Chelada Beer Cocktail with Lime & Tajin

chelada beer cocktail recipe photo by Jackie Alpers
Chelada Beer Cocktail with Lime & Tajin
This super-refreshing citrus beer cocktail is served in a chile and salt rimmed glass over ice. It's kinda like a beer margarita. I love it because it's a big drink that lasts a long time and it has considerably less sugar and calories than a margarita. 
Use a Mexican lager or amber beer such as Dos Equis. If you want to make this drink spicier you can garnish the drink with a jalapeno slice or two. Serve in a traditional chelada glass if possible.



  • Wash the lime, cut it in half, squeeze the juice onto a plate, then dunk the rim of the glass into the lime juice and swirl to coat. Then swirl the rim in chili lime salt to coat.
  • Pour about a tablespoon of salt of Tajin or salt onto another small plate then swirl the wet rim of the glass in the salt to coat.
  • Fill the glass with ice. Squeeze the remaining lime into the glass and pour in the Rosa's lime juice.
  • Garnish with the lime slice with the slit in it that you used to wet the rim of the glass, and the Jalapeno slice if using.
  • Pour in the beer and enjoy.
    woman holding a chelada beer cocktail in a chile rimmed schooner glass



This recipe is an outtake from my cookbook Taste of Tucson that was cut for space.
Course Drinks
Cuisine Mexican, Sonoran, Sonoran Style, Sonoran Style Mexican
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