Your favorite drink gets turned into dessert with this festive creamy lime pie spiked with tequila. Instead of a salted rim, our margarita pie gets a kick of saltiness from a pretzel crust. This refreshing pie is easy to make and freezes well, too. Cheers! Source: EatingWell Magazine, July/August 1998

EatingWell Test Kitchen


Pretzel Crust
Margarita Filling

Associated Recipes


Instructions Checklist
  • To make crust: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly oil a 9-inch pie pan or coat it with nonstick spray.

  • Combine pretzels and sugar in a food processor and process until finely ground. Add egg white, oil and water and pulse until moistened. Press firmly into bottom and sides of prepared pan.

  • Bake crust for 10 minutes. Cool completely on a wire rack.

  • To make filling: Whisk condensed milk, lime juice, tequila, orange zest and food coloring (if using) in a medium bowl until smooth. Set aside.

  • Combine warm water, powdered egg whites and cream of tartar in another mixing bowl. Stir gently until egg whites are dissolved, about 2 minutes. Beat with an electric mixer on medium-high speed until soft peaks form. Gradually add sugar, beating until stiff and glossy.

  • Beat cream in a small chilled bowl with chilled beaters with an electric mixer on medium speed until soft peaks form. (Alternatively, use a chilled wire whisk.)

  • With a rubber spatula, gently fold reserved condensed milk mixture into beaten whites; fold in whipped cream. Pour filling into cooled crust. Freeze, uncovered, until firm, about 1 hour. Cover and freeze for at least 6 hours more.

  • Soften pie in the refrigerator for 20 to 30 minutes before slicing. Garnish with lime slices and Sour Cream Topping, if desired.


Make Ahead Tip: Freeze well-wrapped for up to 1 week.

Tip: Dried egg whites are pasteurized so this product is a wise choice in dishes that call for an uncooked meringue. They are also convenient in recipes calling for egg whites because there is no waste. Look for brands like Just Whites in the baking or natural-foods section of most supermarkets or online at

Storage smarts: For long-term freezer storage, wrap your food in a layer of plastic wrap followed by a layer of foil. The plastic will help prevent freezer burn while the foil will help keep off-odors from seeping into the food.

Nutrition Facts

257 calories; total fat 3.9g 6% DV; saturated fat 1.6g; cholesterol 14mg 5% DV; sodium 247mg 10% DV; potassium 451mg 13% DV; carbohydrates 46.4g 15% DV; fiber 0.5g 2% DV; sugar 37g; protein 7.2g 14% DV; exchange other carbs 3; vitamin a iu 241IU; vitamin c 3mg; folate 4mcg; calcium 123mg; iron 1mg; magnesium 30mg; thiaminmg.

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