Our Best Mexican Dishes

Whether you're searching for a special Cinco de Mayo menu or looking for fresh ideas for dinner tonight, these inspiring ideas are sure to be a hit.

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Chicken Quesadillas
Chicken Quesadillas with Peppers

    Warm chicken, onion, guacamole, salsa, and chili peppers fill these hearty quesadillas, while diced tomatoes make a fresh topper. Use asadero or queso quesadilla cheese (instead of Monterey Jack) for an authentic Mexican meal.

    Serve it with: Guacamole Soup and Mojito Fresco

Steak Fajitas with Peppers

    To make this instant crowd pleaser, tuck thin slices of grilled skirt steak, onion, and pepper into a warm flour tortilla. Fresh salsa makes a perfect topper.

    Serve it with: Gazpacho Salsa and Mansion Margaritas

Chicken Flautas with Black Beans

    Chicken, beans, cheese, and veggies fill these crispy fried tortillas. Cut fat and calories by baking the flautas in the oven until golden brown.

    Serve it with: Chunky Guacamole and White Sangria Punch

Shredded Pork Tamales

    These shredded pork tamales are a bit time-consuming to make, so do what Mexicans do: Throw a tamalada (tamale-making party) and get many hands involved. This savory dish is worth the effort.

    Serve it with: Fresh Tomato Salsa and Frozen Strawberry-Mango Margaritas

Drunken Fish

    In Central Mexico, where this dish originated, tequila is used to flavor the fish. For a milder sauce, try a bold red wine (such as a Rioja) instead.

    Serve it with: Garden Fresh Gazpacho and Mansion Margaritas

Chicken Baked in Banana Leaves

    The Yucatan's most beloved seasoning -- achiote, or annatto seeds -- gives the chicken in this authentic dish a nutty, delicate flavor.

    Serve it with: Mango Salsa and Mojito Sparkler

Fish Tacos with Peppers

    A spicy marinade featuring a splash of tequila flavors the fish in this Yucatan-inspired dish. Marinate the fish for just 30 minutes; if it sits much longer, the acidic lime juice will "cook" it.

    Serve it with: Basil Guacamole and Fruity Sangria

Tequila Lime Shrimp

    These simple-to-make wraps are filled with sweet pepper, mild cheese, fresh cilantro, shrimp, and a pleasing mix of spices.

    Serve it with: Red and Green Gazpacho and Mansion Margaritas

Bean Burritos

    Spinach tortillas are filled with avocado, black beans, jack cheese, and tomato. They're so filling you won't miss the meat.

    Serve it with: Chipotle Chili Salsa and Mojito Fresco

Veggie-Filled Quesadillas

    Serve this crowd pleaser as an appetizer at your next get-together. To cut calories, make them with nonfat sour cream and cheese.

    Serve it with: Southwestern Black Bean Cakes with Guacamole and Peach Daiquiri Ice

Seafood Tacos with Salsa

    Tacos are even tastier when filled with stir-fried jicama, sweet pepper, lobster, and zucchini. Spice things up with serrano pepper salsa, served here in a pretty bell pepper bowl.

    Serve it with: Bonanza Bean Dip and White Strawberry Sangria

Creamy Chicken Enchiladas

    For a great make-ahead meal, try this hearty one-dish recipe. Spoon sour cream on top of the enchiladas before baking.

    Serve it with: Roasted Tomato Gazpacho and Mojito Sparkler

Mexican Polenta Pie

    For comfort food at its finest, try this casserole of spicy ground-turkey chili, polenta, Monterey Jack cheese, and fresh tomato.

    Serve it with: Tomato-Onion Salsa and Orange & Mint Sangria

Skillet Tostadas

    You can use beef, pork, chicken, or turkey to create these sizzling skillet tostadas. Spicy salsa adds a kick, while nacho cheese soup adds creaminess.

    Serve it with: Tomatillo Guacamole and Sparkling Fruit Sangria

Towering Tostadas

    Ready-to-use ingredients like shredded chicken and bottled taco sauce make these crispy tostadas quick and easy. They're ready and on the table in just 15 minutes.

    Serve it with: Pico de Gallo and Mansion Margaritas

Beef & Chipotle Burritos

    These must-have burritos feature a winning combination of tender, slow-cooked steak, and flavor-packed Pico de Gallo Salsa.

    Serve it with: Tomato-Onion Salsa and Strawberry Daiquiri Punch.

Shredded Pork Tacos

    With only four main ingredients, these slow-cooker tacos are a snap to make. Spicy Mexican cheese, ripe olives, chopped avocado, and shredded lettuce -- all served on the side in small dishes -- make delicious add-ons.

    Serve it with: Tomatillo Salsa and Mojito Sparkler

Easy Garden Tacos

    Ready in minutes, these light tacos make the most of garden-fresh vegetables. Grilled chicken breast adds healthy, filling protein, while dried tomato pesto makes a flavorful spread.

    Serve it with: Mango-Kiwi Salsa and White Sangria Punch

Mexican Beef & Tortillas

    What to do with pot roast leftovers? Make these 20-minute tortillas. Canned tomatoes with green chilies add a zesty kick, while garden-fresh cilantro adds a touch of spring.

    Serve it with: Chunky Guacamole and Peach Daiquiri Ice

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