- Juice of 5 limes, plus zest of 1 lime
- Juice of 2 oranges
- 1/4 cup gold, dark tequila
- 2 tablespoons kosher salt
- 1 tablespoon Guajillo chile powder
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
- 5 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 large jalapeno pepper, minced and seeded
- 1/2 bunch fresh cilantro, chopped
- 4 Roma tomatoes, diced
- 1/2 red onion, diced
- Juice of 1 lime
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- Pinch freshly ground black pepper
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 jalapeno, seeded and diced
For the tequila-lime brine: Squeeze the lime and orange juice into a medium mixing bowl. Add the tequila, salt, chile powder, honey, black pepper, garlic, jalapenos, cilantro and lime zest. Whisk thoroughly until the dry seasonings are dissolved.
Place the chicken in a nonreactive plastic storage container. Pour the tequila-lime brine over the chicken and coat well using tongs. Cover the chicken and marinate in the refrigerator, 3 to 4 hours.
For the pico de gallo: Meanwhile, combine the tomatoes and onions in a plastic mixing bowl. Coat with lime juice and toss. Add the salt, black pepper, garlic and jalapenos and stir until mixed evenly. Refrigerate for about 1 hour.
For cooking and assembling: Heat a flat-top stove or grill to 425 degrees F. Drizzle some oil over the flat-top or grill and then sear the chicken using tongs, letting it char for proper coloration and flavor searing, about 20 seconds. Pour the tequila-lime brine over the chicken and continuously turn the chicken until cooked to 165 degrees F.
Meanwhile, heat the tortillas in a frying pan until just before they turn crispy.
Lay a warm tortilla open-faced on a plate and spoon in the steaming grilled chicken. Add the cold pico de gallo and sprinkle the cheese over the taco. Garnish with the cilantro. Close your eyes, take a bite, and realize that you've found heaven on earth!
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