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A chavela is a twist on a michelada, but simpler made with only tomato juice, Tabasco, beer, and ice, with a Tajin seasoned rim. Drink it on its own, or try it with a shot of tequila for a real kick. This beer cocktail is so refreshing and always delicious paired with a spicy Mexican dish.
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 1 cocktail
Calories: 260.64kcal


  • Lemon wedge
  • Tajin for rimming the glass
  • 3 ounces tomato juice
  • 6 dashes Tabasco
  • 12 oz. bottle light-bodied Mexican beer like Modelo
  • 1 1/2 ounces tequila optional


  • Rub the lemon wedge around the rim of a glass; reserve the lemon wedge. Pour some Tajin out onto a plate, and rub the rim of the glass in the salt to coat.
  • Fill the glass with ice, tomato juice, hot sauce, and beer to fill. Drop in the lemon wedge.
  • Serve with a shot of tequila, if you like.


You can use whatever kind of beer you have on hand, but if you’re buying beer specifically for this drink, I suggest you use a light-bodied Mexican beer, like Modelo


Calories: 260.64kcal | Carbohydrates: 16.2g | Protein: 2.28g | Fat: 0.07g | Saturated Fat: 0.01g | Sodium: 463.08mg | Potassium: 286.61mg | Fiber: 0.34g | Sugar: 3.19g | Vitamin A: 382.72IU | Vitamin C: 19.71mg | Calcium: 13.61mg | Iron: 0.37mg