Is there any international cuisine that is more beloved than Mexican food? At least in America, we think the answer is no. From guacamole to burritos to tres leches cake and everything in between, a Mexican-inspired menu is packed full of boldly spiced meats, captivating crunchiness and just the right amount of cheese.
Whether you’re looking to host a whole fiesta or are just looking to have a great weeknight dinner, you don’t have to head to a taco joint to get some incredible Mexican food. You can make it just as easily in your own kitchen. And we have 51 savory, sweet and totally satisfying Mexican recipes that’ll get the job done.
This bright take on salsa will be a welcome addition to any Mexican-inspired menu. Who can say no to avocado?
Move your black beans from a side dish to a centerpiece appetizer star with this dip. Cheese and a bit of cilantro make any Mexican recipe better, including this one.
If you’ve never had queso fundido, you’ve been missing out. Essentially the Mexican version of a cheese fondue, this ooey, gooey dish is best eaten while the cheese is still bubbling and hot with fresh, homemade tortillas.
What could be better than a plain ol’ queso dip? A queso dip with two different kinds of cheeses, chiles, onions, jalapeños and fresh tomatoes, of course.
Also known as pico de gallo, salsa fresca is exactly what its name implies: ridiculously fresh. Few things beat the combination of sun-ripened tomatoes, onion, jalapeños and fresh lime juice.
While not a traditional Mexican dish by any stretch of the imagination, a seven-layer dip uses Mexican ingredients to create seven dips in one dish. And who can be mad at that?
A homemade cooked salsa does not have to be complicated. This five-ingredient, four-step roasted tomatillo salsa recipe proves just that.
Chicharrones, aka fried pork rinds, are a great salty, crunchy snack. So it’s fitting that they also make for a great salty, crunchy addition to this spicy pulled pork taco recipe.
Spicy, tangy and sweet, these shrimp tacos have something for everyone. The best part is that shrimp cooks in a jiffy, so you can have dinner on the table in no time.
What we love about this vegetarian-friendly taco recipe is just how filling yet healthy it is. A squirt of lime juice and fresh cilantro help to amp up the scrumptiousness of fresh corn and roasted poblanos.
These grilled fish tacos are the definition of fresh. With just a creamy, spicy sauce made of sour cream and chipotle peppers, this recipe also packs plenty of flavor.
Chicken thighs are seriously one of the most underused and underrated parts of the bird. These scrumptious, simple tacos make the best of that dark meat.
Long gone are the days when vegans had to resort to eating chips and salsa. These plant-based tacos are so good, even carnivores won’t miss the pulled pork and cheese.
The best quesadillas really aren’t hard to make, as this ancho skirt steak recipe proves. The difference between a good quesadilla and a great one is the freshness and quality of the ingredients.
It seems like chicken and rice is the classic comfort food across many cultures, and Mexico is no different. This one-pot meal is a cozy dinner for any time of year.
Making tamales is quite the process, but if you get a group together, a big task becomes a party. And the result, this scrumptious dish, is well worth the effort.
If you think you need a bunch of shredded meat for a delicious, hearty Mexican meal, think again. These broccoli rabe and black bean quesadillas are a true vegetarian Mexican treat.
Homemade refried beans are the secret to making this chicken tostada recipe really pop. But if you don’t have time for that, don’t worry. Just assemble your ingredients on top of a crispy fried corn tortilla and enjoy.
If you’re looking for a way to use up some leftover chicken, look no further than these easy, cheesy chicken enchiladas with a tangy, creamy sauce the whole family will love.
Chicken and avocado is a classic combination. If you didn’t know that already, this healthy grilled burrito will teach you.
Grilled chicken is one the most versatile proteins out there, and when cooked correctly, it’s super scrumptious. This simple fajita dish uses that perfectly grilled chicken in the best way possible.
Grilled chicken: good. Nachos: great. When you put the two together, you have a winning dish for game day or any day.
If you want to really up your Mexican food game, add a little lobster to your everyday quesadilla. The combination may sound a little wrong, but with avocado and goat cheese, it’s so, so right.
We love poblanos, because they have a ton of fresh peppery flavor without a ton of heat, so almost anyone can enjoy them. This simple casserole has plenty of cheese and tortillas to make a good ingredient even better.
Loaded with vegetables and lean chicken breasts, you’d never know how healthy these scrumptious quesadillas are.
If you’re looking to feed a crowd with a heartwarming, savory meal, look no further than this white bean chili with poblano peppers. It’s the perfect beginning to any meal.
A ground beef burrito is a classic at any TexMex restaurant. Happily enough, it’s a simple enough dish to make for any night of the week.
Sweet potatoes are seriously underrated for how well they go with black beans, cheese and jalapeño. Luckily, this healthy, delicious burrito brings all those ingredients together.
A massive skillet full of sizzling steak, peppers and onions is the showpiece of any Tex-Mex restaurant. You can recreate that fan favorite dish at home with ease, thanks to this easy recipe.
This low-touch recipe makes for some of the most tender pork you can ever imagine. Pork shoulder is rubbed with smoked paprika, chili powder and cumin, and slowly simmered in chicken stock for hours, making the perfect meat for tacos, rice or anything.
A slow cooker recipe is the ultimate easy dinner. With chorizo and poblanos, this creamy chicken and corn chowder also has plenty of spice. Add a few dashes of hot sauce if you’re feeling especially spicy.
Chipotle chiles add a delicious spicy, smoky flavor to these chicken thighs, which are then grilled for that extra charred touch.
A traditional dish, Sopa de Lima uses a heavy amount of lime juice and a touch of hot sauce to create a tangy, satisfying depth to this chicken soup.
A taco salad is a light way to eat all of your favorite Mexican ingredients. Swap those nacho chips or tortillas for shredded green lettuce, pair with an ice-cold cerveza and enjoy.
Inspired by Mexican cuisine and the American Southwest, this burrito is totally vegan. But don’t mistake that for being flavorless. A homemade seasoning blend packs tons of punch.
The perfect shareable dish, this basic ground beef nachos recipe can be served as an appetizer, entrée or snack for any occasion.
While we love the meat in fajitas, the best part of this signature Mexican dish is the peppers and onions. If you’re looking to keep things healthy, ditch the chicken and steak and fire up the grill for this veggie fajita recipe.
Don’t settle for plain ol’ rice. A mixture of fresh cilantro, peppers and vegetable stock makes this average side dish something to write home about.
No Mexican meal is complete without a side of rice and beans. These pinto beans, seasoned with bacon and chorizo, are so good they may just best your entrees.
Every meal needs a little acid, and these pickled onions do the trick perfectly well. Habanero peppers may sound intense, but when handled properly and used in moderation, the heat the supply is totally satisfying.
One of the most famous street foods from around the world, Mexican street corn, aka elotes, has a creamy mayonnaise-based sauce and plenty of seasoning for perfect savory snacking.
A traditional mole sauce has dozens of ingredients and takes an incredibly long time to make. This recipe has a few shortcuts but is not short on that classic, rich mole sauce flavor. Serve over chicken and rice for a meal you won’t soon forget.
A favorite dessert of theme park fans and anyone who likes fried food (so, basically everyone), churros are lightly-fried pieces of heaven dusted with cinnamon and sugar. For the best dining experience, dip your homemade churros in a spicy chocolate sauce.
A creamy baked custard dish, flan may seem difficult to make, but if you can bake a tray of cookies, you can make this Mexican dessert. The hardest part is just waiting for them to cool down!
Horchata is a beautiful spiced milk drink, with tons of cinnamon and nutmeg and a touch of cocoa and vanilla. Those flavors translate wonderfully into a milky rice pudding.
Using a boxed chocolate cake mix with a few additional ingredients, this lightly spiced and deeply chocolatey cake is a quick and easy dessert for any Mexican-inspired menu.
Anyone who knows anything about Mexican food knows that Mexican hot chocolate is where it’s at. Not only is the chocolate used in this rich beverage of the highest quality, but the addition of cinnamon and chili powder makes this hot drink wholly and completely intoxicating.
Inspired by sopaipillas, a fried Mexican dough dessert, these cheesecake bars merge two countries’ comfort foods into one irresistible dessert.
Meaning “three milks,” this sweet vanilla cake is soaked in evaporated milk, sweetened condensed milk and cream, resulting in a texture and flavor that is out of this world. It’s a recipe on par with what’s served at some of the best Mexican restaurants across the country.
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