Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Give me all the Mexican; Top Five Recipes + More

It's no secret that I love mexican.
I'd eat it for every meal if I could.
Nothing will top going out to mexican places but I have been loving testing out some recipes at home.
Today I thought I'd share two new ones + three old ones + my "still try to make" list.
Appetizers, Soups, Meals, Everything! 

Now that I think of it this post probably would have been a good one for Cinco De Mayo,
Oh well!
The more mexican recipes, the better!

Up first my two favorite and ultimate go to recipes.

My Mexican Dip: 
This is my go-to if I need an easy appetizer (not even only for mexican meals).
I've never heard of one person who didn't love it.
Like my family of five people polished off two dishes one night it was that good.
We only had that moment of weakness once though. 
Makes enough for a large pan or two medium circle tins (save one for later, it freezes well!)

Oven Enchiladas:
This was the first homemade meal I made in our new house.
It's now a huge favorite of ours.  Like we were eating it every other week at one point.
This also freezes well; there's actually a pan in our freezer now.
The deliciousness is in the sauce, so don't skimp on that!

Another mexican recipe I've shared in the past is:
cheesy chicken tortilla soup

Now onto the new(er) two recipes we've tried… 

Chili's Copycat Salsa:
Why did I not ever make this before!! 
All of my friends and family know that there's few things I love more than the salsa at chili's.
I don't know why but I have an addiction. 
I was thrilled to find this recipe.  Other than adding a couple extra jalapeños, it was pretty spot on.
This recipe also makes a large amount so it would be great for entertaining.
Best if served with a margarita 
2 cans (14.5 ounce each) whole tomatoes, drained
3-4 canned jalapeños (not pickeled)
1 yellow onion, quartered 
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon sugar
2 teaspoons lime juice
*I couldn't find these so I just got a jar of cut jalapeños and sed my judgement, but again, next time I'd use a few less

Place all of the ingredients in a food processor or blender (I used blender and it worked great).
Blend until smooth.
Serve with tortilla chips.

Mexican Casserole:
Another success! Also very similar to the oven enchiladas.
It's basically the same ingredients, just thrown together in a different way.
1 pound ground beef
1 package taco seasoning
1 dozen tortilla 
1 can chopped olives
1 (10 ounce) can cream of mushroom soup
1 (10 ounce can cream of chicken soup
1 (10 ounce) can enchilada sauce 
1 pound shredded cheddar cheese
1 can diced green chilies
Optional garnishes: sour cream, guacamole, salsa

Brown the beef 
Mix in taco seasoning
Mix together soup, enchilada sauce, olives, onion, chiles
Add in ground beef and cheese
Cut tortillas into strips or sections and add them to the mix
Add to a greased casserole dish and bake for 45-60 minutes at 350 degrees
Garnish with sour cream, guacamole and/or salsa OR
set these toppings up as a "bar" and let people add individual servings to their casserole

Last up.. What's left on my "must try" list.. for now; 
It's always growing…
one // two // three
Chip & Dip Bar: This would be such a fun addition to a party. Really any party bar is a great addition but this one is fabulous. 
Mexican Lasagna: Does this need any further explanation?
Individual Mexican Dip Cups: I've been wanting to make these for a while; I love how they are little versions. It will definitely make for a cute display.
one // two // three
Crockpot Chicken for Tacos: I should have done this one a long time ago.
So easy! Every time I see this one my list  I just think the chicken will be so delicious and make the perfect taco.
Strawberry Margarita Punch: This drink is perfect for spring
Homemade Guacamole: I recently became very into guacamole and think it would be fun to make my own.

The list actually continues but these are some top quick/easy choices for now :)

Linking up herehere and here today.


  1. I am a Mexican food fiend, lady [and part Mexican too, whoop]. I love how quick and tasty Mexican food is and how you can healthy it up when you are really craving it. Chips, guac and margaritas, yummy!

  2. I'm STARVING after reading this... Thanks a lot!! All of this looks delicious, and I'm with you!! I love making enchiladas at home!!

  3. love mexican food!! i want to try those mini layered dips!

  4. The Mexican Casserolle looks so yummy! I'm going to have to make that. And I love Chili's salsa, so I am going to make that too. :)

  5. All of these look so good!! I'm craving Mexican food now!! xo, Biana - BlovedBoston

  6. Perfect recipes for Cinco de Mayo in May!!

  7. Um, I love everything about this post. Finn actually was born on Cinco de Mayo (we are lucky to know his birthday even though he was adopted!) so maybe now I have an excuse to throw a fiesta in his honor!

  8. These. Look. Delicious!! As you know, I am a Mexican food lover as well. I was just telling Jake the other day,"I am pretty sure Mexican food is my favorite. I just love everything about it." If you make that Mexican lasagna let me know how it turns out. It has been sitting on my Pinterest and I want to make it, but haven't yet.

  9. Pinned!! Mexican food is my favorite ever, ever, ever. Also, I just shared that tacos meme with my coworkers - we are taco LOVERS :)

  10. Oh man you are killing me, I love mexican food. The Enchiladas sound delish, and that mexican casserole! Yum!

  11. Goodness gracious- I'm already hungry! I put in enchilada crock pot soup right before work today... so looking forward to an easy dinner :)

  12. Yum yum yum! Homemade guacamole is WAY better :) I love it!

  13. Mexican food is my favorite, I could eat it every single day. Good thing I just ate lunch or I'd be on the run for some ;) These all look so good!

  14. YUM! This all looks amazing, love love love Mexican food :-D

  15. This post seriously made my stomach growl! I love Mexican food!

  16. Ooooh Mexican food is my weakness. So good! The dip looks delicious.

  17. Mexican food is my jam!!! This looks so, so good!!

  18. girl i'm a mexican food junkie too! love it all!! and that pic at the top had me in hysterics!! HA!

  19. I am now craving Mexican, these all look delicious! Xo, Stephanie

  20. I LOVE Mexican food. I could seriously eat it every day. Thanks for sharing these recipes!

  21. Girlfriend, you are seriously my soul sista... can we please have a Mexican food eating date?!

  22. All of those recipes looks so delicious!!! My mouth is watering!

  23. You are a girl after my own heart!! LOVE me some mexican food! Thanks for sharing all these delicious recipes! Pinned ;)

  24. These all look great but I especially love the dip recipe! I have a five year-old daughter who is rather picky about her food but I think she would definitely eat this! Have you tried it with low-fat cheeses or could that possible ruin the incredibly "yummy-ness" of it? This will go on my list of must try recipes.

    Diane Baker @ Alejandra's Restaurant