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?

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.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Sweet Potato Hash with Spicy Hollandaise

Pork-Wasabi Tacos

From Better Homes and Gardens

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.

From Better Homes and Gardens

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.

From Better Homes and Gardens

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

From Better Homes and Gardens

Chicken and Tortillas with Tomatillo Sauce

Texas Red Chili

A medley of chile peppers give this unique chili plenty of kick while the addition of thick-cut bacon lends an irresistible smoky flavor. Serve with a fresh green salad for a satisfying meal in less than an hour.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Texas Red Chili

Pulled Pork Enchiladas

From Better Homes and Gardens

Pulled Pork Enchiladas

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

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