New Mexican Style Souvlaki


New Mexican Style Souvlaki

Spicy Grilled Skewers with a Southwestern Twist

In the vibrant world of New Mexican cuisine, we have taken the classic Greek dish of Souvlaki and given it a spicy makeover. Our New Mexican Style Souvlaki combines the flavors of the Southwest with the traditional grilled skewers, resulting in a mouthwatering fusion dish that will transport your taste buds to the sunny deserts of New Mexico.

Jan Dec

10 minutes

10 minutes

1 hour 20 minutes (including marinating time)

4 servings


Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Low-carb, High-protein, Paleo-friendly


Vegan, Vegetarian, Nut-free, Soy-free, Egg-free


While the original Greek Souvlaki is typically marinated in lemon juice, olive oil, and herbs, our New Mexican adaptation adds a kick of spice with the use of chili peppers and smoky spices. We also incorporate traditional New Mexican ingredients such as cumin, cilantro, and lime to infuse the dish with the bold flavors of the Southwest. We alse have the original recipe for Souvlaki, so you can check it out.


  • Calories (kcal / KJ): 250 kcal / 1046 KJ
  • Fat: 10g (Saturated Fat: 2g)
  • Carbohydrates: 2g (Sugars: 0g)
  • Protein: 35g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Salt: 0.8g


  1. 1.
    In a bowl, combine the olive oil, lime juice, minced garlic, ground cumin, chili powder, smoked paprika, salt, black pepper, chopped jalapeno pepper, and fresh cilantro. Mix well to create the marinade.
  2. 2.
    Add the chicken cubes to the marinade and toss until they are evenly coated. Cover the bowl and refrigerate for at least 1 hour, allowing the flavors to meld together.
  3. 3.
    Preheat your grill to medium-high heat.
  4. 4.
    Thread the marinated chicken cubes onto the soaked wooden skewers, leaving a small space between each piece.
  5. 5.
    Place the skewers on the preheated grill and cook for about 8-10 minutes, turning occasionally, until the chicken is cooked through and slightly charred.
  6. 6.
    Remove the skewers from the grill and let them rest for a few minutes before serving.
  7. 7.
    Serve the New Mexican Style Souvlaki hot, garnished with additional fresh cilantro and lime wedges.

Treat your ingredients with care...

  • Chicken breast — Make sure to cut the chicken into evenly sized cubes to ensure even cooking.
  • Jalapeno pepper — Adjust the amount of jalapeno according to your desired level of spiciness.
  • Wooden skewers — Soaking the skewers in water prevents them from burning on the grill.

Tips & Tricks

  • For an extra smoky flavor, you can use chipotle powder instead of regular chili powder.
  • Serve the New Mexican Style Souvlaki with warm tortillas and a side of salsa for a complete Southwestern meal.
  • If you prefer a milder version, remove the seeds from the jalapeno pepper before chopping.
  • Don't overcook the chicken to ensure it stays juicy and tender.
  • If you don't have a grill, you can also cook the skewers on a stovetop grill pan or in the oven under the broiler.

Serving advice

Serve the New Mexican Style Souvlaki as a main dish accompanied by warm tortillas, salsa, and a fresh green salad. It can also be served with rice and beans for a heartier meal.

Presentation advice

Arrange the grilled skewers on a platter, garnished with fresh cilantro and lime wedges. The vibrant colors of the chicken and the green garnishes will make the dish visually appealing.