27 Must-Try Mexican Recipes to Spice Up Your Weekly Menu
Flank Steak Fajita Burritos
Like those build-your-own burrito bars? Then you’ll love this meal that mashes up burritos and fajitas into one easy-prep dish. Grilled flank steak, bell peppers, and zucchini fill our tasty Mexican burrito recipe. Try serving with salsa verde and extra guacamole (we won’t charge you more!) for kick.
Think of this nacho recipe—one of the best Mexican recipes for sharing—as a customizable masterpiece rather than a strict, set formula. Top purchased or homemade tortilla chips with canned or DIY refried beans, your favorite shredded meat, mole sauce, and any crumbly or shredded cheese.
Skirt Steak Tacos with Guacamole and Lime Crema
This Mexican ground beef recipe can easily be transformed into cheese, chicken, or chorizo-refried bean enchiladas instead. (We have instructions for ’em all.) To save time, stock up on cans of enchilada sauce so you can focus on perfecting the fillings and get these on the table in about an hour.
Stuffed Churro Puffs
Sugar, spice, and everything nice. This Mexican dessert recipe combines the concept of crunchy cinnamon-sugar-dusted churros with light-as-air cream puffs (aka profiteroles). Impress the whole family by baking these in advance, then slicing and serving slathered with big spoonfuls of sweetened whipped cream and dulce de leche.
Pozole with Pinto Beans and Queso Fresco
Pozole, which translates to hominy, refers to one of the key ingredients in this traditional Mexican food recipe. To boost the flavor complexity, start by roasting the tomatillos, peppers, onions, and garlic for 15 minutes before blending and adding to the soup base. Add the chicken, hominy, and pinto beans; simmer until warm; and serve with piles of fresh herbs, pickled onions, and cheese.
Spoon Bread-Stuffed Poblanos
Spoon bread is a traditional Southern recipe that's more like a savory pudding than bread. Here we've given the classic dish a Mexican makeover by stuffing adding some mild heat with fire-roasted poblano peppers. Char them (and the corn) in advance for less work come mealtime
Tres Leches Bread Pudding
Three milks give this Mexican dessert recipe its name. We stick to that theme by inviting sweetened condensed milk, evaporated milk, and regular milk to the Instagrammable dessert display. From there, we start to take liberties. Rather than stirring this all together in sheet-cake form, we soak bread cubes in the creamy concoction for a unique, cinnamon-spiced bread pudding.
Smoked Conchita Pibil
It’s incredible how much flavor you can coax out of meat when you spice it nicely and cook it low and slow. This Mexican pork recipe requires nothing more than a pork roast, a dry rub, and a smoker to score succulent meat and flavor that will transport you to the bustling streets of Mexico City. Shred the meat and savor it inside tacos, quesadillas, or over a bed of Mexican rice or tortilla chips.
Add some sizzle to your supper and celebrate Mexican street food with our top-rated (over 300 5-star reviews!) vegetarian quesadillas. A mix of fajita vegetables, melty cheese, and creamy avocado fills this dish that’s ideal enjoyed as a snack or light meal. For a flavorful finish for this Mexican dinner recipe, dip the quesadillas in sour cream, salsa, or guacamole.
Pork Carnitas Tacos with Cherry-Chipotle Salsa
Adding cherries to a fresh salsa recipe is the perfect way to balance out the flavors thanks to its sweet-tart taste. Allow the meat to simmer in your slow cooker for up to 10 hours for the most tender pork you've ever made. Top your tacos with that homemade salsa, fresh radish, and cilantro before diving in.
Veggie Tostadas with Cauliflower Mash
You’ll be the toast of the town (or at least your dinner table) when you serve these tostadas. They’re one of our favorite vegetarian Mexican recipes. Piled high with cauliflower mash, asparagus, corn, and grape tomatoes, these tostadas ensure you don't feel like you’re missing a thing. Easy, cheesy, and oh, so good.
Baja Fish Tacos
These Baja fish tacos are a must-have for your next taco night. Serve them in corn tortillas with a fresh combo of cabbage, green onions, and cilantro for a Mexican dinner recipe that will have everyone coming back for seconds.
Vegan Tempeh-Walnut Tacos
Calling all vegans and flexitarians! We've made a super delicious taco meat alternative out of nutrient-rich walnuts and soy-based tempeh for a vegetarian Mexican dinner recipe. It’s full of flavor thanks to layers of spices (chili powder, paprika, and cinnamon, to name a few) to accompany the beeflike filling.
Pork Ribs in Mole Verde
Salmon in Nogada Sauce
You’re definitely going to want to save this quick chicken enchilada recipe. It's a low-fuss solution to reduce weeknight-meal stress! Spicy red sauce sweetened with honey coats corn tortillas in this delicious homemade take on enchiladas. Crumbled queso fresco acts as the filling; chopped onions contribute crunch for this classic Mexican food recipe.
Huaraches con Carnitas
Due to their shoelace appearance, these toasty Mexican sandwiches are called huaraches, which translates to sandals. Made with masa harina, the crispy fried bread holds classic carnitas and all your favorite Mexican toppings. To complement the rich shredded pork, top each open-face sandwich with a crisp and refreshing Mexican salad recipe of shredded cabbage, tomato, avocado, and crema.
Tlayuda con Chorizo (Mexican Pizza with Chorizo)
Two-Bean Tamale Pie
Pork Empanadas with Jicama Pico de Gallo
Chicken Sopa Seca
Shrimp-Stuffed Hatch Chiles with Cilantro Cream Sauce
Mexican Fried Veggie Rice with Radishes and Avocado
Introducing fried rice that won’t make you feel like you need a nap after devouring every last forkful! This is one of the best Mexican recipes for when you’re craving a fusion meal but aren’t so fond of all the fat and calories that can come with a takeout meal. We swap in lower-carb cauliflower and broccoli for regular rice, add ground chicken for protein, then top it all with diced avocado and a squeeze of fresh lime for a dose of healthy fats and lots of fresh flavor.
Steak al Carbon
Cooking over coals is imperative to make this Mexican beef recipe fit the al carbon (meaning cooked over charcoal) agenda. So bust out your grill, or your trusty grill pan, to sear these marinated steaks for a lovely low-carb dinner. After the steaks are done cooking, allow them to rest for 5 to 10 minutes as you char some grilled vegetables to serve on the side.