Popular Mexican Cuisine Recipes

Yes, "Mexican food" can be shorthand for a platter heaped with refried beans, cheesy enchiladas and chile rellenos. But the cuisine of our neighbors to the south is much more nuanced than your local taco joint might have you believe. Authentic Mexican recipes tell another story, from the complex moles (up to 30 ingredients!) of Puebla to the rich tomato sauces of Veracruz to the rich, cinnamon-laced chocolate of Oaxaca, authentic Mexican cuisine varies widely by region and incorporates a staggering amount of ingredients and spice in sophisticated ways. And there are lots of delicious Mexican dessert recipes: Who wouldn't want to end dinner with a piping hot churro filled with rich Mexican chocolate?

Mexican Chicken Salad

A pinch of taco seasoning takes this chicken salad south of the border. Wrap the finished mix in a tortilla or serve on top of crisp romaine lettuce.

From Midwest Living

Mexican Chicken Salad

Turkey Nachos Supreme

Ground turkey and black beans add enough protein to make these nachos a meal!

From Family Circle

Turkey Nachos Supreme

Chicken Tacos with Avocado Salsa and Ranch Taco Sauce

Fresh tomatillos and jicama add tartness and crunch to this done-in-minutes Mexican dinner.

From Midwest Living

Chicken Tacos with Avocado Salsa and Ranch Taco Sauce

Fresh Mexican Salad Pizza

Customize this Mexican pizza with your favorite bean, salsa and any vegetables you have hanging out in your refrigerator.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Fresh Mexican Salad Pizza

White Chicken Chili

From Family Circle

White Chicken Chili

Shredded Pork Tamales

This popular fiesta food is served in dried cornhusks which makes a smashing presentation if you're having a party with a Mexican flair. Use the make-ahead directions to ease party planning.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Shredded Pork Tamales

Crab Corn and Avocado Salad with Ancho Chile Vinaigrette

Scoop up this fresh summer salad with crunchy baked tortillas or store-bought chips.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Crab Corn and Avocado Salad with Ancho Chile Vinaigrette

Fall Vegetable Fajitas

Slice tough cuts of steak super-thin prior to grilling for the most tender beef you've ever tasted.

From Midwest Living

Fall Vegetable Fajitas

Sesame Garlic Beef Tacos

A quick pickled slaw takes these ground beef tacos on a trip from Mexico to Asia.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Sesame Garlic Beef Tacos

Horchata Latte

Pop the ingredients for this cozy beverage in your slow cooker when you wake up, enjoy the sweet smells for the next few hours, then pour comforting mugs all afternoon long.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Horchata Latte

Kickin' Chicken Chili with Vegetables

From Better Homes and Gardens

Kickin' Chicken Chili with Vegetables

Mexican Pulled Pork Tacos

This slow cooker recipe is easy on the cook and easy on the budget. Inexpensive pork shoulder makes a savory taco filling when cooked with tomatoes, chiles and corn.

From Family Circle

Mexican Pulled Pork Tacos

Peach Empanadas

Empanadas, a Mexican pastry, can be filled with sweet or savory fillings. This peach-filled turnover recipe falls into the sweet category. About the size of a cookie, they're great for buffets and pot lucks.

From Family Circle

Peach Empanadas

Beef & Chimichurri Sauce

The flavors of this fragrant green chimichurri sauce complement grilled beef top sirloin. This recipe is ready to serve in just over 30 minutes.

From Family Circle

Beef & Chimichurri Sauce

Fajita-Style Chicken Chili

Fajitas without the fuss! Simply sear chicken breasts, then top with vegetables and beans before slow cooking.

From Family Circle

Fajita-Style Chicken Chili

Turkey Fajitas With Peppers And Onions

Three kinds of peppers--red sweet, yellow sweet, and poblano-- accompany the grilled turkey in this Mexican fajita recipe.

From Family Circle

Turkey Fajitas With Peppers And Onions

Tex-Mex Chowder

Mild fish and sweet scallops mingle with rice and corn in this quick and easy soup recipe. For extra flavor, pass lime wedges to squeeze over individual servings.

From Family Circle

Tex-Mex Chowder

Chicken Soft Tacos

These soft-shell tacos are filled with a saucy mixture of chorizo sausage and ground chicken. Ready in 20 minutes, they are a Mexican meal with family appeal.

From Family Circle

Chicken Soft Tacos

Mexico City Beef & Bean Burritos

Strips of seasoned beef, refried beans, and all your favorite Mexican toppings are layered in flour tortillas to make a quick-and-easy family dinner in less than 30 minutes.

From Family Circle

Mexico City Beef & Bean Burritos

Beef Nacho Casserole

This south-of-the-border casserole combines refrigerated pizza dough, beef mixture, and taco-cheese blend into a sensational one-dish meal.

From Family Circle

Beef Nacho Casserole

Italian-Style Chicken Stew

From Family Circle

Italian-Style Chicken Stew

Cheese-Filled Empanadas

From Family Circle

Cheese-Filled Empanadas

Lime-Green Chile Pork Tortas with Freezer Guacamole

Freeze the marinated pork and guacamole (yes, you can freeze avocados!) to pop in the slow cooker at the start of your next super-busy day.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Lime-Green Chile Pork Tortas with Freezer Guacamole

Shrimp and Mango Taco Bar

Make dinner an interactive adventure by setting up a build-your-own shrimp taco bar.

From Parents

Shrimp and Mango Taco Bar

Raspberry-Corn Salad

Fresh, summery and colorful, this fruit and vegetable salad is the ideal starter to pair with any picnic or grilled meal.

From Diabetic Living

Raspberry-Corn Salad

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