These Mexican-Italian Recipe Mashups Are the Best Fusion Foods

Taco Hand Pies
Photo by bd.weld.

You know Tex-Mex. Now get ready for Italican. Or maybe it's Mexalian? These Mexican-Italian mashups spell delicious in any language. They're our very favorite fusion food recipes!

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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.

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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."

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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."

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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!"

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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."

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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."

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Tacos in Pasta Shells

Tacos in Pasta Shells
Photo by CookinBug.

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

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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!"

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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!"

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Spaghetti Tacos

If you like taco spaghetti bake, you might be ready for this! "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!"

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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."

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