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?

Deep-Dish Mexican Meat Loaf Pie

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Deep-Dish Mexican Meat Loaf Pie

Espresso-Rubbed Steak with Green Chile Pesto

A zesty rub and spicy pesto topping adds pizzazz to simple grilled steak.

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Espresso-Rubbed Steak with Green Chile Pesto

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

Tex-Mex Chicken and Rice Casserole

Green chile peppers and chili powder give this savory chicken main dish a classic Tex-Mex bite. Make it up to 24 hours ahead of time for dinner in a hurry.

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Tex-Mex Chicken and Rice Casserole

Tex-Mex Chicken and Rice Casserole

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Tex-Mex Chicken and Rice Casserole

Texas-Style Casserole

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Texas-Style Casserole

Bean-and-Beef Enchilada Casserole

This hearty dish has all the great taste of traditional enchiladas--cumin, chiles, and sour cream--without all of the fuss. It's a fast and easy favorite.

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Bean-and-Beef Enchilada Casserole

Chicken Quesadillas

A deli-roasted chicken is a handy main ingredient to have for quick dinner ideas. This dish really needs no recipe. Simply shred the chicken and tuck it into tortillas, along with cheese and other favorite fillings.

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Chicken Quesadillas

Citrus Salsa Salmon

This salmon recipe features a refreshing blend of oranges, cherry tomatoes, and grapefruit. Ready in under 30 minutes, it's a perfect meal anytime.

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Citrus Salsa Salmon

Chicken Tacos

These low fat, easy-to-make, chicken, chili pepper, and tomato stuffed tacos are great for family dinners.

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Chicken Tacos

Mexican 16-Bean Tomato and Chorizo Stew

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Mexican 16-Bean Tomato and Chorizo Stew

Mexican Wagon Wheels and Cheese

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Mexican Wagon Wheels and Cheese

Ceviche

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Ceviche

Enchiladas Suizas

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Enchiladas Suizas

Chilaquiles

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Chilaquiles

Tombstone Taco Dip

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Tombstone Taco Dip

Cheesy Mexican Fondue

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Cheesy Mexican Fondue

No-Fuss Calzones

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No-Fuss Calzones

Cranberry-Chipotle Country-Style Ribs

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Cranberry-Chipotle Country-Style Ribs

Sweet Potato Hash with Spicy Hollandaise

Chipotle peppers in adobo sauce spice up a hollandaise sauce mix that's spooned over sweet potato hash and poached eggs for this enticing breakfast entree recipe.

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Sweet Potato Hash with Spicy Hollandaise

Pork-Wasabi Tacos

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Pork-Wasabi Tacos

Beef and Bean Chili

With rich ground beef, peppery cilantro, and spicy jalapenos, this incredible chili has all the basics covered. But what is that flavor singing in the background? Your guests will be surprised -- and delighted -- to learn that the secret ingredient is chocolate. When buying jalapeno chiles for this dish, choose those with vibrant, blemish-free skins. And remember: the smaller the pepper, the hotter the pepper.

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Beef and Bean Chili

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.

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Sweet Potato-Chorizo Lasagna

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 and Tortillas with Tomatillo Sauce

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Chicken and Tortillas with Tomatillo Sauce

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