How to Use Tequila in Every Meal, Because Life's a Party

By: Alyse Whitney

Out of all the weird food holidays in the world, National Tequila Day has the biggest built-in celebration. Instead of taking too many shots, shots, shots and regretting it the next morning, pace yourself with an all-day party featuring tequila in every dish.

Even though we love a good margarita and spiked Mexican food, it's time to mix things outside the cocktail shaker. Check out five of our favorite tequila recipes below.

Breakfast: Tequila-Cured Salmon

Kick off your morning with boozy salmon paired with Bobby Flay's herbed goat cheese or roasted jalapeno-cilantro cream cheese. Your bagels and schmear won't know what hit them.

Mezcal and tequila are similar enough that they can be used interchangeably in this easy grilled appetizer. Eat these shrimp on their own, or stuff 'em into tortillas for easy tacos.

Sure, it's good to try new things, but National Tequila Day has to include at least one margarita. Check out five twists on the classic cocktail above, and then try  26 more inventive margarita recipes.

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The flavors in this unique barbecue sauce are as bright as its purple color. The best part is that the pork tenderloin is quick and easy to prepare, meaning you can drink as many margs as you want while cooking.

G’s SPICY TEQUILA BALLS Nadia G Cooking Channel Vanilla Wafers, Chopped Walnuts, Confectioners’ Sugar, Unsweetened Cocoa Powder, Tequila, Agave Nectar, Chipotle Powder, Cayenne

Photo by: Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Matt Armendariz, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

By the end of this food holiday, you don't want to work hard to satisfy your sweet tooth. Crush up some vanilla wafers and walnuts, mix them with tequila, cocoa powder and sugar, then roll the balls in cayenne and chipotle powders. You deserve this spicy-sweet treat.

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