Delicious fajita marinade made with lime juice, olive oil, and soy sauce, and spiced up with cayenne and black pepper. Makes enough marinade for 2 pounds of meat.

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Ingredients

16
Original recipe yields 16 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a large resealable plastic bag, mix together the lime juice, water, olive oil, garlic, soy sauce, salt, and liquid smoke flavoring. Stir in cayenne and black pepper.

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  • Place desired meat in the marinade, and refrigerate at least 2 hours, or overnight. Cook as desired.

Nutrition Facts

18.9 calories; 0.1 g protein; 0.7 g carbohydrates; 0 mg cholesterol; 183.1 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
10/13/2003
This recipe makes fajitas that are addictive! And I ought to know - I'm from Texas! I scaled this to 20 servings for a party and used half the marinade for top round steak and half for chicken breasts. I used only 1/2 cup water in this re-scaled recipe, and I also threw in a generous handful of chopped fresh cilantro. It needs the cilantro... that gives it a wonderful kick. I marinated the meat for 24 hours and then grilled it nice and slow. It couldn't have been better! The meat was tender and absolutely perfect. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
09/25/2006
This is good, but I think too much water is called for. If I made it again, I would probably omit the water altogether. It literally watered down the flavor. I had to add extra lime, garlic, and pepper. Then, it was good. But three stars for the recipe as-is. I made chicken fajitas with green and red bell pepper, and red onions in whole-grain toritllas, and heirloom tomatoes, sharp cheddar, lite sour cream and sliced avocado on top. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/13/2003
This recipe makes fajitas that are addictive! And I ought to know - I'm from Texas! I scaled this to 20 servings for a party and used half the marinade for top round steak and half for chicken breasts. I used only 1/2 cup water in this re-scaled recipe, and I also threw in a generous handful of chopped fresh cilantro. It needs the cilantro... that gives it a wonderful kick. I marinated the meat for 24 hours and then grilled it nice and slow. It couldn't have been better! The meat was tender and absolutely perfect. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/30/2003
This is very good... I did increase the Cayenne to 1 teasp and also added 1/2 teasp each of Cumin and Coriander...and also some Jalapeno juice from the jar... It was so good... We made fajitas and also used the leftover meat the next day with eggs for breakfast... Kiki (Brampton,On,Canada) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/24/2005
Wonderful! - Better than our favorite restaurant. I've never made fajitas at home and had them come out so well. Followed the recipe as given. Marinaded chicken tenders for about 8-9 hours - was plenty of time. I used my new grill pan skillet and grilled the chicken in just a tiny bit of the marinade. When that was done, I took them out, put a little more marinade in the pan, and grilled a large sliced onion and both a red and green bell pepper, cut into strips. Added a little more olive oil and cajun spice while the veggies gooked. Best fajita meal ever! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/11/2007
Made this with chicken tenders and let them marinate over night. I swapped out the soy sauce for Lea & Perrin's doubled the cayenne added half a teaspoon of cumin and a few jalapeno slices. I also left out the salt. I was expecting this to be a little spicier than it was but the flavor was great. I was worried my mom would think it was too spicy but surprisingly not (my dad and brother liked it too so the heat level must have been just right to please everybody). If I were making this recipe for myself I'd probably add even more cayenne but then I am pretty crazy. The only complaint I have (and not enough to bump it down to 4 stars) is that prep time for me was a lot longer than 15 minutes. I guess if you start with your limes already squeezed (or juice from a bottle) and your chicken already cut up and stuff it might take 15 minutes but if you have to take those into account it'll probably take a little longer. Or I could just be slow since it took me around an hour.;) I'll have to do this with steak next time. I made two pounds of chicken and usually when we have fajitas there's chicken left over the next day. Not this time! Too bad because I was looking forward to quesadillas for lunch tomorrow. Oh well! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/03/2007
Perfectly wonderful marinade! I have never used the liquid smoke and it's still great. I've changed the water to other things...beer, wine, veggie broth...all work well. Also, lemon subs very nicely for lime in a pinch. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/07/2010
Great fajita marinade for chicken! I omitted the water and added 1/4 tsp. of cumin. I poked the chicken with a fork serveal times, put everything into a ziploc bag and let it marinate overnight, turning it serveral times during the marinating process. It was so good grilled over charcoal! We served it on warm tortillas with all the fixen's: peppers, onions, shredded cheese, salsa, guacamole, and sour cream. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
09/25/2006
This is good, but I think too much water is called for. If I made it again, I would probably omit the water altogether. It literally watered down the flavor. I had to add extra lime, garlic, and pepper. Then, it was good. But three stars for the recipe as-is. I made chicken fajitas with green and red bell pepper, and red onions in whole-grain toritllas, and heirloom tomatoes, sharp cheddar, lite sour cream and sliced avocado on top. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/03/2004
THIS WAS GREAT!!! My husband wanted to have a "Fajita BBQ" so we invited the whole family (both sides) over and tried this recipe with 7 lbs. of fajita meat!!! I have to say I HATE trying new recipes when we have parties but I bit the bullet on this one and it turned out WONDERFUL! We got so many rave reviews and my husband has been begging me every weekend to make more fajitas. The only addition I made in the recipe is I added 1/2 c. chopped fresh cilantro cause I love the flavor of it and marinated overnight. They turned out awesome!! I thought for sure I would be left with a ton of leftover meat, considering I always over estimate, but we had a small handful left, which my husband nibbled on after the guests all left. I will definately be using this recipe again, my husband wants to laminate the recipe!!! KUDOS ROBBIE!! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/04/2005
This was WONDERFUL!!! I did make a few easy changes I increased the soy sauce to 4 tsp. and left out the salt. I also added 1/2 tsp chili powder and used about 1 and 1/2 tsp cayenne. It was quite spicy and VERY flavorful!!! Read More
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