Mouthwatering Mexican: 31 of the best tacos, salsas, fajitas and more

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If you love Mexican food as much as we do, you don’t want to miss this tantalizing round-up of 31 Mexican recipes. From decadent quesabirria tacos to fruity and spicy mango habanero salsa, they’ll bring the sabor to your kitchen.

Overhead shot of quesabirria tacos with lime wedges.
Quesabirria Tacos. Photo credit: All Ways Delicious.

Sopa de Camaron

Shrimp soup in a white bowl with lime wedges.
Sopa de Camarones. Photo credit: All Ways Delicious.

Sopa de Camarones, or Mexican Shrimp Soup, is light, but full of earthy flavor. Dried chiles give the broth its rich red color and distinctive flavor.
Get the Recipe: Sopa de Camaron

Salpicon de Res

Low angle shot of mini tostadas with salpicon de res or shredded beef salad on top.
Salpicon de Res. Photo credit: All Ways Delicious.

Salipicon de Res is a Mexican shredded beef salad made with lettuce, tomatoes, avocadoes, radishes, and often olives and pickled chili peppers. The beef is slow cooked on the stovetop in a Dutch oven or stockpot. It’s tossed with a simple Salpicon dressing made of vinegar, oil, and oregano and then piled on crunchy tostada shells.
Get the Recipe: Salpicon de Res

Mexican Corn Salad

Overhead shot of two bowls of Mexican corn salad with lime wedges and forks on the side.
Mexican Corn Salad. Photo credit: All Ways Delicious.

This Mexican Corn Salad has all the flavors of street stall corn on the cob—sweet corn, creamy butter, freshly squeezed lime juice, diced Jalapeños, chili flakes, and cheese.
Get the Recipe: Mexican Corn Salad

Quesabirria Tacos

Overhead shot of quesabirria tacos with lime wedges.

Quesabirria Tacos—a crispy-fried tortilla bathed in a chili-based sauce and filled with perfectly slow-cooked beef and melted cheese—will seduce your taste buds, seizing you with the primal pleasure of a perfect spicy, meaty, cheesy bite.
Get the Recipe: Quesabirria Tacos

Mango Habanero Salsa

Overhead shot of a bowl of mango habanero salsa with a hand lifting a spoonful of the salsa.
Mango Habanero Salsa. Photo credit: All Ways Delicious.

Mango Habanero Salsa is the perfect fiery topping for fish tacos or simply for dipping. It’s spicy and sweet, and really easy to make. It’s also crazy delicious.
Get the Recipe: Mango Habanero Salsa

Carnitas Tacos

three tacos made from air fryer carnitas on a plate with onions, cilantro and lime.
Air Fryer Carnitas. Photo credit: All Ways Delicious.

Air Fryer Carnitas is juicy and flavorful Mexican shredded pork. The meat is juicy and tender with enticingly crisp edges. Perfect for tacos!
Get the Recipe: Carnitas Tacos

Camarones a la Diabla

Camarones a la diabla on a white plate with lime wedges.
Camarones a la Diabla. Photo credit: All Ways Delicious.

Camarones a la Diabla is one of my all-time favorite recipes. Plump, tender shrimp are seared in a skillet and then tossed in a rich, fiery sauce made from dried chiles. You can vary the type and amount of chile to get exactly the heat level that’s right for you.
Get the Recipe: Camarones a la Diabla


metal baking pan with elote, Mexican grilled corn cobs with mayonn
Elote. Photo credit: All Ways Delicious.

Super easy elote recipe for Mexican grilled corn has just 5 ingredients and it’s totally addictive. It is full of flavor and can be made in minutes!
Get the Recipe: Elote

Instant Pot Refried Beans

Bowls of refried beans garnished with sliced jalapenos, cheese, and tomatoes with a napkin and two spoons on the side.
Instant Pot Refried Beans. Photo credit: All Ways Delicious.

Homemade refried beans are so much better than canned. And it’s easy to make them from scratch in the Instant Pot and only requires a few pantry staples! You can start with dried beans and have these on your table in about an hour with almost no hands-on work at all.
Get the Recipe: Instant Pot Refried Beans

Camarones al Mojo de Ajo

Shrimp tacos with lime wedges.
Camarones al Mojo de Ajo. Photo credit: All Ways Delicious.

Camarones al Mojo de Ajo is a classic Mexican garlic shrimp recipe. Plump shrimp are infused with garlic, spices, lime juice, & cilantro.
Get the Recipe: Camarones al Mojo de Ajo

Corn Tortillas

Stack of corn tortillas on a blue plate.
Corn tortillas. Photo credit: All Ways Delicious.

Corn tortillas are easy to make at home and only require 2 simple ingredients! Homemade tortillas are super delicious, perfect for making tacos, enchiladas, taquitos, and more.
Get the Recipe: Corn Tortillas

Pickled Onions

overhead shot of pickled onions in a jar with limes.
Pickled Onions. Photo credit: All Ways Delicious.

Mexican pickled onions are quick to make with just lime juice, onion, and salt. Enjoy on tacos, burgers, or even bagels and lox.
Get the Recipe: Pickled Onions

Flour Tortillas

Flour tortillas on a wooden cutting board.
Flour Tortillas. Photo credit: all Ways Delicious.

Homemade flour tortillas are soft, fresh, and hot; weirdly light and dense at the same time. So delicious, and fun to make with kids, too.
Get the Recipe: Flour Tortillas

Pollo Pibil

Pollo pibil on a grey plate with limes and shredded lettuce.
Pollo Pibil. Photo credit: All Ways Delicious.

Pollo Pibil is a deeply flavorful dish from Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula. With complex flavors of achiote paste (made from ground annatto seeds), sour orange juice, and spices, this chicken is full of flavor and rich orange color (from the achiote paste).
Get the Recipe: Pollo Pibil


Overhead shot of guacamole in a white bowl.
Guacamole. Photo credit: All Ways Delicious.

Guacamole is the food of the gods. Rich, butter avocado countered by bright, acidic lime juice and tomatoes, and punctuated by spicy chile, fresh cilantro, and zesty onion—what’s not to love?
Get the Recipe: Guacamole

Pickled Jalapenos

Two canning jars filled with pickled jalapenos on a wooden board with fresh jalapenos on the side.
Pickled Jalapenos. Photo credit: All Ways Delicious.

Pickled Jalapenos are a staple in my house. We put them on everything: tacos, quesadillas, tuna salad sandwiches, wraps, nachos, chilaquiles, enchiladas, burgers, and more. These quick Pickled Jalapenos can be ready in about 20 minutes to stave off any spicy condiment emergencies!
Get the Recipe: Pickled Jalapenos

Green Chili Chicken Soup

Overhead shot of bowls of green chile chicken soup in black bowls.

Green Chili Soup from green chilis, salsa verde, shredded cooked chicken, white beans, and spices. It will definitely cure whatever ails you!
Get the Recipe: Green Chili Chicken Soup

Salsa Verde

Overhead shot of a bowl of salsa verdae on a green plate with a spoon.

Our favorite Salsa Verde recipe. Made with tomatillos, avocado, lime, and cilantro, this green salsa is part salsa verde and part guacamole.
Get the Recipe: Salsa Verde

Mexican Shredded Beef Bowls

Mexican shredded beef bowls with plantains, rice and beans and peppers.
Slow Cooker Mexican Shredded Beef. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

These shredded Mexican beef bowls are made in the slow cooker and perfect for weekly meal prep with rice, beans, plantains and peppers to round them out!
Get the Recipe: Mexican Shredded Beef Bowls

Chile Relleno Casserole

Casserole dish with chile relleno casserole topped with sliced jalapenos.
Chile Relleno Casserole. Photo credit: Upstate Ramblings.

This easy chile relleno casserole is made with fresh chile peppers for authentic Mexican flavor with low effort. Layers of chiles and gooey cheese.
Get the Recipe: Chile Relleno Casserole

Quick Skillet Shrimp Fajitas

Fajita shrimp in a skillet with a wooden spoon and lime wedges.
Skillet Shrimp Fajitas. Photo credit: Call Me Pmc.

Quick Skillet Shrimp Fajitas Shrimp, bell peppers, onion, fajita seasoning, and zesty lime juice is a yummy one pot meal the whole family loves
Get the Recipe: Quick Skillet Shrimp Fajitas

Beef Skewers with Mojo Rojo

Grilled Steak skewers on a white plate with chilis nearby.
Grilled Steak with Mojo Rojo. Photo credit: Cook What You Love

Add some flavor to your meal with this easy grilled dish! Slathered in a spicy sauce of peppers, onions, and garlic, these skewers are good eating!
Get the Recipe: Beef Skewers with Mojo Rojo

Serrano Salsa with Lime

Serrano Salsa in a white bowl garnished with cilantro and a tortilla chip.
Serrano Salsa with Lime. Photo credit: Two Cloves Kitchen.

This authentic spicy serrano salsa recipe has roasted serrano peppers, onions, garlic, cilantro, and lime for a tangy, delicious condiment perfect for everything from tacos to breakfast and more!
Get the Recipe: Serrano Salsa with Lime

Carne Asada

Carne asada on a blue plate surrounded by cilantro, halved oranges, limes, and beer.
Carne Asada. Photo credit: Two Cloves Kitchen.

This is the best carne asada marinade out there, packed with authentic Mexican flavor. It’s smoky, citrusy, savory, and perfect for everything from carne asada burritos to a carne asada plate that rivals your favorite Mexican restaurant.
Get the Recipe: Carne Asada

Grilled Chile Lime Chicken

Grilled and sliced chile lime chicken on a white plate.
Grilled Chile Lime Chicken. Photo credit: Two Cloves Kitchen.

This Chile Lime Grilled Chicken is an easy and delicious dish pairing the flavors of lime, chile, and sea salt with juicy, flavorful grilled chicken! It’s a perfect summer dinner.
Get the Recipe: Grilled Chile Lime Chicken

Pineapple Pico de Gallo

Pineapple pico de gallo in a white bowl.
Pineapple Pico de Gallo. Photo credit: Two Cloves Kitchen.

This bright, fresh Pineapple Pico de Gallo combines ripe tomatoes, jalapeño, white onion, garlic, sweet pineapple, earthy cilantro, and tart lime juice for a lively, tropical condiment that will bring any dish to life.
Get the Recipe: Pineapple Pico de Gallo

Paloma Cocktail

Two pink cocktails garnished with a wedge of grapefruit sit alongside a cut grapefruit on a cutting board with a knife.
Paloma Cocktail. Photo credit: Feast + West.

The most popular cocktail in Mexico isn’t the margarita — it’s the Paloma cocktail, a refreshing drink made with tequila and tart grapefruit.
Get the Recipe: Paloma Cocktail

Queso Fundido

Queso fundido in a cast iron skillet.
Queso Fundido. Photo credit: All Ways Delicious.

For your next taco night or dinner party, served up a skillet of hot queso fundido. This flavorful cheese dip is best served warm on crunchy tortilla chips or soft, warm tortillas.
Get the Recipe: Queso Fundido

Pepita Salsa Macha

overhead view of jar of salsa macha.
Pepita Salsa Macha. Photo credit: At the Immigrant’s Table.

Elevate your dishes with this fiery and flavorful Mexican pepita salsa macha. Packed with roasted nuts, chilies, and spices, it adds a delicious kick to any meal.
Get the Recipe: Pepita Salsa Macha

Aji Picante

side view of hand lifting a spoon of aji.
Aji Picante. Photo credit: Immigrant’s Table.

Spice up your Taco Tuesday with Colombian aji picante. This vibrant and fiery sauce brings a bold and tangy heat that pairs exceptionally well with a variety of taco fillings.
Get the Recipe: Aji Picante

Fresh Pico De Gallo

overhead of pico de gallo in white bowl with veggies around.
Fresh Pico De Gallo. Photo credit: At the Immigrant’s Table.

Take your Taco Tuesday to new heights with fresh pico de gallo. This zesty and versatile condiment adds a burst of flavor, making it the perfect dipping sauce for your tacos.
Get the Recipe: Fresh Pico De Gallo

Frozen Margaritas

two frozen lime margaritas with chili lime salt on the rim sitting on a white countertop.
Frozen Margaritas. Photo credit: Feast + West.

Summer calls for frozen margaritas, the best kind of margarita! Grab your favorite tequila and your blender to whip up some icy, restaurant-style margs at home.
Get the Recipe: Frozen Margaritas

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