This collection of Mexican Dinner Recipes will help you make the best Mexican dinner! From main dishes to sides to appetizers, drinks, and desserts – every recipe is here to help you have the perfect fiesta!
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Cinco de Mayo, Fiestas + More
Who loves Mexican food?! WE DO!
Yes, many celebrate Cinco de Mayo with their favorite Mexican restaurants, but we have it almost weekly at our house. That may be because we are Hispanic or just because we love it so much!
So, whether it’s for a holiday, a fiesta, or a weeknight dinner, we wanted to make sure you had all the Mexican dinner ideas you needed.
On my site, the top 10 most loved Mexican dishes (main and side) include:
- Red Cheese Enchiladas
- Chicken Quesadillas
- Homemade Spanish Rice
- Mexican Cornbread
- Arroz con Leche
- Cream Cheese and Chicken Taquitos
- Taco Casserole
- Cream Cheese Bean Dip
- Chicken Tortilla Soup
- Baked Chicken Chimichangas
common Ingredients in Mexican recipes
A lot of Mexican Dinner Recipes require the same or similar ingredients prepared in various ways. Here are some of those common ingredients!
- Corn. From corn tortillas to Elote (Mexican Street Corn), corn is a widely used ingredient in Mexican meals.
- Cheese. Whether added on top or combined into the recipe, cheese is another common ingredient.
- Seasonings. Common herbs and spices include cumin, chili powder, cilantro, garlic, onion, oregano, chipotle, cocoa, cinnamon, cloves, and more.
- Peppers. Peppers in many varieties are used. Chili peppers and jalapenos are both quite common.
- Avocados. Avocados are served sliced or used to make Guacamole.
- Tortillas. Corn tortillas and Flour Tortillas are often used in the recipe or served on the side.
- Beans. Beans like black beans are commonly found in dishes or on the side. Refried Beans are also widely used.
- Toppings. Some common toppings to add to Mexican dishes include sour cream, Pico de Gallo, sour cream, onions, lettuce, tomatoes, and cilantro.
Planning your mexican dinner
Typically, for a meal with guests, we like to have the following:
- APPETIZERS: 1-2 (Salsas + Dips can be made ahead of time.)
- SIDES: 1-2 (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.)
Like any dinner party, you’ll want to plan your Mexican dinner 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 of new dishes. Be sure to try out the new dishes beforehand to work out any recipe kinks.
- Use dishes with different flavors and textures.
- Be mindful that while some people love spicy hot Mexican food, others prefer a more mild dish. I suggest labeling which dishes are spicy and which ones are milder. A great way around this is to prepare more mild dishes, but have hot sauce set out for those who want to give their plates a bit more kick.
Favorite Fiesta Decorations
When I think of Mexican decorations I think of bold, bright, contrasting colors. I always use red, green, and white (yes, some yellows, reds, pinks, blues, and more!) since those are the colors of the flag, from there choose 3 more colors that can be repeated throughout the decor.
- Paper Picado Banners strung from above and around tables.
- Large Tissue Paper Flowers are beautiful and easy to make. Children especially enjoy helping make these.
- Sombreros are fun to have both for décor and for picture opportunities.
- Piñatas, in my opinion, are a must for any Mexican party. Fill with candies or small toys.
- Salsa cans are great for holding decor, flowers, and succulents
- Candles. Find these for cheap at the dollar store and they go great with the décor.
So much can be found online and on Amazon, so be sure to check those out and then store them for future uses.
Chips and Salsa are a MUST to serve! Go the traditional route with red salsa or include other fun versions of salsa. And don’t forget the Homemade Tortilla Chips!!
Dips are another classic appetizer. You can also serve some simple Finger Food Appetizers.
Plan for people to eat 3-5 appetizers per person. If you only have 5-10 people coming plan to serve 1-2 different appetizer dishes. Add another appetizer dish for every 5-8 people in attendance.
For even more ideas, check out our Mexican Appetizers collection.
7 Layer Bean Dip
This 7 Layer Bean Dip recipe is a must-have at every function! It has loads of flavor and all your favorite dip ingredients including avocados, olives, tomatoes, cheese, guacamole and more!
1 7 Layer Bean Dip Recipe
Sweet Salsa Verde – a delicious salsa recipe that is sweet and takes just minutes to make. Ingredients include tomatillos, jalapenos, sugar, & cilantro.
2 Salsa Verde Recipe
Spicy fried jalapeño poppers are a classic appetizer that everyone wants! Bite into these cheesy poppers for a flavor explosion!
3 Jalapeno Poppers Recipe
This is such an EASY homemade salsa recipe! All you have to do is throw all the ingredients into your blender, and blend!
4 Homemade Salsa Recipe
Chili Cheese Dip
Just four ingredients make for the BEST and yummiest chili cheese dip! Melty cheese and hearty chili are so tasty together! It’s the perfect appetizer for any party.
5 Chili Cheese Dip Recipe
This Sweet And Savory Mango Salsa Is Perfect With Chips Or Any Mexican Meal. It’s Filled With Sweet Pineapple, Cilantro, Mangoes, Onion, Cilantro and Jalapeños Making It Full Of Flavor And Simple To Make.
6 Mango Salsa Recipe
Tamale Pie Dip – this cheesy dip is going to be a new favorite at any gathering! Filled with shredded chicken, creamed corn, cream cheese, Mexican cheese, and sour cream!
7 Tamale Dip Recipe
These easy, cheesy Chicken Quesadillas are not only filled with cheese and chicken, but a delicious homemade sauce that makes these hand-held goodies irresistible!
8 Chicken Quesadilla Recipe
Piled high Loaded Nachos are the perfect game day food and appetizer. They’re easy to make and customize with your favorite nacho toppings!
9 Loaded Nachos Recipe
Simple and tasty baked Chicken Taquitos. These rolled tortillas are filled with chicken, cheese, salsa and so many delicious spices!
10 Baked Chicken Taquito Recipe
Spicy, chunky simple guacamole is so easy and addicting, it’s sure to be a crowd pleaser! You won’t be able to stop eating it.
11 Simple Guacamole Recipe
Pico de Gallo
Everyone loves a good pico de gallo recipe! This version calls for tomatoes, green chilis, onion, cilantro, lime juice and salt and is SO addicting!
12 Pico de Gallo Recipe
Mexican Bean Dip
Hot Mexican bean dip is prepped in minutes and baked in the oven. It’s packed with a punch for a perfect appetizer or side!
13 Mexican Bean Dip Recipe
Sides are a must with your Mexican meal. Plan to serve 2-3 sides for 5-10 people. Add another side dish for every 5-8 people after that.
We’ve put together a post all about our favorite Mexican Side Dishes so be sure to check that out (as well as a list of Mexican Soups too!)
This Mexican Cornbread (AKA jalapeño cornbread) is light and fluffy and is filled with cheddar cheese and jalapeño. It has a bit of a nip and a lot of flavor.
14 Mexican Cornbread Recipe
Easy Refried Beans
Get perfectly creamy restaurant style refried beans by adding just THREE extra ingredients to your canned beans! These refried beans are perfect served as a dip, side, or filling for burritos and tacos!
15 Canned Refried Beans Recipe
Homemade Flour Tortillas
Homemade Flour Tortillas made from 5 Ingredients. They’re so soft, easy to make, and can be used for burritos, tacos, quesadillas, however you like!!
16 Flour Tortilla Recipe
Esquites is a tasty corn salad topped with chili and cotija cheese. It’s incredibly delicious and easy to whip up!
17 Esquites Recipe
Homemade Spanish Rice Recipe
Restaurant-Style Spanish Rice (aka Mexican Rice), that is easy to make and tastes like it came straight from the restaurant, and is the best side dish to any Mexican entrée.
18 Spanish Rice Recipe
Sour Cream Rice
Mexican Sour Cream Rice filled with cheese, corn, green chiles, sour cream and cilantro. This delicious side dish is simple and great with any meal!
19 Sour Cream Rice Recipe
Albondigas soup is a delicious Mexican recipe filled with meatballs, vegetables and spices! Packed full of flavor, this simple Albondigas soup is sure to become a favorite.
20 Albondigas Recipe
Cilantro Lime Rice
This recipe tastes just like Cafe Rio and Chipotle Cilantro Lime Rice! If you’ve ever been to either of these restaurants, you know how delicious cilantro rice is inside a salad, burrito, or taco. Now you can make this delicious lime rice from home!
21 Cilantro Lime Rice Recipe
Green Chili Chicken Soup
Perfectly spiced Green Chili Chicken Soup is like an enchilada in soup form! It’s hearty, delicious, and is always a crowd pleaser.
22 Green Chili Chicken Soup Recipe
One of the EASIEST dinner recipes of all time! This super easy Taco Soup is made from canned chili, beans, corn, tomatoes, and green chiles, plus ranch dressing mix and taco seasoning. All you have to do is dump everything in a pan and simmer. It’s ready in under 20 minutes!
23 Taco Soup Recipe
Mexican Corn on the Cob
Mexican Corn on the Cob is one of the best street foods in the world!! Use the grill to cook and then slather it in cheese, mayo and spices and is perfectly delicious!
24 Mexican Corn on the Cob Recipe
Mexican Corn Salad
Grilled Mexican Corn Salad is a quick, easy twist on Elote. It’s a perfect side for pairing with your Mexican favorites!
25 Mexican Corn Salad Recipe
MEXICAN MAIN DISHES
I like to have at least 2 main dishes to choose from when there are 5-10 people. Add another main dish for every 5-8 people after.
For even more of a breakdown, check out Mexican Beef Recipes and Mexican Chicken Recipes.
Tender pulled pork makes up these delicious carnitas tacos! These tacos are super flavorful and really easy to make for dinner with the help of a crock pot.
26 Carnitas Tacos Recipe
Restaurant-style Chicken Tacos are filled with ingredients like shredded chicken, cheese, lettuce, and tomatoes, all inside a fried corn tortilla.
27 Chicken Tacos Recipe
Pork tacos made simple using slow cooker pork and all of your favorite taco toppings! These tacos are flavorful, easy to make, and a big crowd pleaser.
28 Pork Tacos Recipe
Carne Asada Tacos
Juicy grilled carne asada loaded in tortillas with all of your favorite toppings! This recipe makes perfectly seasoned steak tacos that everyone is going to enjoy.
29 Carne Asada Tacos Recipe
This delicious Taco Casserole is like a taco salad in casserole form! With a ground beef and biscuit base, plus layers of sour cream, lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, and olives, this casserole is the perfect way to switch up your dinner routine.
30 Taco Casserole Recipe
Beef Empanadas are one of our favorite Mexican dishes. They are a crispy, airy taco made from dough, filled with shredded beef, red chile sauce, and olives.
31 Beef Empanada Recipe
Flour tortillas layered with tons of cheese, shredded chicken, las palmas green chile enchilada sauce, black beans, corn, and lots of seasonings!!
32 Mexican Lasagna Recipe
Sweet Pork Barbacoa
Sweet Pork Barbacoa is the best slow cooker pulled pork recipe you will ever try. Better than Cafe Rio—you better make a double batch!
33 Sweet Pork Barbacoa Recipe
This Mexican casserole is an easy weekday dinner idea that is full of Spanish rice, chicken, and melty cheese. It’s flavorful and everyone will love it!
34 Mexican Casserole Recipe
Easy Ground Beef Tacos
One of our favorite versions of tacos – ground beef tacos!! They’re filled with meat and cheese, fried until golden and topped with lettuce and tomatoes.
35 Ground Beef Tacos Recipe
Cafe Rio Shredded Chicken
Copycat Cafe Rio Shredded Chicken – a simple and delicious chicken recipe that is perfect for salads, burritos, quesadillas and tacos!
36 Cafe Rio Chicken Recipe
Everyone loves this crunchy and flavorful Dorito casserole. It’s layered with lots of meat, cheese and (of course!) nacho cheese flavored Doritos!
37 Dorito Casserole Recipe
Slow Cooker Chicken Enchiladas
Hot and cheesy Slow Cooker Chicken Enchiladas to feed your family any day of the week! So easy to throw all the ingredients in and let the crock pot do the work for you.
38 Crock Pot Chicken Enchiladas Recipe
Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas
One of our favorite Mexican dishes – Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas recipe!! Corn tortillas stuffed with chicken, cheese, las palmas green chile enchilada sauce, sour cream, and green chiles, topped with more sauce and cheese!
39 Chicken Enchiladas
Carne Asada is the perfect Mexican flavored meat to add to tacos, burritos, salads, or quesadillas. It’s tender, flavorful, and juicy.
40 Carne Asada Recipe
Red Cheese Enchiladas
Restaurant-Style Red Cheese Enchiladas are an old family favorite recipe that is simply the best!! They are cheesy, saucy, and so yummy.
41 Cheese Enchilada Recipe
Creamy Chicken Enchiladas
Green chile chicken enchiladas made from chicken, sour cream, cream cheese and more stuffed into a soft flour tortilla. These are the creamiest chicken enchiladas you will ever find!
42 Creamy Chicken Enchilada Recipe
Enchilada Casserole is a comforting family favorite meal, perfect for weeknights. The layers of tortillas, ground beef, beans, corn, and cheese, all smothered in red enchilada sauce will have you coming back for seconds!
43 Enchilada Casserole Recipe
Chicken Enchilada Casserole
Everything you love about chicken enchiladas and casseroles combined into one tasty dinner dish. This simple recipe is a crowd pleaser and will become one of your weekly dinner rotations.
44 Chicken Enchilada Casserole Recipe
Honey Lime Chicken Enchiladas
Honey Lime Chicken Enchiladas are bright and flavorful, with the perfect amount of spice. This tasty dinner takes only 15 minutes to prep!
45 Honey Lime Chicken Enchiladas Recipe
Shredded Beef Enchiladas Made with Just 6 ingredients! This easy dinner idea is a crowd pleaser and is filled with corn, beef, green chiles, cheese and covered in red sauce.
46 Beef Enchiladas Recipe
Easy and delicious Bean Chimichangas are filled with beans, cheese and ROTEL and they taste just like the ones at the restaurants!
47 Bean Chimichangas Recipe
Baked Chicken Chimichangas
Baked Chicken Chimichangas – stuffed with rice, chicken, cheese and more. Such a simple dinner recipe that everyone will love.
48 Baked Chicken Chimichanga Recipe
Open face tostadas topped with all of your favorite Mexican ingredients! These tasty tostadas are a frequent meal in this house!
49 Tostadas Recipe
Cheesy bean burritos are so easy to whip up for dinner! These are perfect for making ahead of time, or freezing for later.
50 Bean Burrito Recipe
Green Chili Smothered Burritos
Pull together canned items in your pantry to make super easy green chili smothered burritos. This flavorful meal comes together in a pinch!
51 Green Chili Smothered Burritos Recipe
Salsa chicken is your ticket to a 30-minute meal that the whole family will love! And it’s all baked in one pan for easy clean up!
52 Salsa Chicken Recipe
Tamale Pie is bursting with spice and hearty meat with a fabulous crust of tamale goodness and filled with beef, chiles, cheese and more. It is a delicious one pan meal and easy to make!
53 Tamale Pie Recipe
These steak tacos are marinated to perfection and bursting with fresh flavor! Tacos are quick and easy for a perfect weeknight dinner in under 30 minutes.
54 Steak Taco Recipe
Delicious, crunchy chicken flautas filled with shredded chicken, salsa, cheese, and more! They can be fried, air fried or even baked into a delicious and easy dinner or appetizer.
55 Chicken Flautas Recipe
Green Chili Chicken
Green chili chicken is easy and delicious. Topped with cheese and green chili sauce guarantees it will become a new favorite in no time!!
56 Green Chili Chicken Recipe
Follow these simple steps to marinate and cook up your own fresh Chorizo from home! It takes some time, but it’s worth it!
57 Chorizo Recipe
chile relleno casserole
A twist on a classic, this Mexican-inspired chile relleno casserole has just the right amount of spice and is packed with flavor!
58 Chile Relleno Casserole Recipe
Drinks + Desserts
Plan for people to be able to have 1-2 servings of dessert. I like to provide a different dessert for every 5-8 people. For less work, keep it to 1 dessert and then serve Ice Cream to go with it. 😉
Note that we have many more Mexican Desserts, so be sure to check those out. These ones are just our go-to’s.
Delicious, homemade, covered in cinnamon and sugar churros are a family favorite! It’s hard NOT to love this delicious treat when it reminds you of the Happiest Place on Earth!
59 Churros Recipe
Tres Leches Cake
This easy Tres Leches Cake recipe is a cool, sweet treat made from a tasty sponge cake, a creamy mixture of three different milks, and homemade whipped topping. Serve Tres Leches Cake with fresh fruit for an extra refreshing dessert!
60 Tres Leches Cake Recipe
Easy Tres Leches Cake
This Easy Tres Leches Cake uses a tasty shortcut (a cake mix!) to create one delicious, chilled dessert. It’s heaven!
61 Easy Tres Leches Cake Recipe
Puffy and pillowy Sopapillas are fried to perfection and topped with honey for a simple and delicious Mexican dessert.
62 Sopapilla Recipe
A creamy, refreshing, cinnamon flavored drink that will knock your socks off with flavor! It’s festive and perfect for any occasion.
63 Horchata Recipe
The perfect baked snack to dip in sweet desserts, frosting, salsas and more! Super easy to make a bunch and serve with your favorite dessert dip!
64 Cinnamon Tortilla Chips Recipe
Mexican Wedding Cookies
Super easy Mexican Wedding Cookies are soft and buttery with almonds in every bite! These powdered sugar covered cookies are your new favorite.
65 Mexican Wedding Cookies Recipe
Churro Cheesecake Bars
Flaky & delicious Churro Cheesecake bars are covered in cinnamon and sugar filled with a sweet cream cheese layer.
66 Churro Cheesecake Bars
Mexican Hot Chocolate
Curl up with a good book, blanket, and this Mexican hot chocolate. One cozy cup of this hot chocolate and you’ll be hooked with its yummy spices and delicious cinnamon cocoa flavor!
67 Mexican Hot Chocolate Recipe
Arroz Con Leche
Classic Arroz Con Leche – a variation of rice pudding that is sweet and cooked with milk, evaporated milk and sweetened condensed milk and topped with cinnamon.
68 Arroz con Leche Recipe
Fried Ice Cream
Crunchy on the outside, and smooth and creamy on the inside—fried ice cream is the BEST dessert! It’s a flavor bomb in your mouth and such a fun and unique treat idea.
69 Fried Ice Cream Recipe
Perfect for Your Next Fiesta!
We hope these recipes help you in creating the perfect Mexican meal. Just pick one from each category, and we guarantee you’ll get rave reviews and everyone will be asking for the recipes. They’re simple, delicious and perfect for your next FIESTA!
So many great Mexican Dinner Ideas!!
More Collections: Mexican Casseroles, Mexican Chicken Recipes, Beef Dinner Ideas
Can’t wait to try these recipes, I love Mexican food
OMG…I really love the Mexican recipes. There are so many to choose from. I am looking forward to make the bean burritos for a group of us for Cinco de Mayo also the Loaded Nachos. We have a few picky eaters, but these will go over very well with a margarita. Thank you for all the emails I receive from you. And, follow you on Instagram.
Rate of the two recipes…10+