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

Taco Casserole

40 minutes

4.95 from 138 votes

Chicken Tacos

25 minutes

4.99 from 51 votes

Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas

40 minutes

4.96 from 330 votes

Cream Cheese and Chicken Taquitos

15 minutes

4.99 from 388 votes

Baked Chicken Chimichangas

25 minutes

4.99 from 78 votes

Red Cheese Enchiladas

47 minutes

4.90 from 348 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. 

Homemade Flour Tortillas

45 minutes

4.91 from 32 votes

Bean Dip

30 minutes

4.99 from 177 votes

Sweet Salsa Verde

5 minutes

4.98 from 40 votes

Homemade Salsa

10 minutes

4.99 from 82 votes

Homemade Spanish Rice Recipe

45 minutes

4.97 from 1763 votes

Newest Cuisines

Guacamole

10 minutes

5 from 2 votes

Black Bean Dip

35 minutes

5 from 3 votes

Honey Lime Chicken Enchiladas

40 minutes

5 from 2 votes

Loaded Nachos

27 minutes

5 from 10 votes

Taco Casserole

40 minutes

4.95 from 138 votes

Pico de Gallo

10 minutes

5 from 2 votes

Horchata

12 hours 10 minutes

5 from 22 votes

Mexican Hot Chocolate

30 minutes

5 from 17 votes

Snowball Cookies

24 minutes

4.94 from 32 votes

Mexican Christmas Food

1 hour 21 minutes

5 from 6 votes

Crockpot Chicken Enchilada Soup

3 hours 35 minutes

5 from 107 votes