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

4.93 from 26 votes

Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas

40 minutes

4.95 from 253 votes

Cream Cheese and Chicken Taquitos

15 minutes

4.88 from 171 votes

Taco Casserole

40 minutes

4.86 from 83 votes

Baked Chicken Chimichangas

25 minutes

4.94 from 62 votes

Red Cheese Enchiladas

47 minutes

4.77 from 201 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 73 votes

Sweet Salsa Verde

6 minutes

4.97 from 33 votes

Homemade Salsa

10 minutes

4.98 from 67 votes

Homemade Spanish Rice Recipe

45 minutes

4.90 from 753 votes

Newest Cuisines

Indian Fry Bread

23 minutes

4.63 from 51 votes

Crockpot Spanish Rice

2 hours 40 minutes

5 from 3 votes

Taco Bowl

40 minutes

5 from 6 votes

Esquites

20 minutes

5 from 8 votes

Black Bean and Corn Salsa

10 minutes

5 from 11 votes

Sopapillas

35 minutes

5 from 8 votes

Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas

55 minutes

5 from 8 votes

Fried Ice Cream

4 hours 17 minutes

5 from 8 votes

Flan

1 hour 10 minutes

4.88 from 8 votes

Homemade tortilla chips

20 minutes

5 from 6 votes