Classic Mexican Recipes with a Twist

We've put a new twist on the classics, including burritos, quesadillas, tacos, and fajitas, for a fresh dinner idea they'll love.

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Fish Tacos with Cabbage & Chile Pepper Slaw

    For flavorful fish tacos, recipe developer Joanne Weir bakes the halibut in a foil packet with orange peel, lime peel, tomatillos, and garlic. "The flavors have nowhere to go but into the fish," she says.

Makes: 6 servings
Prep   40 mins 
Bake   10 mins  to  12 mins  400°F 
Chorizo-Pepper Hand Pies

    In Mexico, the dough for hand pies (called empanadas) is homemade, but you can save time with our recipe by using store-bought puff pastry.

Serving size: 24 hand pies
Prep   45 mins 
Bake   12 mins  400°F 
Cook   17 mins 
Chicken & Tortilla Soup

    Recipe developer Joanne Weir adds a lighter spring touch to this traditionally filling soup by making it with chunks of zucchini and baby peas.

Makes: 6 servings
Prep   35 mins 
Cook  1 hr 
Grilled Vegetable Tostadas with Quick Mole Sauce

    Put a summer spin on tostadas with fresh vegetables and mole, a flavorful Mexican sauce traditionally made with dried chiles, dark chocolate, and myriad seasonings.

Prep  1 hr 
Cook   10 mins 
Grill   5 mins 
Chorizo-Topped Mexican Pizzas

    Much tastier than the fast-food version, this fresh pizza recipe incorporates spicy chorizo sausage, creamy avocado, and tangy cilantro.

Makes: 4 servings
Start to Finish   20 mins 
Fish Tostadas with Chili-Lime Cream

    For a quick dinner you'll love, top crunchy tostadas with broiled tilapia fillets, veggies, and a zesty chili-lime cream.

Makes: 4 servings
Start to Finish   20 mins 
Gazpacho Shrimp Salad

    We've turned a traditional soup into an irresistible salad. The red pepper-tomato dressing is poured into the bowl, then the gazpacho salad is set on top and finished with quick-cooked shrimp and crunchy croutons.

Makes: 6 servings
Prep   40 mins 
Cook   1 min 
Stand   1 min 
Mexican Black Bean Pizza

    Spicy black beans, red sweet pepper, and salsa top a crispy-thin pizza crust.

Makes: 4 servings
Bake  425°F 
Start to Finish   30 mins 
Enchiladas with Fresh Mango Salsa

    A refreshing salsa of mangoes, jalapenos, and fresh cilantro top enchiladas filled with tofu and cheddar cheese. If mangoes are out of season, try a bottled fruit salsa from your local supermarket.

Makes: 6 servings
Prep   40 mins 
Bake   40 mins  350°F 
Basil Guacamole

    Just as addicting as the original, this delicious party dip features basil in place of cilantro for an unexpected twist.

Makes: 16 servings
Serving size: 2 cups
Start to Finish   25 mins 
Enchilada Meat Loaf

    This recipe combines a Mexican classic with an all-American comfort food. The result? An irresistible combo of spicy ground beef and corn bread topped with cheese and salsa.

Makes: 6 servings
Prep   20 mins 
Bake   50 mins  350°F 
Stand   10 mins 
Chicken Tacos

    These simply delicious tacos stuffed with chicken, chili pepper, and tomato are ready in less than 30 minutes. If you don't have any leftover chicken to use, pick up a rotisserie chicken from your local market.

Makes: 6 servings
Start to Finish   30 mins 
Queso Fundido with Corn-Bread Dippers

    Add some fun to this traditional queso dip by serving it in a fondue pot alongside tasty (and easy to prepare) corn-bread dippers.

Makes: 48 servings
Prep   45 mins 
Cool   10 mins 
Bake   28 mins  400°F 
Fast Fajita Roll-Ups

    Great for dinner tonight, this quick-cooking combination of steak, sweet peppers, onions, and trimmings is ready in just 20 minutes.

Makes: 4 servings
Start to Finish   20 mins 
Veggie-Filled Quesadillas

    Most quesadillas are packed with calories. This vegetable-stuffed version uses fat-free cream cheese and sweet peppers, saving you calories and fat.

Makes: 10 servings
Prep   20 mins 
Bake   5 mins  425°F 
Margarita Fajitas with Sub-Lime Salsa

    Tequila-and-lime-marinated chicken is the starting point for this colorful version of the traditional fajita. To boost the heat in the salsa, stir in some of the adobo sauce from the chipotles or add more jalapenos.

Makes: 4 servings
Prep   20 mins 
Marinate  1 hr 
Grill   12 mins  to  15 mins 
Frozen Strawberry-Mango Margaritas

    Mix in frozen strawberries, mangoes, or peaches for a fruity, frozen drink.

Makes: 5 servings
Serving size: 30 ounces
Prep   10 mins 
Freeze  1 hr 
Tres Leches Cake

    Our version of this Mexican favorite features a fluffy whipped cream frosting and fresh strawberry filling.

Makes: 12 servings
Prep   45 mins 
Chill  8 hrs  to 10 hrs 
Cool  2 hrs 10 mins 
Barbecue Quesadillas

    Add down-home barbecue sauce to this proven crowd pleaser for a quick and easy dinner they'll love.

Makes: 4 servings
Prep   20 mins 
Cook   6 mins  350°F per batch
Mexican Tortilla Casseroles

    For a fresh spin on tortillas, bake cubed chicken, corn, Mexican cheese, and salsa in individual casserole dishes.

Makes: 4 servings
Prep   15 mins 
Bake   35 mins  to  40 mins  350°F 
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