10 Festive Mexican Dinner Menus

This assortment of authentic Mexican menus is the perfect choice for any fiesta.

  • Black Bean Tacos
    Becky Luigart-Stayner; Jan Gautro

    Tex-Mex Taco Supper

    This menu adapts two traditional favorites like tacos and escabéche into a vegetarian dinner option. The tacos are filled with seasoned black beans for a boost of protein, avocado salsa, and lettuce while the escabéche features an array of fresh veggies like cabbage, jicama, carrots, bell pepper, and green onions.
  • Chili-Cheese Black Bean Enchiladas
    Photography: Randy Mayor; Styling: Melanie J. Clarke

    Kid-Friendly Fiesta

    Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with the kids by serving a nonalcoholic version of the adult favorite. These frozen "mock-a-ritas" use lemon-lime soda to give them a fun fizzy flavor. Pair with cheesy black bean enchiladas for a festive Mexican supper.
  • Fiesta Dip
    Photo: Beth Dreiling Hontzas; Styling: Katherine Eckert

    Fun on Cinco de Mayo

    Host a Mexican fiesta that features all of your favorite ingredients. Serve a sweet and zesty fruit salad that combines citrus and avocados, pork chops with a tortilla chip crust, classic pico de gallo, and of course, margaritas.
  • Lanny's Salad With Candied Pumpkin Seeds

    Mexican Grill Party

    This Mexican-inspired menu from Lanny Lancarte, chef and owner of Lanny's Alta Cocina Mexicana in Fort Worth, Texas, adds a south-of-the-border flair to traditional alfresco entertaining.
  • Tacos al Carbón

    Bring the Tacqueria Home

    Pile garlicky strips of beef, onion, and peppers into warm corn tortillas for a zesty weeknight dinner, and serve salsa and chips on the side.
  • Three-Milk Cake
    James Carrier

    Mexican Mixed Grill

    For a Mexican feast that will please everyone's taste buds, try this mixed grill of chicken thighs, pork shoulder, skirt steak, and chorizo. Each type of meat has a unique marinade ranging from orange-anchiote to red chili sauce. Pair the meat with a chopped vegetable mixture, pot beans, tortillas, and a milk-drenched cake.
  • Grilled Chicken Tostadas

    Chicken Tostada Meal

    Forgo the high-calorie taco shells and grill flour tortillas to make a crispy base. Top the individual tortillas with grilled chicken, feta cheese, refried beans, and homemade slaw for a quick and simple dinner.
  • Fish Tacos with Lime-Cilantro Crema
    Randy Mayor

    Taqueria Special

    Fresh red snapper fillets topped with cabbage and a zippy, low-fat cream sauce are featured ingredients in these flavorful fish tacos. Pair with a quick bean salad and sliced mango for a 40-minute meal.
  • Grilled Tilapia Soft Tacos
    Photo: Andrew McCaul; Styling: Lynn Miller

    Throw a Fun Taco Fiesta

    Take your party south of the border with a crowd-pleasing spread of tasty grilled sides and your choice of fish, chicken, or beef tacos!
  • Casual Mexican Meal Menu
    Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Jan Gautro

    Casual Mexican Meal Menu

    Serve this stress-free menu to your family on a busy weeknight, or present it to guests at a relaxed backyard get-together. Enjoy corn tortillas as a breadlike side, or spoon the shrimp mixture into them for hearty tacos.
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