Mexican Beef Recipes That Bring Bold Flavors to Your Dinner Table
Cooking boneless beef chuck roast low and slow in a Dutch oven results in some of the most tender meat you’ll ever taste. And once you add chorizo, tomatoes, chipotle peppers, and plenty of seasoning to this Mexican shredded beef recipe, the slow cooked beef is ready to dish out. Our recommendation for serving? Keep it simple with tortillas, queso fresco, and chopped red onion.
Master these beef enchiladas if you want to be a pro at cooking this staple of Mexican cuisine. A few shortcuts will speed the process along—for starters, keep the filling simple with lean ground beef and common Mexican-inspired seasonings. Using canned enchilada sauce instead of making your own also gets this Mexican ground beef recipe to your table sooner.
Taco Pie with Avocado Pie Crust
We’re used to topping our tacos with avocado slices, but this taco pie recipe uses them in a not-so-common way. In order to get the crust super flaky and infuse avocado flavor, we used a mix of shortening and mashed avocado. Then, we filled it with ground beef, black beans, poblano peppers, and cheese. Serious avocado lovers can top with more avocado, but they would've already thought of that, wouldn't they?
Habanero Beef Tacos
If you’re looking for the ultimate tender tacos, look no further than this Mexican beef taco recipe. Slow-cooking beef chuck pot roast in a tomato, chile pepper, and beef broth blend results in ultra-juicy, melt-in-your-mouth taco meat. Once it’s finished cooking, we’d happily eat the meat by itself, but it’s tasty on a tortilla with a few simple toppings, too.
Flank Steak Fajita Burritos
One-part fajita and one-part burrito equals a completely mouthwatering Mexican meal. Grill marinated flank steak alongside peppers and onions to satisfy the fajita half of this meal. To give it a nutritious twist, add some zucchini to the grill, too. Then serve your fajita fillings burrito-style, rolled up in a tortilla with a spoonful of guacamole and a drizzle of salsa verde.
Tortas Hamburguesas (Mexican Hamburgers)
Unlike standard burgers, Mexican hamburger recipes get extra flavor from ingredients like fresh cilantro and lime juice added directly to the beef patties (we also added bacon for good measure, because most everything is better with bacon). Once the burgers come off the grill, they’ll have more flavor than your basic ground beef burgers no matter what toppings you add.
Mexican Short Ribs with Dried Cherries
Make Mexican short ribs stand out by cooking them in a chile-cocoa spice mix blended with roasted sweet peppers. As your short ribs simmer in the slow cooker, they’ll soak up the spice mix purée, so each bite will have spicy and sweet flavors. If you love the flavors of this Mexican recipe, but aren't big on ribs, you can turn it into a beef stew by subbing in boneless beef chuck for the ribs.
Salsa Verde Beef Taco Salad
You’ll be hard-pressed to find a Mexican beef recipe easier than this—all you have to do is dump and slow cook! Slow-cooking the ground beef with pinto beans and salsa verde frees you up from spending time at the stove browning the beef, and it lets the beef really soak up the salsa. Stir in canned corn the last five minutes, then serve your beef taco salad with chopped lettuce and your favorite taco toppers.
Deep-Dish Mexican Meat Loaf Pie
Rather than serving it the traditional way, it’s a lot more fun to turn this Mexican meat loaf recipe into a pie "crust" and fill it with our other favorite ingredients used in Mexican cooking. To give the meat loaf mixture south-of-the-border flair, stir crushed chips and taco sauce in with your ground beef. Then, fill the pie with Mexican red rice, hominy, and fresh chile peppers for a Mexican ground beef recipe that really impresses.
Mexican Beef Garden Soup
Rather than stocking your pantry with store-bought soup, fill your shelves with this homemade Mexican beef soup recipe. Our recipe includes instructions for canning it yourself with a pressure canner, so you can save some for later after you fall in love with its tender beef and veggies. When you’re ready to open a can for dinner, just boil it for 10 minutes and it's ready to serve.
Mexicali Hamburger Casserole
Want a dinner recipe that’s less mess than taco night? This Mexican corn bread recipe with ground beef includes a lot of your favorite taco ingredients blended together into one casserole so you don’t have to set up a full taco bar. Plus, the corn bread topper covering the ground beef, corn, and tomato filling means there's no need for tortillas.
We couldn’t round up our favorite Mexican beef recipes without classic nachos a place on the list. For the most basic nachos, you only need to gather up five ingredients: Ground beef, chips, black beans, salsa, and plenty of shredded cheese (obviously). A few other add-ons such as green onion, fresh jalapeños, and sour cream can make this easy Mexican beef recipe even more fiesta-ready.
Slow-Cooked Beef Fajitas
This Mexican beef fajita recipe won’t sizzle like you’re used to at a restaurant, but it’s every bit as tasty without the sound. Slow-cooking beef flank steak, sweet peppers, and onions makes the fajita filling juicy and tender. To give the meat extra zip, pour a jar of salsa verde on top just before turning on your cooker.
Skillet Taco Pie
Skip the crust, skip the shells, and just focus on the best part of tacos—the filling! This Mexican ground beef taco recipe cooks entirely in your skillet, and eliminates the time-consuming taco pie crust. Instead, top scoops of the taco casserole with crushed taco shells, fresh lettuce, and tomatoes, then dig in with a fork.
Oaxaca's Beef Barbacoa
There are so many ways to use this Mexican barbacoa beef recipe that you’ll never run out of ideas for dressing it up. The slow-cooked, spiced brisket is delicious in tacos and makes a mouthwatering burrito filling. To really let the meat shine, you don’t have to get fancy at all—serving simply with tortillas, crema (or sour cream which is a bit tangier due to higher acid), and cilantro is a scrumptious dinner you’ll make over and over.
Skirt Steak Tacos with Rajas (Creamy Poblanos and Onions)
We know taco night usually means ground beef, but once you try this Mexican skirt steak recipe, your eyes will be opened to new possibilities. Thin slices of steak paired with creamy poblano peppers (yeah, we simmer them in cream), sweet onions, and bell peppers bring an exciting taco twist to your tortilla. You can get creative with your toppings, but we love using Cotija cheese, salsa fresca, and shredded radishes.
When the weather starts to turn chilly, warm yourself up with this easy slow cooker Mexican chili recipe. With ground beef, beans, and tomatoes, it’s everything you want when you're craving a cozy chili. For a little extra comfort, add a sprinkle of cheddar cheese and a dollop of sour cream to your bowl.
Carne Asada Salad
Carne asada is simply grilled and sliced beef, though it usually includes a sear to give the beef slightly charred flavor. Eat the meat all on its own or use it to add protein to a Mexican-inspired salad. To serve this Mexican carne asada recipe as a salad, arrange your beef slices on top of a bed of romaine lettuce, tomatoes, black beans, and tomatillos.