Keto Margarita Ice Box Pie

March 14, 2019
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Need a simple Keto dessert that will have all your guests talking. This keto friendly Margarita Ice box pie is everything you could want in a dessert. Or a cocktail for that matter. Not only is it this pie colorful and delicious. One bite and you'll think your poolside in Cancun sipping tequila.

Margarita Ice Box Pie

Margarita Ice box Pie

It’s March 14th also known to many as Pie day. I decided it was the perfect day to release a Keto Margarita Ice Box Pie. This low carb version is similar to a no bake cheesecake and to be honest I don’t see much difference. But it’s not cake day so I’m calling it Pie.

The spring has almost sprung, daylight savings has extended our time in the sun. I’m already gearing up for grilling season. Tequila is a spirit that I don’t to drink in the winter as bourbon is my preferred adult beverage in the colder months.

Spring has sprung!!!

Now that the weather is warming up I look forward to being outside firing up the grill and enjoying the occasional shot of tequila. This Keto friendly margarita ice box pie will put you in a summer state of mind with the salty, sour and sweet flavor profiles folded into this rich and creamy low carb fiesta.

Come to think of it cinco de mayo is just around the corner and I can’t think of a better dessert to bring to a Keto meetup or backyard cookout.

Nobody would ever guest this recipe was low carb and when you tell them there’s real tequila in there. The only question they’ll ask is where’s the forks. This Keto dessert definitely reminds me of that salt rimmed margarita taste that lead to many regretful decisions in my younger years. Except without the guilt and hangover the next day.

Using a Keto friendly sweetener like this Golden Monkfruit Sweetener from Lakanto cuts the carbs and the calories but not the flavor.The only downside is you’ll be asked to bring this pie to every summer party for the rest of your life. So consider yourself warned.

What’s an Ice Box Pie?

Ice box pies are traditionally made with lemon and have a graham cracker crust. This crust is made with a coconut flour crust. I prefer it not only from a standpoint of lower carbs but the flavor and texture as well. Ice box pies got their name from southern farmers who didn’t have electricity and would store pies in an icebox to keep cold.

Ice box pies are very similar to key lime pies for their tangy citrus notes and creamy cheesecake like texture. Overall this is a very simple dessert to prepare and perfect for the person who doesn’t like to me.

When I first started developing this recipe I knew I wanted this to be a dessert anyone could make. Whether you make it with or without the tequila this recipe is a winner from the first bite to the last. I recommend making this pie the day before you want to cut it so it has time to tighten up. If you need to serve sooner just put it in the freezer for a few hours.

Margarita Ice Box Pie

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Margarita Ice Box Pie

Keto Margarita Pie

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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Ice box, Margarita, Pie
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
4 hours
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 10
Calories: 317kcal
Author: Culinary Lion


Pie Crust

Pie Filling


  • in a food processor combine all ingredients of the pie crust and pulse until a dough begins to form, remove the mixture and kneed into a dough ball
  • In a 9 inch pie pan press out the dough to cover the entire pan and about 1 inch up the sides then press a fork along the sides to give that ruffled look, then poke a bunch of holes in the bottom of the crust to prevent bubbles forming
  • Bake at 375 degrees F for 11-13 minutes just until the edges of the crust begin to become golden. Set aside to cool. 
  • to make the filling, in a small saucepan add tequila, lime juice, lemon extract and sweetener. Stir just long enough to dissolve sweetener then set aside to chill
  • In a mixing bowl whisk the heavy cream to soft peaks
  • In a second mixing bowl whisk sour cream and cream cheese then add the tequila/lemon mixture, then gently fold the whipped cream into the cream cheese mixture until smooth 
  • Pour the mixture into a cool pie crust and place 10 lime slices around the outside of the pie and chill at least 4 hours before slicing, 2 hours in the freezer. (Chilling in the fridge overnight is ideal if possible)


Calories: 317kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Cholesterol: 101mg | Sodium: 223mg | Potassium: 67mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 845IU | Vitamin C: 1.8mg | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 0.6mg

Nutrition Facts
Keto Margarita Pie
Amount Per Serving
Calories 317 Calories from Fat 252
% Daily Value*
Fat 28g43%
Saturated Fat 17g106%
Cholesterol 101mg34%
Sodium 223mg10%
Potassium 67mg2%
Carbohydrates 7g2%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 845IU17%
Vitamin C 1.8mg2%
Calcium 50mg5%
Iron 0.6mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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9 comments on “Keto Margarita Ice Box Pie”

  1. My dough never set and the recipe directions never mentioned the almond flour but I put it in with the coconut flour. Should it have just been 1/2c coconut flour? What do you think I missed? I was so excited about this recipe and would be willing to try again.

    1. So first off I want to apologize for the discrepancies in the recipe, I just finished making the pie crust and changed the method to make the recipe much easier. the recipe has been updated and I made sure all the amounts are correct. I sent you an email that will hopefully make up for your trouble.

    1. yes, I use monkfruit sweeteners often, most of them are a blend with some erythritol in them. Lakanto Monkfruit Sweetener is a good brand

  2. recipe is ok but doesn't have a lot of flavor. had to add a lot of monk fruit sugar, limes, and vanilla to give it a flavor

  3. 4 stars
    This was a delicious low carb dessert. It’s not very sweet and the limes give it a great tang. I didn’t use tequila but a little extra lime juice. I will make this again!

    1. I am not an overly sweet guy so my recipes tend to be on the lower end of the sweet spectrum. Im glad you enjoyed the recipe!!!

  4. So excited to make this on Friday! Just curious why the lemon extract, since a margarita is Lime and Orange? Thanks!

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