20 Easy Mexican Recipes

These easy Mexican recipes are a great way to enjoy the inspired flavors of this cuisine! Try tacos, enchiladas, sopes, and more.

Mexican recipes

Looking for Mexican recipes? The flavors of Mexican cuisine make it an exciting, flavor-filled adventure at the table. This cuisine is full of fresh, tangy, zingy and spicy flavors, and many of its dishes are celebrated all over the world. Salsa, guacamole, tacos, enchiladas, burritos and more have become world-wide hits.

Here at A Couple Cooks, we take a “pretty simple” approach to highlighting the flavors of this beautiful region of the world. We’re not of Mexican heritage ourselves, but we’ve studied the cuisine and try to mesh the traditional flavors with ease and accessibility for the modern cook. Here you’ll find our favorite ways to eat Mexican-style flavors: from pico de gallo to guacamole.

And now…20 easy Mexican recipes!

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How to make shrimp tacos

Shrimp Tacos & More Mexican Recipes


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 8 tacos 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

These easy shrimp tacos are a fast dinner recipe for weeknights or entertaining. They taste stunning drizzled in a creamy cilantro sauce!


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Ingredients

  • 1 recipe Creamy Shrimp Taco Sauce
  • 2 cups thinly sliced green cabbage
  • 1/4 small red onion
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 pound large shrimp, thawed and deveined (peeled or unpeeled)
  • 1 tablespoon Old Bay seasoning (purchased or homemade)
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 limes, cut into wedges, divided
  • 8 tortillas
  • Cilantro, for garnish

Instructions

  1. Make the Creamy Shrimp Taco Sauce.
  2. Thinly slice the green cabbage. Thinly slice the red onion and place it in a bowl with cold water (this removes a bit of the strong onion flavor); drain before serving.
  3. Mince the garlic. Pat the shrimp dry. In a medium bowl, mix the shrimp with the Old Bay seasoning, cumin, salt, and garlic.
  4. In a large skillet, heat the butter on medium high heat. Cook the shrimp for 1 to 2 minutes per side until opaque and cooked through, turning them with tongs. Spritz with juice of the two lime wedges.
  5. If desired, char the tortillas by placing them on an open gas flame on medium for a few seconds per side, flipping with tongs, until they are slightly blackened and warm. (See How to Warm Tortillas.)
  6. To serve, place the cabbage and red onion in a tortilla, then top with shrimp. Squeeze with the juice of 2 lime wedges, then top with the taco sauce. Serve immediately.

  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Mexican

Keywords: Mexican recipes, Easy Mexican recipes

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.

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