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