Recipes for Traditional
Mexican food is one of the most popular cuisines in the world, and we can see why—the flavor combinations and textures, the comfort-food-meets-showstopper-vibes, and the simplicity and ease of many recipes make it one we return to again and again. Whether it’s Taco Tuesday, Cinco de Mayo, or just another a weeknight, these recipes are fun enough for a party and easy enough to make for an anytime meal. Check out our 70 traditional (and some not-so-traditional) Mexican recipes for inspiration.
When it comes to Mexican food, we’re sure you’re familiar with the classics, like tacos, quesadillas, and burritos. We’ve included lots of our favorites, like our fish tacos, chicken quesadillas, and cheesy baked burritos, as well as some Tex-Mex/Southern spins, like our chicken enchilada casserole or tamale pie. If your experience with Mexican food has been largely limited to fast food, no judgement. We’ve also included some more authentic Mexican dishes here too if you’d like to branch out—our sopes, our chalupas, our gorditas, or our chiles rellenos still have all the flavors you love from Taco Bell or Chipotle, but with some traditional twists.
This easy recipe for Mexican rice is so full of flavor and might even be better than any we’ve had from a Tex-Mex restaurant. Make some to go with your chicken enchiladas or tamale pie, and call it a night!
We love all foods that are described as pockets… Hot Pockets, pita, arepas, you name it! Our absolute favorite might have to be these gorditas, for two reasons: 1) They are infinitely customizable, and 2) they’re super-simple to make at home, all thanks to masa harina.
Grilled Chicken Street Tacos
Nothing beats a street taco—super-juicy, tender grilled meat in a quick grab-and-go format, typically made possible by doubling up two smaller corn tortillas. This makes them easier to eat on the side of the street, in the car, anywhere! They’re no frills yet tend to be some of the most crave-able tacos around.
Carne Asada Tortas
These loaded tortas are a fun weekend project, and many of the steps can be done ahead of when you plan to serve them. Plus, you’ll never make refried beans the same after trying this method out.
One of the greatest pleasures of Mexican street food are sopes: round bundles of masa lightly fried and piled with refried beans, shredded chicken, salsa roja or salsa verde, and cotija cheese. These little antojitos, or snacks, can be eaten throughout the day, and make for perfect anytime party apps.
Green Chile Chicken Skillet Enchiladas
Craving homemade enchiladas and being in a hurry aren’t really compatible since the classic Mexican dish requires many steps and a fair amount of time. Enter: this skillet recipe, a quick take on the dish that comes together quickly and is perfect for a party and detail.