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?

Chunky Chipotle Pork Chili

Lean pork tenderloin gets a huge flavor boost from a perfect blend of spicy, smoky, and sweet peppers in this incredible chili. Red beans are a hearty addition, making this a filling lunch, or main course for dinner. Simply add a fresh green salad or half-sandwich for a complete dinner that will satisfy even the most insatiable of appetites.

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Chunky Chipotle Pork Chili

Kickin Hot Chili

A medley of peppers and spices infuses this chili with amazing flavor, and just the right amount of heat. Featuring two pounds of ground beef, and tasty blend of red and Great Northern beans, this hearty chili is made to satisfy. Serve with a fresh green salad, crunchy tortilla chips, and your choice of classic toppings for a complete meal the whole family will love.

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Kickin Hot Chili

Roughneck Chili

Still looking for the perfect basic chili recipe to call your own, one that skimps on the bells and whistles, but delivers all the classic flavor your family craves? Look no further, because we've got you covered! Prefer beans in your chili? Simply add one 15 oz. can, and reduce ground beef to 2 pounds.

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Roughneck Chili

Fruit-and-Nut Chili

Sweet peppers, fragrant garlic, and an aromatic blend of spices (including curry powder and cinnamon) make this chili flavorful. The addition of cocoa powder, almonds, and tart, crisp apples makes it uniquely enticing. Almonds, like all nuts, are susceptible to rancidity due to their high fat content. For optimal shelf life, store almonds in a air-tight container in the freezer, for 3-6 months.

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Fruit-and-Nut Chili

Chicken Taco Salad

You're just 20 minutes away from serving this colorful, crowd-pleasing Mexican salad. Servings vegetarians? Try black beans instead of chicken.

From Midwest Living

Chicken Taco Salad

Green Chili Pork Stew

This warm and inviting stew is perfect for chilly autumn evenings. The recipe goes together in a snap with diced pork tenderloin and frozen vegetable mixes. If your family does not care for the flavor of cilantro, chopped parsley makes a fine stand-in.

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Green Chili Pork Stew

Chili-Rubbed Bone-In Strip Steaks

Warm, rich spices, lemony tomatillos, and sweet peppers make an already sensational cut of beef into a southwestern extravaganza. Choose tomatillos with firm flesh and dry papery husks.

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Chili-Rubbed Bone-In Strip Steaks

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

Hominy and Chorizo Chili

Packed with chili peppers and warm spices, Mexican chorizo is the perfect substitute for beef in this unique chili. Thicker than you'd like? Simply add more chicken broth as needed to reach desired consistency.

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Hominy and Chorizo Chili

Two-Tomato Stew Chili

Bright and tangy sun-dried tomatoes, sweet peppers and juicy golden raisins elevate this chili to new heights. Don't feel pressured to use expensive cuts of beef in every meal. Stews and chilis offer the perfect opportunity to use cheaper cuts, as the cooking process easily breaks up connective tissue. Look for well-marbled cuts for the richest flavor.

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Two-Tomato Stew Chili

Spicy White Chili

Green chiles, fragrant garlic, and the perfect blend of herbs and spices lend just the right amount of heat and flavor to this delicate yet satisfying white chili. Short on time? Take advantage of your supermarket deli and use a deli rotisserie chicken. Simply shred the meat with your fingers or two forks while the rest of the ingredients simmer.

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Spicy White Chili

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.

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Texas Red Chili

Chiles Rellenos Casserole

The poblano chiles and cotija cheese in this rich and creamy Mexican-style casserole earn a gold star for authenticity. If you cannot locate them in your neighborhood supermarket, look for poblanos (a dark green chile that resembles green peppers) and cotija (a salty white cheese) in any Hispanic grocery store.

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Chiles Rellenos Casserole

Chicken Posole Soup

Hominy -- large white or yellow corn kernels from which the hull and germ have been removed -- is the key ingredient in this Mexican-style soup. To make it super simple, use a deli rotisserie chicken for the meat called for in the recipe.

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Chicken Posole Soup

Stuffed Zucchini with Black Beans Corn and Poblano Pepper

Leave no bite of squash behind! Toss the leftover zucchini pulp into your favorite zucchini bread or brownie recipe.

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Stuffed Zucchini with Black Beans Corn and Poblano Pepper

Ginger Peach Margaritas

Aromatic fresh ginger lends its signature flavor to these inspired frozen cocktails, a celebration of the juicy, succulent peach. When buying peaches, look for intensely fragrant fruit that gives slightly to palm pressure. Avoid those with signs of greening.

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Ginger Peach Margaritas

Grilled Chile-Lime Shrimp

Fresh citrus provides beautiful balance to these smoky and spicy grilled shrimp. Shrimp are marketed according to size, with numbers denoting how many individual shrimp are in one pound. For example, medium-sized shrimp are packaged (and labeled) 31-35 shrimp per pound, while jumbo shrimp are packaged at 11-15 per pound.

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Grilled Chile-Lime Shrimp

Dulce de Leche Cake

Richly sweet with a subtle hint of citrus, this luxurious cake is sure to be a hit at any gathering. Look for dulce de leche in the ethnic section of your supermarket.

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Dulce de Leche Cake

Chef Rusty's Kivado Crostad

Brightly sweet kiwi provides a vibrant counterpoint to the salty pancetta, spicy jalapeno, and rich, buttery avocado in this uniquely tasty dish. A drizzle of balsamic glaze provides the perfect finishing touch. Most of the avocado sold in supermarkets is still in its unripened stage. To ripen, place avocados in a paper bag and set aside at room temperature for 2-4 days. When the fruit is soft to the touch, it is ready for use.

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Chef Rusty's Kivado Crostad

Vegetable Salad with Jalapeņo Vinaigrette

This dinner salad is a perfect summer dish, though you can make it any time of year with frozen sweet corn. If Cotija cheese, a Mexican-style crumbly cheese, isn't available, try crumbled goat cheese.

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Vegetable Salad with Jalapeņo Vinaigrette

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.

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Cochinitos de Jengibre-Mexico

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.

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Bacon-Apple Mini Empanadas

Queso Chihuahua Polenta

The secret to great queso is using shredded Chihuahua cheese. Add some cheesy goodness to your polenta side dish by stirring in some of the ooey-gooey goodness.

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Queso Chihuahua Polenta

Breakfast Burritos

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Breakfast Burritos

Chocolate-Ancho Creme Brulee

Chile peppers add a different yet delicious flavor to this chocolate dessert. Give it a try for your next dinner party!

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Chocolate-Ancho Creme Brulee

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