Mexican Recipes

MEXICAN RECIPE MENU PLANNING

Like any dinner party you’ll want to plan your menu beforehand. 

  • Decide which dishes you want to make fresh and which dishes can be made ahead of time. (See the individual recipes for more storage and reheating information.)
  • Mix in traditional favorites with a couple new dishes. Be sure to try out the new dishes beforehand to work out any recipe kinks.
  • Use dishes with different flavors and textures.

Typically, for a meal with guests we like to have the following:

  • APPETIZERS – 1-2 (Salsas + Dips can be made ahead of time.)
  • SIDES – 1 (Rice is a great one that can be made ahead and kept WARM in the slow cooker or chafing dish)
  • MAIN DISHES – 1-2 (That can be made ahead of time). Anything Fried is usually made right before serving.
  • DESSERTS – 1 (Usually made ahead of time and extended with ice cream) 😉

MOST POPULAR

MEXICAN DISHES

Homemade Spanish Rice Recipe

45 minutes minutes

4.98 from 2702 votes

Red Cheese Enchiladas

47 minutes minutes

4.93 from 493 votes

Cream Cheese and Chicken Taquitos

15 minutes minutes

5 from 595 votes

Chicken Enchiladas

40 minutes minutes

4.99 from 426 votes

TIPS FOR PICKING OUT SIDES

Once you have selected your main dishes you can start choosing the side dishes.

  • Use seasonal ingredients if you can. They’re often fresh and cost effective. 
  • Find side dishes that  can be prepped and/or made ahead of time.
  • Be sure to test out new recipes before serving so you can work out any kinks.
  • For 6 or fewer guests have 3-4 different sides, then add one more side for every 5 guests. 

READER FAVORITE

MEXICAN SIDES

Homemade Spanish Rice Recipe

45 minutes minutes

4.98 from 2702 votes

Albondigas

50 minutes minutes

4.98 from 149 votes

Sopa de Fideo

20 minutes minutes

4.98 from 110 votes

How to Make Flour Tortillas

45 minutes minutes

4.96 from 44 votes

Mexican Recipes

What Mexican entrees go well with Mexican desserts? I love all my entrees and all my desserts. I think many of my traditional Mexican entrees like EnchiladasTacos, or Burritos are perfect for serving with these traditional Mexican desserts.

When considering what dessert to make, I tend to factor in how much time I have, what kind of balance I can add, and what kind of atmosphere I’m trying to create.

  • Time. If I’m making a more involved entrée, I will choose a dessert that is easier or can be made ahead of time.
  • Balance. I may want to balance out a heavy meal with a light dessert. If it’s cold outside, I may decide to serve a warm entrée and a warm dessert. Or vice versa to both. If I’m serving more than one dessert, I’ll choose two desserts with different tastes and textures.
  • Atmosphere. I decide if I want to be able to provide a formal sit-down dessert or one I can set out and can be eaten at leisure. 

THE BEST

MEXICAN DESSERTS

Angel Food Cake Churro Bites

10 minutes minutes

5 from 38 votes

Arroz con Leche

45 minutes minutes

5 from 203 votes

Churro Cheesecake Bars

35 minutes minutes

5 from 99 votes

Snowball Cookies

24 minutes minutes

4.94 from 33 votes

Don’t Forget theSE

We have SO many amazing Mexican recipes here on the site. We’ve organized them for you into different collections to help you find the perfect recipe. Be sure to check them out:

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5 from 14 votes

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5 from 6 votes

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Crock Pot Chicken Enchiladas

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4.97 from 29 votes

Beef Enchiladas

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4.90 from 57 votes

Homemade Salsa

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4.99 from 97 votes

How to Make Flour Tortillas

45 minutes minutes

4.96 from 44 votes