35 Great Mexican and Tex-Mex Recipes
Tex-Mex Cheesy Chicken Chowder
This easy-to-make dish travels well to potlucks or other gatherings. "It uses a variety of convenience foods that are stirred together in one big pot, and brings out the great flavor of all the ingredients," says recipe developer Nina Swan-Kohler of Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Mexican Tacos Carnitas
Slow-cook pork shoulder roast and Mexican spices to tender goodness, then serve with corn tortillas. Fresh cilantro, green onion and bottled green salsa add the finishing touches.
Mexican Mac and Cheese
Pair Mexican flavors with pasta for this comfort-food casserole that includes sausage, salsa and Monterey Jack cheese.
Mexican Cornmeal Pancakes with Black Bean and Pineapple Salsa
Corn and diced ham stud buttermilk pancakes topped with bright fruit salsa. Serve them for a savory brunch or light dinner with a green salad.
Chicken Enchiladas Adobo
Wrap meat in multigrain tortillas with adobo sauce and fire-roasted tomatoes for a fresh take on chicken enchiladas.
Mexican Sweet Potato-Veggie Medley
Create a meatless main dish in minutes by sauteeing sweet potatoes, then adding canned corn and black beans. Top with a chipotle-flavor sour cream, avocado slices and fresh cilantro.
Mexican Meatball Stew
This easy slow-cooker meal has just five ingredients, all packaged or canned. Toss it together in minutes in the morning, and come home to a finished meal in the afternoon.
Tuck mango salsa, Gouda cheese, and chopped turkey or chicken into flour tortillas for sweet and smoky quesadillas.
Mexican Seven-Layer Dip
Tilapia Tacos with Chipotle Cream
Either fresh or frozen tilapia works well for these tacos. Just rub the fish with seasonings, and it's ready for the skillet. Serve with a creamy chipotle sauce and a zesty combination of chopped onions, tomatoes and cilantro.
Mexican Winter Chili
Cook pork in a blend of cocoa powder, cumin, cinnamon, pumpkin and poblano pepper for a rich, hearty chili.
Mexican Polenta Pie
Great for a potluck or family dinner, this 12-serving casserole combines polenta with ground turkey, spices, black beans, tomatoes and Monterey Jack cheese.
Switching a few ingredients in our 10-minute limeade drink creates new options. Go for Original Limeade, So Strawberry, Blue Lagoon, Pomegranate or the nonalcoholic Designated Driver.
Fiesta Tortilla-Shrimp Casserole
Layer wedges of corn tortillas with a mixture of green salsa, sour cream, shrimp and corn for this casserole. Give it a fresh finish with some cilantro, sour cream and chopped tomato.
Nacho Potato Skins
Whip up this easy appetizer and store it in your fridge until it's snack time. To serve the skins hot and crispy, broil them just before serving.
Tortilla-Black Bean Casserole
Layer a tomato-bean mixture, cheese and tortillas for a casserole with south-of-the-border flavor. Let each guest top their portion with chopped tomato, shredded lettuce, green onions, olives and/or sour cream.
24-Hour Tex-Mex Salad
Based on Tex-Mex ingredients, this layered salad can be prepared up to 24 hours in advance. For a fun presentation, assemble individual servings in clear jelly jars, dressing and all, then refrigerate.
Combine tomatoes, fresh cilantro, onion, garlic and chili pepper with sugar and fresh lemon or lime juice for a fast, fresh-tasting salsa.
This flan ranks among the best we've ever tried. It takes some effort to prepare the make-ahead specialty from Chicago's National 27, but it's worth it. The restaurant uses coffee extract; we substituted strong coffee.
Let your family or guests build their own filled tortillas. The recipe comes from Manny's Restaurante Mexicano in Kansas City. Although Manny makes his pico de gallo, chili sauce, refried beans and Mexican rice, you can substitute purchased products.
Mexican Tortilla Casseroles
Combine cubed cooked chicken, corn, Mexican cheese, tortillas and salsa in individual-size baking dishes for this casserole dish, which you can make ahead and freeze.
Mexican Sausage Strata
This lighter version of a classic brunch dish uses ground turkey sausage, skim milk, light sour cream and reduced-fat cheese to cut down on fat and calories. You can make this up to 24 hours ahead and refrigerate until baking.
Aunt Bonnie's Taco Soup
Make this hearty soup on the stove or in a slow cooker. Serve with sour cream, salsa, shredded cheese and tortilla chips for added taco flavors.
Easy Tortilla Casserole
This cheese and vegetable casserole cooks right on your stove -- no oven-baking required. The recipe is from renowned Chicago chef Rick Bayless.
Bonanza Bean Dip
Lime- and jalapeno-spiced guacamole adds a kick to layers of refried beans, cheese, tomatoes and onions. Serve seasoned tortilla chips on the side.
Mexican Biscuit Casserole
This taco-flavored main dish is a potluck favorite from a Fargo, North Dakota, reader. Serve it with tortilla chips so your guests can scoop and eat.
Chicken with Agillo
A sweet garlic-sherry sauce adds the finishing touch to this juicy chicken recipe from a Kansas City, Missouri, Tex-Mex restaurant.
Ground Beef and Salsa Chili
Ground Beef and Salsa Chili, from The Dakota Diner in Webster, South Dakota, can be on the table in 30 minutes or less. Customize the heat level to your preference by the spiciness of the salsa you use.
Use corn husks to package your fish fillets in this main dish. Roasting the corn for the salsa intensifies its flavor. Serve with tortilla chips for scooping up any leftover salsa on your plate.
Mexican Chocolate Icebox Cookies with Dulce De Leche Filling
Sandwich creamy dulce de leche filling between homemade chocolate cookies for a Mexican-inspired dessert treat.
Mexican Black Bean Pizza
Start this veggie pizza with refrigerated dough, then spread on blended black beans, spices, salsa and garlic. Top with cheese, chopped red sweet pepper and sliced green onion.
Turkey Tortilla Soup
Turn leftover turkey (or chicken) into soup in just 20 minutes by adding pantry-ready ingredients, such as salsa, chicken broth and tortilla chips.
Slim Tex-Mex Taco Dip
Reduced-fat and fat-free ingredients trim the calories in Slim Tex-Mex Taco Dip.
Amazing Creme Caramel
For this version of flan, we steeped citrus peel and cinnamon in the milk to add flavor. Caramelized sugar on the bottom of the baking pan turns into a caramelly sauce when cooked.