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Chelada (Mexican Beer Cocktail with Lime)

This chelada recipe is super refreshing and delicious: fresh lime juice with Mexican beer over ice, all in a salt-rimmed glass. Easy to make and incredibly tasty, this is my go-to when in Mexico!
Course Cocktail, Drinks
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword cinco de mayo, taco tuesday, texmex
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 chelada
Calories 139kcal
Author Cheryl Malik


  • Flat bowl or small plate (2)
  • Drinking glass


  • juice of 1 large lime see Notes
  • salt or Tajin for rim of glass
  • 1 12-ounce bottle Mexican beer Dos Equis lager, etc.
  • 1-2 handfuls ice
  • lime wedges optional, for garnish


  • Pour lime juice in flat, flat bowl or plate that's slightly wider than rim of glass. Pour salt or Tajin in another flat bowl or plate of same size.
    Lime juice and Tajin in bowls
  • Dip rim of glass into lime juice, then immediately dip into salt or Tajin. Gently tap sides of glass to shake off any excess.
  • Fill glass halfway with ice. Pour lime juice from bowl over ice, then pour beer to top of glass. Tilt glass as you pour to control foam.
  • Serve and enjoy.


  • I like my cheladas heavy on the lime juice, but O prefers them lighter. I use 2 limes; he uses 1. Use as much or as little as you like!
  • You won't use the entire bottle of beer for your first chelada, so hang on to it and top off your glass as needed.
Recipe yields one chelada. Nutritional values shown reflect information for one chelada using Dos Equis lager. Macros may vary slightly based on specific brands and types of ingredients used.


Serving: 1chelada | Calories: 139kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 35mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 15IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 4mg | Iron: 1mg | Net Carbs: 13g