This Frozen Pineapple Margarita is the perfect frozen drink for a warm afternoon! It’s tropical and sweet with a kick from the spicy chili-salt rim.
Refreshing Frozen Pineapple Margaritas
No Cinco de Mayo celebration is complete without frozen margaritas flowing! I know, some like their margs a bit more traditional – on the rocks, no fruit added – but that’s not me. I’ve tried just about every fruity margarita out there: mango – check, watermelon – check, strawberry – check, peach – check. I just had to give pineapple margs a try next – and I HAD to put a spicy spin on them!
Pineapple is one of my favorite fruits. I like the sweet, tropical flavor. What gives this frozen pineapple margarita a real kick is the chili spiked salt rim. Get ready for a real treat for your taste buds.
Pineapple Margarita Ingredients
A traditional margarita is made with lime juice, tequila, and triple sec. For this recipe, I add pineapple and ice for a fruity frozen take on a classic refreshing margarita.
Here’s what you’ll need for your margarita:
- ice cubes
- frozen pineapple chunks
- lime juice
- triple sec
Here’s what you’ll need to rim and garnish your glass:
- lime juice
- chili powder and salt
- Lime wedges
- Fresh pineapple chunks
How to Make a Frozen Pineapple Margarita
Blend: In a blender, combine the ice cubes, pineapple chunks, lime juice, tequila, and triple sec. Process the mixture until it reaches the consistency of a slushy.
Rim your glasses: Pour the lime juice in a shallow bowl. Combine the chili powder and salt in a separate shallow bowl. Dip the rim of your glasses in the lime juice and then dip the moistened rim into the chili powder and salt mixture.
Serve: Pour your prepared margarita in glasses. Garnish each glass with lime slices and pineapples. Serve and enjoy.
How to Rim a Margarita Glass
The chili powder spiked salt rim is what really makes these margaritas special. It’s important you get your glasses rimmed just right! A great margarita with a spotty rim is such a let down. I know some people who dip in water – I don’t recommend this method. I’ve also seen people glide a lime wedge around the rim of the glass, this won’t do either because the pulp also ends up on the rim! 😕
How to get a perfectly rimmed margarita glass:
- Pour lime juice into a shallow bowl.
- Put your salt, sugar, or mix into a shallow bowl and spread evenly on the bottom of the bowl.
- Dip the rim of your glasses into the lime juice.
- Dip the rim into the salt mixture.
I love to serve these margs in my fanciest margarita glasses. I rim my glasses with a chili salt blend and garnish each margarita with lime wedges and pineapple chunks. If you’ve got a sweet tooth or don’t like a spicy kick, you can always rim your glasses with sugar or just plain salt.
These margaritas go perfectly with all Mexican fare. I’m thinking of your favorite queso, guacamole, or salsa recipe. My favorite dip is this avocado salsa. Taco Chicken Bites are a fun appetizer to serve alongside these margaritas, too.
I like setting up a fun build your own taco bar. This makes Cinco de Mayo super fun in our house. I set out tortilla chips, corn tortillas and flour tortillas, a few different types of taco meat, sour cream, diced tomatoes, shredded lettuce, and cheddar cheese. I throw in some black beans, rice, and fire roasted corn for fun. Then we each build our own perfect tacos, burritos, nachos, or taco salad.
For dessert, a nice churro sundae with cinnamon flavored ice cream or tres leches cake will do! 😍
If your kids think these look fun, it’s simple to turn them into a kid friendly slushy. Just swap out the tequila and triple sec from some Sprite or 7 Up. Then follow the instructions in the recipe.
Frozen Pineapple Margaritas
- 1 cup ice cubes
- 2 cups frozen pineapple chunks
- juice of 1 lime
- ¼ cup tequila
- 2 tablespoons triple sec
- 1 tablespoon lime juice for the rim of your glass
- sprinkle of chili powder and salt for the rim of your glass
- lime slices for garnish, optional
- fresh pineapple chunks for garnish, optional
- In a blender combine ice cubes, pineapple chunks, lime juice, tequila, and triple sec; process to a consistency of a slushy.
- Pour lime juice in a shallow plate or shallow bowl.
- Combine chili powder and salt in a separate shallow bowl.
- Dip the rim of your glasses in the lime juice; then dip in the chili/salt mixture.
- Pour prepared margarita in glasses.
- Garnish with lime slices and pineapples.
BethMay 29, 2020 at 8:42 pm
My husband and I love these! I made them a few nights ago and they were so delicious! Thanks!
Katerina PetrovskaMay 31, 2020 at 1:35 pm
That’s great! I’m very glad you enjoyed it! Thank YOU! 🙂
KimberlyMay 30, 2020 at 4:04 am
These sound incredible, so refreshing, and love the photos!
Katerina PetrovskaMay 31, 2020 at 1:34 pm
Thank you so much, Kimberly! I hope you enjoy it! 🙂
Kelsey RickertJun 1, 2020 at 3:11 pm
I love a good margarita! I have been looking for a pineapple one! Cant wait to try this!
Katerina PetrovskaJun 2, 2020 at 5:01 pm
I hope you enjoy it! Thank you so much! 🙂
CathyJun 1, 2020 at 8:51 pm
These are sooo refreshing! My new fave!
Katerina PetrovskaJun 2, 2020 at 5:00 pm
Thank YOU! 🙂
LisaJul 28, 2020 at 6:34 pm
What’s type of tequila can I use?
KaterinaJul 29, 2020 at 12:46 am
I used Patron Silver, but any silver or blanco tequila is good for margaritas.
SandraSep 24, 2020 at 2:40 pm
Can I make this by the a pitcher?
KaterinaSep 24, 2020 at 5:55 pm
Yeah, that would be perfect. I’d just triple the ingredients, but keep the ice to 2 cups and add more, if needed.
SuzanneDec 17, 2020 at 8:21 pm
This looks so good! I love the combination of pineapple and chili! Wouldn’t have thought of that1
Katerina PetrovskaDec 21, 2020 at 3:57 pm
Thank YOU! I hope you enjoy it! 🙂
VanessaDec 17, 2020 at 8:22 pm
Thanks for sharing! This would be good with other fruit mix ins too!
Chrysta GardFeb 6, 2021 at 7:20 pm
I really wanted this recipe to be good but it just wasn’t….seemed like it was missing agave. Also not enough tequila for a margarita…should be 2oz minimum per cocktail
Also don’t think you need ice on top of a frozen pineapple, you can barely pour it out of the glass
Nina M RigginsDec 20, 2020 at 2:41 am
Could I use another alcohol instead of tequila? Maybe rum?
KaterinaDec 20, 2020 at 3:53 am
You absolutely can try it, I’m sure it will be delicious! Margaritas, though, are made with tequila.