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Easy and authentic Mexican recipes

by Rachel Deeley

published on 7 May 2024

From the fresh, vibrant components of pico de gallo salsa, to the rich and smoky depth of flavour of dried guajillo, chipotle and ancho chillies, it’s no wonder that Mexico is home to some of the world’s most popular dishes.

Whether you’re looking for vegetarian tacos, flavour-packed stuffed peppers, perfectly spiced chicken burritos, or homemade quesadillas, we’ve rounded up the best authentic Mexican recipes that you can easily recreate at home using seasonal UK ingredients.

Tacos de Coliflor Rostizada con Adobo Verde (Adobo Verde Roasted Cauliflower Tacos)

by Susana Villasuso

Marinated in a traditional jalapeño-based adobo verde sauce and slightly charred, these roasted cauliflower florets make the ultimate vegetarian taco filling when topped with fresh coriander, red onion, and a squeeze of lime.

Pollo Mariposa con Mantequilla de Guajillo (Guajillo Butter Spatchcock Chicken)

by Susana Villasuso

Looking for a new twist on the humble roast chicken? We guarantee this recipe featuring a warming mix of spices, butter and zesty lemon finish will be your new go-to favourite.

Papitas Fritas con Nduja (Nduja Pan-fried Potatoes)

by Susana Villasuso

This inventive take on a Mexican classic uses ‘nduja, the spreadable spicy Italian pork sausage, in lieu of traditional chorizo. The result is a warming, flavourful side dish worthy of any good dinner party.

Ixta Belfrage’s Chiles Rellenos with Salsa Roja Risotto

by Ixta Belfrage
from Mezcla

Taking inspiration from the traditional Mexican dish of chile relleno (roasted poblano peppers stuffed with cheese and coated in egg batter), this recipe by Ixta Belfrage uses easy-to-find ingredients to create a delicious and impressive centrepiece.

Chicken Burritos with Pico de Gallo Salsa

Chicken Burritos with Pico de Gallo Salsa

Ideal for when you’re craving a ‘fakeaway’ dinner, this recipe inspired by Rick Stein’s travels across California and Mexico combines all the best components of a hearty burrito.

Ensenada Fish Tacos

Ensenada Fish Tacos

Prepare to be transported to the Baja California peninsula of Mexico with these light and crispy battered fish tacos, complete with salsa, shredded cabbage, avocado and a moreish smoky chipotle sauce.

Blue Corn & Cheese Quesadillas with Courgette Flowers

Blue Corn and Cheese Quesadillas with Courgette Flowers

Plucked from the Xochimilco market on the outskirts of Mexico City, these vegetarian quesadillas use homemade blue corn tortillas, seasonal greens and a mix of melted cheeses to create the ultimate street food snack.


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