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?

Turkey Taco Salad

Compared to the greasy dish served at many Mexican restaurants, this light Turkey Taco Salad is a dieter's dream. Instead of calorie-laden dressing, top with more tasty tomato salsa.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Turkey Taco Salad

Sausage Polenta with Nestled Eggs

Green chiles, sausage and shredded Mexican cheese lend southwest flavor to this hearty breakfast casserole. Here, polenta stands in for the bread usually called for in a standard strata.

From Midwest Living

Sausage Polenta with Nestled Eggs

Chile Verde

For the most tender pork tacos ever, slow cook the meat with juicy tomatillos.

From Diabetic Living

Chile Verde

Cucumber and Greens

Lighten up creamy salad dressings by using one part Greek yogurt and one part light mayonnaise as the base.

From Family Circle

Cucumber and Greens

Grilled Garlic-Marinated Skirt Steak Tacos

The key to serve your best steak tacos yet: Allow the meat to rest for five minutes before slicing so the juices can redistribute after cooking.

From Family Circle

Grilled Garlic-Marinated Skirt Steak Tacos

Sausage and Bean Tortilla Soup

For an even spicier twist on tortilla soup, stir in jalapeno chicken sausage slices.

From Family Circle

Sausage and Bean Tortilla Soup

Mexican Corn Cake

This sweet, dense dessert tastes like the love child of cornbread and classic cake. Top each slice with a scoop of cinnamon ice cream and a drizzle of honey.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Mexican Corn Cake

Chicken Fajitas

Broiling the spice-rubbed chicken breasts gives the exterior a nice smoky char.

From Family Circle

Chicken Fajitas

Queso Verde Dip

From Better Homes and Gardens

Queso Verde Dip

Slow Cooker Chipotle Beef and Black Bean Chili

Chipotle peppers in adobo sauce plus red and green bell peppers add just the right amount of spice to this smoky slow cooker chili.

From Family Circle

Slow Cooker Chipotle Beef and Black Bean Chili

Chilaquiles

From Family Circle

Chilaquiles

20-Minute Ancho Beef Stew

From Family Circle

20-Minute Ancho Beef Stew

Mango Salsa

Whether served as an appetizer with chips or as a sauce over grilled fish or poultry, this mango and black bean salsa is full of sunny tropical flavors.

From Family Circle

Mango Salsa

Pork Chops in Salsa Verde

Saute pork chops, salmon or chicken in spicy salsa verde for a light and fresh Mexican dinner.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Pork Chops in Salsa Verde

Chicken Tostadas

Tostadas are an excellent vehicle for leftovers. Steak or shrimp would work just as well as chicken in this Mexican meal.

From Parents

Chicken Tostadas

Light and Layered Taco Dip

Lightened-up ingredients and a confetti of crisp, colorful vegetables make this potluck-friendly appetizer more nutritious than a typical layered dipóbut every bit as tasty.

From Midwest Living

Light and Layered Taco Dip

Spiced Tilapia Tacos

A smoky and slightly spicy rub makes tilapia a treat to eat (as does the topping of guacamole, salsa and beans).

From Parents

Spiced Tilapia Tacos

Chicken Chorizo Gumbo

A smoky touch of paprika differentiates this chicken and chorizo recipe from the gumbo crowd.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Chicken Chorizo Gumbo

Pork Carnitas Tacos

Serve the most tender and moist pork ever by coating chops in salsa and popping them in your slow cooker.

From Family Circle

Pork Carnitas Tacos

Pork and Veggie Burritos

There's a surprise hiding in these fully-loaded pork fajitas: steamed spaghetti squash!

From Family Circle

Pork and Veggie Burritos

Bacon Beet and Goat Cheese Quesadillas

Roasted beets add the just-right amount of sweetness to these bacon-stuffed quesadillas. For a vegetarian variation, trade beans for the bacon.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Bacon Beet and Goat Cheese Quesadillas

Chicken Cutlet Tacos with Fruity Salsa

You're just 25 minutes away from getting these sweet and savory fruit tacos on the dinner table. Trade corn tortillas for flour if you like.

From Parents

Chicken Cutlet Tacos with Fruity Salsa

Chips & Salsa Tortilla Soup

Stir up your own batch of chicken tortilla soup so you can handpick the Mexican ingredients you include, from avocado to green chiles.

From Parents

Chips & Salsa Tortilla Soup

Mexican Tomato Soup

A dash of chili powder gives this tomato, meatball and pasta soup just a hint of spiciness.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Mexican Tomato Soup

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

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