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Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville Copycat Recipes

Escape to Margaritaville with these tasty tropical copycats. After checking these dishes out, you'll feel like you're on island time.

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 Jimmy Buffett Guinness World Record for the largest margarita ever made in celebration of the Margaritaville Casino Opening at Flamingo, Las Vegas, America - 14 Oct 2011REX/Shutterstock

Find yourself nibblin’ on sponge cake and watching the sun bake? You may just be a Jimmy Buffet fan. The musician, author and American businessman is known for his sweet tunes and vacation-worthy restaurants around the world. Luckily, you won’t have to leave the kitchen to enjoy these copycat recipes. (Just don’t misplace your shaker of salt!)

Be sure to check out these tropical desserts next.

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Inspired by: Margaritaville (of Course!)

This basic and classic margarita recipe is easy to modify to your tastes. Try it frozen or with strawberries. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

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Inspired by: Margaritaville Signature Key Lime PieTaste of Home

Inspired by: Margaritaville Signature Key Lime Pie

We created this refreshing mini pie with a homemade crumb crust and a pudding-like lime filling. If you can’t find Key lime juice, regular lime juice works just fine. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

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Inspired by: Margaritaville Fish Tacos

Inspired by: Margaritaville Fish Tacos

Searching for a lighter alternative to traditional fried fish tacos, I came up with this crispy, crunchy entree. It's a hit with friends and family. —Jennifer Palmer, Rancho Cucamonga, California

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Inspired by: Margaritaville Cheeseburger in Paradise

Go on a burger road trip in your own backyard. Grill the patties and load them sky-high. Peanut butter and bacon make them Southern style; coleslaw and tomatoes, a Northern version. —Susan Mahaney, New Hartford, New York

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Inspired by: Margaritaville Coconut ShrimpTaste of Home

Inspired by: Margaritaville Coconut Shrimp

Coconut and panko crumbs give this spicy air-fryer shrimp its crunch. It’s perfect for an appetizer or for your main meal. —Debi Mitchell, Flower Mound, Texas

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Inspired by: Margaritaville Jerk BBQ ChickenTaste of Home

Inspired by: Margaritaville Jerk BBQ Chicken

Get ready for a trip to the Islands. You may think jerk chicken is complicated, but really, all it takes is time. Throw on some tunes, grab an icy drink and prepare to be transported. Have a smoker? You can smoke the chicken first and finish it on the grill. —Jenn Hall, Collingswood, New Jersey

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Inspired by: Margaritaville Cuban SandwichTaste of Home

Inspired by: Margaritaville Cuban Sandwich

Loaded with tangy flavor, this is a lighter version of a favorite restaurant-style sandwich. If you don’t have a panini maker, tuck the sandwiches under the broiler until the bread is browned and the cheese melted. —Robin Haas, Cranston, Rhode Island

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Inspired by: Margaritaville Tropical Fruit MargaritaTaste of Home

Inspired by: Margaritaville Tropical Fruit Margarita

I like to cool down with this absolutely fantastic frozen margarita recipe. It's slightly icy, thick and perfect for when you need a break. —Julie Hieggelke, Grayslake, Illinois

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Inspired by: Margaritaville Resort Shrimp Po'Boys

Inspired by: Margaritaville Resort Shrimp Po'Boys

This twist on the traditional po'boy sandwich adds flavor and veggies while reducing fat and calories. For a smoked flavor, grill the shrimp. For a lower-carb option, serve the po'boy open-faced on a baguette half. —Melissa Pelkey Hass, Waleska, Georgia

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Inspired by: Margaritaville Chicken Wings

I took these slow-cooked wings to work, and they vanished before I even got a bite! The tangy sauce is lip-smacking good. —Sherry Pitzer, Troy, Missouri

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Inspired by: Margaritaville Resort HurricanesTaste of Home

Inspired by: Margaritaville Resort Hurricanes

This is our Test Kitchen’s version of the famous Hurricane beverage that's so popular in New Orleans. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Greendale, Wisconsin

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Inspired by: Margaritaville Rum Cake

My take on those boozy treats that weigh down suitcases returning from Jamaica, this moist cake packs a rum punch. You may wish to card your guests before serving. The longer the rum soaks in, the better—overnight is best. —Jenn Hall, Collingswood, New Jersey

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Inspired By: Margaritaville Resort Watermelon SaladTaste of Home

Inspired By: Margaritaville Resort Watermelon Salad

My four year old twin grandchildren love to cook and create in the kitchen with me. Last summer, the three of us were experimenting with watermelon and cheese and that's where this recipe began. It's ideal for neighborhood gatherings and picnics, or as a healthy snack on a hot summer day. —Gwendolyn Vetter, Rogers, Minnesota

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Inspired by: Margaritaville Resort BBQ Chicken Flatbread

Inspired by: Margaritaville Resort BBQ Chicken Flatbread

So fast and so easy with refrigerated pizza crust, these saucy, smoky pizzas make quick fans with their rustic, hot-off-the-grill flavor. They're perfect for impromptu cookouts and summer dinners on the patio. —Alicia Trevithick, Temecula, California

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Inspired by: Margaritaville Resort Coconut Tres LechesTaste of Home

Inspired by: Margaritaville Resort Coconut Tres Leches

Three types of milk wonderfully moisten these cupcakes. Toasted coconut on top adds an elegant touch. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

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Inspired by: Margaritaville Volcano NachosTaste of Home

Inspired by: Margaritaville Volcano Nachos

My mom gave me a fundraiser cookbook, and this is the recipe I’ve used most. My whole family is on board. For toppings, think sour cream, tomatoes, jalapeno and red onion. —Judy Hughes, Waverly, Kansas

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Inspired by: Margaritaville Resort Horchata

In this Horchata recipe, the mixture of ground rice and almonds is accented with a hint of lime. Depending on your preference, you can use more or less water for a thinner or creamier beverage. —James Schend, Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin

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Inspired by: Margaritaville Full Rack of Ribs

Inspired by: Margaritaville Full Rack of Ribs

When my family thinks of summer grilling, it's ribs all the way. Our Asian-inspired recipe is a welcome change from the usual barbecue-sauce versions. —Ginger Sullivan, Cutler Bay, Florida

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Inspired by: Margaritaville Resort Pina ColadasTaste of Home

Inspired by: Margaritaville Resort Pina Coladas

Velvety-smooth texture and a taste of the tropics are what this tropical drink delivers. The easy-to-make drink can be mixed and chilled ahead of time. When ready to serve, just blend for a creamy and delicious beverage. —Linda Schend, Kenosha, Wisconsin

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Inspired by: Margaritaville Resort Orange Sunset CakeTaste of Home

Inspired by: Margaritaville Resort Orange Sunset Cake

Family and friends will love this moist cake’s refreshing citrus taste and its pretty presentation. —Ann Robinson, Bloomington, Indiana

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Inspired by: Margaritaville Caribbean Shrimp & Citrus SaladTaste of Home

Inspired by: Margaritaville Caribbean Shrimp & Citrus Salad

This gorgeous salad has such authentic flavor, you'll think you're sitting at a beachside cantina in Acapulco. —Heidi Hall, North St. Paul, Minnesota

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Inspired by: Margaritaville Key West Chicken QuesadillaTaste of Home

Inspired by: Margaritaville Key West Chicken Quesadilla

This chicken quesadilla recipe has an impressive look and taste with little preparation. The leftover chicken gets Mexican flair from cumin in this fun main dish. —Linda Wetzel, Woodland Park, Colorado

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Inspired by: Margaritaville Rotisserie Lemon Dijon Herb ChickenTaste of Home

Inspired by: Margaritaville Rotisserie Lemon Dijon Herb Chicken

Tender roast chicken is an elegant dish that's easy to make. We love the tang of orange and lemon slices and the subtle heat from mustard. —Debra Keil, Owasso, Oklahoma

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Inspired by: Margaritaville Jimmy's Jammin' JambalayaTaste of Home

Inspired by: Margaritaville Jimmy's Jammin' Jambalaya

I tried to mimic Jambalaya from my favorite restaurant and it turned out so well my daughter and husband now prefer my recipe and won't order it when we go to the restaurant! —Alexis Van Vulpen, St. Albert, Alberta

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Inspired by: Margaritaville Flourless Chocolate CakeTaste of Home

Inspired by: Margaritaville Flourless Chocolate Cake

Chocoholics—like me!—know that nothing says chocolate like a flourless torte. —Kayla Albrecht, Freeport, Illinois

Lisa Kaminski
Lisa is an associate editor at Taste of Home where she gets to embrace her passion for baking. She pours this love of all things sweet (and sometimes savory) into Bakeable, Taste of Home's baking club. At home, you'll find her working on embroidery and other crafts.

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