamole

Maybe this Margarita Monday will be the next big craze!

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  1. It was very good. Best marinade yet for tequila chicken, even if you don’t make this recipe! I did not add the rice…. filling, empty carbs. Othwise delish.

  2. Tieghan, I know I am wayy late to the Margarita Monday party, but I just had to stop by and say that we LOVED this guacamole! We won’t stop adding tequila to our guacamole any time soon! Thanks for such a fun recipe 🙂

    1. Hmmm.. I bet you could! Let me know how it turns out and thanks in advance for making these. Hope you love them!

    1. YAy!! I am so glad you liked them! That makes me smile from ear to ear! Thanks again for reading and trying my recipes!

      1. Just found your site and love sooooo many of your recipes. I am looking forward to “playing” with them. Thanks so much!!!:)

  3. Thanks for sharing this at the Pinterest Power Party – we’re featuring this on tomorrow’s party! Hope you’ll come by and link up again – and grab a featured button too!

    Happy Tuesday!

  4. Mmmm these looks so good! Hubby LOVES guac, next time I make him some I’ll have to try out this recipe! And the marinade looks delicious, too. Visiting from the Pinterest Power Party and pinning!

  5. Wow…that is some combination! No,you are not weird. I am significantly older than you and I still cook with alcohol all of the time, but do not drink it. Oh wait, maybe that makes me weird too 🙂 You never cease to amaze me with what you come up with!!!

  6. Lol! Margaritas are just fine any day of the week. 😉 It’s only 11am and your pictures are making me hungry for these quesadillas!

  7. holy guacamole – that looks like a MUST MAKE for cinco de mayo. I cannot wait to eat this

  8. This looks amazingly delish, Tieghan! I’m pretty sure I’m not going to buy a bottle of Tequila though, so I’ll have to find a sub for that ingredient… I know… it changes everything. But I know my limits 🙂

    1. That is ok! I would use some juice (orange, pineapple, apple,something exotic, maybe mango) to replace the tequila! Hope you love this!
      Thanks June!

  9. I love guacamole. I love tequila. I love margaritas. I am pretty sure that I am meant to make and eat a lot of that margarita guacamole :).

  10. Margarita Monday is RIGHT!! GUURRLLLL you know the way to my heart – with limey, boozy, carby things. Obviously.

  11. Teighan these look awesome! I could eat them right now and its only 9:30am… I’m a huge fan of guacamole and love the idea of adding a little tequila to it to knock it up a notch. Great recipe! 🙂

  12. Holy Guacamole.. Love how you added the Margarita to Mexican food. I can get down with this.

  13. This is brilliant. I was in an guacamole challenge contest this past weekend, and for our guac we actually added some of our margaritas 🙂

    1. Ha!! Margaritas and Guac just go together! Wish I could have been there with you guys!!! Thanks for the comment Lori!

  14. Oh, wow! This looks fantastic! I should know by now not to plan my menus a week in advance because you always post something I want to try. I will make these tonight after I go to the market for avocados. Did you use white or gold tequila? I have white, but I can purchase gold if that is what you used. Thanks for posting such fabulous recipes!

    1. Ha! Thanks Missy!! I used gold, but honestly I think white would work just fine if that is what you have!! I hope you love these!! The Guac is so good. At least we thought so!! Let me know how they turn out!