All hail February 22, a day also known as National Margarita Day. Although tequila may spur a mixed bag of memories and emotions, it is important that we recognize all the times margaritas have been there for us and pay them their due respect... by drinking them all Sunday long (sensibly alternating with tall glasses of water, obviously). Because we are responsible adults who have never turned to a classic margarita on the rocks (or three) with a good friend as opposed to seeking the guidance of a licensed therapist.
And what's a margarita without chips and guacamole? Or tacos? Or quesadillas? These 22 recipes represent the best of the Internet's margarita variations and the foods you need to compliment the drink of this day, and so many other days.
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This recipe from A Spicy Perspective proves that classics are classics for a reason. Ultra fresh ingredients, good quality tequila, and the perfect salty rim allow the traditional mix to fulfill its true potential. Once you’ve had a taste of the truth, you’ll never go store-bought again.
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In case you haven’t fully taken it in, it’s National Margarita Day. Not afternoon, not evening, a full day. A Cozy Kitchen has you covered with the perfect chilaquiles recipe to start your day off right. I won’t tell if you have a breakfast margarita. It’s the weekend, it’s fine.
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Sweet Tamarind Margaritas
I probably only know what tamarind is because of the Mexican candy trucks that parked outside of my Los Angeles middle school every afternoon. The sweet, date-like fruit lends this margarita from The Crepes of Wrath an unexpected flavor that’s perfectly complimentary to fresh, tart citrus.
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Oven Roasted Butternut Squash Fajitas
To be totally honest, I usually don’t get too excited about squash. But these flavor-packed, roasted veggie vegan fajitas from Fo Reals Life prove that you can get your Tex-Mex fix without loading up on meat and carbs. The perfect healthy entrée to balance out those margs. Fo reals.
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Packed with fresh, healthy ingredients, this Mexican corn salad from A Cozy Kitchen is that side dish that’s so good you can’t help but load up on seconds and thirds — without feeling too bad about it. Unlike most Mexican corn recipes that use mayonnaise (my personal nemesis), this one uses creme fraiche instead. Win-win.
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Spicy Rosemary Rhubarb Margarita
Cucumber Honeydew Margarita Popsicles
Nobody said you have to drink your margaritas. These brilliant popsicles by Endless Simmer deliver all the refreshing tequila-y goodness of a margarita in the convenient, nostalgic form of a popsicle. Cucumber, honeydew, and mint will transport you to the tropics even if you’re stuck inside on a snowy day.
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Shrimp Avocado Salsa
Honeydew and Mezcal Margarita with Chipotle Syrup
Mezcal might not be for everyone, but this recipe from Food and Style balances out tequila’s “smokey sister” with the fresh sweetness of honeydew, elderflower liqueur, and spicy chipotle syrup. If you’re not sure if you like mezcal, you probably will after you taste this combo.
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