Guadalajara Burger: A Spicy Twist on a Classic Favorite

As I sit here sipping on a cold tequila, my mind races back to the streets of Guadalajara. The vibrant colors, the aromatic spices, and the sizzling sounds coming from street vendors all around left an indelible mark on me. It was in this bustling city that I stumbled upon one of the most delightful burgers of my life – the Guadalajara Burger with tequila-spiked salsa. And let me tell you, it was a moment of pure culinary bliss.

Now, I’ve brought this recipe back to you so you can experience it too. Picture a juicy beef patty flavored with chipotle chile and chile powder shaped into a 2-inch thick patty topped with a spicy tequila-spiked salsa verde made with ripe tomatoes, fresh cilantro, and plenty of garlic. Just describing it makes me salivate.

This recipe is not your run-of-the-mill burger. It embraces the bold and exciting flavors of Mexican cuisine and elevates them to perfection. It’s perfect for any summer barbecue or an indoor feast, where you want to impress your guests with something unique and irresistible.

So come along with me on a journey through the streets of Guadalajara as we prepare this incredible burger with tequila spiked sauce. Trust me; it will be worth it!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Guadalajara Burger With Tequila-Spiked Salsa
Guadalajara Burger With Tequila-Spiked Salsa

This recipe is not just your ordinary burger and salsa dish. It’s an explosion of flavors that will awaken your senses and take your taste buds on a journey to Guadalajara. You’ll love this recipe because it incorporates the bold, smoky flavor of chipotle chiles and the zesty kick of lime juice. And let’s not forget about the star ingredient – tequila-spiked salsa!

The combination of juicy beef patties with a tequila-spiked salsa verde is out of this world. The tequila gives the salsa a unique, slightly boozy flavor that perfectly complements the smoky, spicy undertones of chipotle chiles. Herbal notes of fresh cilantro and tangy lime juice balance out the dish with brightness and freshness.

Not only is this burger visually stunning with its vibrant colors, but it is also packed with health benefits. Avocado, onion, garlic cloves, and tomatoes are all antioxidant-rich ingredients that promote healthy digestion and support a strong immune system.

And if you’re someone who likes to experiment in the kitchen, this recipe provides numerous opportunities for customization. You can spice things up even more by adding more chipotle chile or substituting beef for chicken or turkey patties.

Overall, you’ll love this recipe because it doesn’t compromise on flavor, nutrition, or customizability. So what are you waiting for? Get ready to fire up your grill and indulge in a flavor-packed Guadalajara burger with tequila-spiked salsa!

Ingredient List

 A juicy and flavorful Guadalajara Burger with Tequila-Spiked Salsa is perfect for any fiesta celebration!
A juicy and flavorful Guadalajara Burger with Tequila-Spiked Salsa is perfect for any fiesta celebration!

Here are the essential ingredients you need to prepare the Guadalajara Burger with Tequila-Spiked Salsa Recipe that will take your taste buds on a memorable journey.

For the Burger:

  • 1 1/2 pound ground beef
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • Juice from one lime
  • 2 teaspoons chipotle chile powder

For the Tequila-Spiked Salsa Verde:

  • 1 small avocado, diced
  • 1 cup fresh cilantro leaves, chopped
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 medium tomatoes, diced
  • Juice from one lime
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons of tequila
  • ½ teaspoon of kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon of cumin

Make sure to gather all ingredients before starting the preparation to ensure a smooth cooking process.

The Recipe How-To

 With its vibrant colors and tantalizing aroma, this burger is sure to be a showstopper.
With its vibrant colors and tantalizing aroma, this burger is sure to be a showstopper.

Now that we’ve covered the ingredients, let’s get cooking! This burger is pretty straightforward to make, but there are a few special touches that really take it up a notch.

Prepare and Grill

First, prepare your grill. Combine 2 teaspoons of chile powder and 1 teaspoon of kosher salt. Then season 1 lb of ground beef with the mixture and divide it into four portions.

After that, shape each portion into a 2-inch thick patty. Once you’ve got your patties ready, grill them over medium heat for about 3-4 minutes per side or until they’re cooked through to your preference.

Tequila-Spiked Salsa Verde Recipe

While the burgers are grilling, you can start preparing the star of the show – our tequila-spiked salsa verde!

For this recipe, you’ll need:

  • 1/4 cup of finely chopped onion
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 cup of fresh cilantro leaves
  • juice of one lime
  • 1 avocado
  • 2 chipotle chiles in adobo sauce
  • Salt (to taste)
  • 1 tablespoon of tequila

To make the salsa, combine all of the ingredients (except for the salt) into a blender or food processor. Blend until smooth.

Then, add salt (to taste) and pulse again briefly to combine.


Now that both the burgers and salsa are ready, it’s time to assemble everything.

Start by placing each burger on a bun or lettuce wrap. Top each burger with a generous helping of our delicious tequila-spiked salsa verde (be sure to save any extra for dipping) or any other toppings you prefer.

Serve immediately and enjoy!

Substitutions and Variations

 Don't forget the chips and guacamole to complete the flavorful Tex-Mex experience.
Don’t forget the chips and guacamole to complete the flavorful Tex-Mex experience.

There are many ways to customize this Guadalajara Burger with Tequila-Spiked Salsa Recipe to suit your taste preferences. Here are some suggestions:

– Meat: Feel free to swap out the beef for chicken, turkey, or even a vegetarian patty. Just make sure the patty is 2 inches thick and seasoned with salt and pepper.

– Bun: You can use any type of bun you like for this burger. Brioche, sourdough, or even a lettuce wrap works well.

– Cheese: Add a slice of cheese on top of the patty before grilling it. Try cheddar, Monterey Jack, or pepper jack.

– Salsa: If you don’t have tequila on hand or prefer not to use alcohol in your cooking, you can omit it from the salsa recipe altogether. Alternatively, you can substitute it with lime juice for a similar tangy flavor.

– Toppings: Customize your burger toppings based on your personal preferences. Some suggestions include sliced avocado, fresh cilantro, diced onion, sliced tomatoes, or pickled jalapeños.

Remember to experiment with different substitutions and variations to discover your own unique take on this Guadalajara Burger with Tequila-Spiked Salsa Recipe that suits your taste buds and makes you crave more.

Serving and Pairing

 The combination of the juicy beef patty and zesty salsa creates a mouthwatering explosion of flavors in your mouth.
The combination of the juicy beef patty and zesty salsa creates a mouthwatering explosion of flavors in your mouth.

When it comes to serving and pairing this delectable Guadalajara Burger with Tequila-Spiked Salsa, there are several options to explore.

Firstly, you can opt to serve the burger with a side of crispy oven-baked fries or fresh corn on the cob. The crunchy texture of the fries will perfectly complement the juicy, flavorful burger. And the sweetness of the corn on the cob balances out the heat in the salsa.

If you’re looking for a healthier alternative, a crisp green salad with diced tomato, avocado, and shredded cheese drizzled with lime vinaigrette is always an excellent option. The freshness of the salad will contrast brilliantly with the smokiness of the chipotle chili seasoning on the burger.

If you’re feeling adventurous and want to take your taste buds on a wild ride, try pairing your burger with one tequila shot. The smoothness of tequila and heat of jalapeños in salsa make a perfect match.

Finally, rounding out this dish is an essential part- salsa verde! This sauce blends tangy tomatillos, herbaceous cilantro, and spicy jalapenos for refreshing notes that are perfect for hot summer days. Drizzle your burger generously with this delicious spiked salsa verde recipe that is guaranteed to elevate your burger experience.

No matter which route you go in terms of serving and pairing, this burger recipe is sure to be a hit at any summer barbeque or dinner party.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 This burger is not just for summer barbecues. It's perfect for any time of the year!
This burger is not just for summer barbecues. It’s perfect for any time of the year!

As with most burgers, the Guadalajara Burger With Tequila-Spiked Salsa Recipe is best enjoyed fresh off the grill. However, you can make the preparation process a little easier by prepping some elements ahead of time.

To make ahead, you can prepare the tequila-spiked salsa and store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to four days. This will allow the flavors to meld together even more, resulting in a tastier sauce. You can also prepare the patties and shape them into 2-inch thick portions before refrigerating them for up to a day.

When it comes to reheating leftovers, it’s best to do so on a grill or stovetop instead of in the microwave that could result in a soggy patty or a dry meat. Simply reheat the patties over medium heat on either surface until warmed through.

If you have any leftover tequila-spiked salsa, it can be served with tortilla chips or as a condiment for tacos throughout the week. Any fresh cilantro would eventually wilt in time; therefore, it’s best added at serving time.

Remember, nothing beats a freshly grilled burger straight off the grill, but with these tips on hand, leftovers won’t be half as bad.

Tips for Perfect Results

 The tequila-spiked salsa brings a touch of boldness,
The tequila-spiked salsa brings a touch of boldness,

To ensure your Guadalajara Burger with Tequila-Spiked Salsa comes out perfectly every time, I have compiled a few tips that will make all the difference in taste and presentation.

Firstly, when shaping the burger patties, make them roughly 2 inches thick. This will ensure that the burger remains juicy even after cooking. Additionally, make sure to press a small indentation in the center of each patty to prevent it from bulging while cooking.

Secondly, use kosher salt generously when seasoning the beef. The coarseness of kosher salt not only adds flavor but also enhances the texture by giving a crisp exterior to the patty.

Thirdly, when preparing the salsa verde recipe, use fresh ingredients such as tomatoes, onion, garlic cloves, chipotle chile, and fresh cilantro for a burst of flavor. Do not skimp on lime juice as it brings out the flavors in the salsa while also providing a perfect balance of acidity.

Fourthly, adding one teaspoon of tequila to the salsa verde recipe is what sets this burger apart. It emphasizes the Mexican influence and will leave your guests raving about its unique combination of flavors.

Finally, having a slice of avocado on top of the burger patty makes all the difference in achieving an overall creamy texture in every bite. The avocado complements not only the beefy flavor but also helps cut through some of the heat from the salsa.

Following these tips will guarantee you achieve perfectly delicious Guadalajara Burgers with Tequila-Spiked Salsa every time.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, the Guadalajara Burger With Tequila-Spiked Salsa Recipe is a delicious treat that will transport your taste buds directly to Mexico. This recipe is easy to prepare, and the ingredients are readily available at any grocery store.

With the perfect combination of salty beef and tangy salsa, this burger is sure to impress your guests or leave you craving more. The tequila-spiked salsa recipe is a game-changer with its unique blend of flavors, and it’s a must-try for anyone looking to add some kick to their meals.

My tips and recommendations ensure that your burger turns out perfectly each time, so don’t be afraid to experiment with variations on this recipe. And remember, you can always make-ahead and store any leftovers for later!

Overall, the Guadalajara Burger is a fantastic way to spice up your weekly meal plan. So grab some tequila, chop up some veggies, and let’s get cooking!

Guadalajara Burger With Tequila-Spiked Salsa

Guadalajara Burger With Tequila-Spiked Salsa Recipe

The salsa that goes with this burger is a refreshing step away from your typical tomatoes and lettuce. The recipe makes more salsa than you need, so serve the extra on the side with tortilla chips. You can make the salsa ahead of time. Originally from my favorite cookbook Cooking Light 2004.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: < 60 Mins, Lunch, Meat, Vegetable
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Calories: 514.7kcal



  • 1 teaspoon dried chipotle powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 lb ground round
  • 4 kaiser rolls

Tequila-Spiked Salsa

  • 2 cups chopped seeded tomatoes
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/3 cup chopped peeled avocado
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons tequila
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced


  • Burger: Prepare grill.
  • Combine chili powder, salt, and beef. Divide into four portions, shaping each into a 1/2-inch thick patty.
  • Grill five minutes on each side, or until done. Grill rolls, cut sides down for one minute or until toasted.
  • Place one patty, along with 1/3 cup of salsa on each bun.
  • Salsa: Combine all ingredients in a bowl, toss gently.

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Serving: 326g | Calories: 514.7kcal | Carbohydrates: 40.2g | Protein: 26.8g | Fat: 27.3g | Saturated Fat: 9.4g | Cholesterol: 80.5mg | Sodium: 836.5mg | Fiber: 4.1g | Sugar: 5.4g

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