Itching for a trip to Mexico? Even if it’s not in the cards right now, you can still don a sombrero and get cooking one of our fabulously, spicy Mexican dishes.

The following eight Mexican-inspired dishes—from tacos to enchiladas, and from dips to chimichangas—will bring the fiesta right to your table…

1. Mexican Green Spaghetti

A dish that’s quite popular in Northeast Mexico, this “spaghetti” is made with traditional flavors like diced poblano peppers, fresh cilantro, and Mexican style sour cream, than topped with the meat of your choice—pork, beef, chicken, or fish!



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2. Mexican-Style Chicken & Corn Chowder

More “inspired” than traditional, this thick, hearty soup is a hodgepodge of Mexican flavors—plum tomatoes, green chilies, coriander, pinto beans and sweet corn. Serve it with a fresh baked stick of bread and you’ve got a super easy meal.


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3. Mexican 7-Layer Dip

Planning a fiesta? Make sure to whip up a casserole dish of this Mexican-inspired dip. It’s seven layers of refried beans, sour cream, tomato, guacamole, cheese, onions, olives, and blended with taco seasonings. Serve it with tortilla chips, crackers, or pita wedges for a true party hit!

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4. Chicken Tacos with Chili Onion Rings

Bite into these spicy chicken tacos—complete with fiery ancho chili sauce and topped with crunchy onion rings as a Mexican-inspired garnish. The lean chicken breast is simmered in a fragrant garlic-lime marinade, sprinkled with fresh cilantro, and served in crunchy blue-corn taco shells.


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5. Beef Tortilla Casserole

This baked casserole features everything zesty, spicy, and ooey-gooey good in Mexico—spicy beef, sautéed onion, layered flour tortillas, refried beans, green chilies, sour cream, salsa, and topped with shredded and melted cheddar cheese! Olé!

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6. Chicken Tortilla Soup

This soup can be served up hot on cold days and served up chilled on days like today when your stomach can’t handle something hot and heavy. But beware; it does have a kick—thanks to the jalapeno peppers, cumin, chili powder, and cayenne pepper!


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7. Oven Baked Chimichangas

You might make these for Cinco de Mayo, but your family will be begging for them every single night of the week. What they don’t know is that this crispy, crunchy, baked shell, jam-packed with delicious ground turkey, green chilies, and reduced fat cheese, is actually low in fat and calories.


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8. Southwest Steak Enchiladas

This slow-cooker recipe can be prepared hours or even days ahead of a family gathering, party, or pot luck by combining lean steak, tequila, garlic, and a Serrano chili. Set things to slow cook and enjoy a margarita while you wait.

 

Angela Nightingale

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