Fresh jalapeños, garlic, oranges and limes combine to create one of the best marinades we have ever made. I came home from the farmer’s market one weekend with lots of fresh citrus and a bag full of mixed hot peppers. I knew that I wanted a marinade from some of it. When I stumbled onto this recipe, it looked perfect.
Over the past three years, this has become one of my favorite marinades. Whether it’s beef for Carne Asada, a simple pork roast in the crock-pot, Mojo Chicken in the oven or on the grill, or Broiled Salmon, everything I have ever tried with this marinade has turned out fabulously.
The photo above is a quadrupled recipe. We make plenty each time and freeze it for future use. I love the unique twist that the orange provides and the jalapenos were just spicy enough without overtaking all the other flavors in this marinade. We make this marinade all year long, but especially through the summer grilling season.
- 5 garlic cloves minced
- 1 jalapeño very finely minced
- 1 handful fresh cilantro leaves about 3 tablespoons finely chopped
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt adjust as desired
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper adjust as desired
- 2 limes juiced
- 1 orange juiced
- 2 tablespoons white vinegar
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- In a large bowl, combine the very finely minced garlic, jalapeño, cilantro, salt and pepper. Using a mortar and pestle or your hands, mash together and crush to make a paste. Scrape into a jar and then add the orange and lime juices, vinegar and oil. Shake really well to combine thoroughly. Use as a marinade for beef or chicken. Enjoy!