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Quick and Easy Chipotle Beef Fajita Marinade

Chipotle Fajita Marinade in a glass bow with measuring spoon on a granite counter

Make this quick and easy beef fajita marinade with fresh lime juice, olive oil and my homemade chipotle seasoning. This is a great marinade for making steak fajitas and Mexican chicken fajitas. The chipotle beef fajita marinade tastes best when you marinate the meat overnight, but a few hours will do!

Using my homemade chipotle seasoning makes this marinade very versatile!

Homemade Chipotle Seasoning in a white dish

This Chipotle Beef Fajita Marinade uses my Homemade Chipotle Seasoning. You can use it for flank steak, skirt steak, chicken, seafood and vegetables. I always make a huge batch when I make it. It’s great to have it on hand for times like these when I want to make this quick marinade or add some spice to my favorite dishes.

chicken thighs on a grill
Use this quick and easy Chipotle Fajita Marinade for chicken, seafood and veggies too!

Is this fajita marinade healthy?

This fajita marinade is a bit healthier than other marinades as it uses fresh ingredients and less oil than most. For true WW Smart Points, calculate how much marinade you actually use after you drain it off – the calories and points provided at the end of the recipe are a rough estimate. Obviously not all of the marinade stays on the meat or veggies.

Can you use the leftover marinade as a sauce?

Yes, but be sure to cook the marinade thoroughly before you use it. Remember raw meat has been sitting in it for hours, so be sure to bring the marinade to boil for a few minutes before you serve it.

How to make Chipotle Fajita Marinade in pictures:

Ingredients for fajita marinade on a wooden board - worcestershire sauce, chipotle seasoning, cumin, oil, liquid smoke, brown sugar, 2 limes and head of garlic

Gather your ingredients. That’s the hardest part! Really!

Glass measuring cup with fajita marinade, lime squeezer, limes and garlic on a cutting board with knife

Mix ingredients together. Use freshly squeezed limes if possible.

Glass baking dish with flank steak and fajita marinade

Place meat in a glass dish or in a plastic bag (don’t use metal). Pour Chipotle Fajita Marinade over the meat or vegetables. Marinate at least 5 hours or overnight is best.

flank steak on a grill with red coals

Grill or cook as desired.

Quick and Easy Chipotle Beef Fajita Marinade

Amy Lawrence
This quick and easy beef fajita marinade is made with fresh lime juice, olive oil and my easy homemade chipotle seasoning.  The marinade is great for making steak fajitas, chicken fajitas, seafood and vegetables. I do find the chipotle beef fajita marinade tastes best when you marinate the meat/vegetables overnight, but a few hours will do! 
Weight Watchers Points: 1 Smart Point per tablespoon for all plans, does not include meat so add points accordingly
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Marinade
Cuisine American
Calories 24 kcal


  • 1/3 c. olive oil
  • 1/3 c. fresh lime juice about 2 limes
  • 1/3 c. water
  • 1-2 T. homemade chipotle seasoning
  • 1 t. cumin
  • 2 T. worcestershire sauce
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 T. brown sugar
  • 1 t. liquid smoke
  • 2 lbs flank steak chicken thighs, or vegetables


  • Place all ingredients except for meat or vegetables in a small bowl or large measuring cup. Stir well.
  • Place steak, chicken, seafood or vegetables in a 9x13 glass pan (not metal) or in a sealable bag.
  • Pour marinade over meat/vegetables and marinate at least 5 hours up to overnight.
  • Grill as desired.


For vegetables use only 1 T. homemade Chipotle Seasoning. I find they are a bit too spicy with 2 T.


Serving: 1TablespoonCalories: 24kcalCarbohydrates: 0.9gProtein: 0.1gFat: 2.4gSaturated Fat: 0.3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.3gMonounsaturated Fat: 1.7gSodium: 47.2mgPotassium: 14.5mgSugar: 0.4gVitamin A: 5.9IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 3.1mgIron: 0.1mg
Keyword Chipotle seasoning
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