Mexican Main Dish Recipes

Burritos, fajitas, tacos, and more! Allrecipes has what you need for your next Mexican dinner.

Staff Picks

Fish Tacos

Rating: 4.5 stars 2835
Beer battered cod are the star of these fresh and tasty fish tacos, served in corn tortillas with shredded cabbage and a zesty white sauce.

Crispy Pork Carnitas

Rating: 4.5 stars 169
There's nothing like carnitas. Cubes of fragrantly spiced pork are slowly cooked in lard until they're crispy on the outside while at the same time remaining soft and succulent inside. Bust some up on a warm tortilla, drizzle with braising liquid, top with a little salsa, onion, and cilantro, and you're probably enjoying the world's best taco.

Authentic Mexican Chile Rellenos

Rating: 4.5 stars 256
Tasty chile rellenos made with Anaheim chiles filled with Mexican cheese.

Chicken Quesadillas

Rating: 4.5 stars 1166
This is a great recipe for parties. I freeze the leftovers; they reheat quite well. The zesty chicken and cooked peppers are a succulent delight when mixed with the melted cheeses. Cut the quesadillas into wedges and serve with sour cream and salsa.
By Heather

Cochinita Pibil (Mexican Pulled Pork in Annatto Sauce)

Rating: 4.5 stars 3
This cochinita pibil recipe is straight from Mexico. Pork shoulder is cooked in a spicy red annatto sauce, then shredded and served with habanero sauce.

Jeannie's Vegetarian Enchiladas

Rating: 4.5 stars 3
These enchiladas are a filling and flavorful recipe that will satisfy everyone, even non-vegetarians. These are best when you use really large tortilla shells and stuff them full. I love to use organic ingredients for a great flavor.

Pollo Adobado

Rating: 4.5 stars 4
A traditional Mexican adobo marinated baked chicken. Enjoy with rice or salad.

Charley's Slow Cooker Mexican Style Meat

Rating: 4.5 stars 1271
This recipe can be used with chicken, beef, pork and even venison. It freezes well, and can be made into burritos, tacos, or any number of other Mexican-style dishes. This dish uses a lot of spice, so please be sure to adjust to your taste.

Best Beef Enchiladas

Rating: 4.5 stars 474
These enchiladas are absolutely amazing! Truly a recipe your family will love.

Real Homemade Tamales

Rating: 4.5 stars 319
I had been looking for a Tamale recipe for years. One day I went to the international market and stood in the Mexican aisle till a woman with a full cart came by. I just asked her if she knew how to make Tamales. This is her recipe with a few additions from me. The pork can be substituted with either chicken or beef. This is great served with refried beans and a salad.

Spinach Enchiladas

Rating: 4.5 stars 1430
If you like spinach and Mexican food, you'll love these easy vegetarian enchiladas made with ricotta cheese and spinach.

Inspiration and Ideas

Barbacoa-Style Shredded Beef
Rating: Unrated 200
"I made this recipe in my pressure cooker. It took about 35 minutes to cook the meat once I seared and browned it [first]. The meat was flavorful and tender." – Anthony West
Chef John's Chicken Tinga
Rating: Unrated 53
See how to make these shredded chicken thighs in a spicy red sauce.
Slow Cooker Green Chile Chicken
Rating: 4.5 stars 3

Wholesome version of chicken chile made in a slow cooker! Slow cooker green chile chicken is hearty with tomatillos and a hint of spice. Serve over brown rice and garnish with chopped cilantro, pico de gallo, avocado, and cheese, or wrap in a tortilla!