By Carl Hanson

You know Tex-Mex. Now get ready for Italican. Or is it Mexalian? These Mexican-Italian mashups spell delicious in any language.

1. Microwave Mexican Manicotti

Fill manicotti shells with seasoned ground beef and beans. It's ready in 45 minutes. "This is a wonderful recipe," says Jody. "It's easy to make since it's cooked in the microwave." You can also bake it in the oven.

Photo by bd.weld

2. Mexican Pizza I

Corn tortillas topped with beef and beans and all the tasty taco toppings you can handle. "This was fast and easy, delicious," says PAMMYLYN. "It's so versatile and people can choose their own toppings."

Photo by CookinBug

3. Mexican Raviolis

Chorizo and cheese are stuffed into wonton wrappers. Making this Mexitalinese? "One of the best dishes I've made," says Andrea. "Absolutely wonderful! The raviolis are fragile (just as a warning) but the flavor is wonderful. I paired it with portebello mushroom pasta sauce."

Photo by Linda T

4. Mexican-Style Spaghetti and Meatballs

The secret ingredient? Crushed tostada shells. "It's your classic Italian entree with a Mexican kick," says Sachin K. "The crumbled corn tostadas, chili powders, chili peppers, and chipotle peppers are the difference from your run-of-the-mill meatballs and sauce. The lean turkey makes it very healthy!"

Photo by Soup Loving Nicole

5. Mexican Lasagna II

Flour tortillas stand in for lasagna noodles. "Yummy," says Abi. "I love how the tortillas become noodle-like when baked. This recipe's pretty versatile; I like to add jalapenos. Also, it reheats well in the microwave."

Photo by lutzflcat

6. Spicy Mexican Minestrone Stew

Picante sauce and Jack cheese bring big flavor. "Loved this recipe," says pelicangal. "We had a cooler and more overcast day today and this really hit the spot. Will definitely be making this again."

Photo by pelicangal

7. Tacos in Pasta Shells

Always a family fave. Cream cheese is the surprise ingredient. "We loved this," says Carol. "And it was even better the next day."

8. Italian Nachos Restaurant-Style

It's pizza nachos, essentially. "My husband and kids absolutely loved this new way of eating nachos," says Sarah Jo. "They swarmed over the nachos and inhaled -- I didn't even get to try one!"

Photo by Christina

9. Taco Spaghetti Bake

A creamy casserole that comes together in minutes. "This is even better than you could ever think it is," says Paula. "I love the creamy cheesy layer between the pasta and the taco meat mixture. The corn and crunchy chips on the top add great texture. Loved it!"

Photo by Paula T

If you like that, you might be ready for this:

10. Spaghetti Tacos

"One of those weird combinations that just works," says Mom22GreatKids. "I added cooked ground beef to the spaghetti sauce. Messy, but super yummy! You should definitely try them!"

Photo by FoodieCrush

11. Taco Hand Pies

Half taco, half calzone, all convenience. "These taco pies are easier to handle than regular tacos you need two hands to keep the the shells from cracking and the fillings from falling out," says bd.weld. "Pico de gallo and pepper Jack cheese round out the flavors of the taco beef. Serve with picante sauce for dipping."

Photo by bd.weld

Check out our collections of Italian Recipes and Mexican Recipes.