15 Essential Tex-Mex Recipes

From Beef Fajitas to Everyday Barbacoa, we’ve got all of the essential Tex-Mex recipes.

Beefy, cheesy, spicy come to mind when you think of Tex-Mex food. Tex-Mex is a beautiful blend of a little bit of Texas, a little bit of Mexico, and a whole lot of flavor!

Just like barbecue, grilling, and tailgating, Tex-Mex is part of our identity. For many us, Tex-Mex comfort foods such as tamales, tacos, and fajitas are filled with nostalgia. These recipes are a reminder of wonderful memories like making tamales during the holidays, bringing the whole family together for taco night, or throwing fajitas on the grill to feed a crowd at a family reunion.

Here in the Lone Star State, we even start our day with Tex-Mex in the form of breakfast tacos. Only in Texas, can you drop by a gas station or road-side stand and pick up an insanely delicious breakfast taco on the way to work or school. Tex-Mex is not only a cuisine, it’s a huge part of our Texan culture.

Traditional Tex-Mex Fajitas 

Enjoy these fajitas in a tortilla, salad, or even a breakfast taco!

Brisket Enchiladas Nuevo Leon

These brisket enchiladas are the ultimate Tex-Mex comfort food.

South Texas Carne Guisada

This hearty South Texas-inspired stew is stick-to-your-ribs good.

Tex-Mex Street Tacos

Keep things fresh and light with these grilled steak street tacos!

Texas BBQ Brisket Nachos

Reinvent leftover brisket into mouth watering Tex-Mex nachos.

Smoky Beef Jerky Margarita Salt

This combination is an unexpected delight with flavors that hit all of the senses: salty, smoky, sweet, and heat.

Everyday Beef Barbacoa

Make tender, juicy and delicious barbacoa on a weeknight with this easy slow cooker recipe.

Beef Picadillo Tacos

Feed a crowd of taco lovers with this authentic beef picadillo recipe.

Smoked Brisket Breakfast Tacos

Start the day the Texan way with smoky brisket breakfast tacos.

Authentic Beef Tamales

Here in Texas, tamales bring back many wonderful family memories of gathering for the holidays. Start a new meal tradition with these authentic brisket tamales.

Carne Asada

Fire up the grill for a delicious Mexican-style Carne Asada filled with delightful citrus and spicy flavors.

Brisket Queso Sandwich

Here in Texas, we put queso on everything. This must-try sandwich is an epic blend of Texas BBQ and Tex-Mex.

Jalapeño Pepper Stuffed Burgers

A burger with a spicy surprise inside! Want to make it even more Tex-Mex? Add extra queso.

Grilled Adobo Beef Steak Tacos with Creamy Chipotle Salsa and Tequila Pickled Red Onions

Tex-Mex cuisine pairs perfectly with a traditional margarita. Why not have your tequila and cook with it too.

Taco Shepherd’s Pie

You can Texan-fy just about anything. Try this Tex-Mex spin on a classic Shepherd’s Pie!


What is your favorite Tex-Mex dish? Tell us in the comments below!

1 comment on "15 Essential Tex-Mex Recipes"

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