Quick-Fix Mexican Food Recipes
Browse these south-of-the-border recipes for everything from tacos to enchilada casserole.
Having Mexican food is a delicious way to enjoy a weeknight dinner. These quick Mexican recipes make it easy to savor the tastes and flavors of Mexican food without spending a long time in the kitchen. Some of our favorite Mexican dinner recipes are also the easiest: The Mexicali Meatless Tostadas can be on the table in 15 minutes, and the Beef Fajitas with Pico de Gallo only take five minutes more. For quick Mexican recipes that give you a true taste of the South, you can’t go past Delta Tamales, or Tex-Mex Fajitas. If you want to wake up to the zest of Mexico, plan your morning around a plate of Migas Tacos filled with scrambled eggs. Spicy, quick, and tasty, these Mexican dinner recipes make every night a fiesta.
Southwest Chicken Tortillas
Recipe: Southwest Chicken Tortillas
Serve these Southwest Chicken Tortillas with sliced avocados and extra salsa on the side. We used corn tortillas, but feel free to use flour if you prefer. Feel free to add any toppings you like. You really can't go wrong with this family-favorite.
Chicken-and-Black Bean Chimichangas
Upgrade your burritos by crisping them in a skillet.
Spice up a Mexican food meal with savory Easy Enchiladas. In this recipe, we filled them with flavorful sausage, but if you’d like to make them with chicken, use about 2 1/2 cups chopped or shredded meat. Add Pronto Refried Beans to round out the menu.
Poblano Fish Tacos
Recipe: Poblano Fish Tacos
Fish tacos are all the rage now. Make your own in no time with this easy recipe for fish tacos.
Easy Barbecue Tostadas
Grilled Chicken Tacos
Recipe: Grilled Chicken 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.
Chicken-and-Green Chile Enchiladas
Chalupa Dinner Bowl
Recipes: Chalupa Dinner Bowl
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).
Grilled Chicken Quesadillas
Spicy Fish Tacos With Mango Salsa and Guacamole
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.
Barbecued Pork Quesadillas
Recipe: Barbecued Pork 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.
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Recipe: Delta Tamales
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.
Slow-Cooker Beef Tacos
Recipe: Slow-Cooker Beef Tacos
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.
Lean Green Lettuce Tacos
Recipe: Lean Green Lettuce 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.
Party-Style Pork Empanada
Recipe: Party-Style Pork Empanada
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: Mexican Lasagna
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.
Beef and Chicken Fajitas
Recipe: Beef and Chicken Fajitas
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.
Citrus Shrimp Tacos
Mexicali Meatless Tostadas
Recipe: Mexicali Meatless Tostadas
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: Tex-Mex Fajitas
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.
Tempura Shrimp Tacos
Recipe: Tempura Shrimp Tacos
Make coleslaw up to 24 hours in advance to jump-start this recipe.
Tacos Al Pastor
Recipe: Tacos Al Pastor
Tacos Al pastor is a Mexican dish featuring a pork and pineapple mixture. 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.
Southwest Shrimp Tacos
Recipe: Southwest Shrimp Tacos
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: Migas Tacos
Get out of your cereal rut at breakfast with these Tex-Mex breakfast tacos filled with cheeesy scrambled eggs.
Grilled Chipotle Chicken
Recipe: Chicken Enchiladas
This recipe tops chicken enchiladas with a quick green chile cream sauce and colby-Jack cheese for a twist on traditional enchilada sauce.
Beef Fajitas With Pico de Gallo
Recipe: Beef Fajitas With Pico de Gallo
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.
Poblanos Stuffed With Pork and Fruit
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.
Recipe: Chicken Chimichangas
Make these chimichangas for a dinner your whole family will love. Top with your favorite picante sauce, salsa or guacamole.
Easy Microwave Quesadillas
Recipe: Easy Microwave Quesadillas
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.