Hola! 47 Insanely Delicious Mexican Inspired Recipes

This collection of Mexican inspired recipes boasts so much incredible south of the border flavor in every mouthful. There are plenty of dishes to choose from, including Mexican chocolate cake, smoked elote and tacos made with grilled flank steak. Create your own fun fiesta experience at home by making a few of these tasty Mexican inspired dishes, even if you’re just cooking a simple family meal. These are all easy to make and, best of all, truly delicious!

Smoked Elote

Homemade elote corn on a cutting board.

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Smoked Elote. Photo credit: xoxoBella.

Mexican street corn, also known as elote, is a popular corn on the cob dish served with lime juice, chili lime powder, herbs, and cheese in Mexico. This simple recipe is perfect as a side dish with any grilled protein, and the smoky flavor of the corn adds a delicious touch.
Get the Recipe: Smoked Elote

Easy Pork Carnitas

Pork carnitas in a bowl.
Easy Pork Carnitas . Photo credit: xoxoBella.

This crispy pork carnitas recipe is a versatile and tasty dish that can be enjoyed in a variety of ways. Whether you prefer it in tacos, burrito bowls, or even stuffed into a baked potato, the slow-cooked pulled pork flavored with lime and orange juice is sure to please.
Get the Recipe: Easy Pork Carnitas

Chile Mango Mexican Candy Shots

Chili mango shot in shot glass.
Chile Mango Mexican Candy Shots. Photo credit: xoxoBella.

These chile mango Mexican candy shots are perfect for spicing up any gathering, whether it’s a festive Cinco de Mayo celebration or a casual night in with friends. The combination of chamoy and chile-lime tajín creates a uniquely delicious and memorable drink experience.
Get the Recipe: Chile Mango Mexican Candy Shots

Shrimp Ceviche with Avocado

Shrimp ceviche in a bowl with avocado on top.
Shrimp Ceviche with Avocado. Photo credit: xoxoBella.

If you’re a seafood lover, you have to give Mexican shrimp ceviche a try. With its fresh ingredients and tangy flavors, it’s a dish that’s sure to satisfy your taste buds.
Get the Recipe: Shrimp Ceviche with Avocado

Chunky Guacamole

A large bowl of homemade guacamole.
Chunky Guacamole. Photo credit: xoxoBella.

This chunky guacamole recipe is a delicious and easy-to-make dish that can be customized to suit your taste preferences. Made with avocados, tomatoes, green onions, chilies, lime juice, and cilantro, it is a perfect addition to any meal.
Get the Recipe: Chunky Guacamole

Tomatillo Red Chili Salsa

Homemade red salsa in a bowl with a tortilla chip in it.
Tomatillo Red Chili Salsa – Copycat Chipotle Hot Salsa. Photo credit: xoxoBella.

Make your own fresh tomatillo red chili salsa with this easy copycat Chipotle recipe that’s perfect as a snack or appetizer with chips or crackers, and goes great with steak, chicken, or any south of the border inspired meal.
Get the Recipe: Tomatillo Red Chili Salsa

5 Layer Bean Dip

Layered bean dip in a jar.
5 Layer Bean Dip. Photo credit: xoxoBella.

This Mexican layered dip with ground beef is a crowd-pleasing appetizer that can be enjoyed on any occasion. Its layers of pinto beans, ground beef, tequila lime sour cream, pico de gallo, and cheese make it a flavorful and satisfying treat.
Get the Recipe: 5 Layer Bean Dip

Chicken Stuffed Poblano Peppers

Stuffed poblano peppers on a cutting board.
Chicken Stuffed Poblano Peppers. Photo credit: xoxoBella.

If you’re looking for a flavorful Mexican inspired dish, try making Air Fryer Fiesta Chicken Stuffed Poblano Peppers. Seasoned with cumin, salt, pepper, and margarita mix, the chicken is stuffed inside poblanos and topped with pico de gallo, sour cream, and cotija cheese, creating a delicious blend of flavors.
Get the Recipe: Chicken Stuffed Poblano Peppers

Chicken Enchilada Casserole

Mexican-inspired casserole dish made with chicken breasts in red dishes.
Chicken Enchilada Casserole. Photo credit: xoxoBella.

Cooking a chicken enchilada casserole slowly allows the flavors to meld together for a more delicious dish. This easy recipe with chicken breasts and staple ingredients is perfect for a slow cooker or crock pot.
Get the Recipe: Chicken Enchilada Casserole

Loaded Taco Dip

A black casserole dish of taco dip.
Loaded Taco Dip. Photo credit: xoxoBella.

This slow cooker taco dip is the perfect party appetizer, loaded with Mexican-inspired flavors and easy to prepare. Let the slow cooker do the work while you focus on other dishes or entertaining your guests.
Get the Recipe: Loaded Taco Dip

Horchata

Mexcian Horchata drink in a cup.
Horchata. Photo credit: xoxoBella.

If you’re looking for a refreshing and unique beverage to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, give Mexican horchata a try. Whether you choose to buy it or make it yourself, this traditional drink is sure to be a crowd-pleaser.
Get the Recipe: Horchata

Steak Picado

Steak picado in a cast iron skillet.
Steak Picado. Photo credit: xoxoBella.

Steak Picado with Pickled Onions is a Mexican beef recipe that offers a warm, hearty meal with a touch of spice. Customize the seasoning to your preference, and enjoy this delicious dish with your family and friends.
Get the Recipe: Steak Picado

Street Corn Nachos

A plate of nachos and street corn.
Street Corn Nachos. Photo credit: xoxoBella.

These elote Mexican street corn nachos offer a delicious twist to the classic Mexican nachos recipe, featuring a zesty cheese sauce and unique toppings that are sure to tantalize your taste buds. Once you try them, you’ll surely agree that the combination of elote and nacho chips is an unbeatable culinary delight.
Get the Recipe: Street Corn Nachos

Arroz Con Leche

Rice pudding in a bowl.
Arroz Con Leche. Photo credit: xoxoBella.

With its creamy texture and unique flavor profile, Mexican rice pudding stands out among the many variations of this beloved dessert. Whether served warm or chilled, arroz con leche is sure to satisfy any sweet tooth and leave you feeling content.
Get the Recipe: Arroz Con Leche

Elote Street Corn Kale Salad

Overhead view of salads with elote on a table.
Elote Street Corn Kale Salad. Photo credit: xoxoBella.

This Mexican inspired Elote Street Corn Kale Salad is a delicious and refreshing salad inspired by the flavors of street corn. With a mix of colorful and textured ingredients, and a spicy yogurt lime dressing, this salad is sure to be a hit at your next meal.
Get the Recipe: Elote Street Corn Kale Salad

Blackened Tilapia Baja Fish Nachos

Fish tacos on a white platter.
Smoker Grilled Fish Tacos. Photo credit: xoxoBella.

Consider making Sheet Pan Blackened Tilapia Baja Fish Nachos for a delicious and easy dinner tonight. This seafood nachos recipe is versatile and perfect for game day or any occasion. Customize the toppings to your liking, and enjoy a flavorful meal.
Get the Recipe: Blackened Tilapia Baja Fish Nachos

Mexican Shrimp Cocktail

Mexican Shrimp Cocktail.
Mexican Shrimp Cocktail. Photo credit: The Stay At Home Chef.

Mexican shrimp cocktail is filled with fresh vegetables, a homemade tangy tomato sauce, and perfectly cooked shrimp! This is the ultimate poolside treat.
Get the Recipe: Mexican Shrimp Cocktail

Mexican Street Corn Soup

Mexican Street Corn Soup.
Mexican Street Corn Soup. Photo credit: The Stay At Home Chef.

This Mexican Street Corn Soup has all the flavors you love from Mexican street corn all bundled up into one comfort food soup that is to die for!
Get the Recipe: Mexican Street Corn Soup

Taco Burger

Taco burger with a hand holding it
Taco Burger. Photo credit: Gimme Some Grilling.

Juicy homemade burgers with a little kick from taco seasoning that are piled with homemade guacamole, pico de gallo and lettuce make these the ultimate Taco Burgers! Don’t forget to toast the bun to make them extra delicious.
Get the Recipe: Taco Burger

Mexican Vegetable and Bean Tortilla Soup

Mexican Vegetable and Bean Tortilla Soup.
Mexican Vegetable and Bean Tortilla Soup. Photo credit: Table For Two Blog.

If you love FLAVOR, this Mexican vegetable and bean tortilla soup is packed with it! You definitely won’t be missing it!
Get the Recipe: Mexican Vegetable and Bean Tortilla Soup

Spicy Corn and Jalapeño Cheese Dip

Spicy corn and jalapeño cheese dip in a black bowl.
Spicy Corn and Jalapeño Cheese Dip. Photo credit: xoxoBella.

With its addictive taste and easy crockpot preparation, spicy corn and jalapeño cheese dip is the ultimate appetizer for any gathering. Whether you prefer it mild or with an extra kick of spice, this Mexican inspired dip is a delicious and satisfying snack to enjoy with chips.
Get the Recipe: Spicy Corn and Jalapeño Cheese Dip

Sheet Pan Shrimp Fajitas

Fajitas cooked on a sheet pan.
Sheet Pan Shrimp Fajitas. Photo credit: Britney Breaks Bread.

Sheet pan shrimp fajitas are sizzling hot from the oven with succulent shrimp, bell peppers, onions, and a side of Roasted Jalapeño Crema. Throw everything on a sheet pan, whip up a simple homemade sauce, and you will have a tasty meal in less than 30 minutes!
Get the Recipe: Sheet Pan Shrimp Fajitas

Mexican Street Corn Fries

A platter of street corn fries.
Mexican Street Corn Fries. Photo credit: Britney Breaks Bread.

Mexican street corn fries are inspired by one of my favorite foods – Elotes! These fries have a delicious crema with lime juice, topped with cotija cheese, and cilantro. It’s a recipe that you will LOVE!
Get the Recipe: Mexican Street Corn Fries

Instant Pot Refried Beans

A serving dish of homemade refried beans.
Instant Pot Refried Beans. Photo credit: Averie Cooks.

Learn how to make homemade refried beans in your Instant Pot in a fraction of the time it takes on the stove or in a slow cooker. So much easier and more flavorful! Mash them up for the best refried beans you can ask for! So versatile and can be used in a ton of other recipes!
Get the Recipe: Instant Pot Refried Beans

Steak Nachos with Tomatillo Serrano Salsa

A sheet pan full of steak nachos.
Steak Nachos with Tomatillo Serrano Salsa. Photo credit: xoxoBella.

For fans of the Tex-Mex classic, these Seared Steak Nachos are a delicious snack that can be paired with homemade salsa or pico de gallo. Topped with juicy steak and a variety of chilies, including a tomatillo serrano salsa, these Mexican steak nachos are sure to satisfy your cravings.
Get the Recipe: Steak Nachos with Tomatillo Serrano Salsa

Grilled Flank Steak Tacos

Steak tacos on a cutting board.
Grilled Flank Steak Tacos. Photo credit: xoxoBella.

Looking for a delicious and easy summer taco recipe? Try making Marinated Grilled Flank Steak Tacos using the best flank steak marinade (aka carne asada marinade) for a winning dish every time. Slice a couple of pounds of flank steak, grill to perfection, and enjoy a mouthwatering meal that’s perfect for taco Tuesdays or any day of the week.
Get the Recipe: Grilled Flank Steak Tacos

Salsa Fresca Chicken

Salsa fresca chicken with avacado and lime.
Salsa Fresca Chicken. Photo credit: xoxoBella.

Looking for a flavorful and low-carb dinner idea that requires minimal effort? Look no further than slow cooker salsa fresca chicken, a mouthwatering dish that combines tender chicken breasts with fresh salsa and spices for a perfect burst of flavor in every bite.
Get the Recipe: Salsa Fresca Chicken

Mexican Spaghetti

A skillet with a spaghetti dish.
Mexican Spaghetti. Photo credit: Britney Breaks Bread.

This easy Mexican spaghetti is a delicious one-pot meal of noodles cooked in a tomato sauce with beef, poblano peppers, and shredded cheese. It’s a fun way to put a spin on traditional spaghetti by adding Mexican flavors.
Get the Recipe: Mexican Spaghetti

Beef Taco Salad Bowls

A taco salad bowl on a plate.
Beef Taco Salad Bowls. Photo credit: Averie Cooks.

Making homemade taco salad bowls is so easy and they’re perfect for holding this family-favorite taco salad including seasoned ground beef, black beans, cheese and more! Everything is topped with a creamy lime-cilantro dressing that’ll have everyone finishing their salad!
Get the Recipe: Beef Taco Salad Bowls

Taco-Stuffed Avocados

Stuffed avocados on a plate.
Taco-Stuffed Avocados. Photo credit: Averie Cooks.

Like avocados? Then you are going to love these taco stuffed avocados with ground beef, cheese, and more!! Easy, ready in 15 minutes, a family favorite, and perfect for busy weeknights!!
Get the Recipe: Taco-Stuffed Avocados

White Bean Green Chile Chicken Soup

Overhead view of a bowl of chicken chile soup.
White Bean Green Chile Chicken Soup. Photo credit: xoxoBella.

If you’re looking for a quick and easy Mexican inspired soup, try making White Bean Green Chile Chicken Soup with chicken, white beans, and green chilies. With just a handful of ingredients, this flavorful soup can be ready in half an hour and is sure to please. Some call it chile verde chicken soup, but everyone agrees that it’s delicious!
Get the Recipe: White Bean Green Chile Chicken Soup

Chicken, Avocado, and Corn Burritos

A chicken, avocade and corn burrito sliced on a cutting board.
Chicken, Avocado, and Corn Burritos. Photo credit: We Are Not Martha.

These Chicken, Avocado, and Corn Burritos are topped with feta sauce and make for a fresh and flavorful weeknight dinner that’s incredibly quick and easy! This burrito recipe is a unique twist on traditional Mexican burritos, incorporating eclectic ingredients like juicy chicken, creamy avocado, sweet corn, and tangy feta sauce.
Get the Recipe: Chicken, Avocado, and Corn Burritos

Mexican Bunuelos with Piloncillo Syrup

Homemade bunuelos on a plate.
Mexican Bunuelos with Piloncillo Syrup. Photo credit: Sugar and Soul.

Mexican Bunuelos are a deliciously sweet and crunchy treat that can be ready in just 35 minutes. They are coated in cinnamon sugar and drizzled with a 5-ingredient piloncillo syrup, making them the perfect dessert for any occasion.
Get the Recipe: Mexican Bunuelos with Piloncillo Syrup

Mexican Chocolate Cake

A slice of homemade Mexican chocolate cake with frosting.
Mexican Chocolate Cake. Photo credit: The Best Cake Recipes.

Add a kick to your dessert with this delicious homemade Mexican Chocolate Cake! The cake is moist and rich in flavor with a hint of spice from the cinnamon and cayenne pepper, topped with creamy cinnamon buttercream for the perfect finish.
Get the Recipe: Mexican Chocolate Cake

Spicy Sausage Chilaquiles with Eggs

Overhead view of sausage chilaquiles with eggs.
Spicy Sausage Chilaquiles with Eggs. Photo credit: We Are Not Martha.

This recipe for spicy sausage chilaquiles with eggs is a flavorful and easy-to-make dish that’s perfect for brunch or breakfast for dinner, featuring homemade corn tortilla chips and red chile sauce. While traditionally served with eggs, chilaquiles at their heart are fried corn tortillas simmered in green or red salsa, and can be enjoyed with or without eggs.
Get the Recipe: Spicy Sausage Chilaquiles with Eggs

Birria Tacos

A platter full of homemade birria tacos.
Birria Tacos. Photo credit: Sugar and Soul.

Experience the latest sensation in Mexican street food by trying out this Birria Tacos recipe which involves tender, juicy beef and lamb, topped with cheese and pan-fried to a crisp before adding cilantro and onions. Elevate your Taco Tuesday with more unique and delicious taco recipes to explore!
Get the Recipe: Birria Tacos

Layered Taco Pie

A slice of a layered taco pie casserole.
Layered Taco Pie. Photo credit: Sweet Tea and Sprinkles.

Get ready for a new twist on your taco night with this Mexican casserole that delivers all the authentic flavors and textures of your favorite soft taco in a layered pie form! Made with deliciously-spiced ground beef, gooey cheese, and flour tortillas, this irresistible dish is baked in one go, making it perfect for the whole family to enjoy.
Get the Recipe: Layered Taco Pie

Taco Pinwheels

Close view of taco pinwheels.
Taco Pinwheels. Photo credit: My Incredible Recipes.

Try switching up your Taco Tuesday with these fun and flavorful Taco Pinwheels that are perfect for any time of the day! These tasty treats are loaded with seasoned ground beef, cheese, and optional garnishes, and are perfect for dipping.
Get the Recipe: Taco Pinwheels

Steak Fajitas

Slow Cooker Steak Fajitas.
Slow Cooker Steak Fajitas Photo credit: My Incredible Recipes.

Satisfy your craving for meat and tortillas with these delicious Slow Cooker Steak Fajitas that are simple, savory, and easy to make! You can enjoy tender, juicy steak with your favorite toppings on small flour tortillas in no time with this hassle-free recipe.
Get the Recipe: Steak Fajitas

Easy Cheese Quesadilla

A cheese quesadilla on a cutting board.
Easy Cheese Quesadilla. Photo credit: Britney Breaks Bread.

Add rotisserie chicken to this 4 ingredient cheese quesadilla is such an easy recipe and is so good! This classic cheese quesadilla recipe is perfect as an appetizer or even a meal. It is sure to become a family favorite.
Get the Recipe: Easy Cheese Quesadilla

Easy Skillet Tamale Pie

A white plate with tamale pie, topped with cornbread
Easy Skillet Tamale Pie. Photo credit: Chew Out Loud.

Tender cornbread tops a beefy mix that is full of tasty Mexican flavors. This tamale pie delivers the flavor you crave without the work of prepping tamales, which we all know can be time consuming!
Get the Recipe: Easy Skillet Tamale Pie

Black Bean Flautas

Black bean flautas on a white plate.
Black Bean Flautas. Photo credit: Food By Maria.

These easy refried bean flautas are comforting, delicious, and perfect for summer.
Get the Recipe: Black Bean Flautas

Easy Tortilla Soup

Tortilla soup in a white bowl with green chlie on top.
Easy Tortilla Soup. Photo credit: Food By Maria.

Tortilla soup is a Mexican-soup that is made of fried corn tortilla pieces that are submerged in the delicious tomato-based broth. It’s full of flavor, and topped with delicious fresh toppings. It makes a great comfort meal in the winter months!
Get the Recipe: Easy Tortilla Soup

Mexican Chocolate Tres Leches Cake

Mexican chocolate cake on a white plate with a fork in it.
Mexican Chocolate Tres Leches Cake. Photo credit: The Crumby Kitchen.

Turn up the heat with this decadent Mexican Chocolate Tres Leches Cake! When a traditional tres leches cake just won’t do, add a bit of chocolate, cinnamon, and cayenne pepper for a spicy surprise everyone will love!
Get the Recipe: Mexican Chocolate Tres Leches Cake

Mantecadas (Mexican Muffin Recipe)

Mantecades muffins on a white plate.
Mantecadas (Mexican Muffin Recipe). Photo credit: The Crumby Kitchen.

Made with simple pantry ingredients, these easy Mexican Mantecadas muffins are lightly sweetened with a fluffy texture that will melt in your mouth.
Get the Recipe: Mantecadas (Mexican Muffin Recipe)

Chicken Mole Enchiladas

 Chicken enchiladas in a pan.
Chicken Mole Enchiladas. Photo credit: Coley Cooks.

This recipe for Chicken Mole Enchiladas is a simpler take on a classic Mexican dish that’s easier to make but just as delicious to eat.
Get the Recipe: Chicken Mole Enchiladas

Taco Cake

Taco cake on a white plate.
Taco Cake. Photo credit: Coley Cooks.

Taco Cake! Layers upon layers of crispy tortillas, seasoned meat, black beans, corn, spinach, and cheese! Like Mexican Lasagna but better.
Get the Recipe: Taco Cake

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