20 Easy Mexican Recipes (2024)

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These easy Mexican recipes are a great way to enjoy the inspired flavors of this cuisine! Try tacos, enchiladas, sopes, and more.

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Looking for Mexican recipes? The flavors of Mexican cuisine make it an exciting, flavor-filled adventure at the table. This cuisine is full of fresh, tangy, zingy and spicy flavors, and many of its dishes are celebrated all over the world. Salsa, guacamole, tacos, enchiladas, burritos and more have become world-wide hits.

While we’re not of Mexican heritage ourselves, we honor the flavors of this traditional cuisine with these recipes for the modern home cook. Here you’ll find our favorite ways to eat Mexican-style flavors: from dinners to sides, and pico de gallo to guacamole.

And now…20 easy Mexican recipes!

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Quick Shrimp Tacos

First up in our Mexican recipes: shrimp tacos! These are full of succulent, juicy flavor from lots of seasoning, perfect for botheasy weeknight mealsanddinner parties. Saute the shrimp with garlic and cumin, then drop them onto a bed of quick slaw. Top it all off with creamy cilantro taco sauce; almost like a ranchwith cilantro. You might just want to bathe in it! Surround it with acharred tortilla and dig in.

Also try: Grilled Shrimp Tacos

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Easy Refried Bean Dip

Next up: refried bean dip! This one is creamy and irresistible, with no cheese to speak of. Somehow it’s just as satisfying as acheesy Mexican dip, without the extra calories. You can use either Instant Pot refried beans,stovetop refried beans, or canned refried beans, then mix them with green chilis and cumin. Top it with salsa fresca and it's a healthy spin on a bean dip that's seriously satisfying.

Also try: 5-Minute Bean Dip

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Spanish Rice (aka Mexican Rice)

Here’s a great easy Mexican side dishto go with tacos and enchiladas:Spanish rice! Contrary to its name, Spanish rice is not Spanish at all! It’s actually a Mexican dish, sometimes called Mexican rice or arroz rojo (“red rice” in Spanish). It gets its red color from cooking it with tomatoes. This recipe is a quick and easy spin: it uses salsa to get big flavor quickly. It’s also got a special flavor secret that takes it from good to irresistible.

Also try: Instant Pot Spanish Rice

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Vegetarian Tortilla Soup

Here's a favorite in our Mexican recipes because of the intense flavor it packs in just over 30 minutes! The secret? Adobo sauce from a can of chipotle chilis! It brings in a smoky flavor without adding too much heat. It's filled with black beans, peppers, and corn, and topped with homemade crunchy tortilla strips. It's a crowd pleaser every time.

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Pico de Gallo

Pico de gallo translates to “beak of the rooster” in Spanish. It’s a type of salsa made with fresh tomatoes. Where does the name come from? It might refer to the bird feed-like texture, but no one seems to know the true origin! This famous Mexican recipe usually has tomatoes, onion, peppers, cilantro, and fresh squeezed lime juice. It’salwaysalways made with raw tomatoes, and is typically quite chunky.

Also try: Best Salsa Fresca

WOW is all we can say about this vegetarian enchiladas recipe! Tortillas are wrapped around a bean and cheese filling oozing with flavor, and it’s all doused in a zestyhomemade enchilada sauce. With the crunchy veggie topping, this dish looks...and tastes...simplyincredible.

Also try: Vegan Enchiladas or Sweet Potato Black Bean Enchiladas

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Epic Fish Tacos

Tacos are always a win over here, so might we introduce you to our new favorite? Thesebaked fish tacos! Bake the white fish until it’s flaky with a dry rub of spices: no breading or frying necessary. Then top it with a tangy slaw and a creamy fish taco sauce. This is a spin on Mexican Baja tacos using the flavors and style of this cuisine. They’re tasty, easy to make, and great for weeknights or dinner parties.

Also try: Grilled Fish Tacos

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Sheet Pan Fajitas

Fajitas are a Mexican American creation: not an authentically Mexican recipe at all! They use the flavors of Mexican cuisine to dress up bell peppers and onions, often served in a sizzling skillet. Making this on a sheet pan is a nice way to make an easy version of this dinner recipe! Roast up lots of veggies on a sheet pan with spices, and serve with refried beans and “guac-ish,” a super fast version of guacamole.

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Baked Quesadillas

This recipe makes the humble solo meal into a delicious dinner, resulting in a big batch all at once on a sheet pan! All the quesadillas are done at the same time, and they come out with a beautifully crispy exterior. In fact, it feels like a whole new version of this classic: like Quesadillas 2.0. Here's how to whip up a pan of baked sheet pan quesadillas that are so good, everyone will be begging for more.

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Homemade Sopes

Here's a traditional Mexican recipe: sopes! Sopes are a sort of thick tortilla with upturned edges, topped with meat, beans, and sauces. Our friend Alejandra is originally from Mexico and now lives in the States and she created this specialhomemade sopesrecipefor us to share. They are extraordinarily delicious: these are vegan and topped with refried black beans, but you can use any filling you like.

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Mexican Coleslaw Recipe

Here's a Mexican side dish recipe: a spin on coleslaw that’s little lighter and fresher. There's no mayo, and instead focuses on fresh flavors: crunchy cabbage, red onion, cilantro, and cumin. It’s got both cumin seed and ground cumin for a double hit of flavor. Oh–and it doubles as a taco topping.

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Crispy Avocado Tacos

These crispy avocado tacos a creative spin on a favorite Mexican recipe! They're almost like a fish taco, but plant-based. You’ve gotavocado fries, breaded and baked in a hot oven until crispy. Then top that with spiced black beans, pico de gallo, and the refreshing crunch of romaine lettuce. Drizzle on a creamy lime and cilantro sauce, and it’s heaven on a plate.

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Black Beans and Rice

Black beans and rice are a classic Latin-style side dish recipe: but there are so many different ways to make them! There are two main styles you may think of. First you’ve gotCuban style black beans, saucy and savory, served over rice. Then you’ve got Mexican-style black beans, jumbled with rice and green bell pepper, and seasoned with cumin, lime and cilantro.That’swhat you'll see here, and it's an idealside to serve with tacos or as a lunch idea.

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Chipotle Quesadilla with Avocado

A quesadilla recipe with avocado? Yes, please! This quesadilla is filled with black beans and corn, but the real star is the avocado! It adds healthy fats and richness to the filling and cuts down on the amount of gooey cheese. Zesty and creamyChipotle Saucesends it over the top.

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Paloma co*cktail

One of the most classic Mexican co*cktail recipes is the Paloma! This easy bubbly co*cktail combines tequila with grapefruit to make a simplesourthat’s sweet tart and refreshing. It’s perfect for happy hour drinks, or water it down and it could be abrunch drinktoo. The Paloma is traditionally made with grapefruit soda, but this recipe uses grapefruit juice and soda water.

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Classic Margarita

Of course, the margarita is the best known of all Mexican drink recipes! Did you know the classic recipe has no added simple syrup? Here's the classic way to make it: with three ingredients and a salt rim. It's true perfection. Try all ourMargarita recipes(Mezcal,Skinny,Jalapeno,Mango, and more).

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Black Bean Burrito

Something about all those tasty fillings snuggled cozily into a tortilla makes a burrito irresistible. This burrito is packed with flavor fromSpanish rice(aka Mexican rice), seasoned black beans, peppers and onions, and mashed avocado. Even better, step it up with a zingy vegan sauce.

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Easy Mexican Salad

This Mexican salad recipe is a great side dish for Mexican-inspired meals. Though it's not authentically Mexican, it uses Latin-style flavors: colorful veggies,cilantro lime salad dressing, andtortilla strips. It all combines into a super-flavorful dish that can be served as a side, or dressed up to work as a healthy main dish salad. It’s got 3 dressings to choose from, based on your tastes (easiest, easy and vegan).

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Simple Guacamole

Here's a traditional Mexican recipe: guacamole! What makes this version so great? It uses classic ingredients and has the perfect balanced flavor: perfectly savory, creamy, and tangy. Serve this classic vegan Mexican dip withtortilla chipsand your guests — and you — won’t be able to stop eating it.

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Homemade Refried Beans

Here's a spin on homemade refried beans that's easy to make and takes about 20 minutes total. We guarantee that you’ll find it’s worth the time when you take your first taste! They taste rich and buttery, though they don’t have any butter or lard like traditional recipes. In fact, they’re awhole food plant based (WFPB)version, with only a touch of oil.

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Elote (Mexican Street Corn)

Rounding out these Mexican recipes is one of our hands-down favorites: Elote! This Mexican street corn is a popular street food in Mexico. Grill corn on the cob until it's tender and lightly charred. Then spread it with a creamy sauce made of sour cream, mayo, cumin, and chili powder. Top with feta crumbles, cilantro and lime. There's so much flavor going on, you won't be able to put it down!


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Easy Mexican Recipes: Shrimp Tacos & More!

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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 8 tacos 1x
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These easy shrimp tacos are a fast dinner recipe for weeknights or entertaining. They taste stunning drizzled in a creamy cilantro sauce!



  • 1 recipeCreamy Shrimp Taco Sauce
  • 2 cups thinly sliced green cabbage
  • 1/4 small red onion
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 pound large shrimp, thawed and deveined (peeled or unpeeled)
  • 1 tablespoon Old Bay seasoning (purchasedorhomemade)
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • ⅛ teaspoonkosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 limes, cut into wedges, divided
  • 8 tortillas
  • Cilantro, for garnish


  1. Make theCreamy Shrimp Taco Sauce.
  2. Thinlyslice the green cabbage. Thinlyslice the red onionand place it in a bowl with cold water (this removes a bit of the strong onion flavor); drain before serving.
  3. Mince the garlic. Pat the shrimp dry. In a medium bowl, mix the shrimp with the Old Bay seasoning, cumin, salt, and garlic.
  4. In a large skillet, heat the butter on medium high heat. Cook the shrimp for 1 to 2 minutes per side until opaque and cooked through, turning them with tongs.Spritz with juice of the two lime wedges.
  5. If desired, char the tortillas by placing them on an open gas flame on medium for a few seconds per side, flipping with tongs, until they are slightly blackened and warm. (SeeHow to Warm Tortillas.)
  6. To serve, place the cabbage and red onion in a tortilla, then top with shrimp. Squeeze with the juice of 2 lime wedges, then top with the taco sauce. Serve immediately.
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Mexican
  • Diet: Gluten Free

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