How to Make Mojo Marinade

by Houston Long

This is a fairly simple marinade that is great for grilled chicken.


  • 5 Oranges
  • 3 Limes
  • ¼ Bunches Cilantro
  • 5 Garlic cloves
  • 1 Teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1 Teaspoon Cumin
  • 2 Teaspoons Oregano (dried)
  • 1 Teaspoon Black Pepper
  • ½ Cups Olive oil
  • ¼ Onion
  • 1 Gallon size ziplock bag
  • Instructions

    Step 1

    Put the 1 tsp salt, 1 tsp cumin, 2 tsp oregano &, 1/2 cup olive oil in a gallon ziplock. Add the other ingredients as we prep each of them.

    Step 2

    Crush the garlic to break apart.

    Step 3

    Rough chop on 4-6 cloves. TIP: crush each clove with your palm to make it easier to peel the skin off.

    Step 4

    Dice onion. TIP: to see a video demo of an easy way to dice onions view my "Make Fresh & Simple Chipotle Salsa" guide

    Step 5

    Chop non-leafy portion of stem off..

    Step 6

    Then rough chop..

    Step 7

    Citrusy goodness ready to be juiced!! TIP: zest the oranges and lines before cutting them to give the marinade more flavor (I forgot to zest this time).

    Step 8

    Rolling citrus fruit with some pressure helps burst the interior cells & can yield more juice.

    Step 9

    Approx 1/2 cup lime juice with 1 - 1.5 cups orange juice. Combine everything in ziplock. TIP: you can sub OJ & bottled lime juice but I prefer fresh. Plus, I enjoy the prep process of cooking. :-)

    Step 10

    Add meat to bag & get ready for some great food!! TIP: using citrus in marinades starts the cooking process - 1-3 hours is plenty. A few more hours is fine but I would avoid overnight.