My Top 10 Mexican Recipes (2024)


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(I’ll get to the recipes in a minute.) Cookie got hurt this weekend. My worst fear about moving to this house came true when she raced out of my new front door toward the nearest busy street. When Cookie escapes, she doesn’t stop to smell the roses. My wild little dog shoots off like an arrow at 25 miles per hour. The following few and terrifying minutes ended with me abandoning my car in the middle of the road and racing to my injured baby like a crazed mama bear.

I think she’s going to be ok. The car hit one of her back legs, which is, miraculously, not broken. I took her back in yesterday to get her wounds stitched up and they discovered that the damage to her ankle is worse than we realized. Today, my bouncy circus dog’s back leg is bound in a polka-dotted purple cast and can’t jump onto the couch. She’s snoozing next to me now. Rest up, my sweet pup, because we have a million more miles to walk together.

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I’ve spent the past few days watching Cookie’s chest rise and fall and feeling overwhelmingly thankful that she’s still here with me. Cookie is not “just a dog”. She’s my best friend. My sidekick. My chief crumb catcher and ornery assistant. My snuggle buddy and walking partner. Maybe you know what it’s like to love a dog so much.

I think that the only real positive outcome of this accident would be to prevent another accident. I have the name and number of one of the best animal behavior specialists around, so we’ll be working together on this. If you have experience with dogs that are flight risks, I’d love to hear your suggestions. Spare no expense.

In lieu of a new recipe today, I thought I’d create a little roundup of my favorite, seasonally appropriate Mexican recipes. Super Bowl Sunday is just around the corner, and something about the Super Bowl makes us Americans crave spicy south-of-the-border snacks. (Maybe it’s all of the Tostito’s commercials?)

As usual, I don’t even know who’s playing, but I hope to share the day with friends and fill my belly with a homemade meal. I’m about to polish off the last of a delivery pizza, so I surely need some home-cooked goodness.

P.s. I’m always publishing more Mexican dishes, so check here for more Mexican recipes.

1) Butternut Squash Chipotle Chili with Avocado

Gluten free and vegan

Before we get any further, I should clarify that these meals are loosely inspired by my favorite Mexican meals. I have no idea if vegetarian chili is served anywhere in Mexico, but I do know that this chili has been a hit for those who have tried it. I’m also noting which recipes are vegan and gluten free (they’re all vegetarian) since diets become more important when you’re serving a crowd.

2) Beer Bean-Stuffed Poblano Peppers

Gluten free if your beer is gluten free

Roasted pepper stuffed with boozy beans and spices. I’m not entirely convinced that the beer evaporates during cooking so you might not want to serve this to kids.

3) Blue Corn Nachos with Homemade Guacamole

Gluten free

Nachos are a necessity. These are covered in vegetables for less damage. You’ll also find a recipe for guacamole with chopped radishes, so good.

4) Black Bean Salsa

Gluten free and vegan

This was my first recipe post ever. I got such nice feedback on it that I posted more recipes, and here we are. This recipe yields a ton of salsa, so it would be a great addition to a potluck table. Bring chips, too.

5) Sweet Potato Burrito Smothered in Avocado Salsa Verde

Vegan option

People freak out over this avocado sauce. You gotta try it.

6) Crispy Mushroom, Spinach and Avocado Quesadillas

Gluten free if your tortillas are gluten free

Crispy grilled cheese on the outside. Mushrooms, sautéed spinach and avocado on the inside. These still taste good after they’ve cooled, by the way.

7) Tortilla Soup

Gluten free and easily vegan

This is a recent favorite, a vegetarian tortilla soup flavored with a dried chili pepper.

8) Quinoa Black Bean Tacos with Creamy Avocado Sauce

Gluten free and vegan

I’m not sure if you can find quinoa tacos in Mexico, but these are sure delicious. They take cues from traditional beef tacos, so there’s that!

9) The Best Black Bean Soup

Gluten free and vegan

A creamy (yet cream-less), spicy, hearty soup. This would be a great main course for a crowd.

10) Skinny Lime Margaritas and Skinny Blood Orange Margaritas

Gluten free and vegan

Margaritas, of course! Basic lime on the left and a pretty pink variation on the right. Neither of these require orange liqueur, which means you can spend your money on a quality, 100 percent agave tequila instead. Your body will thank you the next day.

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More resources you might appreciate: 13 healthy make-ahead breakfast recipes, 16 recipes that pack well for lunch and 20 simple weeknight dinners. You might also like my monthly seasonal produce guides and healthy kitchen essentials. View all roundups and resource posts here.

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My Top 10 Mexican Recipes (2024)


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Top 20 Mexican foods to try
  • Tacos al pastor. These tacos are made with marinated pork that is cooked on a spit and then sliced thin. ...
  • Enchiladas. These rolled tortillas are filled with meat or cheese and topped with a flavourful sauce. ...
  • Tamales. ...
  • Chiles rellenos. ...
  • Pozole. ...
  • Guacamole. ...
  • Sopaipillas. ...
  • Tortas.
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What are 3 of the most common ingredients in most Mexican dishes? ›

The Most Important Ingredients for Mexican Cuisine
  • Corn (maize) Popol Vuh, which is the sacred book of the Mayas, says that men were made of corn. ...
  • Chili. In Mexican cuisine, the use of chili is a must. ...
  • Cocoa.
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What is real authentic Mexican food? ›

Authentic Mexican food dates back to the times of Mayan Indians and the Aztec Empire. Both cultures collided, combining foods like corn tortillas, beans, chili peppers, wild game, and fish. When Spain invaded Mexico in the 1500s, foods like pork, dairy, garlic, and other herbs and spices became popular.

What are 4 popular Mexican dishes? ›

  • 1 Nachos81%
  • 2 Burritos80%
  • 3 Fajitas79%
  • 4 Salsa79%
  • 5 Quesadilla79%
  • 6 Guacamole68%
  • 7 Chili con Carne66%
  • 8 Chimichangas65%

What is the most eaten food by Mexicans? ›

Corn as a staple

Corn is the most eaten staple among Mexican consumers. It is the base ingredient of tortillas, a type of slim flatbread and, one of the most representative and widely consumed food products in the country, used for the preparation of tacos, quesadillas, and other dishes.

What is the most eaten thing in Mexico? ›

Corn is the main base of Mexican cuisine. Corn, chili, and beans were the “holy trinity” of food for Mesoamerican civilizations. In fact, corn is the source of great Mexican dishes such as 'enchiladas', 'huaraches', 'machetes', 'tlacoyos', 'sopes', 'molotes' and 'quesadillas'.

What is the #1 most popular food in Mexico? ›

1. Tacos: Tacos are a staple of Mexican cuisine and are enjoyed in many different variations. A traditional taco consists of a corn or flour tortilla filled with meat, beans, cheese, lettuce, salsa, and other toppings.

What are 2 popular Mexican dishes? ›

Tacos, burritos,tostadas, enchiladas, chilaquiles, tamales, quesadillas,guacamole and even nachos. These are typically street food Mexican dishes.

What are two spices used in Mexican cooking? ›

Some of the most common spice blends used in Mexican cuisine include chili powder, which typically includes cumin, garlic powder, and paprika, and achiote paste, which is made from annatto seeds and gives dishes a vibrant red color.

What oil do Mexican restaurants use? ›

Today, most cooks will use vegetable oil, but the more traditional fat to cook with is lard. Lard, which is pig fat, gives a wonderful flavor to refried beans and the masa (cornflour dough) used for tamales.

What is not authentic Mexican food? ›

Check out these seven other Mexican dishes that didn't originate from Mexico.
  • Burritos. Wait, does this mean Los Angeles gets to take credit?! They'll never let us live it down! ...
  • Churro. Mexico, you may want to send China a hand-written 'thank you' letter. ...
  • Tacos al Pastor. ...
  • Salsa. ...
  • Calaveras. ...
  • Rosca de Reyes. ...
  • Fajitas.

Are fajitas actually Mexican? ›

Even fajitas are a Tex-Mex invention (offered to tourists in Mexico now because so many Americans associate fajitas as authentic). Tex-Mex is a cuisine only very loosely related to Mexican cuisine.

What is Mexican food called in Texas? ›

Tex-Mex cuisine (derived from the words Texas and Mexico) is a regional American cuisine that originates from the culinary creations of Tejano people (Texans of Mexican heritage). It has spread from border states such as Texas and others in the Southwestern United States to the rest of the country.

What is the most popular dinner in Mexico? ›

  • Tacos!! but real ones, not taco bell stuff. There are several kinds of tacos:
  • Tacos mañaneros. Monterrey.
  • Tacos sudados, Central Region.
  • Basically, everything can be grabbed by a tortilla, as a taco. A wise man once said: “the taco is a high engineering invent. ...
  • Now, the most popular dish variates from region to region.
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What are some traditional Mexican dinners? ›

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  • Tacos al Pastor. Sink your teeth into the epitome of Mexican street food - the legendary Tacos al Pastor. ...
  • Mole. ...
  • Chiles en Nogada. ...
  • Guacamole. ...
  • Tamales. ...
  • Pozole. ...
  • Churros. ...
  • Enchiladas.

What is a common Mexican meal? ›

A typical home meal for a Mexican family often includes staples like tortillas, rice, beans, and a protein source such as chicken, beef, or pork. It is usually accompanied by various condiments, salsas, and fresh ingredients like avocado, cilantro, and lime, creating a vibrant and flavorful spread.


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