Quick-Fix Mexican Food Recipes
Browse these south-of-the-border recipes for everything from tacos to enchilada casserole.
Spice up taco night with these quick tacos. Jazz up ordinary salsa with mango, cilantro, and hot sauce, and serve a side of refried black beans for an easy weeknight meal.
Recipe: Grilled Chicken Tacos
Supper Ideas from the Pros
Test Kitchen Professional Norman King shows you how to cook Chicken-and-Green Chile Enchiladas for supper tonight.
This pork-and-bean mixture is versatile. Serve it spooned over cornbread or rolled up burrito style in flour tortillas. Make hearty nachos, quesadillas, or tacos too. It can even be used as a meaty addition to huevos rancheros (fried corn tortillas topped with fried eggs and salsa).
- Recipes: Chalupa Dinner Bowl
We’ve filled these tacos with fish in place of the traditional beef, pork, or chicken. While we love the fried fish flavor, we also tried baking and grilling the flounder fillets. Both are great options.
Make these bean and cheese quesadillas in the microwave for an easy treat that even your kids can help with. The ingredients are store bought to save on prep time in the kitchen.
- Recipe: Easy Microwave Quesadillas
Pork adds a delicious hearty flavor to traditional quesadillas. We recommend purchasing premade barbecue pork from your grocery store to save on prep time.
- Recipe: Barbecued Pork Quesadillas
Supper Ideas from the Pros
Test Kitchen Professional Norman King shows you how to cook Barbecued Chicken Quesadillas for supper tonight.
Delta Tamales are great as appetizers or the main course. Serve them with jalapeño peppers, onions, and the spice-flecked sauce in which they were cooked. You can save time the day of by assembling tamales a day ahead and storing in the refrigerator.
- Recipe: Delta Tamales
The mild flavor of poblano peppers makes them a perfect candidate for stuffing. This recipe mixes pork with peaches, apricots, and plums for a fresh, unexpected flavor combination.
Brown the meat in a Dutch oven, then let the slow cooker work its magic as the rich spices meld. You can also serve the versatile, tender beef over baked potatoes instead of in soft tortilla shells.
- Recipe: Slow-Cooker Beef Tacos
Help yourself to Lean Green Lettuce Tacos, whose colorful ingredients offer big benefits. Romaine lettuce leaves arranged in a stemmed vase double as nutritious taco wraps and a decorative centerpiece.
- Recipe: Lean Green Lettuce Tacos
Our Party-Style Pork Empanada uses refrigerated canned bread dough to make preparation easier. You can make up to two hours ahead of time, leaving you plenty of time to enjoy the party.
- Recipe: Party-Style Pork Empanada
Faster than fast food and way more delicious, these cheesy enchiladas come together in a snap. A quick spritz of vegetable cooking spray adds extra crispness to flour tortillas as they bake.
- Recipe: Chicken Enchiladas
We guarantee this zesty casserole will be your new weeknight staple. The recipe was originally designed to utilize leftover ground beef and sausage. It makes a lot, but refrigerates well and tastes wonderful reheated.
- Recipe: Mexican Lasagna
Ready in 15 Minutes
Get the flavor of beef for these tostadas, but without the fat, with meatless burger crumbles. Top it off with rice, refried beans, cheese, and homemade pico de gallo made from avocado, red onion, garlic, cilantro, and lime juice.
Easy Side: Coarsely chop 2 ripe avocados. Toss with 1/4 cup chopped red onion, 1 minced garlic clove, 3 Tbsp. fresh cilantro leaves, 2 Tbsp. fresh lime juice, and 1/2 tsp. salt.
- Recipe: Mexicali Meatless Tostadas
Crisp sautéed tofu adds texture and omega-3 fats, which prevent cholesterol from clogging arteries, to these fajitas. Bell peppers and onions cooked in salsa and vinegar complete the tasty, good-for-you meal.
- Recipe: Tex-Mex Fajitas
Tacos Al pastor is a Mexican dish featuring a pork and pineapple mixutre. By marinating the pork with pineapple, the protein in the pork breaks down resulting in very tender meat. These tacos are genererally served on soft tortillas and include cilantro, onions, lime juice, pineapple, and salsa.
- Recipe: Tacos Al Pastor
Ready in 20 Minutes
Bottled Italian dressing provides a simple, flavorful marinade for these grilled flank steak-filled fajitas. Use store-bought pico de gallo or make your own ahead of time.
- Recipe: Beef Fajitas With Pico de Gallo