Best Mexican Food Recipes – Cook Like You’re South of the Border

Words: Dumi Mparutsa

Mexican food is one of the most celebrated and loved cuisines in the world. It boasts a number of mouth-watering dishes such as enchiladas, quesadillas and tacos, which always pack a punch with bold flavour. If you’d like to put together a feast for your next fiesta, then take a look at some of our best Mexican food recipes to get you started.

Mexican Food - Quesadilla

Our Best Mexican Food Recipes

Mexican Chilli

Get fired up with these classics.

Mexican Food - Chilli Con Carne
Mexican Food -Tex-Mex Baby Marrow

A good Mexican chilli can form the base for a number of classic dishes.

Chilli Con Carne

This recipe is delicious and very easy to make. A classic that is even better the next day.

Recipe for Chilli Con Carne

Tex-Mex Baby Marrow Chilli

A vegetarian version of tex-mex chilli, serve on its own, over nachos or in tacos for a Mexican inspired meal.

Recipe for Tex-Mex Baby Marrow


Cooking with Chipotle Chilli

Chipotle is a type of smoked chilli that is popular in Latin American cooking. It’s full of flavour and spiciness and we love what it brings to a dish.

Mexican Food - Chipotle Beef Short Ribs
Mexican Food - Chipotle Beef Brisket with Cheddar Biscuits

Chipotle Beef Short Ribs

Smokey and delicious chipotle beef short ribs. These ribs are killer good!

Recipe for Chipotle Beef Short Ribs

Chipotle Beef Brisket with Cheddar Biscuits

Try this Southern-style buttermilk biscuit (aka savoury scone) with mature cheddar,  some barbecue saucy goodness and our slow cooked beef brisket.

Recipe for Chipotle Beef Brisket with Cheddar Biscuits


Enchiladas

Enchiladas are corn tortillas that are rolled up and grilled with saucy, cheesy goodness. They are super filling so great if you’re feeding a hungry crowd.

Mexican Food - El Burro Butternut Enchiladas with Sour Cream
Mexican Food - Spicy Chorizo and Roasted Red Pepper Enchiladas

El Burro Butternut Enchiladas with Sour Cream

These butternut enchiladas are a vegetarian version of this classic dish.

Recipe for El Burro Butternut Enchiladas with Sour Cream

Spicy Chorizo and Roasted Red Pepper Enchiladas

This is the kind of Mexican food that is relatively quick to make and will fill hungry bellies. So tasty!

Recipe for Spicy Chorizo and Roasted Red Pepper Enchiladas


Tacos

Tasty filling hugged by a crunchy or soft tortilla – yes please!

Skirt Steak Crunchy Mexican Tacos

A perfect blend of crunch, umami and freshness all in one tasty taco!

Recipe for Skirt Steak Crunchy Mexican Tacos

Deep-Fried Cauliflower Soft Tortilla Wraps

You will never look at cauliflower the same! These deep-fried cauli bombs are deliciously parcelled inside warm tortilla wraps with plenty of fresh salad.

Recipe for Deep-fried Cauliflower Soft Tortilla Wraps

Mexican Food - Pulled Beef Tacos with Chimichurri Sauce
Mexican Food - Nikkei Style Fish Tacos with Toasted Sesame Slaw and Guacamole

Pulled Beef Tacos with Chimichurri Sauce

Pulled brisket with chimichurri sauce and homemade soft tacos.

Recipe for Pulled Beef Tacos with Chimichurri Sauce

Nikkei Style Fish Tacos with Toasted Sesame Slaw and Guacamole

These Nikkei inspired fish tacos are crispy, crunchy and packed with flavour.

Recipe for Nikkei Style Fish Tacos with Toasted Sesame Slaw and Guacamole

Mexican Food - Refried Black Bean Taco
Mexican Food - Nacho Crusted Fish Tacos

Vegan Refried Black Bean Taco

A vegan meal that will blow your sombrero off!

Recipe for Refried Black Bean Taco

Nacho Crusted Fish Tacos

The nacho chips give the fish a crunchy texture that is unmatched!

Recipe for Nacho Crusted Fish Tacos

Mexican Food - Midnight Blue Beef Taco
Mexican Food - Cheese Tacos Spicy Mince and Guacamole

Midnight Blue Beef Taco

The perfect synergy between Texan and Mexican staples. Rich smokey meat with onion rings, sour cream and fresh coriander.

Recipe for Midnight Blue Beef Taco

Cheese Tacos Spicy Mince and Guacamole

Turn these tacos into cheese nachos by dropping tablespoons of grated Parmesan into a hot pan and cooking until golden.

Recipe for Cheese Tacos Spicy Mince and Guacamole

Mexican Food - Coffee & Spice Rubbed Salmon Tacos
Mexican Food - Tacos with Chilli Salsa and Guacamole

Coffee & Spice Rubbed Salmon Tacos

The combination of coffee and spices on salmon is a surprisingly delicious partnership.

Recipe for Coffee & Spiced Rubbed Salmon Tacos

Tacos with Chilli Salsa and Guacamole

The best Mexican classic!

Recipe for Tacos with Chilli Salsa and Guacamole


Nachos and more…

Nachos are probably one of the most recognised Mexican dishes and what makes them good are using a good quality chip. We recommend Santa Annas – we think theirs are the best. We’ve also included a few other dishes that we love including fresh fish ceviche and other classic Mexican dishes.

Tuna Ceviche with Guacamole, Salsa and Nachos

Our love for nachos and ceviche are pretty much on par, but using the one to scoop up the other is pretty much revolutionary levels of love! This fresh and zingy tuna ceviche together with guac, salsa and crunchy Old El Paso nachos is material for a love affair.

Recipe for Tuna Ceviche with Guacamole, Salsa and Nachos

Elotes – Mexican-style Grilled Corn

All hail the Mexican Mielie! Seriously, how good do these look? This recipe will change the way you look at the humble ear of corn forever.

Recipe for Elotes – Mexican-style Grilled Corn

Mexican Food - Mexican Tomato Soup
Mexican Food - El Burro White Fish Ceviche with Nachos

Mexican Tomato Soup

Spicy tomato soup with a kick of Mexican heat. Can be served hot or cold.

Recipe for Mexican Tomato Soup

El Burro White Fish Ceviche with Nachos

Enjoy the refreshing flavour of this cured fish served with a tangy salsa. Scoop up with crunchy nachos.

Recipe for El Burro White Fish Ceviche with Nachos

Mexican Food Recipe - Pulled Pork Nachos with Spicy Guacamole
Mexican Food - Nachos with Bean & Mango Salsa and Fried Chorizo

Pulled Pork Nachos with Spicy Guacamole

Low and slow pulled pork – is there anything better?

Recipe for Pulled Pork Nachos with Spicy Guacamole

Nachos with Bean & Mango Salsa and Fried Chorizo

A simple, ‘throw together’ snack packed with flavour. Tuck in.

Recipe for Nachos with Bean & Mango Salsa and Fried Chorizo


Chilli Poppers

Mexican Food - Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeño Poppers with Spiced Tomato Sauce
Mexican Food - Bacon Poppers

A fiery way to start any meal.

Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeño Poppers with Spiced Tomato Sauce

A delicious appetiser with a bit of a kick!

Recipe for Bacon Wrapped Jalapeńo Poppers with Spiced Tomato

Bacon Poppers

These easy, three-ingredient-only poppers will ensure no time at all is spent away from drinking beer and laughter.

Recipe for Bacon Poppers


Quesadillas

The Mexican version of a toasted cheese sarmie.

Mexican Food - El Burro Chorizo Quesadilla with Corn Tortillas
Mexican Food - Butternut and Feta Quesadilla

El Burro Chorizo Quesadilla with Corn Tortillas

A quick and easy Mexican inspired dish – great for entertaining.

Recipe for El Burro Chorizo Quesadilla with Corn Tortillas

Butternut and Feta Quesadilla

These Quesadillas are a light, cheesy delight and work as a complete dish or pre-party snacks.

Recipe for Butternut and Feta Quesadilla


Drinks and Desserts

End off on a sweet note with these well-known goodies.

Mexican Food - El Burro Churros with Dark Chocolate Sauce
Mexican Food - Classic Margarita

El Burro Churros with Dark Chocolate Sauce

These fluffy bits of heaven will change your taste buds for life.

Recipe for El Burro Churros with Dark Chocolate Sauce

Classic Margarita

This iconic drink needs no introduction. Boozy and tart, this is a real margarita.

Recipe for Classic Margarita

Need authentic Mexican food like nachos and tortillas? Check out Santa Annas. Looking to stock the rest of your Mexican pantry? Check out this list of essential Mexican ingredients that you need to have one hand. For some more Mexican food inspiration, check out our recipes with Old El Paso

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