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?

New World Chili

Not your ordinary chili recipe, this slow cooker version combines turkey with butternut squash, corn, cranberries, and jalapeno pepper for a unique taste sensation.

From Better Homes and Gardens

New World Chili

Classic Nachos

These five-ingredient nachos are a cinch to make for a large crowd. Bake a batch for your next party and serve with an array of topping options, like cilantro, jalapeno peppers, sour cream and salsa.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Classic Nachos

Mushroom Scrambled Eggs

Bacon (just a little), mushrooms, and tomatoes make this egg dish delicious for breakfast, lunch, or dinner!

From Diabetic Living

Mushroom Scrambled Eggs

Mushroom & Chicken Quesadillas

A layer of refried beans, chicken, mushrooms, and cheese makes these Mexican skillet sandwiches a favorite recipe for kids.

From Family Circle

Mushroom & Chicken Quesadillas

Mole-Style Pork and Tamale Pie

From Diabetic Living

Mole-Style Pork and Tamale Pie

Mini Nacho Cups

Baked tortilla chips and reduced-fat cheddar cheese help keep these Tex-Mex morsels diabetic-friendly.

From Diabetic Living

Mini Nacho Cups

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 Chocolate Ice Cream

From Better Homes and Gardens

Mexican Chocolate Ice Cream

Melon-Berry Agua Fresca

From Better Homes and Gardens

Melon-Berry Agua Fresca

Mexican Wagon Wheels and Cheese

From Family Circle

Mexican Wagon Wheels and Cheese

Melting Snowflakes

What to do on a snowy day? Show the the kids how to cut snowflakes from flour tortillas and turn them into a cheesy quesadilla-like snack.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Melting Snowflakes

Mexican-Style Shrimp Pizza

Flour tortillas make easy low-calorie, low-fat crusts for these south-of-the-border seafood pizzas. And they're quick--ready in under 25 minutes.

From Diabetic Living

Mexican-Style Shrimp Pizza

Mexican-Style Turkey Soup

Red sweet pepper, winter squash, and cilantro brighten this spicy soup, making this one-dish meal the perfect family dinner. Accompany with a fresh fruit salad and warm crusty bread.

From Diabetic Living

Mexican-Style Turkey Soup

Mexican Chicken Salad Stacks

When you're in a hurry, simply toss the ingredients together and serve this seasoned-chicken medley in salad bowls.

From Diabetic Living

Mexican Chicken Salad Stacks

Mexican Biscuit Casserole

Ground beef, beans, corn, and taco seasoning make the base for this fun casserole. Cheese and biscuits are baked on top.

From Midwest Living

Mexican Biscuit Casserole

Mexican Sugar Cookies

From Better Homes and Gardens

Mexican Sugar Cookies

Mexican Beef Bake with Cilantro-Lime Cream

From Diabetic Living

Mexican Beef Bake with Cilantro-Lime Cream

Mexican Tacos Carnitas

From Diabetic Living

Mexican Tacos Carnitas

Mexican-Style Pot Roast Sandwiches

From Diabetic Living

Mexican-Style Pot Roast Sandwiches

Meatless Burritos

Everyone likes burritos, and this recipe makes enough to serve a crowd. For easy serve-alongs, pick up a fruit salad from the deli and a package or two of Mexican-style rice mix.

From Diabetic Living

Meatless Burritos

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

Make-Ahead Chimichangas

Make these chimichangas any time and any way you want--now or later; made with beef, pork or chicken; and baked or fried.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Make-Ahead Chimichangas

Lime-Green Chile Pork Tortas with Freezer Guacamole

Freeze the marinated pork and guacamole (yes, you can freeze avocados!) to pop in the slow cooker at the start of your next super-busy day.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Lime-Green Chile Pork Tortas with Freezer Guacamole

Kickin' Hot Chili

If you like your beef chili seriously hot, this recipe is for you. For an even bigger kick, use the whole teaspoon of cayenne pepper.

From Diabetic Living

Kickin' Hot Chili

Kiwi Chicken Tostadas

Cumin and red pepper spice up the grilled chicken in this fun tostada recipe. Kids love the kiwi topping.

From Diabetic Living

Kiwi Chicken Tostadas

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