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

Fresh Tomato Salsa

Rating: 3.28 stars
In the height of tomato season, making a fresh salsa to go with those tortilla chips is a must.

Ground Turkey Tacos

Rating: 3.38 stars
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.

Chicken Taco Salad

Flavorful chicken thighs are oven-poached in an ancho chili powder-seasoned mixture of citrus juices before being pulled and shredded for topping on this hearty taco salad perfect for lunch or dinner.

Tofu-Tomatillo Stew

For a meatless main that is worthy of your next vegetarian night, try this Mexican-inspired stew that swaps the usual pork or chicken for crispy spiced tofu. 

Bean Burritos

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

Mexican Corn

Rating: 3.18 stars
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.

Cilantro-Lime Rice

Rating: 3.35 stars
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.

Lighter Chicken Enchiladas

Rating: 3.35 stars
Shredded chicken, corn tortillas, plus a smoky chipotle sauce -- a delicious dinner in three steps.

Beef-and-Potato Burritos

Rating: 4 stars
For less spicy burritos, remove the jalapeno ribs and seeds before chopping.

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.

Guacamole Without Tomatoes

No tomatoes here! Just creamy avocados amped up with lime juice, onion, jalapeno, and cilantro.

Cheese Enchilada Casserole

Rating: 3.54 stars
Make this Mexican standby suit your tastes: Use our cheese enchiladas as a base, then select a sauce and your choice of toppings for a fast dinner with fresh flavor every time.

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).
Slow-Cooker Chili Chicken Tacos
Rating: Unrated
Hearty meats such as chicken thighs become fall-apart sumptuous after a long, gentle simmer in the slow cooker -- the results are ideal for shredding into tacos or sandwich fillings.

Slow-Cooker Carne Guisada

Rating: 3.62 stars

Beef simmered with garlic and peppers in a thick tomato sauce makes for a warm and satisfying dinner. A slow cooker turns a less expensive cut of meat into a flavorful stew. Serve it in flour tortillas or spoon over rice.