5 Mexican Classics–Beyond Tacos  

Branch out from the trusty taco night with these 5 Mexican favorites.

  • Soft Black Bean Tostadas

    Soft Black Bean Tostadas

    Top a tortilla with black beans, roasted chicken breast, lettuce, cheese, and homemade salsa, then toast in the oven for a filling Mexican entrée. For a meatless main, skip the chicken.
  • Pork Carnitas Gorditas
    Becky Luigart-Stayner

    Pork Carnitas Gorditas

    Gorditas are thick fried tortillas topped with a hearty filling. Make your own gordita dough with the help of store-bought masa harina. Cook pork with garlic and tomato paste, then mix with pinto beans, zesty salsa verde, buttery avocado, and fresh lime juice.
  • Black Bean and Chicken Chilaquiles
    Randy Mayor

    Black Bean and Chicken Chilaquiles

    Chilaquiles is an authentic Mexican dish involving tortilla strips mixed with traditional ingredients. Top corn tortilla strips with a mixture of shredded chicken, black beans, and salsa de chile fresco, then cover with queso blanco cheese and bake.
  • Baked Chiles Rellenos
    Photo: Leo Gong; Styling: Karen Shinto

    Baked Chiles Rellenos

    Stuff mild poblano peppers with spicy Mexican chorizo, cheese, and fresh tortillas. Add to a baking dish, cover with a fluffy egg mixture, top with more cheese, and bake until set. Whether for brunch or dinner, this Mexican main is sure to satisfy.
  • Shrimp with Mole Poblano
    Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Melanie J. Clarke

    Shrimp with Mole Poblano

    Mole is a traditional Mexican sauce made from seasonings, chiles, onions, and the key ingredient: chocolate! It's a delicate balance of heat, spice, and sweet. Think of this recipe as a shrimp-n-dip dish–simply grill your shrimp and coat with the bold, intoxicating flavors of the mole poblano.
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