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

Chicken Tacos

25 minutes

4.92 from 25 votes

Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas

40 minutes

4.94 from 244 votes

Cream Cheese and Chicken Taquitos

15 minutes

4.88 from 165 votes

Taco Casserole

40 minutes

4.86 from 83 votes

Baked Chicken Chimichangas

25 minutes

4.94 from 61 votes

Red Cheese Enchiladas

47 minutes

4.77 from 191 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

31 minutes

4.88 from 25 votes

Cream Cheese Bean Dip

30 minutes

4.95 from 72 votes

Sweet Salsa Verde

6 minutes

4.97 from 33 votes

Homemade Salsa

10 minutes

4.97 from 66 votes

Homemade Spanish Rice Recipe

45 minutes

4.89 from 723 votes

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Chicken Tortilla Soup

4 hours 15 minutes

5 from 56 votes

Beef Empanadas

4 hours 20 minutes

5 from 18 votes

Chicken Tacos

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4.92 from 25 votes

Cilantro Lime Rice

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4.89 from 27 votes

Peach Salsa

5 from 14 votes

Mexican Wedding Cookies

1 hour 21 minutes

5 from 9 votes