Quick-Fix Mexican Food Recipes
Browse these south-of-the-border recipes for everything from tacos to enchilada casserole.
Upgrade your burritos by crisping them in a skillet.
Recipe: Chicken-and-Black Bean Chimichangas
Fish tacos are all the rage now. Make your own in no time with this easy recipe for fish tacos.
Recipe: Poblano Fish Tacos
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
A deli-roasted chicken helps make short work of this classic Mexican entrée. Luscious? Absolutely. In fact, we guarantee your family will clamor for seconds.
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
Make these chimichangas for a dinner your whole family will love. Top with your favorite picante sauce, salsa or guacamole.
- Recipe: Chicken Chimichangas
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
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
Fajitas are a quick and easy way to feed (and please!) a crowd. This fajita seasoning earned 5 stars from our online users and we agree -- it’s delicious.
- Recipe: Beef and Chicken Fajitas
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
Make coleslaw up to 24 hours in advance to jump-start this recipe.
Recipe: Tempura Shrimp Tacos
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
Ancho chile powder and hot sauce give a kick to the grilled shrimp, but the cabbage-and-carrot mixture adds a cool, fresh crunch to the tacos.
Recipe: Southwest Shrimp Tacos
Get out of your cereal rut at breakfast with these Tex-Mex breakfast tacos filled with cheeesy scrambled eggs.
Recipe: Migas Tacos
This recipe tops chicken enchiladas with a quick green chile cream sauce and colby-Jack cheese for a twist on traditional enchilada sauce.
- Recipe: Chicken Enchiladas
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