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?

Deep-Dish Mexican Meat Loaf Pie

From Better Homes and Gardens

Deep-Dish Mexican Meat Loaf Pie

Smoky Tomato-Salmon Chowder

From Diabetic Living

Smoky Tomato-Salmon Chowder

Pork and Hominy Soup

From Diabetic Living

Pork and Hominy Soup

Super Breakfast Burritos

From Diabetic Living

Super Breakfast Burritos

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

Chile-Garlic Mushrooms (Champiņones al Ajillo)

From Better Homes and Gardens

Chile-Garlic Mushrooms (Champiņones al Ajillo)

Mexican Seven-Layer Dip

Pre-made refried beans, guacamole and salsa make it possible to toss together this showstopping Mexican dip in a matter of minutes.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Mexican Seven-Layer Dip

Cinnamon Churros

These fried cookies are favorites at Mexican restaurants. Roll the warm churros in cinnamon and sugar, then enjoy!

From Better Homes and Gardens

Cinnamon Churros

Mexican Beef Bake with Cilantro-Lime Cream

From Diabetic Living

Mexican Beef Bake with Cilantro-Lime Cream

Spicy Shrimp Casserole

From Diabetic Living

Spicy Shrimp Casserole

Kickin' Chicken Chili

From Better Homes and Gardens

Kickin' Chicken Chili

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-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

Southwest Soup

In the time it would take you to find, open and microwave a can of soup, you can have this tasty and fresh Mexican medley on the table.

From Parents

Southwest Soup

Carnitas de Res

Top this Mexican skillet with queso blanco, queso chihuahua or your favorite cheese.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Carnitas de Res

Turkey and Cheese Quesadilla

No cheddar handy? Mozzarella, swiss or even goat cheese would taste amazing, too.

From Parents

Turkey and Cheese Quesadilla

Mexican Pasta Salad

To make this picnic-ready pasta salad a meal, toss in some grilled chicken, steak or shrimp.

From Parents

Mexican Pasta Salad

Arroz con Pollo a la Mexicana

Translated to chicken and rice, arroz con pollo is a classic Mexican dinner option. Serve alongside a bowl of chips and salsa for a real fiesta.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Arroz con Pollo a la Mexicana

Pork Verde Tacos

This spicy jalapeno topping would work just as well on steak, chicken or shrimp.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Pork Verde Tacos

Triple Pepper Hot Sauce

Use this spicy sauce on buffalo wings, in Bloody Mary cocktails or on top of tacos.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Triple Pepper Hot Sauce

Fall Vegetable Fajitas

Skip the takeout. Whip up sizzling, spicy lime-marinated steak fajitas with peppers and zucchini on the grill.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Fall Vegetable Fajitas

Citrusy Tequila Chicken Thighs

From Family Circle

Citrusy Tequila Chicken Thighs

Grilled Chicken & Black Bean Salsa

From Family Circle

Grilled Chicken & Black Bean Salsa

Barbecue Chicken and Cheddar Quesadillas

Barbecue sauce and green chili peppers add zing to this Mexican skillet sandwich recipe. Serve with sour cream and salsa for dipping.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Barbecue Chicken and Cheddar Quesadillas

Jalapeno Chicken Breasts

From Better Homes and Gardens

Jalapeno Chicken Breasts

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