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If you have ever been to Mexico then you might know that a truly authentic margarita is a bit different. Stronger, and less sweet to say the least. My goal with this Mixed-Up Pomegranate Lime Margarita Recipe was to keep some of the authentic flavor of a “real” margarita while adding in some fun, delicious flavors as well! But don’t worry, if you like a sweeter margarita, check the recipe notes for some tips on how to adjust the flavor to your taste.
I have to admit, I don’t usually make the drinks in our home. I leave that up to my fiance, Daryl. I consider that his area of expertise. I attempted to recruit him to help me with this recipe. Attempted. He stopped at the store and bought me everything on my list, but that’s where his help ended. Apparently, he doesn’t make margaritas – haha!
With this being a contest, I wanted to mix things up a bit. I chose to blend two flavors: pomegranate and lime. They actually go really well together. I’m surprised this hasn’t become a huge food trend yet!
I mixed things up even more by choosing two non-margarita drink mixes. I used the Stirrings Simple Pomegranate Martini Cocktail Mix and the Simple Mojito Cocktail Mix. They are basically juice blends and I wanted to show the versatility of both. I did use the Margarita Rimmer Cocktail Garnish because I wanted a salted rim.
My first recipe was a bit too authentic. Strong doesn’t even begin to describe it. I felt the fruit flavors got lost and it wasn’t what I was going for at all. We drank them anyway but agreed that I needed to try something else.
After a bit of tweaking, I finally got it! The recipe I have listed below will give you a margarita with a nice balance of flavors! Not too strong, not too sweet. The perfect Mixed-Up Pomegranate Lime Margarita recipe out there! Probably the only one…but it’s a good one!
If you’re already convinced that you need this recipe if your life (ha!) you can find Stirrings mixers and rimmers at Harris Teeter and Total Wine & More (if you are in my local area). You can find other locations by using the store locator on their website.
Run one lime slice around the rim of a margarita glass, then squeeze the excess juice into the glass. Put a Tablespoon or so of the Margarita Rimmer on a plate and press the rim of the glass into it to coat it all the way around.
In a shaker, combine the tequila, triple sec, and both cocktail mixes. Add a few ice cubes if desired and shake until blended. Pour into the salt-rimmed glass and garnish with an extra lime slice.
If you prefer a sweeter margarita, you can add agave, 1 teaspoon at a time, until the desired flavor is achieved. You can also make a simple syrup and use that instead.
Try these Pulled Chicken Tacos with Spicy Mango-Lime Chutney for a sweet and spicy dinner!
I’ve been more than obsessed with using fruit in main dishes lately. Especially mango. I never even liked mango until recently, and now I can’t get enough! Thankfully they are easy to find and not that expensive because I’m buying them all the time! I’ve used diced mango in a few different “bowl” dinners, and they go really well with Cuban seasoned pork, but I wanted to try something different. I decided to make Pulled Chicken Tacos and topped them with a Spicy Mango-Lime Chutney!
I used my slow cooker to make the pulled chicken. I just tossed in a couple pounds of chicken breasts and seasoned them with a homemade taco seasoning. You could totally use a packet of store bought taco seasoning to make it even easier, I just prefer to make my own and included the ingredients for mine in the recipe below in case you want to try it too. You may need to add a little water to the slow cooker to keep the chicken from getting too dry.
The Spicy Mango-Lime Chutney is really easy to toss together as well! I used diced mangos, fresh lime juice, cilantro, and chili peppers. I went back and forth between chili peppers and jalapenos. I ended up going with the chili peppers, but the jalapenos would be amazing as well! Just remember to remove the seeds if you don’t want the chutney to be too spicy! I also left some pepper-free for my 8-year-old son.
Making the tacos is soooo easy. Toss some of the chicken into a soft tortilla or crunchy taco shell and top with the mangos – done! You can make the Spicy Mango-Lime Chutney ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator so this works great as a weeknight dinner.
The recipe below has everything you need to make these Pulled Chicken Tacos with Mango-Lime Chutney, including all the ingredients for a homemade taco seasoning. If you decide to go with a store bought packet, just omit that step. I hope you enjoy them!!
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Pulled Chicken Tacos with Spicy Mango-Lime Chutney
Place the chicken into a slow cooker. Combine all the ingredients for the taco seasoning and sprinkle over the chicken. Cook on low for 4-6 hours until chicken is cooked through and pulls apart easily, adding water 1/4 cup at a time if chicken appears too dry. Shred the chicken with two forks.
To make the Spicy Mango-Lime Chutney add the diced mango to a small bowl. Squeeze the juice of the 1/2 lime over the mango and mix in the minced chili peppers. Sprinkle the minced cilantro on top.
Place the shredded pulled chicken into a tortilla or crunchy taco shell and top with the mango. Serve with lime slices.