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Easy Homemade Mexican-Inspired Recipes

My collection of homemade Mexican-Inspired Recipes is going to have you firing up your stove, grill, and oven, and planning out your Taco Tuesday nights for the rest of the year. 

These recipes are home-tested and family-approved, and there’s something for everyone here!

Mexican-Inspired Recipes

These easy Mexican-inspired recipes will have you filling your taco Tuesday calendar for months to come! Check out how easy it is to whip up restaurant-quality Tex-Mex meals at home!

P.S. I'm not claiming authenticity here. These are DEFINITELY Americanized versions of amazing regional cuisines. Enjoy (or not) at your own leisure!

Salsas and Side Dishes

These easy salsa and sides are a great start or accompaniment to any Mexican-inspired meal!


Homemade salsa is easier than you think! Whip up a batch the next time you find good fresh produce in season and enjoy!

Traeger Smoked Salsa Verde

Traeger Smoked Salsa Verde is a simple grilled salsa that has a touch of smoke, a bit of heat, and heaps of fresh flavor. Lime juice adds a touch of acidity to this flavorful salsa, which whips up in under an hour.

Blender Salsa

This simple salsa uses almost all canned ingredients, requires no cooking, and is a delicious restaurant-style salsa!

Fire Roasted 15 Minute Salsa

Homemade salsa has never been easier! Use Fire Roasted Diced Tomatoes for a shortcut that is easy on the clock, but packs a ton of flavor, especially if tomatoes aren't in season where you're at!

Corn Crepes

These corn crepes are like the best homemade tortillas, but hitting the easy button! I love these for homemade enchiladas.

Spicy One-Pot Mexican Rice

Spicy Mexican Rice made from scratch and all in ONE pot! Add in some taco meat to make it a complete meal, or serve as a side at your next taco Tuesday!

Grilled Preparation

These items are grilled, smoked, or some combination of the two.

Pellet Grill Carnitas

This pork shoulder roast smokes on the pellet grill until it is shreddable, and then gets hit with a blast of heat on a griddle or cast iron pan to become your new favorite taco.

Traeger Grilled Shrimp Tacos

Traeger Grilled Shrimp Tacos are a quick and easy weeknight meal! Taco seasoning can sub in for Chili Margarita seasoning if you aren't on the Spiceologist train yet, but I highly recommend getting some!

Traeger Grilled Blackened Fish Tacos

These easy Traeger grilled blackened fish tacos are an easy and healthy way to add some more fish in your family's diet! Super flavorful and fresh.

Grilled Shredded Pork Tacos

Grilled pork tacos aren't a fast meal to make, but they are one you are going to be willing to spend the time on. The low-and-slow cook time makes this pork tender and shreddable while also imparting the flavor from the grill.

Grilled Chicken Tacos

Grilled Chicken Tacos features El Yucateco Hot Sauces

Traeger Grilled Bean Tostadas

My grilled bean tostadas are cooked on the pellet grill to give them a little wood-fired flavor and served with your choice of toppings. SUPER easy dinner or lunch and very popular with the small people set.

Traeger Carne Asada

Tender steak is marinated and quickly grilled to a perfect medium-rare, and then served with warm tortillas and all of the fixings.

Reverse Seared Steak Fajitas

These easy steak fajitas are reverse seared before getting blasted with heat in a cast-iron pan along with some peppers and onions to make the best fajitas you've ever had.

Traeger Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas

Traeger Smoked Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas are one of the best homemade enchiladas that I've ever eaten. Who knew that grilled enchiladas could be this easy AND delicious?

Sheet Pan Fajitas

Cooking large meals is always a challenge. I get it. You don’t have a lot of time, but you want what you serve to still be tasty. If you find yourself in this boat, I’ve got a go-to meal for you. So, whether you’re cooking for a crowd, or you have a large family like me, sheet pan chicken fajitas are the way to go.

Stovetop Cooking

Recipes cooked on your stove or flat top griddle!

Dorito Taco Salad

Easy potluck meal, or feed your large family with a deliciously filling and flavorful taco salad with a bunch of doritos for some extra crunch!

Marinated Fish Tacos

Delicious fish tacos are marinated in a flavorful guacamole salsa with lemon juice and Mexican spices, and then given a quick saute before being served with all the taco fixings.

Easy Beef and Bean Taco Rice Skillet

This one-pot taco rice skillet is a whole meal in a pan! A delicious and easy homemade change-up for your family taco night.

The BEST Ground Beef Tacos

Easy cheesy homemade ground beef tacos aren't your average Tuesday-night taco. All the flavor, all the cheese, all the yes.

Beef and Avocado Arepa

These crispy, tender arepas are made fresh and filled with a super flavorful ground beef mixture.

Easy Chicken Fajitas

Flavorful and fast easy chicken fajitas go from the stove to the table in just under 30 minutes!

Mexican-Inspired Soups

Chicken Taco Soup

This easy chicken taco soup uses ingredients you probably have on hand already. 

20 Minute Taco Soup

This soup is not only super delicious, but it also is simple to toss together too. You literally just brown some beef and open some cans. EASY. Make it. Eat it. Love it.

Oven Preparation

Homemade Taco Pizza

Homemade taco pizza will really hit the spot, whether it is taco Tuesday or any night of the week.

Loaded Nachos Supreme

Loaded nachos supreme is a delicious family-style meal. Flavorful beef on top of a pile of tortilla chips, and heaped with cheese and all of your favorite fixings. Great meal for any day of the week!

Beef Tamale Pie

This delicious beef tamale pie has all of the flavors of a traditional tamale, but without all of the rolling and work.

Baked Chicken Taquitos

These baked chicken taquits are a fabulous easy dinner to make for any day of the week!

Beefy Mexican Casserole

Easy Mexican Casserole full of beef, beans, and cheese. You are going to love it!

Chicken Tamale Pie

Chicken Tamale Pie has an easy pre-baked Tamale "crust", and then is loaded with flavorful shredded chicken thighs, and covered in loads of cheese and sauce. Such a wonderful change-up from taco Tuesday!

Easy Chicken Enchilada Casserole

This easy fajita casserole gives you all the flavors of enchiladas, in an easy-to-transport-or-serve casserole form.


Chorizo Breakfast Tacos

No longer are tacos just a staple for lunch or dinner. Chorizo breakfast tacos are the perfect way to start off your day. 

Chorizo Chili Omelet

This delicious chorizo chili omelet has a hint of heat from the Anaheim peppers and chorizo, and is a perfect breakfast!

Instant Pot & Slow Cooker

Instant Pot Salsa Verde Chicken from frozen

This super easy recipe for Instant Pot Salsa Verde Chicken is made with frozen chicken breasts, and takes just 40-45 minutes from the time you close the lid until you are shredding your chicken!

Instant Pot Street Tacos

Tender, flavorful flank steak marinated and then cooked quickly in an electric pressure cooker.

Instant Pot Green Chicken Enchilada Casserole

Instant Pot Salsa Verde Chicken Enchilada Casserole is a super simple green enchilada that you don’t even have to both with rolling. Think of it like a Mexican lasagna. Doing the cooking in the Instant Pot makes this quick AND easy too.

Tequila Lime Shredded Beef Tacos

Mmmmm...easy and awesome Tequila Lime Shredded Beef Tacos for your next Fiesta! Slow cooker or Instant pot preparation!

Instant Pot Shredded Chicken Tacos

Quick dinner idea that can even be made from frozen! Super flavorful chicken tacos!

Instant Pot Mexican Rice

Easy dump and go Instant Pot Mexican Rice recipe. Don't skip the browning! This one could go up in the sides area as well, but for the sake of organization, I decided to keep it down here in the Instant Pot area. I know how dedicated the potheads are! 😉

Pressure Cooker Salsa Verde Pork Tostadas

Easy dinner made from FROZEN pork sirloin roast! It doesn't get any easier than these Salsa Verde Pork Tostadas made right in your Instant Pot. 

Easy Crockpot Chicken Fajitas

These fajitas get the crockpot treatment but aren't lacking in any of the flavor because you are making all of that happen by giving the peppers a quick char pre-slow-cooker.

Instant Pot Smothered Shredded Beef Burritos

This delicious dish was inspired by my favorite Mexican restaurants, cooks in the Instant Pot, and makes its own sauce. SO delicious.

Shrimp Pasta with Tomatoes and Basil
Chilaquiles with Hatch Salsa Verde