Quick and Easy Tex Mex Recipes

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What is Tex Mex cuisine? In my book Everything Tex Mex, I write that Tex-Mex cuisine is made up of 'recipes and foods native to Mexico updated with the foods and customs of the state of Texas...' In the 20th century, as the culture grew, elements from France, Spain, and the rest of America were incorporated.

The food is all delicious, simply prepared, and takes advantage of native foodstuffs and commonly found ingredients. It is the oldest regional cuisine in America.

Most people think 'hot and spicy' when they think of Tex Mex food. That's not true! Many of the foods do use chiles and spices, but once you learn about all of the seasonings typically used in the cuisine, you will be able to adjust the heat and spice level to your own tastes. Omit chiles and chili powder, cayenne pepper and chile paste, or reduce their amounts. Most recipes are balanced, with sweet, savory, and sour flavors offsetting the sharp bite of hot peppers.

Enjoy these quick and easy recipes and add a little spice to your kitchen!

Tex Mex Recipes

  • Tex Mex Skillet Casserole
    This simple one dish meal contains all the flavors of Mexico, including a spicy mixture of frozen crumbles, onion, garlic, refried beans, and taco sauce is layered over a combination of a creamy sauce and elbow macaroni.
  • Tex Mex Meatloaf
    I love refried beans; the texture and flavor are so comforting. They're delicious on their own, but fabulous when added to this easy meatloaf recipe.
  • Skillet Tex Mex Lasagna
    This quick and easy lasagna is made entirely in a skillet on the top of your stove. You can also make it in an electric skillet if your kitchen is out of order. Yum.
  • Pressure Cooker Tex Mex Brisket
    The flavors of the southwest infuse a tender and juicy beef brisket recipe that cooks in your pressure cooker. The beef does need to marinate before cooking, so plan ahead and start this the day before you want to serve it.
  • Tex Mex Grilled Chicken
    Chicken breasts coated in spices are grilled until tender, then served with salsa. Serve with warmed tortillas, rice, and refried beans.
  • Tex Mex Burgers
    A well-seasoned beef mixture with refried beans is grilled and topped with guacamole, tomato, and lettuce in this delicious recipe. 
  • Santa Fe Chicken
    I love this recipe; it is one of the easiest in my collection, and so delicious. And it takes about five minutes to put together! It's perfect for dinner when you're just too exhausted to cook.
  • Mexican Pizza
    This recipe was the very first Tex Mex recipe I created. It's a staple in my family now; my husband requests it at least once a week in the fall and winter months.
  • Creamy Mexican Crockpot Chicken
    This recipe is a variation on King Ranch Casserole, a classic Tex Mex chicken dish. It's true comfort food.
  • Quick Stove-Top Beef Fajitas
    This recipe is a classic Tex-Mex dish that became wildly popular outside its native area in the 1990s. Fajitas are grilled strips of beef that are typically served with onion, bell pepper, and tortillas.