Pair Your Mexicali Blues Favorites With Tequila!

We've all heard that different wines tend to complement certain entrees. However, did you know that certain tequilas also pair well with different entrees? These days, the process of making tequila is just as involved as a fine wine, so why not treat it as one? The next time you enjoy a nice tequila at Mexicali Blues, here are a few entree options that will pair well.


Silver Tequila

Silver Tequila is also known as Blanco Tequila. It's usually a clear liquor that is made out of  100% blue agave and is not aged. Silver tequila has a strong flavor of the blue agave plant. Silver tequila is best paired with lighter flavors, such as seafood. This tequila is best paired with a first-course meal. Citrus flavorings also pair well with tequila. Here are a few suggestions off the Mexicali Blues menu:

Chips & Salsa - Our homemade salsa features fresh ingredients that would bring out the true flavors of the agave.

Guacamole - Our guacamole is made fresh daily with real avocados.

Mexicali Salad - Mixed greens, cranberries, tomatoes, eggs, candied walnuts, cheese, tortilla strips. We suggest the cilantro ranch dress and shrimp topping when pairing with a silver tequila.

Mexi-Grill Wrap - Sauteed onions & peppers, smothered with pepper jack cheese. When pairing with a silver tequila, we suggest fajita chicken or shrimp with rice.

Lobster Tacos - 2 fried lobster tacos with lettuce, cheese, cilantro & ranch dressing served with rice.

Seafood Enchilada Dinner - 2 shrimp and crab stuffed enchiladas covered with a white cream cheese sauce. Served with rice and beans.


Gold Tequila

Gold tequila is also made from agave and distilled into liquor, but it's more often a mix. The gold color can come from two places. Either the tequila was aged in barrels or caramel or other additives were added. There are two types of tequilas that are aged in barrels and they are Reposado and Anejo. Reposado tequila is aged in white oak caskets anywhere from two months to a year. Anejo tequila is also aged in white oak caskets, however, they're aged for over a year and need to be aged in smaller batches. Gold tequila can be paired with more stronger and hearty flavors, such as steak. The sugars in the gold tequila allow it to be paired with spicier options. Here ar a few items off the Mexicali Blues menu that would pair well with a gold tequila.

Quesadillas - 2 flour tortillas stuffed with meat & cheese. With a gold tequila, we recommend trying the steak and adding pico de gallo.

Chipotle - a large burrito stuffed with beans, cheese & chipotle sauce, topped with cheese & sour cream. Grilled onions and peppers on the side. we recommend steak when pairing with a gold tequila.

Carnitas Tacos - 2 slow roasted pork tacos topped with lettuce, cheese, guacamole, onions & cilantro. Served with black beans.

Fajitas - Grilled to order meat on a bed of onions & peppers. Served with rice, beans, lettuce, cheese, sour cream, tomatoes & flour tortillas. Can be enjoyed with either steak, chicken or shrimp. When pairing with a gold tequila, we suggest either steak or a combo of steak and chicken.


Just like with wine, the key to pairing your tequila is to keep the items weight and substance in mind. The silver tequila is best paired with lighter items that feature citrus flavors and, usually, seafood. Gold tequilas can be paired with heavier items that feature spicy flavors and, usually, steak or pork. The next time you visit Mexicali Blues, try one of these pairings! The best Mexican restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks also has several signature margaritas that go well with nearly everything on the menu! Andele... Andele... Andele... Hurry on into Mexicali Blues!


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