Delicious Mexican Dishes to Please One and All! (31 Days of Unforgettable Recipes) - Stuff Parents Need (2024)

Special thanks to Mary for gathering up some AWESOME Mexican food recipes for us to enjoy! Be sure to check out her blog (info at the bottom of the post) for more terrific recipes and other fun musings!

I love Mexican food. No, really. I mean I super-duper, mild-or-spicy, everything’s-better-in-a-tortilla LOVE IT.

When I was pregnant with our first child, I ate so much Mexican food my husband was convinced our baby would be born looking for the chips and queso. (He wasn’t totally wrong, given the fact that we celebrated her first birthday by eating at our favorite Mexican restaurant – and treating her to tiny bits of chips and mild salsa!)

And while I have my favorites, I’m not really discriminating when it comes to Mexican restaurants. Fast food, national chains, authentic local restaurants and holes in the wall – I love them all.

But of course I can’t eat out every night, can I?

Luckily, between the internet and my imagination, I can make a new Mexican dish every night if I want to. (And you know I want to!) Today I’m honored to share a few of my favorite recipes for Mexican food with you. Thank you to Tiffany for the invitation!

Tortilla Chicken with Salsa Verde
Originally published at Giving Up on Perfect

4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts
1 egg
1/2 cup tortilla chips, crushed
1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
1/2 cup salsa verde
1/4 cup pico de gallo
4 slices or 8 tbsp shredded white cheese

For cilantro sauce:
Bunch of cilantro
2 tbsp oil
Ripe avocado, chopped
1/4 cup salsa verde

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Combine panko and chips. Season the chicken with salt and pepper, then coat with egg. Dip chicken into panko mixture until well-coated. Fry the chicken in a couple tablespoons of oil over medium heat (just a couple minutes on each side, until browned). After chicken is fried, place in baking dish and bake for 15-25 minutes. Sprinkle cheese on chicken and bake for a few more minutes until it melts.

While chicken is baking, combine cilantro, oil, avocado and salsa. Mix with food processor (or, sadly, with electric beaters if you are currently without a food processor. I do not recommend this, as it may result in avocado being sprayed all over your kitchen. Beware.).

Pour a couple tablespoons of salsa verde onto each plate, and place chicken on top. Spoon cilantro sauce and pico de gallo over the top, and enjoy!

A few notes: The original recipe was for just two pieces of chicken, but I found that I had plenty of ingredients for four. Also, the original recipe suggests Mexican cheese or provolone; I used Monterey jack because it’s my favorite. Finally, I don’t love avocado and might forgo the cilantro sauce next time. But all the flavors mixed together really was delicious!

(Not that my family would know, since they both turned up their noses at the thought of green salsa, avocado anything or fresh pico de gallo. I loved it, though. And both my husband and daughter thought the crispy chicken with cheese on top was good!)

Here are a few more of my favorite Mexican recipes:

  • Baked Chicken Taquitos
  • Jalapeno Popper Dip
  • Chicken Enchilada Soup
  • Homemade Taco Seasoning
  • Restaurant-Style Salsa
  • White Chicken Enchiladas

Of course, I won’t stop there! (And you can find lots more at my blog, Giving Up on Perfect {hint, hint!}.) I can’t wait to try these new recipes for Mexican food that I found on Pinterest!

(Pssst! Do you pin? Let’s swap ideas, then! Follow me here.)

Recipes for Mexican food I’m trying next:

  • Ro-Tel Cups from Pearls, Handcuffs & Happy Hour
  • Jalapeno Popper Corn Fritters from Closet Cooking
  • Jalapeno Popper Chicken Chile Soup from Cinnamon, Spice & Everything Nice
  • Oven Tacos from Mommy, I’m Hungry
  • Fruit Salsa with Cinnamon Chips,The Thread Effect
  • Easy Mexican Chicken Marinade, Stuff Parents Need

What’s YOUR favorite Mexican dish or appetizer?

Mary Carver is a writer, blogger, church planter, wife and mom. A recovering perfectionist, Mary writes with honesty and humor about her imperfect life at Her posts about everything from dieting and housekeeping to parenting and faith encourage other women to give up on perfect and get on with life. She also writes for (in)courage and is the author of Plan a Fabulous Party {without losing your mind}. You can connect with Mary on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram.

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