This spicy Jalapeño Margarita recipe is not only everything I need to celebrate Cinco de Mayo today—it’s going to save our mortgage. Spicy margaritas can fix any problem!

 Jalapeno Margarita with fresh lime

I’m totally exaggerating. I need a jalapeño Margarita and Chicken Enchilada Dip to celebrate. And maybe a few Healthy Nachos too.

A margarita saving our mortgage, however? It could be truer than you think.

Last week, my favorite taco spot in Milwaukee opened a new location five minutes from our house. Left to my own devices, I could happily frequent this establishment often enough to warrant carving my name on a bar stool. Between our many visits, I’ve tasted every taco on the menu and sipped every one of their excellent margaritas. My absolute favorite? The spicy jalapeño margarita.

Skinny Spicy Jalapeno Margarita in a glass

About This Delicious Jalapeño Margarita

Margaritas are my happy place. I associate them with fun times, warm sunshine, and few worries. I love margaritas for their balance of brightness and bite, their refreshing hit of citrus, and the subtle smoothness of their spirits. If a fresh margarita is on the menu, you better believe I am ordering it.

And if there is a fresh jalapeño margarita on the menu like this Peach Margarita? Sign me up and serve me on the rocks.

With our local taco/margarita haunt now dangerously near, I know I’ll be tempted to pop on down the street and order myself a jalapeño margarita more often than I should. While idyllic in theory, this margarita habit of mine could become spendy.

Fortunately for myself and my fellow margarita lovers, all we need to make our own margaritas at home, including this spicy margarita, are a few fresh ingredients. If you want to be extra speedy or are making margaritas for a crowd, a citrus juicer is super helpful too.

With enough motivation, however, you can skip the juicer and squeeze the limes the old-fashioned way.

Really, is there better motivation than a jalapeño margarita?

I think you know the answer to that.

cocktail glass with a spicy jalapeno margarita

Jalapeño Margarita – Smooth and Spicy

This jalapeño margarita recipe is based on my Skinny Margarita, which has become a signature drink for a few of you, as well as what you routinely make for parties. So fun! If you ever need another guest to help you finish the pitcher, you know who to call.

For a fruity version, you can add jalapeños (1 thin, round jalapeño slice per drink) to my Blackberry Margarita

I hope these spicy margaritas help kick up your Cinco de Mayo celebrations. To go along with them, be sure to check out my ever-growing collection of Cinco de Mayo recipes too.


Tools Used to Make This Recipe

  • Cocktail shaker and strainer. I love this set! The shaker never sticks together when you try to open it, doesn’t leak, and is super easy to clean.
  • Citrus juicer. Totally worth it.
  • Jigger (2-sided shot glass)
Skinny Jalapeno Margarita with fresh lime juice and agave. Easy and ultra refreshing with a spicy kick! Recipe at | @wellplated

Jalapeño Margarita

5 from 11 votes
The BEST Spicy Margarita recipe. Skinny version made with fresh lime juice and agave. Easy and ultra refreshing with a kick!

Prep: 5 mins
Total: 5 mins

Servings: 1 drink (multiply as needed)


  • Kosher salt and a lime wedge to rim the glass
  • Ice
  • 2 ounces silver tequila about 3 tablespoons
  • 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice about 1 large or 1 1/2 small limes; do not use bottled lime juice, as it will have a very off flavor
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed orange juice about 1/2 small/medium orange
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons light agave nectar add 2 if you prefer a sweeter margarita
  • 1/4 to 1/2 jalapeño pepper cut into thin, round slices (use more for more spice)
  • Lime wedges additional jalapeño slices for serving


  • Rim the glass: Pour a thin layer of salt onto a small plate. Rub a lime wedge around the top edge of your glass to moisten it, then dip the glass into the salt so that it sticks, tapping all the way around. Fill the glass with ice and set aside.
  • Fill a small cocktail shaker with additional ice. Add the tequila, lime juice, orange juice, agave, and jalapeño slices. Tightly close and shake vigorously for 30 seconds (it's longer than you think). Strain into the rimmed glass. Enjoy immediately, garnished with lime wedges and additional jalapeño slices.


Serving: 1drinkCalories: 186kcalCarbohydrates: 13gSodium: 1mgSugar: 10g

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  1. Love this spicy skinny version – it looks so refreshing!  Happy Cinco de Mayo.

  2. This is my new favorite drink! So simple and so delish. Gave me a chance to use jalapeno from my garden.5 stars

  3. This was amazing! I’ve moved from Texas to NC and I’ve seriously been having withdrawals from some good margaritas. This was is incredible.5 stars

    1. Thank you for taking the time to share this kind review, Jamie! I’m so happy to hear that you enjoyed this recipe!

      1. Hi Will! I haven’t tried this swap myself, but I think it would work fine. If you decide to try it, I’d love to hear how it goes!

    1. Hi Jess! This recipe makes one drink, so you could multiply it by however many people you’re hoping to serve (as long as it all fits in your pitcher). I hope this helps!

  4. This is HANDS DOWN the best, freshest, no-hang-over margarita out in the universe. With or without the jalapeño. Well done!5 stars

  5. This is hands down the best margarita I have ever tasted! Thank you so much Erin for this amazing recipe!5 stars

  6. Literally the BEST, freshest margarita! I adore this recipe–it’s my summertime go-to. If you like margaritas, this one is a MUST!5 stars