By Carl Hanson

It's not just for margaritas anymore. These 5-star recipes call for a generous splash of tequila, which adds flavor of its own to the dishes while also drawing out flavors from other ingredients -- that's one of the secrets of cooking with alcohol! It coaxes out the best from other ingredients.

If you like, add a pinch of cayenne pepper. "The mild undercurrent of hot goes nicely with the tequila and other spices," says dbcad.

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While you're mixing a margarita for yourself, make one for the fish! And this recipe's not just for tequila people. "I'm not a lover of tequila," admits Don Booher. "But this marinade reduction was fantastic! We will definitely make it again!"

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Many reviewers recommend increasing the amount of tequila in this recipe to 1/4 cup.

The recipe combines fresh watermelon, pineapple, and strawberries in a lime juice, tequila, and agave nectar dressing. "While this fruit salad won't get you tipsy, it is so delicious you might not stop eating it!" says beccwarnacutt, the recipe submitter. "Mango or jicama can be added if you don't feel stuck to the original recipe."

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Before hitting the grill, pork tenderloin marinates in tequila and lime juice spiced up with cilantro, chopped green chiles, chili powder, garlic, and honey.

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Another tasty tequila-based marinade! PDX Cookie also recommends it for marinating chicken or beef for fajitas. Meanwhile, many reviewers seem to agree with shermil: "Doesn't hurt to add a touch more tequila."

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"YUM!," says Shana. "I added some coconut to these and I thought it complimented the lime really well." Shana also had a cooking tip to share: "I took a shot of tequila right before dinner just for fun and these were soooo good!"

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Marinate the salmon in orange and lime juice with tequila and minced habanero peppers. Then serve it with a habanero pepper and lime zest butter. "Remove the seeds from the peppers to tame the heat," says Mike Smith, the recipe submitter. You can also substitute a less fiery pepper like jalapenos.

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"This simple and quick one-pot chili has great flavor and is nice and meaty," says Tracy J., the recipe submitter. "A thick, meaty chili," adds LIZCANCOO. "Very quick to make, which is nice for a weeknight meal."

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Enjoy a few more recipes with tequila in the mix: