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?

Chicken, Apple and Spinach Empanadas

Shredded chicken, apple, and spinach are joined by melted cheese and onion in these savory empanadas. Assembled in pre-made dough wrappers, they're a quick meal idea for on-the-go families.

From Family Circle

Chicken, Apple and Spinach Empanadas

Tilapia Tacos with Chipotle Cream

This 30-minute dinner turns fish fillets into tacos by putting them into tortillas and adding fresh toppers. Make it for a fun weeknight meal.

From Midwest Living

Tilapia Tacos with Chipotle Cream

Chicken Enchilada Muffins

Turn a classic Mexican dish into portable fare with this savory muffin recipe. This recipe makes twelve, so you'll have leftovers to spare!

From Diabetic Living

Chicken Enchilada Muffins

Sugar and Spice Popcorn Clusters

These spicy and sweet treats pack only 99 calories per serving, making them a perfect snack or dessert for the whole family.

From Diabetic Living

Sugar and Spice Popcorn Clusters

Smoky-Hot Raspberry Shrimp

Give your shrimp a spicy makeover by adding chili powder, ground cumin, and chipotle chile peppers and enjoy this quick dinner any night of the week.

From Diabetic Living

Smoky-Hot Raspberry Shrimp

Cochinitos de Jengibre-Mexico

These little cookies are a Mexican tradition, so make sure to use a pig cookie cutter. Decorate with vanilla frosting and white nonpareils to finish the look.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Cochinitos de Jengibre-Mexico

Pork Tostadas

From National Pork Board

Pork Tostadas

Green Eggs and Ham Breakfast Burritos

Slices of soft avocado add loads of nutrients—and the green color—to this southern breakfast staple. Adults and kids in the family will love it.

From Diabetic Living

Green Eggs and Ham Breakfast Burritos

Slow-Cooked Pork Tortas

From National Pork Board

Slow-Cooked Pork Tortas

Tex-Mex Stuffed Peppers

From National Pork Board

Tex-Mex Stuffed Peppers

Pueblo Green Chile Stew

From National Pork Board

Pueblo Green Chile Stew

Candace's Carnitas Tacos

From National Pork Board

Candace's Carnitas Tacos

Mexican Chicken Soup

A few slices of creamy avocado act as a cooling counterpoint to the spice in this Tex-Mex soup. Don't forget to serve with a basket of chips and salsa!

From Diabetic Living

Mexican Chicken Soup

Bacon-Apple Mini Empanadas

Bacon lovers, check out your next must-try dish! These mini empanadas are a sweet and savory appetizer ideal for any occasion.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Bacon-Apple Mini Empanadas

Pineapple-Black Bean Guacamole

From Better Homes and Gardens

Pineapple-Black Bean Guacamole

Chili-Sour Cream Dip

There's a triple dose of heat in this spicy appetizer. The hot stuff includes green chiles, chili powder, and hot sauce.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Chili-Sour Cream Dip

Bonanza Bean Dip

Cojita cheese is a Mexican cheese that comes in a hard, dry form or in a moister version. This recipe uses the moister, crumbly version to add flavor to an easy, make-ahead appetizer dip.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Bonanza Bean Dip

Barbecue Chicken and Cheddar Quesadillas

Barbecue sauce and green chili peppers add zing to this Mexican skillet sandwich recipe. Serve with sour cream and salsa for dipping.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Barbecue Chicken and Cheddar Quesadillas

Hot and Chunky Guacamole

From Better Homes and Gardens

Hot and Chunky Guacamole

Grilled Squash and Manchego Quesadillas with Nectarine-Tomato Salsa

Put your grill to use for these better-than-takeout quesadillas that feature ripe summer produce. Serve them with store-bought salsa, if desired, to simplify the recipe slightly.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Grilled Squash and Manchego Quesadillas with Nectarine-Tomato Salsa

Sweet Potato-Chorizo Lasagna

Change up your standard lasagna dinner with this sweet and spicy version. Chorizo, a Spanish-style sausage, adds loads of flavor with minimal effort.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Sweet Potato-Chorizo Lasagna

Atole de Fresa (Strawberry Dessert Soup)

Strawberry soup is a fun spin on the dessert course. Ingredients such as vanilla bean and a cinnamon stick add depth and flavor to make this a dish you can serve all year.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Atole de Fresa (Strawberry Dessert Soup)

Southwestern Chicken and Macaroni Salad

With just 6 flavorful ingredients, you can serve up this pasta salad for a quick weeknight meal. Try penne, small shells, or rotinia pasta instead of elbow if that's what you have on hand.

From Midwest Living

Southwestern Chicken and Macaroni Salad

Chicken Tortilla Soup

Serve a cup of this Mexican-style soup as a starter before your fajita, quesadilla or taco dinner, or serve a big bowl as a stand-alone meal with some sliced avocado and crushed tortilla chips on top.

From Midwest Living

Chicken Tortilla Soup

Mango Habañero Pulled Chicken Bites

Set the slow cooker to make this sweet and spicy chicken dish and you can serve up a delicious appetizer with hardly any effort. Use a jalepeno if you aren't able to find a habanero pepper.

From Midwest Living

Mango Habañero Pulled Chicken Bites

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