Best mexican recipes
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Our 51 Best Mexican Recipes

From guac to tacos, we have all the Mexican recipes you’ll ever want or need
Best mexican recipes
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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.

Avocado, Black Bean and Corn Salsa

Avocado, Black Bean and Corn Salsa
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This bright take on salsa will be a welcome addition to any Mexican-inspired menu. Who can say no to avocado?

For the Avocado, Black Bean and Corn Salsa recipe, click here.

Black Bean Dip With Cheese and Cilantro

Black Bean Dip With Cheese and Cilantro
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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.

For the Black Bean Dip With Cheese and Cilantro recipe, click here.

Chorizo and Poblano Queso Fundido

Chorizo and Poblano Queso Fundido
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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.

For the Chorizo and Poblano Queso Fundido recipe, click here.

Chunky Guacamole

Chunky Guacamole
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No Mexican meal would be complete without guacamole. This basic recipe features ripe avocados, fresh tomatoes, jalapeño, onions, cilantro, lime juice and flaky sea salt. Keeping it simple is the key to a stellar dip.

For the Chunky Guacamole recipe, click here.

Green Chile con Queso

Green Chile con Queso
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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.

For the Green Chile con Queso recipe, click here.

Salsa Fresca

Salsa Fresca
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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.

For the Salsa Fresca recipe, click here.

7-Layer Dip

 7-Layer Dip
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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?

For the 7-Layer Dip recipe, click here.

Tomatillo Salsa

Tomatillo Salsa
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A homemade cooked salsa does not have to be complicated. This five-ingredient, four-step roasted tomatillo salsa recipe proves just that.

For the Tomatillo Salsa recipe, click here.

Chili Rubbed Pork Tacos and Chicharrones

Chili Rubbed Pork Tacos and Chicharrones
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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.

For the Chili Rubbed Pork Tacos and Chicharrones recipe, click here.

Chipotle Lime Shrimp Tacos With Pineapple Slaw and Avocado

Chipotle Lime Shrimp Tacos With Pineapple Slaw and Avocado
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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.

For the Chipotle Lime Shrimp Tacos With Pineapple Slaw and Avocado recipe, click here.

Grilled Corn and Poblano Tacos

Grilled Corn and Poblano Tacos
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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.

For the Grilled Corn and Poblano Tacos recipe, click here.

Grilled Fish Tacos and Taco Sauce

Grilled Fish Tacos and Taco Sauce

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.

For the Grilled Fish Tacos and Taco Sauce recipe, click here.

Roast Chicken Tacos With Salsa Verde and Crema

Roast Chicken Tacos With Salsa Verde and Crema
David Kaplan

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.

For the Roast Chicken Tacos With Salsa Verde and Crema recipe, click here.

Steak Tacos

Steak Tacos
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If you’re looking for a basic grilled steak taco recipe, look no further than this dish. Grill your steak, add radishes and cotija cheese, top with a bit of shredded cabbage and lime juice, then enjoy.

For the Steak Tacos recipe, click here.

Vegan Jackfruit Tacos

Vegan Jackfruit Tacos
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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.

For the Vegan Jackfruit Tacos recipe, click here.

Ancho Skirt Steak Quesadilla

Ancho Skirt Steak Quesadilla
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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.

For the Ancho Skirt Steak Quesadilla recipe, click here.

Arroz Con Pollo

Arroz Con Pollo
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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.

For the Arroz Con Pollo recipe, click here.

Black Bean Corn Tamales

Black Bean Corn Tamales
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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.

For the Black Bean Corn Tamales recipe, click here.

Broccoli Rabe and Black Bean Quesadillas

Broccoli Rabe and Black Bean Quesadillas
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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.

For the Broccoli Rabe and Black Bean Quesadillas recipe, click here.

Chicken Tostadas

Chicken Tostadas
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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.

For the Chicken Tostadas recipe, click here.

Easy Chicken Enchiladas

Easy Chicken Enchiladas
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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.

For the Easy Chicken Enchiladas recipe, click here.

Grilled Chicken, Avocado, Rice and Cheddar Burrito

Grilled Chicken, Avocado, Rice and Cheddar Burrito
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Chicken and avocado is a classic combination. If you didn’t know that already, this healthy grilled burrito will teach you.

For the Grilled Chicken, Avocado, Rice and Cheddar Burrito recipe, click here.

Grilled Chicken Fajita

Grilled Chicken Fajita
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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.

For the Grilled Chicken Fajita recipe, click here.

Grilled Chicken Nachos

Grilled Chicken Nachos
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Grilled chicken: good. Nachos: great. When you put the two together, you have a winning dish for game day or any day.

For the Grilled Chicken Nachos recipe, click here.

Lobster and Avocado Quesadillas

Lobster and Avocado Quesadillas
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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.

For the Lobster and Avocado Quesadillas recipe, click here.

Mexican Poblano Cheese Casserole

Mexican Poblano Cheese Casserole
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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.

For the Mexican Poblano Cheese Casserole recipe, click here.

Mixed Veggie and Chicken Quesadilla

Mixed Veggie and Chicken Quesadilla
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Loaded with vegetables and lean chicken breasts, you’d never know how healthy these scrumptious quesadillas are.

For the Mixed Veggie and Chicken Quesadilla recipe, click here.

Poblano White Bean Chili

Poblano White Bean Chili
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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.

For the Poblano White Bean Chili recipe, click here.

Quick and Easy Ground Beef Burrito

Quick and Easy Ground Beef Burrito
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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.

For the Quick and Easy Ground Beef Burrito recipe, click here.

Roasted Veggie and Black Bean Burritos

Roasted Veggie and Black Bean Burritos

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.

For the Roasted Veggie and Black Bean Burritos recipe, click here.

Sizzling Steak Fajitas

Sizzling Steak Fajitas
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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.

For the Sizzling Steak Fajitas recipe, click here.

Slow Cooker Mexican Pulled Pork

Slow Cooker Mexican Pulled Pork
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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.

For the Slow Cooker Mexican Pulled Pork Chili recipe, click here.

Slow Cooker Poblano Corn Chowder With Chicken and Chorizo

Slow Cooker Poblano Corn Chowder With Chicken and Chorizo
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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.

For the Slow Cooker Poblano Corn Chowder With Chicken and Chorizo recipe, click here.

Smoky Mexican Chicken

Smoky Mexican Chicken
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Chipotle chiles add a delicious spicy, smoky flavor to these chicken thighs, which are then grilled for that extra charred touch.

For the Smoky Mexican Chicken recipe, click here.

Sopa de Lima

Sopa de Lima
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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.

For the Sopa de Lima recipe, click here.

Summer Taco Salad

Summer Taco Salad
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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.

For the Summer Taco Salad recipe, click here.

Tofu Burrito With Avocado

Tofu Burrito With Avocado
Kathy Patalsky

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.

For the Tofu Burrito With Avocado recipe, click here.

Ultimate Ground Beef Nachos

Ultimate Ground Beef Nachos
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The perfect shareable dish, this basic ground beef nachos recipe can be served as an appetizer, entrée or snack for any occasion.

For the Ultimate Ground Beef Nachos recipe, click here.

Veggie Fajitas

Veggie Fajitas
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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.

For the Veggie Fajitas recipe, click here.

Cilantro Rice

Cilantro Rice
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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.

For the Cilantro Rice recipe, click here.

Frijoles Charros

Frijoles Charros
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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.

For the Frijoles Charros recipe, click here.

Mexican Pickled Onions With Habanero Peppers

Mexican Pickled Onions With Habanero Peppers
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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.

For the Mexican Pickled Onions With Habanero Peppers recipe, click here.

Mexican Street Corn

Mexican Street Corn
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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.

For the Mexican Street Corn recipe, click here.

Mole Sauce

Mole Sauce
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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.

For the Mole Sauce recipe, click here.

Churros

Churros
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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.

For the Churros recipe, click here.

Coconut Caramel Flan

Coconut Caramel Flan
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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!

For the Coconut Caramel Flan recipe, click here.

Horchata Rice Pudding

Horchata Rice Pudding
Jessica Chou

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.

For the Horchata Rice Pudding recipe, click here.

Mexican Chocolate Cake With Cinnamon Glaze

Mexican Chocolate Cake With Cinnamon Glaze
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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.

For the Mexican Chocolate Cake With Cinnamon Glaze recipe, click here.

Mexican Hot Chocolate

 Mexican Hot Chocolate
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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.

For the Mexican Hot Chocolate recipe, click here.

Sopaipilla Cheesecake Bars

Sopaipilla Cheesecake Bars
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Inspired by sopaipillas, a fried Mexican dough dessert, these cheesecake bars merge two countries’ comfort foods into one irresistible dessert.

For the Sopaipilla Cheesecake Bars, click here.

Tres Leches Cake

Tres Leches Cake
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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.

For the Tres Leches Cake recipe, click here.

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