Gallery: 28 Easy Mexican Recipes

Huevos Rancheros
Huevos Rancheros

Huevos rancheros—ranch-style eggs—are one of Mexico's most instantly recognizable breakfast dishes: a pair of fried eggs topped with a thick layer of spicy tomato sauce.

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Real Tacos al Pastor
Real Tacos al Pastor

These are most certainly the best tacos al pastor you'll find outside of a real taqueria.

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Zucchini, Corn, and Poblano Tacos
Zucchini, Corn, and Poblano Tacos

You don't come across vegetarian tacos all that often, but in the rare instances in which you do, they're often wonderful. These zucchini, corn, and poblano tacos are no exception.

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Grilled Marinated Hearts of Palm Tacos with Spicy Cabbage Slaw
Grilled Marinated Hearts of Palm Tacos with Spicy Cabbage Slaw

The marinated hearts of palm that feature in these tacos take on a deeply nutty, sweet flavor that's almost like charred corn once grilled. These are just the ticket to a satisfying vegan taco.

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Enfrijoladas (Corn Tortillas in Black Bean Sauce)
Enfrijoladas (Corn Tortillas in Black Bean Sauce)

Enfrijoladas are a Mexican dish made of corn tortillas dipped in a rich and velvety black bean sauce- simple but intensely flavorful and filling.

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Spicy, Smoky Bean Cakes with Lime Slaw and Charred Avocado
Spicy, Smoky Bean Cakes with Lime Slaw and Charred Avocado

These hearty, hit-the-spot, Tex-Mex vegan cakes are a cinch to make. Toss green onion, garlic, bell pepper, jalapeño, and cilantro into the food processor along with black beans, kidney beans, and a good kick of chipotle, and blend up.

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Grilled Skirt Steak with Guacamole and Rajas
Grilled Skirt Steak with Guacamole and Rajas

This cooking method treats the skirt steak as it should be treated, resulting in tender and intensely flavorful strips of meat to fill out your taco.

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Better Than Chipotle's Beef Barbacoa
Better Than Chipotle's Beef Barbacoa

Step out of your fast-food rut and into the kitchen to make your own tender, slow-braised beef barbacoa. Who needs Chipotle?

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Green Chorizo
Green Chorizo

Green chorizo comes from the town of Toluca, Mexico, where dried red chilies are swapped out for their green-hued brethren like poblanos and serranos along with cilantro and other seasonings. Though our version may not be the electric green you're used to, it still packs a serious flavor wallop.

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Original Cheese Enchiladas with Chili Gravy
Original Cheese Enchiladas with Chili Gravy

If you're going to make Tex-Mex cheese enchiladas, you might as well go all the way and make real cheese enchiladas topped off with rich chili gravy.

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Chilaquiles with Pepitas, Charred Corn, and Black Beans
Chilaquiles with Pepitas, Charred Corn, and Black Beans

This recipe combines black beans with charred corn, along with a few slices of avocado and a handful of toasted pumpkin seeds for a meal that's not only balanced in carbs, protein, and high in good green vegetables, but is crazy delicious to boot.

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Real-Deal Tortilla Soup
Real-Deal Tortilla Soup

Don't write off tortilla soup as gringo-fied Mexican food. When made correctly, it can be as authentic, complex, and compelling as any real-deal Mexican dish.

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Crab and Avocado Quesadillas
Crab and Avocado Quesadillas

A tortilla filled with crab meat, avocado, tomatoes, and a sprinkling of cheese makes for a filling and nutritious dinner.

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Tomatillo Chicken Quesadillas
Tomatillo Chicken Quesadillas

Quesadillas are fast and versatile. This version makes use of fresh tomatillos, giving the quesadillas a fresh and tangy kick.

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Squash Blossom Quesadillas with Bacon and Tomatoes
Squash Blossom Quesadillas with Bacon and Tomatoes

The squash blossoms in these quesadillas hold up triumphantly, if you treat them right, and, paired with salty, meaty bacon, make this a truly memorable dish.

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Quesadillas Fritas (Fried Quesadillas) with Pickled Jalapeños, Cilantro, and Chipotle Crema
Quesadillas Fritas (Fried Quesadillas) with Pickled Jalapeños, Cilantro, and Chipotle Crema

Crispy, crunchy quesadillas with multiple, delicious layers of flavor thanks to the pickled jalapeños, cilantro, and chipotle crema.

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Roast Turkey and Black Bean Quesadillas
Roast Turkey and Black Bean Quesadillas

These kick-ass quesadillas can be assembled from ingredients you likely have in your fridge and just so happen to be a cinch to make.

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Grill-Pressed Chorizo Tortas
Grill-Pressed Chorizo Tortas

These sandwiches combine grilled chorizo, poblanos, and onions and top it all off with avocado, chipotle mayo, and gooey, salty Oaxacan cheese.

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Mexican Fried Eggplant Sandwich
Mexican Fried Eggplant Sandwich

These sandwiches have a good mix of hearty, creamy fillings, along with some sharp, vinegary elements, a bit of heat, and some fresh vegetable notes.

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Mexican Mushroom and Spinach Sandwiches
Mexican Mushroom and Spinach Sandwiches

This well-balanced sandwich is as filling and satisfying as its meatier torta counterpoints.

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Habanero Guacamole
Habanero Guacamole

A spicier take on the traditional chip-topper.

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Orange-Tomatillo Salsa
Orange-Tomatillo Salsa

Orange and chipotle is a natural pairing—the sweet citrus tang plays well off of the smoky and spicy chipotle. The tart and fruity tomatillos mingle well with this combo and heighten the complexity beyond its short ingredient list.

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Basic Salsa Verde
Basic Salsa Verde

A staple for any Mexican meal.

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Ancho-Chipotle Salsa with Chocolate and Fried Almonds
Ancho-Chipotle Salsa with Chocolate and Fried Almonds

Combining cocoa, sweet ancho, spicy, smoky chipotle, and toasty, fried almonds results in an earthy, slightly sweet flavor palette. Don't worry- using chocolate doesn't make this a dessert salsa, but it was inspired by the flavor unsweetened cocoa brings to traditional mole sauces.

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Esquites (Mexican Street Corn Salad)
Esquites (Mexican Street Corn Salad)

Rather then slathering the corn kernels with sauce as you would with elotes, Mexican corn on the cob, here you slice them off after cooking and toss them together into a sort of hot salad that's decorous enough to consume with impunity in mixed company.

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Spicy Vegan Refried Beans
Spicy Vegan Refried Beans

Vegans, fear not! You no longer have to shy away from Mexican food, as we have some delicious vegan refried beans for you to gobble up with reckless abandon.

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Mole Verde
Mole Verde

The cilantro in this mole verde defines the fresh flavors, while the pepitas added a little nuttiness, the tomatillos a bit of tartness, and the jalapeños a slight heat.

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Mole Poblano
Mole Poblano

The range and depth of this sauce is nothing short of spectacular. It's hard to pick out any one ingredient, but instead everything comes together as one harmonious sauce that ranges from earthy to spicy, fruity to nutty, sweet, and sometimes even bitter.

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