Grilled Southwestern Shish Kebabs


These shish kebab are so easy to prepare, not to mention colorful and very tasty. It's the perfect dish for a summer barbeque. Try serving with a side of white rice, French fries, or grilled baby red potatoes with fresh rosemary!

Prep Time:
40 mins
Cook Time:
8 mins
Additional Time:
6 hrs
Total Time:
6 hrs 48 mins
12 kebabs



  • 3 cups Mexican lager (such as Negra™ Modelo)

  • ¾ cup coarsely chopped white onion

  • ¾ cup chopped cilantro

  • ¼ cup lime juice

  • ¼ cup minced garlic

  • 1 tablespoon hot salsa

  • 1 ½ teaspoons red pepper flakes

  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt

  • ½ teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper

  • 4 pounds beef tenderloin, cut into 1-inch cubes, or more as needed

  • 1 fresh pineapple, cored and cut into 1-inch pieces

  • 2 cups coarsely chopped red onion

  • 2 green bell peppers, cut into 1-inch pieces

  • 12 white mushrooms

  • 12 cherry tomatoes

  • (12-inch) skewers, soaked in water for at least 30 minutes


  1. Combine lager, white onion, cilantro, lime juice, garlic, salsa, red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper in a large bowl. Mix together until marinade is well blended. Add beef carefully. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate, 6 hours to overnight.

  2. Thread the marinated beef, pineapple chunks, red onion chunks, green bell pepper pieces, mushrooms, and cherry tomatoes alternately through skewers. Place shish kebabs on a baking sheet or jelly roll pan.

  3. Preheat grill for medium heat and lightly oil the grate. Grill shish kebabs until beef is firm and reddish-pink and juicy in the center, about 4 minutes per side.

Cook's Notes:

Do not wash the mushrooms. Instead, use a damp paper towel and gently scrub them.

Do not marinate for more than 12 hours.

To just flavor the beef rather than tenderize, marinate for as little as 20 minutes, up to 2 hours.

Editor's Notes:

Nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of marinade ingredients. The actual amount of marinade consumed will vary.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

410 Calories
12g Fat
25g Carbs
46g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 410
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12g 16%
Saturated Fat 5g 23%
Cholesterol 119mg 40%
Sodium 188mg 8%
Total Carbohydrate 25g 9%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 14g
Protein 46g
Vitamin C 80mg 401%
Calcium 66mg 5%
Iron 4mg 19%
Potassium 918mg 20%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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