Mexican-Inspired Recipes

Full of flavor and variety, Mexican cuisine offers up much more than the ever-popular taco. Find great recipes for Mexican-style chicken, pork, and beef dishes, in addition to a varierty of soups, sauces, desserts, and more recipes to create the perfect Mexican menu.

Staff Picks

Arroz Con Pollo

Rating: 3.61 stars 88
This one-pot recipe for Arroz Con Pollo, which is great for a crowd, comes from Martha's book One Pot: 120+ Easy Meals from Your Skillet, Slow Cooker, Stockpot, and MoreIt's made with bone-in fatty chicken thighs, pimiento-stuffed green olives, chopped tomatoes, saffron threads, and bay leaves.

Mexican Hot-Chocolate Cookies

Rating: 3.64 stars 459
These crumbly cookies are spicy, chocolaty treats the whole family will love.

Easy Chile Verde

If you order a bowl of authentic Mexican chile verde in the Southwest, you'll find hunks of juicy, tender pork shoulder that have been braised for hours in a tart tomatillo-chile sauce. While the original is worthy of a special weekend project, we wanted a recipe that we could make on any lazy Sunday and still be delicious. By using storebought ingredients that bring maximum flavor with the minimal amount of fuss, we created a hearty and warming chile verde that is practically hands-off. In a rush? Try the pressure-cooker version of this recipe, instead.

Bean Burritos

Rating: 3.34 stars 414
Stock your freezer with these healthy single-serving dinners (or hearty lunches).


Rating: 4.24 stars 17
Rendering your own lard is what really makes these anise-flavored Mexican sugar cookies stand out, but you can use vegetable shortening in a pinch. Martha made this recipe on "Martha Bakes" episode 711.

Ground Turkey Tacos

Rating: 3.38 stars 446
Ground turkey is sautéed with chopped onion, chili powder, tomato paste, and chicken broth in these easy, family-friendly tacos. Stuff them into hard taco shells and top with all the fixings—sour cream, pico de gallo, avocado, cheddar cheese, and shredded lettuce.

Crispy Baked Chicken Flautas

Take taco night to the next level with this weeknight spin on cheesy, crunchy flautas. After stuffing them with a smoky, spicy ground chicken-chipotle mixture, we skipped the traditional pan-frying route in favor of letting them crisp-up in the oven.

Ground Chicken Tacos

Fast and tasty on Tuesday or any night, these tacos are a perfect vehicle for ground chicken. The meat is amped up with spices and chipotle in adobe so it's flavorful and juicy, and topping the tacos with pico de gallo adds another level of deliciousness.

Avocado Bar

Rating: 3.47 stars 30
Think of this as an update on the taco bar: Lay out a platter of seasoned, lime-doused avocado halves and bowls of toppings, and let guests help themselves.

Cilantro-Lime Rice

Rating: 3.35 stars 874
A stir-in of cilantro and lime juice transforms plain cooked rice into a lively side that's an ideal accompaniment for Mexican main dishes, such as Chicken Fajita Tostadas.

Chicken Enchilada Casserole

Rating: 3.44 stars 79
Most chicken enchiladas are dripping with cheese, but just a scattering of robust cotija in this casserolke is enough to satisfy.

Mexican Corn

Rating: 3.18 stars 71
Once you try this zesty corn recipe from south of the border, you may never go back to basic salt and butter. Just spread one tablespoon of mayonnaise over corn kernels, then sprinkle queso fresco over mayonnaise.

Inspiration and Ideas

15 Quick Quesadilla Recipes Ideal for Snack or Dinner
There's more to quesadillas than tortillas and cheese. Our creative recipes are ready in a flash (and make ideal Cinco de Mayo appetizers, game-day snacks, or kid-friendly weeknight dinners).
Guacamole Without Tomatoes
No tomatoes here! Just creamy avocados amped up with lime juice, onion, jalapeno, and cilantro.
Classic Flan

Use a 13-inch round serving plate with a rim to accommodate the caramel. Martha made this recipe on "Martha Bakes" episode 711.