Cinco de Mayo: 19 of the Best Authentic Mexican Recipes

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You know that familia where the wife spends hours pinning recipes, and then goes and makes Ramen noodles for dinner? Yep, that’s us.

Actually, that’s not a typical day for us, but today that was the case since I was trying to get this collection of recipes together for you. It was actually depressing to be salivating over these recipes one minute, and then go downstairs to make good ‘ol Ramen. But I spent a lot of time on this collection because I wanted to check each recipe to make sure it was an authentic Mexican recipe. (And, as a Mexican, I feel it’s my duty to let you know what authentic Mexican good eating is.)

I grew up eating real Mexican food and it wasn’t just tacos or enchiladas that my mom made. There are so many amazing dishes like mole poblano made from chocolate and chiles or albondigas stuffed with quest, and I can taste an authentic Mexican salsa the instant it touches my lips. How? Well, we usually roast the tomatoes or jalapenos for our salsa — and, in my humble opinion, that’s the secret to some good salsa.

And just for fun, a few other things I feel like it’s my duty as a Mexican to let you in on:

First, know that “nachos” are not an authentic Mexican food. At all.

Second, please understand there is no such thing as “speaking Mexican.” We speak Spanish.

And finally and I want you to know Taco Bell is not authentic Mexican. Sorry, my college friends but that’s the truth.

Now on to some good eating from mi casa to tu casa. Buen Provecho! Just in case you’re wondering, I checked all the ingredients in the recipes featured below and they are definitely made with authentic Mexican flavor! I wasn’t able to feature some other great recipes like mole, Mexican wedding cookies, ceviche, pico de gallo… but they are also on my list of must eat Mexican food.

1. Mexican Hot Chocolate

I had to start with this recipe because it reminds me so much of my childhood. The chilly mountainous evenings of Mexico City call for some delicious hot chocolate with panecitos (bread). This yummy recipe is via Muy Bueno.

2. Churros & Chocolate

Another childhood favorite I enjoyed eating at the movie theatre. Who needs popcorn when you can have a bag full of churros! This lovely chocolate and churro bar recipe can be found at Coco Kelley.

3. Aguas Frescas

Aguas frescas can be found all over the bustling streets of Mexico city.  Matt Bites takes a more modern flair to his flavors featured in the image above, but here’s one of my favorite aguas frescas, horchata, I absolutely love this on a hot summer day.

4. Tacos

One of the things I love about traveling in Mexico is that there are food vendors on almost every corner.  You can’t possibly starve if you have some pesos while in Mexico.  In my opinion, the best tacos you can buy are Tacos al Pastor. Here’s a homemade recipe from Mexico in My Kitchen.

5. Mexican Rice

The perfect side dish to your Mexican entree is some authentic Mexican rice.  I love that La Cocina de Leslie shares her recipe on how to make a muy delicioso pot of rice. Or A Mom Not a Pro shares her mami’s Mexican white rice recipe.

6. Enchiladas

If you haven’t had the opportunity to taste tomatillo sauce, you are missing out on some yumminess! These Enchiladas Verdes from Pati’s Mexican Tablemake me want to catch the next plane to visit mi mami.

7. Tortilla Soup

I have made this recipe lots of times, and I can tell you this Chicken Tortilla Soup will not disappoint.

8. Fruit With A Kick

You will find fruit carts all over the streets of Mexico selling their famous spicy fruit cups. Pati’s Mexican Table shows you how to whip this up for your next gathering or afternoon snack. This is an easy way to spice up your day in less than 5 minutes.

9. Chiles Rellenos

This Chile Relleno recipe is traditional recipe, but rarely gets all the hype that tacos and enchiladas get. Macheesmo walks your through each step to make this mouth watering dish.

10. Flan

Creamy custard bathed in a silky caramel sauce will put a smile on your face after your first bite. Nibbles and Feasts shares her fun flavor combo for Mexican flan.

11. Chilaquiles

One of the best things about being in college was coming home for breaks. I knew my mom was going to make me some chilaquiles as a welcome home meal. This dish is quite versatile, because it can be eaten any time of the day.  Spanglishbaby.com shares their favorite green chilaquiles recipe, though you can also make it with red sauce. I personally like them both.

12. Chipotle Lime Fish

You can’t go wrong when you have the chipotle and lime flavors combined in a meal!  This chipotle lime fish recipe is one of the few fish recipes my kids will eat, mostly because they can’t taste the fish with all the other flavors bursting in their mouth.

13. Paletas

Here’s an adult version of an all time favorite Mexican treat, paletas (popsicles).  I remember when I was really young, a man would come up and down the streets ringing his little bell yelling “Paletas, Paletas.” They usually were homemade popsicles made from real fruit.  Now for your adult treat: mango mojito pops from Tasty Treats.

14. Carnitas

Carnitas are finger lickin’ good! I can eat them straight from the pot or in a warm tortilla. Homesick Texan shares her simple but authentic recipe for carnitas.

15. Tres Leches Cake

This moist, rich cake bathed in three milks (tres leches) is one of the more well known desserts from our country. Roxana’s Home Baking gives you step by step instructions on how to make this treat, and you can find a cheater’s version of this cake over at Inspired by Familia, mini tres leches cake.

16. Tostadas

The fun thing about tostadas is that you can pretty much top them with anything. Cooking and Beer takes a vegetarian twist on this dish by topping it with sweet potatoes, cilantro and queso fresco.  Yum!

17. Gorditas

This recipe is a healthy version of the delicious gorditas that have been around for centuries, but were made popular in the U.S. by Taco Bell. This gorditas recipe is made from Quinoa and though it’s not made with the traditional corn tortillas it still has the authentic Mexican flavors.

18. Salsa

If I had to choose between green or red salsa I wouldn’t be able to, they are both so good. A Spicy Perspective (image above) shows us how to make authentic green avocado salsa and Delicious House shares their favorite authentic Mexican red salsa. Both recipes have my stamp of approval!

19. Pan Dulce

A good Mexican always ends their day with hot chocolate and pan dulce.  So I will end our features with this delightful pan dulce recipe from Taza de Chocolate.


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