Full Recipe List

With The Best Mexican Recipes, we set out to tell the story of Mexican cooking in the United States through a collection of foolproof recipes that range from little-known authentic dishes and Tex-Mex favorites to fresh, modern dishes inspired by the flavors of Mexico.

As with any great cuisine, Mexican cooking is incredibly diverse. The history of some dishes dates back to pre-Columbian times. The cuisine blends the complex history of the diverse peoples native to Mexico along with those who came to Mexico from Spain and other parts of Europe, as well as Africa and Asia.

We think this book presents the very best of Mexican cooking put through the filter of what makes sense for the American home kitchen. The test kitchen’s approach is always to teach and explain, and this book is no exception.


Getting Started
Appetizers and Drinks
Soups, Stews, and Chilis
Tacos, Tostadas, Tamales, and More
Burritos, Chimichangas, and Quesadillas
Enchiladas and Casseroles
Beef and Pork
Vegetarian Mains
Conversions & ­Equivalents

Full Recipe List

Appetizers and Drinks

Fresh Tomato Salsa
Slow-Roasted Tomato Salsa
Tomatillo Salsa
Homemade Fried Tortilla Chips
Homemade Baked Tortilla Chips
Chunky Guacamole
Black Bean Dip
Pumpkin Seed Dip
7-Layer Dip
Queso Fundido
Ultimate Beef Nachos
Tomatillo and Pinto Bean Nachos
Stuffed Jalapeños
Bean and Beef Taquitos
Beef and Cheese Filling
Poblano and Corn Filling
Mexican-Style Shrimp Cocktail
Shrimp and Lime Ceviche
Fresh Margaritas
Classic Margaritas
Strawberry Margaritas
Aguas Frescas
Hibiscus Agua Fresca
Watermelon-Lime Agua Fresca

Soups, Stews, and Chilis

Chilled Tomato Soup
Spicy Butternut Squash Soup with Chipotle
Chicken and Chickpea Soup
Chicken Tortilla Soup
Mexican Beef and Vegetable Soup
Meatball Soup with Rice and Cilantro (preview recipe online)
Soup of the Seven Seas
Spicy Pinto Bean Soup
Black Bean Soup
Lentil and Chorizo Soup
Chicken Stew with Sweet Potato, Pineapple, and Plantains
Chicken Posole Verde
Pork Posole Rojo
Mexican Beef Stew
White Chicken Chili
Carne Adovada
Chile con Carne
Black Bean Chili

Tacos, Tostadas, Tamales, and More

Corn Tortillas
Shredded Beef Tacos with Cabbage-Carrot Slaw
Grilled Skirt Steak and Poblano Tacos
Indoor Steak Tacos
Classic Ground Beef Tacos
Homemade Taco Shells
Ground Pork Tacos with Almonds and Raisins
Tacos al Pastor
Easy Chipotle Chicken Tacos
Grilled Chicken Tacos with Salsa Verde
Baja Fish Tacos with Pickled Onion and Cabbage
Grilled Shrimp Tacos with Jícama Slaw
Grilled Fish Tacos
Baked Tostadas
Toppings and Fillings for Tostadas, Sopes, Gorditas, and Panuchos
Spicy Zucchini with Scallions and Cotija Cheese
Chicken with Pickled Onion and Cabbage
Tomatillo Chicken with Radishes and Queso Fresco (preview recipe online)
Pork Tinga with Avocado and Queso Fresco
Sopes (preview recipe online)
Chipotle Beef Filling
Red Chile Chicken Filling

Burritos, Chimichangas, and Quesadillas

Flour Tortillas
Baked Beef and Bean Burritos
Ancho-Orange Pork Burritos (preview recipe online)
Chicken Burritos Mojados
Swiss Chard and Pinto Bean Burritos
Chorizo and Black Bean Chimichangas
Chicken Chimichangas
Spicy Chicken Flautas
Avocado Sauce
Chicken Quesadillas with Roasted Peppers and Jack Cheese
Tequila-Lime Shrimp Quesadillas
Mushroom and Swiss Chard Quesadillas

Enchiladas and Casseroles

Beef Enchiladas
Chicken Enchiladas with Red Chile Sauce
Chicken Enchiladas Verdes
Roasted Poblano and Black Bean Enchiladas
Cheese Enchiladas
Beef Enchilada Casserole
Pastel Azteca
Chicken Chilaquiles
Chiles Rellenos Casserole
Tamale Pie


Chicken Mole Poblano
Chicken Adobo
Chicken with Pumpkin Seed Sauce
Chicken with Ancho-Peanut Sauce
Orange-Annatto Glazed Chicken
Sautéed Chicken with Cherry Tomato and Roasted Corn Salsa
Skillet Chicken Fajitas
Spicy Pickled Radishes
Classic Arroz con Pollo
Chile-Rubbed Roast Chicken
Grilled Chipotle Chicken Kebabs with Cilantro Dipping Sauce
Grilled Tequila Chicken with Orange, Avocado, and Pepita Salad
Grilled Chicken Fajitas
Sinaloa-Style Grill-Roasted Chickens (preview recipe online)
Turkey Breast en Cocotte with Mole

Beef and Pork

Mexican-Style Picadillo
Beef Taco Salad
Meatballs in Chipotle Sauce
Oaxacan-Style Beef Brisket
Braised Short Ribs with Peppers and Onions
Indoor Steak Fajitas
Pork Chops with Chile-Peanut Rice
Braised Pork Loin with Black Mole Sauce
Pork Tenderloin with Garlic Sauce
Chiles Rellenos with Pork
Chiles Rellenos with Cheese
Grilled Steak Fajitas
Spicy Grilled Beef and Chorizo Kebabs
Carne Asada
Grilled Citrus-Marinated Pork Cutlets
Grilled Ancho-Rubbed Pork Chops
Yucatán-Style Barbecued Pork
Pickled Onions and Jalapeños


Fish Veracruz
Pan-Roasted Cod with Amarillo Sauce
Pan-Seared Trout with Salsa Borracha
Salmon with Roasted Salsa Verde
Shrimp a la Diabla
Garlicky Shell-On Shrimp with Cilantro and Lime
Seared Shrimp with Tomatoes, Lime, and Avocado
Shrimp Fajitas
Arroz con Camarones (preview recipe online)
Steamed Clams with Chorizo
Spicy Grilled Shrimp Skewers
Grilled Salmon Steaks with Lime-Cilantro Sauce
Grilled Swordfish, Lime, and Red Onion Skewers
Grilled Whole Red Snapper with Orange, Lime, and Cilantro Vinaigrette

Vegetarian Mains

Cheesy Stuffed Poblanos
Skillet Rice and Beans with Corn and Tomatoes
Zucchini Fritters with Cilantro-Lime Sauce
Potato Fritters with Zucchini-Avocado Slaw
Black Bean Burgers with Chipotle and Corn
Chickpea Cakes with Chipotle-Lime Cream
Corn and Black Bean Tortilla Tart
Huaraches with Poblanos, Bell Peppers, and Queso Fresco
Pickled Shallot and Radishes
Vegetarian Tamale Pie
Sopa Seca with Spinach and Chickpeas


Bricklayer’s Eggs
Scrambled Eggs with Tomato, Onion, and Jalapeño
Scrambled Eggs with Chorizo, Onion, and Jalapeño
Spicy Chilaquiles with Fried Eggs
Green Chile and Potato Frittata
Huevos Rancheros
Tomato and Corn Tostadas with Baked Eggs
Sweet Potato and Chorizo Hash
Breakfast Burritos
Mexican Breakfast Sandwiches


Simple Rice Dishes
Lime Rice
Cilantro Rice
Chile Rice
Classic Mexican Rice
Baked Brown Rice with Black Beans and Cilantro
Quinoa, Black Bean, and Mango Salad
Mango, Jícama, and Orange Salad
Shaved Zucchini Salad with Pepitas
Cherry Tomato and Avocado Salad
Cabbage-Carrot Slaw
Roasted Winter Squash with Chipotle and Lime
Mashed Spiced Pumpkin
Mexican Street Corn
Toasted Corn with Epazote
Restaurant-Style Black Beans
Refried Beans
Vegetarian Refried Beans
Drunken Beans

The Best Mexican Recipes (Front Cover)

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