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

Baked Chicken Chimichangas

25 minutes

4.99 from 85 votes

Chicken Enchiladas

40 minutes

4.99 from 375 votes

Taco Casserole

40 minutes

4.96 from 182 votes

Chicken Tacos

25 minutes

4.99 from 53 votes

Cream Cheese and Chicken Taquitos

15 minutes

4.99 from 449 votes

Red Cheese Enchiladas

47 minutes

4.92 from 415 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

4.92 from 35 votes

Bean Dip

30 minutes

4.99 from 211 votes

Sweet Salsa Verde

5 minutes

4.98 from 41 votes

Homemade Salsa

10 minutes

4.99 from 87 votes

Homemade Spanish Rice Recipe

45 minutes

4.98 from 2172 votes

Newest Cuisines

Baked Chicken Chimichangas

25 minutes

4.99 from 85 votes

Mexican Pinwheels

2 hours 20 minutes

5 from 67 votes


20 minutes

5 from 10 votes

Enchilada Sauce Recipe

20 minutes

4.99 from 108 votes

Canned Refried Beans

10 minutes

5 from 24 votes

Chocolate Tres Leches Cake

4 hours 45 minutes

5 from 3 votes

Easy Tres Leches Cake

4 hours 45 minutes

5 from 5 votes

Mexican Wontons

18 minutes

5 from 5 votes