Green Chile Beef Jerky

2 reviews

This post may contain affiliate links. Please read our disclosure policy.

This Green Chile Beef Jerky is a delicious, low-sugar jerky option when you need a snack, but you’re looking to decrease your sugar intake. It’s full of flavor and great when you want to take your BBQ on the go.

Two-image collage of stacked green chile beef jerky on the grill, and a closeup of two hands holding a piece of beef jerky. Text overlay reads: Homemade Green Chile Beef Jerky.

Green Chile Beef Jerky

If you’ve been around Hey Grill Hey for a while, you know I’m a big fan of jerky. And while I love the basic Teriyaki and  Peppered Beef Jerky varieties, I also like to go big and bold with unique jerky as well.

This jerky is marinated in a green chile lime marinade that is full of flavor without any added sugar or salt. It’s a go-to jerky recipe in my family when we’re trying to watch our sugar intake and eat a *bit* healthier.

Sliced uncooked rump roast on a white plate.

How to Make Green Chile Beef Jerky

The steps for making beef jerky are pretty much the same no matter what type of jerky you’re drying. The only difference is what you put in the marinade. Here’s how to make this green chile jerky:

  1. Slice. Either have your butcher slice the roast, or slice it yourself at home. Try and keep the meat thin and the same size, so the jerky will dry out consistently.
  2. Marinate. Make the marinade in a gallon-sized zip top bag and add the beef. Allow the beef to marinate for at least 8 hours, or up to 24 hours for maximum flavor.
  3. Dry. I prefer to dry my jerky in my Camp Chef SmokePro pellet grill, but you can dry this in your oven or using a dehydrator.
  4. Steam. Once your jerky is fully dehydrated, transfer the warm meat into a new zip top bag and partially seal the bag. This will steam the jerky and keep it moist and delicous.
  5. Enjoy. You can eat this green chile jerky right off the smoker or you can store it in your refrigerator for later use.

For a full, printable recipe, scroll below!

Susie uses tongs to move green chile beef jerky from the smoker into a gallon sized zip top bag.

Tips for Making Green Chile Beef Jerky

Here are some tips for making this jerky to you liking:

  • Dehydrate in the oven. If you’re looking to stay indoors and still make some tasty jerky, this green chile jerky can be made in your oven. Place the jerky meat on a cooling rack that has been set on top of a baking sheet. Follow the same time and temperature listed in the recipe, but leave the door of your oven slightly cracked so the moisture can escape and your jerky can dry properly. You can place a wooden spoon in the door to keep it propped open.
  • Play around with thickness. I requested my butcher slice my rump roast for jerky on a thickness setting of two. Try this for your first jerky, then play around with how thick you like yours (maybe try it a bit thinner or thicker next time to get jerky that is perfect for you). Keep in mind the thickness may alter how long it takes to dry out the jerky, so check the jerky often!
  • Freeze the meat. If you are slicing your meat at home, place the beef in the freezer 30 minutes before you plan to slice. The chilled roast will be more firm and you will get a much better result with more even slices. 
  • Add some salt. This green chile marinade has no added salt. This keeps the sodium low, but you might miss the saltiness of traditional jerky. If you aren’t watching your sodium intake, add 2 teaspoons of coarse Kosher salt to the marinade before putting the meat in.

Green chile beef jerky stacked on the grill grates of a smoker.


Other Tasty Beef Jerky Recipes

Fancy yourself a jerky fan? Try out these other delicious jerky flavors from Hey Grill Hey:

Green Chile Beef Jerky Recipe

Want to save this recipe?
Just enter your email and get it sent to your inbox! Plus you'll get the latest from Hey Grill Hey every week!
Please enable JavaScript in your browser to complete this form.

Green Chile Beef Jerky

By: Susie Bulloch (
4 from 2 votes
This Green Chile Beef Jerky is a delicious, low-sugar jerky option when you need a snack, but you're looking to decrease your sugar intake. It's full of flavor and great when you want to take your BBQ on the go.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time2 hours 30 minutes
Marinate Time1 day
Total Time1 day 2 hours 45 minutes



  • 2-3 pound rump roast sliced thin (1/4" thin) against the grain

Green Chile Lime Marinade

  • 1 can diced green chiles
  • ¼ cup avocado oil
  • 2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 Tablespoon Cholula hot sauce or your favorite sugar free hot sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon South of the Border or your favorite sugar free taco seasoning
  • juice of 1 lime


  • Make the marinade. Combine all ingredients for the green chile lime marinade in a gallon sized zip top bag.
  • Marinate the beef. Add the sliced beef to the marinade and massage to thoroughly coat the beef. Place the bag in the fridge and allow the beef to marinate for 8-24 hours.
  • Preheat the smoker. Preheat your smoker (or oven) to approximately 170-175 degrees F. Follow any preheating or preparation instructions if using a dehydrator.
  • Smoke the jerky. Take the meat out of the marinade and place it directly on the grill grates, jerky rack, or cooling rack and smoke/cook for 2-3 hours or up to 5 hours. Flip the jerky after the first hour, and check to be sure your jerky is drying evenly. You may need to move pieces around on the grates if some are dying faster than others. You are looking for jerky that is firm and still slightly pliable, but not soft and squishy.
  • Steam the beef jerky. Place the finished jerky in a gallon zip top bag while it is still warm. Don't seal closed all the way. The jerky will steam in the bag slightly and this step will make the jerky moist.
  • Store and enjoy. Eat immediately, or store for up to 2 weeks in the fridge.


This marinade has no added salt. This keeps the sodium low, but you might miss the saltiness of traditional jerky. If you aren't watching your sodium intake, add 2 teaspoons of coarse Kosher salt to the marinade before putting the meat in.


Calories: 292kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 94mg | Sodium: 142mg | Potassium: 516mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 29mg | Iron: 3mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Like this? Leave a comment below!





Susie is the BBQ Brain behind the Hey Grill Hey website. Her passion for smoked meats and developing fun, new recipes have landed her on the Food Network, cooking turkeys with Shaq, and on a couple of Guinness World Records. When she’s not grilling, she is hanging out with Todd and their three kids, preferably outdoors!

Related Recipes

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe Rating

Reader Reviews

10 Reviews

  1. David says:

    Is there a way to use this recipe with ground beef jerky? Would I need to eliminate some of the liquid? I use your ground beef jerky recipe all the time and it’s awesome. And I use your Chile lime chicken recipe and it’s a family favorite. Would love to try the Chile lime flavor in the jerky!

  2. David says:

    I wonder how this would be with ground beef and a jerky gun? All the flavor would be there

  3. Mike M says:

    If you don’t use avocado oil can you substitute anything else

    1. Hey Grill Hey says:

      Olive oil would work just fine.

  4. Joseph Fournis says:

    Tried the recipe twice.
    1st the time I used Apple Pellets, marinated for 24H, had 0 flavoring outside of the smoky taste.
    2nd time I used Hickory Pellets, marinated for 24H, doubled the seasoning, and divided into two bags with 1 pound of meat. This time even less smoky flavor and a tiny tiny little bit of spiciness.
    I’m not sure if I’m doing something wrong or not but if you are planning to do this recipe I’d advise skipping the seasoning part

    1. Hey Grill Hey says:

      Sorry to hear you didn’t enjoy the flavors! Sugar free jerky recipes aren’t as robust as others, but it should definitely taste like more than just smoke. Maybe you need to increase the salt to make up for the lack of sugar for your particular tastes.

  5. Mike says:

    This jerky had amazing flavor smoked it on my pellet grill. I really like the recipe due to the fact that it has no added sugar to it it fits in my keto lifestyle. Had a very nice subtle heat to it. And I really enjoy the green chili flavor.

  6. Larry Rose says:

    Made this recipe and was surprised by an overall lack of flavor. Followed the recipe exactly. Had a minor issue with the smoker, but not enough to affect the finished product. Will try again, but was not happy with the first attempt.

    1. Joseph Fournis says:

      Same issue! I’ve done this recipe twice now.
      My first time I had Apple Pellets and the only thing you could taste was the smoke (still really good though)
      2nd time I doubled the recipe for the same amount of meat (2 pounds) and put 1 pound in each bag. This time I used hickory pellets and can’t taste anything. There’s a slight taste of smoke but barely and a tiny tiny little bit of spiciness.
      So I don’t know if I’m doing something wrong here of not but at this point might as well skip the seasoning part.
      PS: Marinated for 24H