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The ultimate collection of tasty and easy Mexican recipes that will satisfy your cravings without a trip to the restaurant!
About Our Recipes
First, however, let’s discuss what makes our recipe unique. “Real food meets reality” is how we like to describe our simple, healthy, family-friendly recipe collection. Whether you are searching through our freezer meals, cookbooks, 1 Hour Prep Sessions, or Recipe Index, you’ll find that all of our recipes have a similar feel.
We strive to make the recipes on our website and in our cookbooks:
- Delicious: If a recipe isn’t one that our own families like, it simply doesn’t make the cut. Like you, if we’re going to spend time cooking, we want some yummy food on the table!
- Whole Foods: We try to cook with as many whole food ingredients as possible, including a variety of vegetables and fruits, whole grains, healthy fats, and local or organic meats. But, when convenience is a necessity, we recommend products or tips for selecting the least processed foods to use in a recipe.
- Freezer-Friendly: When one of our recipes works to make ahead and freeze it (with good results!), we provide instructions on how to do that the best way. Find all of our freezer meal recipes here or in our cookbooks.
- Easy to Prepare: We know you have a packed schedule. As much as you may love cooking (or not), your time is precious. So we provide recipes that are simple enough for anyone to make. We try to find the shortest path to the best result in every single one.
¡Ándale, let’s get cooking!
Appetizers, Sides, & Salads
Whether you need a pre-dinner nibble to hold guests over or something super tasty to take to a holiday party, we’ve got something here for you. Enjoy browsing our appetizers, sides, and salads!
Chips & Guacamole
If you are serving a Mexican recipe, Chips & Guacamole are an essential side dish. The fresh ingredients and seasoning blend in this guacamole will have you coming back for more and more. The recipe was created to serve the masses but my guess is leftovers won’t be much of a problem.
Fiesta Chopped Salad
This fresh, delicious, and super healthy Fiesta Chopped Salad works as a light lunch, side dish, appetizer, or snack anytime. Eat on it throughout the week on its own or scoop it with tortilla chips or crackers.
Instant Pot Cilantro Lime Rice
Instant Pot Cilantro Lime Rice comes together fast. It’s a fresh, bright, and filling side dish to serve with any Mexican-inspired recipe. We’ve honed in on the perfect Instant Pot cooking time for white rice and can’t wait to share this Chipotle-inspired rice recipe with you.
Mexican Chopped Salad
This gluten-free, dairy-free Mexican Chopped Salad is fresh, vibrant, and makes a great lunch or a meal for groups of people. Top it off with our Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette for a delicious side dish that will go well with almost any meal.
Avocado Lime Salsa
When I realized that I had stumbled upon greatness in the form of avocados, tomatoes, lime juice, and onion, I began snapping pictures. This recipe is too good to not be shared.
Layered Taco Dip
Layered Taco Dip is the ideal party appetizer. The ingredients are simple and cheap, it’s easy to make ahead of time, and the flavor is amazing! The layers make it look like a complex recipe when, in reality, it takes only a few minutes to throw together!
Texas Caviar Dip
I stumbled upon this Texas Caviar Dip while on vacation one summer. It’s an easy, tasty, budget-friendly appetizer that is great for large groups. You’re going to love it!
Chicken and Pork Recipes
You can never have too many ideas on how to cook Mexican chicken or pork. You can bake it, slow cook it, Instant Pot it, stir-fry it, freeze it… you get the idea!
Wondering how long it takes to cook chicken or pork? Check out these helpful articles:
- How Long to Cook Chicken in the Slow Cooker
- How Long to Cook Chicken in the Instant Pot
- How Long to Cook Pork Shoulder in the Instant Pot (here’s how long if it’s frozen!)
Now on to some delicious Mexican chicken and pork recipes…
Creamy Chicken Taquitos
Here’s a meal that the whole family will love! Be sure to make a double batch for the freezer. Then, you can pull out however many you want and throw them directly in the oven for a quick weeknight dinner.
Chicken and Steak Fajitas
These make a great go-to weeknight dinner that tastes like restaurant quality. They’re quick to assemble, easily customized to your taste preferences, and a meal that all ages enjoy. (Or just make Steak Fajitas instead.)
Southwest Chicken Salad
Marinated chicken, colorful Tex-Mex toppings, and a creamy Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette top a bed of crispy lettuce for this mouthwatering Southwest Chicken Salad. It’s gluten-free, dairy-free, and packed with all the good things your body craves. Prep ingredients ahead and enjoy all week long.
Crockpot Mexican Chicken
Just dump a few ingredients in the crockpot for this creamy, comforting, and healthy Mexican recipe. Serve over brown rice with your favorite toppings.
Cilantro Lime Chicken
Our Cilantro Lime Chicken Marinade is a flavorful combination of fresh cilantro, zesty lime juice, garlic, and other spices. The result is a tangy, herbaceous, and juicy dish that’s perfect any time of year! Instructions for how to grill, bake, slow cook, pressure cook, and even freeze the marinated chicken are included.
Cheesy Chicken and Black Bean Enchiladas
With the chicken, beans, vegetables, and whole wheat tortillas, this one-pan wonder might be all you need for dinner. Easy to make ahead and freeze, too!
Chicken Burrito Bowl
Check out this healthy and filling dinner idea that everyone can customize to their liking. Tender, marinated grilled chicken is served over brown rice and with your favorite southwest toppings.
Chicken Fajita Casserole
Mexican-flavored chicken, veggies, and cheese are wrapped up in a tortilla and then baked. It’s a flavorful dinner that our whole family loves.
Southwest Chicken Marinade
Of all the chicken marinades in the world, THIS is the one I make the most. Hands down. My kids love it. All adults love it. And it can be served any way you dream up–a la carte, in tacos or quesadillas, on top of a burrito bowl or salad.
Slow Cooker Chimichangas
Chicken chimichangas made in the slow cooker? Why yes! It’s possible! We’ve tweaked the classic deep-fried Tex-Mex favorite, making it quite a bit simpler (and a little less fried). You’ll be wowed by this crowd-pleaser meal!
On-the-Go Chicken Burritos
Only 20 minutes to make this filling, healthy, and satisfying lunch or dinner. You can enjoy them anywhere and anytime! Be sure to double the batch and freeze some for later using our instructions.
Instant Pot Chicken Nachos
We teach you how to make this easy Instant Pot meal from fresh or straight from frozen. The best part about the recipe is that you can customize it how you want and it is a great recipe for large groups.
Whether you’re looking for a new taco recipe or a simple way to make fabulous fajitas, we have plenty of Mexican beef recipes for you to choose from below. Make sure to check out our Top 10 Ground Beef Freezer Meals, too!
Need some Taco Bar ideas? We have everything you need and more to make your own Taco Bar at home, including a simple Taco Seasoning recipe. Delicious ingredients and practical tips on how to serve this easy dinner to your family or even a group of people.
Ground Beef Quesadillas
Easy, cheesy, and delicious! These beef quesadillas are a crowd-pleaser and come together fast! We give you step-by-step instructions plus instructions on how to prep them as a freezer meal.
Shredded Beef Tacos
With only 4 simple ingredients, you can have a batch of Shredded Beef Tacos slow cooking in your crockpot (or Instant Pot) in minutes. This Mexican shredded beef packs a TON of flavor and will fall apart after a full day of cooking.
I make this easy, homemade Taco Meat recipe for my family weekly! It’s the perfect blend of spices and ratio of meat to seasoning. Done in less than 20 minutes and so tasty.
Making Beef Taquitos with a roast in the slow cooker is a breeze. The flavorful, tender beef is shredded, mixed with cream cheese & salsa, and then wrapped in a tortilla. Once prepped, they can be baked right away or frozen for later.
Shredded Beef Nachos
Turn leftover shredded beef tacos into nachos the next day! This upped the nacho game for our family. (Or make nachos with ground beef using this recipe.)
A great go-to weeknight dinner that tastes like restaurant quality. They’re quick to assemble, easily customized to your taste preferences and a meal that all ages enjoy.
Crowd Pleaser Mexican Soup
This Mexican Soup recipe is one of those tried and true recipes that I’ve been making for years and years. It’s easy, super flavorful, freezer friendly, and makes a huge batch.
Chicken Taco Soup
This soup is not only gluten-free and dairy-free, but it freezes beautifully either before cooking or after cooking. Packed with fresh flavor, the veggies give it that fiesta vibe that everyone will love.
Vegetarian Tortilla Soup
This dump-and-go soup couldn’t be easier! Make it on the stove, in the slow cooker, or in the Instant Pot. I made this regularly to freeze in individual portions for healthy lunches.
Crock Pot Taco Soup
Print or save this Crock Pot Taco Soup recipe right now, because this hearty, comforting, and healthy soup is about to become your best friend! Make it for a weeknight family meal or when hosting a crowd.
Instant Pot Taco Soup
Instant Pot Taco Soup is a hearty soup filled with good-for-you protein and veggies. You’ll be making this one-pot wonder again and again! Freezing instructions included.
Easy Taco Seasoning
I’ve been making this taco seasoning recipe for years and have perfected it. Use this easy homemade taco seasoning for all your Mexican recipes! Pro Tip: Triple or quadruple the batch and store it in your pantry.
Southwest Ranch Dressing
A little creamy, a hint of spicy, and 100% delicious, this homemade southwest ranch dressing takes minutes to throw together and is super versatile.
Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette
The sweet and vibrant flavor of this Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette homemade salad dressing will bring life and flavor to any salad. Serve it on any Mexican-inspired salad (like our Mexican Chopped Salad) for a delicious, crowd-pleasing side dish.