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

Total Time: 40 minutes
4.89 from 78 votes

Cream Cheese and Chicken Taquitos

Total Time: 15 minutes
4.84 from 125 votes

Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas

Total Time: 40 minutes
4.95 from 200 votes

Chicken Chimichangas

Total Time: 25 minutes
4.94 from 60 votes

Red Cheese Enchiladas

Total Time: 47 minutes
4.85 from 139 votes

Chicken Tacos

Total Time: 25 minutes
4.96 from 23 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. 

Salsa Verde + Gift Idea

Total Time: 6 minutes
4.97 from 26 votes

Homemade Spanish Rice Recipe

Total Time: 45 minutes
4.93 from 556 votes

Cream Cheese Bean Dip

Total Time: 30 minutes
4.95 from 51 votes

Homemade Salsa

Total Time: 10 minutes
4.96 from 49 votes

Homemade Flour Tortillas

Total Time: 31 minutes
4.86 from 21 votes

Chicken Chili

Total Time: 30 minutes
4.67 from 3 votes

Newest Mexican

Southwest Caprese Salad

Total Time: 15 minutes
5 from 6 votes

Buffalo Chicken Taquitos

Total Time: 15 minutes
5 from 7 votes

Fiesta Pinwheels

Total Time: 2 hours 20 minutes
5 from 6 votes

Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette

Total Time: 8 minutes
5 from 6 votes

Bean Chimichangas

Total Time: 19 minutes
5 from 5 votes

Mexican Cornbread

Total Time: 50 minutes
5 from 14 votes


Total Time: 20 minutes
5 from 6 votes

Southwest Egg Rolls

Total Time: 40 minutes
5 from 10 votes

Mexican Chicken Corn Soup

Total Time: 25 minutes
4.92 from 12 votes

Baked Tortilla Chips

Total Time: 17 minutes
5 from 6 votes

Chili’s Salsa

Total Time: 3 minutes
4.67 from 12 votes