Foods to Enjoy with a Margarita

There is nothing better than enjoying your weekend by drinking a refreshing ice-cold margarita on the beach while watching the waves crashing against the shore. The cold and perfect flavor of this frozen concoction partnered with your favorite side dishes is what completes everyone’s day. When margarita is paired with the right flavorful food, you’ll surely not get enough. 

Even though margarita is already perfect for drinking by itself, it would be better if you pair it with food that blends perfectly with the taste of this tequila cocktail. This dink perfectly pairs with different flavors worldwide, especially the bright and rich flavors of Indian and Thai cuisine.

So if you want to upgrade your margarita experience, you must enjoy your drink with the perfect food. Always note that lime from your margarita complements spicy dishes, and tequila enhances the taste of smoky food. With these, here are a few foods you can enjoy with a cold glass of margarita. 



table with nachos and margaritas

Because of its rich and savory flavor, Mexican cuisine is perfect to pair with margaritas. You may serve margaritas with appetizers like Nachos. The sweet, spicy, and flavorful dips with tortilla chips are a perfect partner for margaritas because of the varying taste, especially the spicy dip flavor. And when these chips are added with cheese and cooked chicken, beef, or shrimp, you’ll get the perfect appetizer. For extra flavors, you may also add different side dishes, such as guacamole, salsa, and sour cream.

Aside from Nachos, margaritas are also paired well with cheesy taquitos with the right amount of vegetables, deep-fried soft shell tacos, and chicken quesadillas. 


When choosing foods to enjoy with margaritas, it is essential to pick something that complements well with the citrusy flavor in the tequila cocktail. Lime to lime is actually a perfect pairing and would balance out the flavor of a classic margarita. So for salads, add a lime or lemon vinaigrette to the dressing so that the flavor would be perfect – not too bland and not too overpowering. You may use a fresh raspberry balsamic vinaigrette or a strawberry vinaigrette dressing when drinking flavored margaritas. 

Always ensure that you also incorporate the drink’s flavor into the salad. So if you are having a classic margarita, you can marinate the meat in lime or lemon juice before cooking. And to add color to the salad, you may add grapes, oranges, strawberries, tomatoes, and green, red, and yellow bell peppers. Lastly, add baby green lettuce to achieve the bold flavor. 


a small platter of Fajitas

Fajitas is one perfect entrée to partner with margaritas because of its rich and tangy flavor that blends well with the tequila cocktail. Fajitas also have a spicy taste that complements the citrusy flavor of margaritas. So when cooking fajitas to be paired with margaritas, make sure to marinate your chicken in lime or lemon juice and chili glaze to achieve the booming flavors. 

You may add lettuce, mushrooms, onions, green peppers, and tomatoes to the fajitas for a richer and more flavorful taste. Then add different dips on the side, like guacamole, salsa, and sour cream. But if you want a lighter entrée for your drink, you may have grilled shrimp, chicken, and vegetable kabobs served with rice. 


Desserts served with margaritas must have a light flavor to go well with the sweetness or the sourness of margaritas. For dessert, you may enjoy fruit cups with different berries with a splash of lemon soda or ginger ale. 

If you want to enjoy a sorbet while sipping on your margarita, choose a sorbet flavor similar to your drink’s flavor. Classic margaritas can be paired with lemon sorbet. On the other hand, flavored margaritas like raspberry tequila cocktails would be an amazing pair to blueberry or strawberry sorbet. 

If you are a fan of creamy desserts, you may pair your drink with crème brulee, custard pie, or a key lime pie since they help balance out the citrusy flavor of the margarita. 




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If you want a substantial meal to partner with your margarita, enchiladas would be perfect. The rolled corn tortillas, with seasoned chicken and enchilada sauce topped with cheese, gives out a savory and flavorful taste that complements the tequila cocktail well. When added with peppers and other spicy ingredients, enchiladas would be a perfect dish to balance out your drink’s tart flavor. 

Jerk Chicken Skewers

If you want tasty finger food that could enhance the sweet, sour, and salty taste of margaritas, then jerk chicken skewers would be the best choice for that. To achieve a perfectly flavored jerk chicken skewer, you should marinate the chicken in a mixture of cayenne pepper, garlic, mango juice, soy sauce, and a little salt for eight to twenty-four hours. Serve the grilled jerk chicken while hot, and devour the spicy and smoky flavor that goes well with your ice-cold margarita.


a bowl of curry with chicken and lots of spices

It might sound unbelievable, but curry actually goes well with margaritas. Curry has a subtle sweetness and perfect spice that balances out the citrusy flavor of your tequila cocktail. Fruity-flavored margaritas blend well with the taste of the curry. But if you want a more enhanced flavor, you may add more spice to the curry to make it more flavorful and savory – perfect to pair with your classic margaritas. 

Shrimp Tacos

Shrimp tacos would always be in the line-up when talking about foods to enjoy with a margarita. Drinking margarita could help wash down the spice and other flavors that come with your shrimp tacos, which is why they are one perfect pairing. 

Shrimp tacos consist of shrimp, garlic-lime mayo, and avocado, which makes the food so amazingly delicious. Partnering margarita with any seafood taco gives a fresh, juicy, and savory taste. When added with the sweetness and spiciness of the salsa, you’ll definitely get the perfect margarita experience. 


charcuterie board with bread, fruits, cured meat, and cheese with three glasses of drinks

To enjoy a more sophisticated drinking experience, consider pairing up your classic margarita with the perfect charcuterie board. Since you are pairing it with margaritas, adding more fruits, especially the citrusy ones like lime, lemon, and oranges, would be better. You may also add pineapples to add a subtle sweetness and spicy jalapeños that would go well with the flavor of your margarita. Then add varying kinds of cheese, bread, jam, and only a little bit of cured meat like salami, soppressata, and ‘nduja – just the perfect flavors to enjoy with your margarita.