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30 Mexican-Inspired Recipes
While a minor holiday in Mexico except in the state of Puebla, Cinco de Mayo has evolved into a day that celebrates Mexican heritage, food and culture in the United States.
Mexican cuisine is incredibly diverse and varies by region and family traditions. That rich culture has made it a beloved cuisine that is enjoyed around the globe. Mexican cuisine has something for everyone and continues to influence and inspire chefs all over the world.
These 30 Mexican-Inspired Recipes are easy to make with readily available ingredients. They incorporate traditional ingredients and cooking techniques of Mexico, the American Southwest and California for dishes with bold and vibrant flavors.
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Mexican Shrimp Cocktail
Mexican Shrimp Cocktail, otherwise known as Cóctel de Camarónes, doesn't resemble an American shrimp cocktail at all. This cool, elegant version is chock full of crunchy vegetables and shrimp in a spicy, tangy tomato sauce that's refreshing with just the right amount of heat! Perfect for hot weather dining!
Southwestern Layered Salad is an easy, versatile salad you can make ahead of time. It’s perfect for dinner, a party, potluck or when assembled slightly differently than the recipe in a Mason jar, a great grab-and-go lunch!
Spicy Black-Eyed Pea Salad is a light and fresh twist on classic Southern comfort food. Bring it to your next picnic, or serve it with anything you’re grilling this summer. The ingredients can even be prepped ahead of time, making for a healthy and convenient lunch that you can pack and take to work.
Chorizo Stuffed Poblano Peppers
Chorizo and Brown Rice Stuffed Poblano Peppers are spicy, comforting and a great make-ahead meal for a festive late-fall family dinner or for casual entertaining.
Here's an easy family dinner sure to put a smile on everyone's face! Made with simple ingredients you may already have on hand, saucy and cheesy Southwestern Skillet Chicken can be on the table in about 45 minutes! All you need is some seasoned cauliflower rice on the side!
With its mild heat and kick of lime, Tajin is the perfect seasoning to add to fajitas. Juicy, tender and flavorful Grilled Chicken Fajitas with Tajin Seasoning with grilled peppers and onions are a fun, festive meal that's sure to put a smile on everyone's face!
Chicken Tostadas with Black Bean Guacamole and Salsa Fresca are perfect for a fun dinner or festive addition to your Cinco de Mayo party! They’re piled high with guacamole, marinated grilled chicken, fresh salsa, lettuce and queso fresco cheese.
Chicken, Brown Rice and Cheese-Stuffed Poblanos! Chicken, brown rice and two types of cheese are enveloped in earthy, roasted Poblano peppers, topped with a red chile sauce and yes, more cheese for the win!
Fun, festive, flavorful Mexican-inspired Shrimp and Corn Tortilla Soup is a surefire way to bring a smile to everyone at the table–especially the seafood lovers! A spicy, tomatoey broth kicked up with fresh lime juice is the perfect pairing with shrimp while corn adds a touch of sweetness to the tangy base. Once prepped, it comes together quickly.
Southwestern Lentil and Brown Rice Bake is cheesy, delicious meatless comfort food even a carnivore will love and is super easy to prepare! Simply combine everything in a baking dish, pop it in the oven and let it bake away while you do other things.
Quinoa Corn and Black Bean Stuffed Poblano Peppers
Quinoa Corn and Black Bean Stuffed Poblanos is the best kind of vegetarian comfort food! Protein-rich quinoa, corn, black beans, stuffed into smoky roasted peppers with a green chile sauce and plenty of CHEESE!