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Chimayo Beef Jerky

Chimayo Beef Jerky

By Traeger Kitchen

Hit this snack anytime, any place. The kick of heat will keep you reaching for more.

Prep Time

10 Min

Cook Time

4 Hr




This recipe serves:


Units of Measurement:
5 Medium limes
1 Whole chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, plus 2 teaspoons adobo sauce
2 cloves garlic, peeled and coarsely chopped
1 Bottle (12 oz) Mexican beer, such as Corona
1/3 Cup soy sauce or Bragg Liquid Aminos
1/4 Cup Worcestershire sauce
2 Tablespoon Morton Tender Quick Home Meat Cure or 1/2 teaspoon pink curing salt, optional
1 1/2 Teaspoon ground cumin
1 Teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 Pound beef top or bottom round, sirloin tip, flank steak or wild game, trimmed


  • 1

    Halve and juice the limes, saving 4 juiced halves for the marinade. You should have about 1/2 cup of juice.

  • 2

    In a blender or mini food processor, combine the lime juice, chipotle pepper, adobo sauce and garlic. Puree.

  • 3

    Pour into a large mixing bowl and slowly add the beer. Stir in the soy sauce, Worcestershire, Morton Tender Quick, if using, as well as the cumin and pepper. Stir until the curing salt dissolves. Add the reserved lime rinds.

  • 4

    With a sharp knife, slice the beef into 1/4 inch thick slices against the grain, and then into strips about 1 inch wide. (This is easier if the meat is partially frozen.) Trim any fat or connective tissue.

  • 5

    Put the beef in the mixing bowl and agitate gently to coat each piece of meat with the marinade. (Alternatively, put the meat and marinade in a large resealable bag.) Cover and refrigerate for 8 hours.

  • 6

    When ready to cook, set Traeger temperature to 165°F and preheat with the lid closed for 15 minutes.

    165 ˚F / 74 ˚C

    Super Smoke

  • 7

    Remove the beef from the marinade and discard the marinade. Arrange the meat in a single layer directly on the grill grate.

  • 8

    Smoke for 4 to 5 hours, or until the jerky is dry but still chewy and somewhat pliant when you bend a piece.

    165 ˚F / 74 ˚C


    Super Smoke

  • 9

    Transfer to a resealable bag while the jerky is still warm. Let the jerky rest for an hour at room temperature. Squeeze any air from the bag, and refrigerate the jerky. It will keep for several weeks. Enjoy!

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