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?

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 Habaņero 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 Habaņero Pulled Chicken Bites

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.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Vegetable Salad with Jalapeņo Vinaigrette

Sweet Potato and Chicken Fajitas

Boost the nutrition in fajitas by adding sweet potato. You'll get a hit of Vitamin A, extra fiber, and subtle sweetness to balance out the spice.

From Fitness

Sweet Potato and Chicken Fajitas

Warm Fajita Salad

With all of the classic Mexican flavors of fajitas, this dinner salad is better than takeout. Serve it up whenever a craving for spicy food hits.

From Diabetic Living

Warm Fajita Salad

Southwestern Pumpkin Burgers

Colorful, spicy and fragrant, these delicious burgers are right in style with the contemporary fondness for Southwestern foods, especially when served with Fresh Tomato Salsa.

From EatingWell

Southwestern Pumpkin Burgers

Apple, Sauerkraut & Cheddar Quesadillas

This combination may seem unusual--until you try it. The sweet-tartness of the apple, creaminess of the cheese and bite of the sauerkraut work together beautifully in this easy hot sandwich. Serve with oven-roasted potatoes or a green salad.

From EatingWell

Apple, Sauerkraut & Cheddar Quesadillas

Black Bean & Tomato Salsa

Adding canned beans to a spicy salsa is an easy way to boost fiber and improve nutritional value. This salsa is also a good accompaniment for burgers or Scrambled Egg Burritos.

From EatingWell

Black Bean & Tomato Salsa

Salsa Cornbread

EatingWell reader Chuck Allen of Dana Point, California, contributed this moist vegetable-studded cornbread. It makes a fine accompaniment to stews, chilis and breakfast eggs.

From EatingWell

Salsa Cornbread

Slow-Cooker Black Bean-Mushroom Chili

Black beans, earthy mushrooms and tangy tomatillos combine with a variety of spices and smoky chipotles to create a fantastic full-flavored chili. It can simmer in the slow cooker all day, which makes it perfect for a healthy supper when the end of your day is rushed.

From EatingWell

Slow-Cooker Black Bean-Mushroom Chili

Slow-Cooked Beans

By cooking your own dried beans, you save money, reduce sodium and get better flavor along with, surprisingly, more vitamins and minerals. If you can't use the whole batch, freeze surplus cooked beans for later use in soups, salads and dips. The range of time for cooking beans is wide and varies with the age and the type of beans selected.

From EatingWell

Slow-Cooked Beans

Slow-Cooker Braised Pork with Salsa

With just a few ingredients, you can produce a full-flavored, meltingly tender pork stew in your slow cooker. Serve over quinoa or rice.

From EatingWell

Slow-Cooker Braised Pork with Salsa

Latin American Empanadas

These savory pastries were created by Mariana Velasquez, a Test Kitchen intern who grew up in Bogot, Colombia.

From EatingWell

Latin American Empanadas

Mexican Potato Omelet

Whip up this simple, tasty omelet on those nights when it seems the refrigerator is bare. Frozen hash browns are perfect for such occasions--just look for a brand with little or no fat. And while the cheese adds some fat, it also provides almost a third of your daily calcium needs.

From EatingWell

Mexican Potato Omelet

Frozen Horchata

A summery take on a popular Spanish and Mexican rice-based drink.

From EatingWell

Frozen Horchata

Latin Limeade

A bracing drink traditionally sweetened with unrefined sugar.

From EatingWell

Latin Limeade

Tex-Mex Summer Squash Casserole

Chiles and cheese turn mild summer squash into a zesty, satisfying casserole. The jalapenos make this dish quite hot; if you prefer a milder version, use a second can of diced green chiles instead.

From EatingWell

Tex-Mex Summer Squash Casserole

Grilled Tomatillo Salsa

Tomatillos are delicious raw, but they take on a sweet, smoky flavor when cooked on the grill. This quick salsa makes a great topping for grilled meats and fish and it's excellent with eggs and corn tortillas. If you like, add some diced avocado just before serving.

From EatingWell

Grilled Tomatillo Salsa

White Chili

This fragrant "white" chili is an unusual, delicious alternative to traditional tomato-based chilis. Serve with lime wedges and a dollop of sour cream or a sprinkling of cheese.

From EatingWell

White Chili

Turkey & Balsamic Onion Quesadillas

Soaking onions in balsamic vinegar brings out their sweetness. Just don't use an expensive aged balsamic for this quick treat. To make these easy tortilla sandwiches into a meal, serve them with simple sauteed vegetables or a tossed green salad.

From EatingWell

Turkey & Balsamic Onion Quesadillas

Southwestern Rice & Pinto Bean Salad

The slightly chewy texture of ruddy-red Wehani rice makes it perfect for salads. Serve it mounded on a bed of Boston lettuce or curly frisee.

From EatingWell

Southwestern Rice & Pinto Bean Salad

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