Top Mexican Food Recipes

From tacos and nachos to margaritas, get the most-delicious recipes to cook up our favorite Mexican fiesta foods for your next dinner or party.

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Marcela's Baja-Style Fish Tacos

Beer-battered halibut is fried to a golden crisp, then topped with shredded cabbage and salsa for the ultimate fish taco.

Get the Recipe: Baja Style Fish Tacos

Chicken Tostadas

Fry tortillas until very crispy (otherwise they will become rubbery), then top them with a mixture of chicken, beans, avocado, lettuce and salsa.

Get the Recipe: Chicken Tostadas

Chicken, Chili and Cheese Quesadillas

Top cheesy quesadillas with a homemade salsa that gets heat from hot sauce (try chipotle or Mexican green chili sauce).

Get the Recipe: Chicken, Chili, and Cheese Quesadillas

Crispy Chicken Mini Tacos

Roll shredded chicken in a corn tortilla and fry until golden brown. Top with a freshly made salsa, a drizzle of Mexican crema and a sprinkle with crumbled queso fresco.

Get the Recipe: Crispy Chicken Mini-Tacos

Easiest-Ever Chicken Mole Enchiladas

Marcela's blender-and-stovetop mole sauce is easier than you might think. Pour the sauce over homemade chicken enchiladas. The enchiladas can be made ahead, tightly wrapped and frozen for up to three weeks.

Get the Recipe: 'Easiest Ever' Chicken Mole Enchiladas

Pinto Bean Salsa Salad

Toss together pinto beans with corn, bell pepper and onions before topping with a garlicky dressing. This dish will taste great over greens or with chips.

Get the Recipe: Pinto Bean Salsa Salad

Yellow Rice

Adding onions, bell peppers and ground annatto seed to long-grain rice means this side dish will have enough flavor to hold its own against black beans.

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Salsa and Chips

Make homemade tortilla chips with corn tortillas and vegetable oil for frying. Serve with a simple tomato and onion salsa.

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Chicken Enchiladas with Roasted Tomatillo Chile Salsa

Tyler makes a traditional Mexican favorite with Mexican seasoning and just the right amount of heat from whole green chiles.

Get the Recipe: Chicken Enchiladas with Roasted Tomatillo Chile Salsa

Refried Beans

Make your own refried beans with a can of pinto beans, a few flavorful ingredients and just 27 minutes.

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Fastest-Ever Enchiladas

Use rotisserie chicken to cut down on prep time for these cheesy enchiladas.

Get the Recipe: Fastest-Ever Enchiladas

Black Bean Soup with Mojo

This easy-to-do soup is a cinch thanks to your slow cooker. Put black beans, pork ribs, water, rum, garlic head halves, onion, salt, bay leaves, oregano, cumin and crushed red pepper in a slow cooker, then cook for about eight hours.

Get the Recipe: Black Bean Soup with Mojo

Chiles Rellenos

Stuff poblano chiles with Oaxacan-style string cheese before dredging and frying until golden brown.

Get the Recipe: Chiles Rellenos

Garlicky Holy Guacamole!

Rachael uses buttery and nutty Haas avocados as the base for her guacamole, which features an entire clove of garlic that she makes into a paste so it distributes evenly into the dip.

Get the Recipe: Garlicky Holy Guacamole!

Spicy Black Beans and Yellow Rice

Tyler's spicy black beans get their kick from a jalapeno pepper. Pair them with long-grain rice that's been cooked with turmeric.

Get the Recipe: Spicy Black Beans and Yellow Rice

Bobby's Red Chile Short Rib Tacos

Bobby's tacos pack a big punch in a small package by using three different types of chiles: dried ancho chile peppers, New Mexico chile peppers and cascabel chile peppers.

Get the Recipe: Red Chile Short Rib Tacos

Mexican Lasagna

You're never too busy to make lasagna, especially Rachael's version that uses chicken breast.

Get the Recipe: Mexican Lasagna

Tacos Carne Asada

Tyler Florence's five-star tacos can be as hot as you'd like. His version uses two jalapenos and a heaping of garlic.

Get the Recipe: Tacos Carne Asada

Refried Beans

Make Ellie's lighter refried beans in just 19 minutes.

Get the Recipe: Refried Beans

Melissa's Wine-Braised Pork Tacos

You'll need extra napkins on hand to wipe up all the juices from Melissa's three-hour-braised pork tacos.

Get the Recipe: Wine-Braised Pork Tacos

Sloppy Jose with Chorizo, Charred Poblanos and Avocado Crema

Jeff puts a Mexican-inspired spin on classic sloppy joes by using Mexican chorizo, shredded Chihuahua cheese, and a sour cream and avocado topping.

Get the Recipe: Sloppy Jose with Chorizo, Charred Poblanos and Avocado Crema

Crackling Fish Tacos with Chipotle Tartar Sauce

Ingrid's tacos are crunchy, creamy and full of flavor.

Get the Recipe: Crackling Fish Tacos with Chipotle Tartar Sauce

Alex's Brisket Tacos with Red Cabbage

A crunchy red cabbage slaw will make your eyes pop as you bite into Alex's tender brisket tacos seasoned with garlic, paprika and chili powder.

Get the Recipe: Brisket Tacos With Red Cabbage

Chiles Rellenos in Tomato Broth

Deep-fried poblano chiles are stuffed with Muenster cheese and soak up a savory tomato broth.

Get the Recipe: Chiles Rellenos in Tomato Broth

Chicken Tamales

Ingrid makes tamales easy: Use store-bought rotisserie chicken and bottled green salsa.

Get the Recipe: Chicken Tamales

Salsa Verde: Green Tomatillo Salsa

Use tomatillos and fresh hot green chiles to get great color and flavor for this green salsa.

Get the Recipe: Salsa Verde: Green Tomatillo Salsa

Chicken Mole

The secret to this classic dish is all of the wonderful ingredients that make up mole sauce, including cinnamon, anise, coriander, chile peppers and, of course, Mexican chocolate.

Get the Recipe: Chicken Mole

Marcela's Birria Tacos

Birria is a spicy Mexican meat stew. Here, Marcela shreds beef short ribs and marinates them in a broth of California chile peppers, pasilla and ancho chile peppers, tomatoes and onion.

Get the Recipe: Birria Tacos

Smoked Cheddar Cheese Tamales

Make homemade corn tamale dough and fill it with a combination of smoked cheddar cheese and white cheddar cheese.

Get the Recipe: Smoked Cheddar Cheese Tamales

Tyler's Chunky Guacamole

Tyler's guac is creamy and spicy thanks to sliced serrano chiles. Keep it cool in the fridge before serving, but don't forget to cover tightly with plastic wrap to prevent browning.

Get the Recipe: Chunky Guacamole

Mexican Radish Slaw

Cilantro, lime and jalapenos are the key ingredients to turning shredded cabbage into a Mexican-inspired slaw.

Get the Recipe: Mexican Radish Slaw

Shrimp Tacos with Mango Slaw

Great for Cinco de Mayo or any weeknight dinner, these shrimp-and-coleslaw-filled tacos have great flavor and a wonderful crunch.

Get the Recipe: Shrimp Tacos With Mango Slaw

Jalapeno Margaritas

Make this big batch of margaritas with a spicy twist by pulsing jalapenos with sugar and fresh lime juice before mixing with tequila.

Get the Recipe: Jalapeno Margaritas

Restaurant-Style Salsa

Skip store-bought salsa and make Ree's version that requires only 15 minutes' prep time.

Get the Recipe: Restaurant-Style Salsa

Make Your Own Tacos Bar

Rachael makes a chipotle turkey taco filling as well as a pork and bell pepper filling so guests can pick their taco pairings.

Get the Recipe: Make Your Own Tacos Bar

Chicken and Beef Fajitas

Ree makes sure the tortillas for these fajitas are nice and warm thanks to a little time on the grill. Serve them with sliced chicken, beef and veggies, plus fixings like beans, grated cheese, sour cream, lime wedges and pico de gallo.

Get the Recipe: Chicken and Beef Fajitas

Carne Asada Burrito

Jeff makes a mojo marinade for steak before grilling it until charred and crusty. Pile the steak onto tortillas smeared with a layer of cilantro pesto, then sprinkle with tomatoes. Wrap it up tight and eat whole, or slice in half on the bias — just don't forget to dunk it in plenty of homemade salsa.

Get the Recipe: Carne Asada Burrito

Beef and Bean Burritos

Ree keeps the prep work to a minimum for these burritos thanks to a few key store-bought ingredients: canned Mexican tomato sauce and canned refried beans.

Get the Recipe: Beef and Bean Burritos

Chiles Rellenos      

Make this Mexican favorite affordable with Melissa's recipe that stuffs charred poblano peppers with a mixture of corn and Jack cheese before frying.

Get the Recipe: Chiles Rellenos

Double-Feature Cupcakes with Mexican Hot Chocolate Frosting

Chocolate cupcakes are topped with a cream cheese and chocolate frosting for a decadent hand-held treat.

Get the Recipe: Double Feature Cupcakes with Mexican Hot Chocolate Frosting

Mexican Brownies

Boxed brownie mix gets a Mexican makeover when ground chipotle chile pepper and cinnamon are added to the batter.

Get the Recipe: Mexican Brownies

Sopaipillas with Chocolate Sauce

Sopaipillas are fried pockets of dough, a specialty in New Mexico. Crispy on the outside and tender on the inside, these are drizzled with a chocolate sauce.

Get the Recipe: Sopaipillas With Chocolate Sauce

Churros with Coconut Sauce

Churros, a Spanish fried-dough dessert, are rolled in sugar and drizzled with a sweet combination of condensed milk and unsweetened coconut milk.

Get the Recipe: Churros With Coconut Sauce

Rice Fritters with Sesame Caramel

A savory dish gets a sweet makeover with a caramel sauce that's flavored with sesame seeds and orange.

Get the Recipe: Rice Fritters With Sesame Caramel

Guava Empanadas

Packaged empanada wrappers, which can be found in the frozen aisles of your grocery store, are used here to save time and energy.

Get the Recipe: Guava Empanadas

Tyler's Flan

Tyler keeps his Mexican flan recipe traditional and authentic, flavoring it with vanilla bean, cinnamon and lemon.

Get the Recipe: Flan

Aarón Sanchez's Mexican Brownies

Aarón's brownies get their kick from Mexican cinnamon and pequin chile powder. If you can't find pequin, just substitute cayenne pepper.

Get the Recipe: Aaron Sanchez's Mexican Brownies

Poblano, Mushroom and Potato Tacos

Fill a corn tortilla with poblano chile peppers, Yukon gold potatoes and cremini mushrooms for a filling taco that's vegetarian friendly.

Get the Recipe: Poblano, Mushroom and Potato Tacos

Citrus Mahi Mahi Tacos

Skip fried fish in favor of flavorful baked mahi mahi that's coated in a chile powder and citrus mixture.

Get the Recipe: Citrus Mahi Mahi Tacos

Beef Barbacoa Tacos

Traditionally barbacoa-style cooking involves steaming and smoking meat for an intense flavor. This beef chuck is simmered until very tender in a Dutch oven.

Get the Recipe: Beef Barbacoa Tacos

Pork Carnitas Tacos

The meat for these tacos cooks all in one Dutch oven. Just top with pickled red onions when you're ready to serve.

Get the Recipe: Pork Carnitas Tacos

Chipotle Chicken Meatball Tacos

For this new take on the classic chicken taco, first make chicken meatballs, then add them to taco shells; top your tacos with Oaxaca cheese, tomatoes and lettuce.

Get the Recipe: Chipotle Chicken Meatball Tacos

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