Southwestern & Tex-Mex

These amazing Tex-Mex recipes include grilled quesadillas, spicy posole, baked huevos rancheros and more.

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Mexican Avocado Burgers

Mexican Avocado Burgers
DAVID MALOSH

This terrific burger is sprinkled with a spice mix halfway through grilling; if you mix it in before cooking, the meat will get tough. Garnishes of crema and avocado add rich creaminess.

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Zucchini, Corn, Black-Bean, and Jack-Cheese Quesadillas

Zucchini, Corn, Black-Bean, and Jack-Cheese Quesadillas

The grated zucchini and defrosted frozen corn that fill these tasty quesadillas contain a lot of moisture. Drain them on paper towels for a few minutes before using; otherwise, you'll end up with soggy tortillas. Serve the quesadillas with spicy salsa.

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Chicken and Cheese Enchiladas Verdes

Chicken and Cheese Enchiladas Verdes

Following her Mexican grandmother's recipe, Marie Hejl first dips the tortillas in a fresh tomatillo sauce, then fries them in oil.

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Four-Chile Chili

Four-Chile Chili

Chili first made its appearance in the early 1800s as “chili con carne.” It was billed as a favorite dish in Mexico, although it originated in the American Southwest and was reportedly loathed by Mexicans. Chili rose to great popularity in the 1930s, after World War I had made all-American foods stylish.

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Barbecued Spiced Shrimp with Tomato Salad

Barbecued Shrimp with Cheese Grits

The big, bold Southwestern flavors in this shrimp seasoning—which include pure ancho chile powder, smoked paprika, cumin and brown sugar—epitomize Bobby Flay’s style. The seasoning mix would also be terrific on pork chops or beef tenderloin.

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Chicken Burritos with Black-Bean Salsa and Pepper Jack

Chicken Burritos with Black-Bean Salsa and Pepper Jack
© Todd Porter & Diane Cu

Pepper Jack cheese looks innocent enough but adds a nice kick to these burritos. If you prefer a milder taste, use regular Jack instead.

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Quick Chicken-and-Cheese Tamales

Quick Chicken-and-Cheese Tamales
© Tina Rupp

Grace Parisi mixes store-bought rotisserie chicken and cheddar cheese into a quick dough, then she wraps the tamales in plastic before steaming them.

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Blood Orange Margaritas

Blood Orange Margaritas

The sweet-tart blood orange flavor intensifies the margarita-ness of this variation on the popular drink.

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Cumin Chili

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You’ll get a clear taste of cumin in this great cold-weather chili made with ground beef, beans, and green bell pepper. If you want a hotter chili, add as much cayenne as you like.

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Baked Huevos Rancheros

Baked Huevos Rancheros

Traditional huevos rancheros are fried eggs served over tortillas and smothered in sauce and cheese. Here, Grace Parisi bakes eggs, tortilla chips and cheese in a seasoned tomato sauce in individual gratin dishes. For more sophisticated eaters, swap pepper Jack for the Monterey Jack to get a spicy kick.

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Chipotle Shrimp Tostadas

Chipotle Shrimp Tostadas
© James Baigrie

To create this Southwestern-inspired dish, Melissa Rubel tosses shrimp with chipotle chile powder (made from dried, smoked jalapeños), grills them, then layers them on top of crunchy fried corn tortillas and crisp, citrusy slaw.

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Bacon, Cheese and Jalapeño Tacos

Bacon, Cheese and Jalapeño Tacos

Rayme Rossello's mouthwatering bacon tacos are pressed on a griddle, and eaten more like quesadillas.

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Green-Chile Burgers with Fried Eggs

Green-Chile Burgers with Fried Eggs
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Spicy Turkey Posole

Spicy Turkey Posole
© Tina Rupp

Posole is a hearty Mexican soup or stew made with hominy (dried corn kernels with the hull and germ removed) and pork or poultry. The recipe is an excellent way to use up leftover turkey.

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Meat-Stuffed Poblanos with Cilantro-Lime Sauce

Meat-Stuffed Poblanos with Cilantro-Lime Sauce
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Grilled-Chicken Quesadillas

Grilled-Chicken Quesadillas

These classic quesadillas are perfect for a summertime Fourth of July party. The leftovers make for a quick, easy-to-reheat lunch the next day.

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Chicken, Cheese and Mushroom Enchiladas with Sour Cream Slaw

Chicken, Cheese and Mushroom Enchiladas with Sour Cream Slaw

A crunchy coleslaw made with a sour cream dressing is a cooling accompaniment to this spicy sauced enchiladas.

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Charro Beans

Charro Beans

“Most people prefer margaritas either frozen or on the rocks. In Texas, it's the same with refried beans versus charro,” says Tim Love. Refried beans are made with mashed pintos; for charro—a Tex-Mex take on pork and beans—the beans are served whole in a spicy broth.

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Cheese-Topped Guacamole

Cheese-Topped Guacamole

In this play on nachos, chef Gonzalo Martinez tops a chunky guacamole with gooey melted cheese.

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Chicken-Chili Tamale Pie

This chicken chili tamale pie recipe combines two Southern comfort foods in one dish: the spicy corn and chicken chili is topped with buttery and cheesy corn bread.

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