Mexican Tropical Chile Brine

Mexican Tropical Chile Brine Recipe
Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Kevin Crafts


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Recipe Time

Cook: 30 Minutes


2/3 cup kosher salt
10 large garlic cloves, crushed
1/4 cup ground ancho chiles
2 tablespoons dried Mexican oregano
Zest of 5 large limes
1/2 cup lime juice
2/3 cup thawed, frozen pineapple juice concentrate


Pour 1 qt. water into a deep pot. Add salt and warm over high heat, stirring, until salt dissolves. Remove from heat and stir in 2 qts. cold water, garlic, ground chiles, and oregano. Nest pan in ice water until cool. Stir in remaining ingredients.


Corn or flour tortillas

Cilantro sprigs

Lime wedges

Chopped white onion


February 2011
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