Spicy, satisfying and usually covered in cheese, Tex-Mex is having a moment right now, and we’re all on board. Aside from being crazy-delicious, it's also crazy-easy to make at home. Here are seven awesome Tex-Mex recipes to try now, many of which can be made easier with Andrew Zimmern's quick hack for peeling tomatillos.
1. Tex-Mex Cavatappi
Flavors of the Southwest—cilantro, lime, chili, and salsa—come together here on corkscrew-shaped macaroni. Chunky salsa works as a great ready-made sauce for pasta.
2. Southwestern Quinoa with Corn, Black Beans and Poblano
This healthy dish features corn, black beans, and a spicy poblano pepper. It can be served chilled, as a salad, and also makes a great side for grilled meats. For an extra kick, garnish with chili flakes.
3. Quick and Easy Chicken Fajitas
Instead of marinating for hours, the chicken in these easy fajitas is sautéed in a quick sauce, which means dinner is ready in just 30 minutes.
4. Southwestern Tortilla Salad
This Tex-Mex favorite comes together in minutes. You'll be surprised by how quick and easy it is to make your own refried beans—and how much better they taste than the ready-made variety.
5. Chipotle Shrimp Tostadas
To create this Southwestern-inspired dish, shrimp are tossed with chipotle chile powder (made from dried, smoked jalapeños), grilled, then layered on top of crunchy fried corn tortillas and crisp, citrusy slaw.
6. Pepper Jack Cheeseburgers with Jalapeño-Cumin Sauce
The cheeseburger is an American icon; this one acquires Tex-Mex overtones, thanks to jalapeño-laced Pepper Jack cheese.
7. Queso Fresco Quesadillas with Apricot-Chile Salsa
Simple queso fresco quesadillas are served with a mildly sweet and tangy apricot and red chile salsa. The flavors in the salsa get better the longer they sit.