60 Delicious Mexican-Inspired Recipes

Assortment of Mexican-inspired recipes including tacos, dips, soups, desserts, and more

There’s no denying we LOVE flavor here at MB! From tacos to enchiladas, salsas, and more, Mexican cuisine tops our list of favorites. To celebrate our obsession (and yours!), we’ve gathered our favorite Mexican-inspired recipes! We’ve got flavor-packed basics, dips & sauces, sides, tacos, mains, desserts, and SO much more. Get your tortillas (and taste buds) ready, friends!

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Basics

Platter of homemade tortillas for our tutorial on How to Make Corn Tortillas
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How to Make Tortillas (2 Ingredients, Oil-Free!)
EASY corn tortillas with just 2 ingredients required! Tips for making with and without a tortilla press. The perfect side for Mexican night!
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Stirring a pot of pinto beans made in the Instant Pot
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Instant Pot Pinto Beans (Fast, Perfect, No Soaking!)
A quick & simple method for making PERFECT pinto beans in the Instant Pot every time! Just 1 ingredient and 1 pot required!
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Instant Pot of Homemade Black Beans with onion
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Instant Pot Black Beans (Perfect Beans Every Time!)
A quick and simple method for making PERFECT black beans in the Instant Pot every time! Just 3 ingredients and 1 pot required.
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Using an immersion blender to make creamy refried beans
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Easy 1-Pot Refried Beans
Easy 1-pot refried beans with minimal ingredients. Try our step-by-step methods for getting ultra creamy texture and classic flavor FAST! Perfect for canned pinto beans or beans made from scratch.
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Top down shot of a bowl of Smoky Refried Lentils topped with cilantro and surrounded by plantain chips
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Smoky 1-Pot Refried Lentils
These flavorful, creamy refried lentils are infused with smoky spices and chilis and made in 1 pot in less than 30 minutes! Say hello to the perfect side for Mexican night.
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Big bowl of Mexican-inspired Green Rice topped with fresh cilantro
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How to Make Green Rice
Fluffy, fast white rice infused with green broth made from herbs and peppers! Just 7 ingredients and simple methods required + fluffy rice cooking tips!
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Cooking Mexican-inspired Easy Green Cauliflower Rice in a dutch oven
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Green Cauliflower Rice (20 minutes!)
Fluffy, tender cauliflower rice made green thanks to a blend of peppers and herbs! Just 20 minutes and 8 ingredients required.
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Bowl of vegan chorizo
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Easy Vegan Chorizo
Smoky vegan chorizo that tastes even better than the real thing! Plant-based, gluten-free, and perfect for bowls, burritos, and beyond. Just 10 ingredients, 1 bowl, and 30 minutes required!
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Hard shell corn tortillas filled with Quinoa Taco Meat
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Quinoa Taco Meat
Amazingly flavorful taco “meat” made with quinoa, smoky seasonings, and salsa! Baked until hot and crispy. A healthy substitute for ground beef (just 9 ingredients)!
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Picking up a taco from a plate
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1-Pot Smoky Lentil Vegan Taco “Meat”
Easy vegan taco “meat” made with lentils, carrots, and TONS of smoky spices! Just 30 minutes required for this flavorful, 1-pot dish!
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Cutting board with a taco made with our delicious Vegan Taco Meat recipe
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10-Minute Raw Vegan Taco “Meat”
Easy, delicious, 10-minute vegan taco “meat” made with walnuts, sun-dried tomatoes, spices, and peppers! The perfect balance of spice and smokiness, and loaded with protein and healthy fats. Add to tacos, nachos, salads, and more!
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Pan of Shredded Mexican Chicken cooked in a cast iron skillet
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1-Pan Mexican Shredded Chicken
How to make tender, shredded chicken in 1 pan and 30 minutes! Seasoned with Mexican-inspired spices for big flavor. Perfect for burrito bowls, tacos, enchiladas, and more!
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Partially sliced Marinated Grilled Chicken Breast for an easy and flavorful chicken recipe
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Easy Marinated Grilled Chicken (30 Minutes!)
Incredibly easy, fast marinated grilled chicken. Ready in just 30 minutes with 10 ingredients (give or take a spice). Serve with grains, vegetables, or pasta of choice!
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Dips & Sauces

Mortar and pestle of Serrano & Rosemary Guacamole with veggie chips
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Serrano & Rosemary Guacamole
Incredibly fluffy guacamole infused with crushed rosemary, garlic, and serrano pepper! Just 10 minutes, 1 bowl, and 6 ingredients required for this plant-based side, appetizer, or sauce!
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Using a tortilla chip to scoop up a bite of My Go-To Guacamole recipe
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My Go-To Guacamole
Incredibly creamy, flavorful guacamole ready in just 1 bowl, 10 minutes, and with 8 ingredients! The perfect dip for Mexican night!
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Ceramic dish filled with a batch of our Easy Red Salsa recipe
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Easy Red Salsa
Easy, 10-minute red salsa with smoky, fire-roasted tomatoes, onion, cilantro, garlic, and fresh lime juice! Flavorful, fresh, and perfect for Mexican night!
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Dipping a tortilla chip into a bowl of roasted salsa verde
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Roasted Salsa Verde (30 Minutes!)
Vibrant roasted salsa verde with tomatillos, jalapeños, and plenty of lime. A simple oven roasting technique creates smoky depth of flavor. Just 7 ingredients and 30 minutes required!
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White ceramic dish filled with homemade Blended Red Salsa beside tortilla chips, limes, and tomato
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Blended Red Salsa
Simple blended red salsa in just 30 minutes! Carrots add natural sweetness and a pop of color, while chipotle peppers bring a touch of heat.
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Jar filled with a batch of our homemade Red Enchilada Sauce recipe
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Easy Red Enchilada Sauce
Smoky, rich, spicy red enchilada sauce made with simple ingredients and ready in 30 minutes. Perfect for taking your enchiladas to the next level.
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Using a spoon to drizzle homemade Vegan Sour Cream over a baked sweet potato
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Cultured Vegan Sour Cream
Crazy delicious vegan sour cream cultured with live probiotics! Just 5 ingredients and simple methods required, and the result is a creamy, dreamy, tangy sour cream delicious on just about everything!
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Dipping a chip into a bowl of Vegan Cashew Queso
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5-Minute Vegan Cashew Queso
Creamy vegan queso ready in just 5 minutes! Cheesy, quick and easy to make, and perfect for serving with nachos, burrito bowls, tacos, and more!
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Ceramic baking dish filled with Creamy Roasted Jalapeno Vegan Queso
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Roasted Jalapeño Vegan Queso (7 ingredients!)
7-ingredient vegan queso with spicy roasted jalapeño, smoky spices, and cheesy flavor from nutritional yeast. The creamiest dairy-free cheese on the block.
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Skillet filled with Vegan Green Chili Queso surrounded by tortilla chips
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Vegan Green Chili Queso
Creamy, flavorful Vegan Queso infused with green chilis for a subtle spice! The perfect plant-based dip for Mexican meals.
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Skillet of Summer Corn and Cotija Cheese Dip topped with green onion
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Summer Corn and Cotija Cheese Dip
A dip with fresh corn and Mexican cotija cheese. Decadent tasting while surprisingly light. Best of all: so simple and flavorful.
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Two gold spoons in a skillet of Cheesy Jalapeno Corn Dip
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Cheesy Jalapeño Corn Dip
Easy, 10-ingredient cheesy jalapeño corn dip that's entirely vegan and gluten-free! Perfectly sweet, spicy, and savory ⁠— the perfect dip for summer!
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Bowls with our Southwest Black Bean Dip recipe and with plantain chips
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Southwest Sweet Potato Black Bean Dip
Loaded with wholesome, everyday ingredients, this 30-minute Southwest Sweet Potato Black Bean Dip can be enjoyed as an appetizer or side dish on Mexican night. It’s also a great addition to burrito bowls, tacos, nachos, and more!
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Sides & Salads

Picking up a Mexican Pinwheel from a plate for a delicious appetizer
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Mexican Pinwheels
Easy, 6-layer Mexican pinwheels with refried beans, avocado, vegan Mexican cheese, and more! The perfect savory, satisfying side, snack, or appetizer!
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Bowl of dressing surrounded by Mexican Quinoa Salad Cups
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Mexican Quinoa Salad Cups with Creamy Cilantro Lime Dressing
30-minute Mexican quinoa salad cups loaded with fiber, protein, and healthy fats from quinoa, black beans, sweet potatoes, and a creamy, vegan cilantro-lime dressing!
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Vegan Chipotle Ranch Dressing drizzled over our fresh Grilled Corn Salad recipe
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Grilled Corn Salad with Vegan Chipotle Ranch Dressing (30 Minutes!)
Easy, 30-minute grilled corn salad perfect for summer gatherings. Pair with just about any main and top with our Easy Vegan Chipotle Ranch Dressing!
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Baking sheet with Grilled Corn drizzled with Vegan Sriracha Aioli
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Grilled Corn with Sriracha Aioli
Perfect grilled corn with a savory, spicy sriracha aioli. The perfect summer side dish or snack. 10 ingredients, vegan, and gluten-free.
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Pouring Creamy Orange Chili Dressing onto a bowl of Vegan Mexican Quinoa Salad
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Black Bean Quinoa Salad with Orange Lime Dressing
An easy, 30-minute Mexican-inspired salad with quinoa, corn, black beans, avocado, and a creamy orange, lime, and chili dressing! Healthy, delicious, and so satisfying.
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Tacos

Using a spoon to add mango salsa to a breakfast taco
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Vegan Chorizo Breakfast Tacos
Incredibly delicious breakfast tacos with vegan chorizo, oven-roasted potatoes, salsa, and avocado! Super versatile, easy to make, and packed with flavor. Just 30 minutes required!
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Platter filled with our Easy Jackfruit Tacos recipe for a delicious plant-based meal
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Spicy Jackfruit Tacos (1-Pot Meal!)
Spicy Vegan Jackfruit Tacos made in 1 pan in about 30 minutes! An insanely delicious, easy-to-make filling that's perfect for tacos, taco salads, burritos, nachos, and more!
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Two Portobello & Butternut Squash Tacos on a wood plank
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Saucy Portobello & Butternut Squash Tacos
Insanely saucy and delicious portobello mushroom and butternut squash tacos. Hearty, healthy, and ready in less than 30 minutes. The perfect plant-based, gluten-free lunch or dinner.
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Wood board filled with Roasted Cauliflower Tacos made with Adobo Romesco
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Roasted Cauliflower Tacos with Chipotle Romesco
Smoky, roasted cauliflower tacos with a spicy chipotle romesco sauce! An easy (30 minutes!) and flavorful plant-based meal that’s versatile, healthy, and so satisfying!
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Spoonful of dairy-free chipotle aioli resting on a platter of Grilled Fish Tacos with Pineapple Cabbage Slaw
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Grilled Fish Tacos with Pineapple Cabbage Slaw
Quick & easy grilled fish tacos with pineapple-cabbage slaw and creamy chipotle aioli! Light flavors, perfect for grilling season and beyond! Just 10 ingredients and 30 minutes required.
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Platter of Spicy Baked Fish Tacos with limes and guacamole
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Spicy Baked Fish Tacos (30 minutes!)
The easiest (most delicious!) way to make fish tacos: tossed in smoky spices and baked to perfection. Just 30 minutes required, and naturally dairy- and gluten-free.
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Mains

Picking up a vegan black bean quesadilla from a stack
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Vegan Quesadillas with Smoky Black Beans
Comforting, flavorful vegan quesadillas with smoky spices, “cheddar cheese,” and black beans! A satisfying, plant-based meal with just 9 ingredients and 30 minutes required!
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Jackfruit taquitos on a plate around a bowl of green salsa
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Crispy Baked Jackfruit Taquitos (Vegan, GF)
Unbelievably crispy and delicious vegan taquitos filled with a savory, smoky jackfruit filling! Perfect for making ahead and storing in the freezer for a quick snack! Just 10 ingredients required.
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Bowl of healthy vegan Mexican Chipotle Black Bean Tortilla Soup
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Chipotle Black Bean Tortilla Soup
1-Pot Chipotle Black Bean Tortilla Soup! Hearty, simple, and so satisfying. The perfect make-ahead meal for easy lunches and dinners!
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Plate and baking dish filled with our vegan Sweet Potato Black Bean Enchiladas
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Sweet Potato Black Bean Enchiladas
Smoky, hearty vegan enchiladas with black beans, roasted sweet potatoes, and kale! This recipe puts our Easy Red Enchilada Sauce to use. The perfect simple, 9-ingredient meal for Mexican night!
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Cauliflower Rice Burrito Bowls made with guacamole, cilantro, and black beans
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Cauliflower Rice Burrito Bowl
Flavorful 30-minute burrito bowls made with seasoned cauliflower rice, black beans, grilled peppers and onions, and guacamole! Hearty, plant-based fun.
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Grabbing a spoonful of Vegan Tortilla Soup topped with cilantro and avocado
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1-Pot Vegan Tortilla Soup
Brothy, vegan tortilla soup made in 1 pot! Shredded jackfruit is infused with garlic, chipotle peppers, vegetable broth, and lime. A hearty side or entrée for Mexican night.
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Pan of Vegan Tofu Chilaquiles topped with fresh cilantro and onion
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Chipotle Tofu Chilaquiles
30-minute Vegan Chilaquiles with 5-ingredient chipotle sauce, DIY baked chips, and a hearty tofu scramble on top! Flavorful, fast, and seriously satisfying.
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Fork cutting into a bite of Sweet Potato Black Bean Tamales
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Sweet Potato Black Bean Tamales
Easy tamales stuffed with roasted sweet potatoes and chipotle-seasoned black beans. Just 10 ingredients and simple methods required for this hearty, plant-based, naturally gluten-free dish!
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Vintage spoon in a pan of Cornbread and Black Bean Enchilada Skillet
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Cornbread & Black Bean Enchilada Bake
Flavorful, hearty skillet bake with black bean enchilada filling and a fluffy cornbread topping. Tastes like chili topped with cornbread but so much faster and easier to make! Just 10 ingredients required. Naturally plant-based and gluten-free optional.
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Baking pan filled with Cauliflower Rice Stuffed Peppers
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Cauliflower Rice Stuffed Peppers
Savory, simple, 10-ingredient stuffed peppers with cauliflower rice, black beans, smoky seasonings, and salsa! A hearty, healthy, plant-based meal.
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Enchilada-stuffed butternut squash topped with guacamole, cilantro, and red onion
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Enchilada-Stuffed Butternut Squash
Sweet roasted butternut squash stuffed with black beans and smoky red enchilada sauce! The perfect savory-sweet, hearty, satisfying meal for fall and winter! Just 7 ingredients required.
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Cutting board of Spanish Quinoa Stuffed Peppers topped with avocado, cilantro, and onion
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Mexican Quinoa Stuffed Peppers
Amazing Mexican-inspired quinoa stuffed peppers made with just 10 ingredients! Simple, flavorful, full of protein and fiber, and entirely vegan and gluten-free!
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Pan of our healthy gluten-free vegan Butternut Squash and Black Bean Enchiladas recipe
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Butternut Squash Black Bean Enchiladas
Simple butternut squash black bean enchiladas made from scratch with just 10 ingredients! A savory, satisfying plant-based meal even picky eaters will love.
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Plate of Stuffed Poblano Peppers with rice and sliced avocado
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Vegan Stuffed Poblano Peppers
Easy, 9-ingredient Vegan Stuffed Poblano Peppers with brown rice, pinto beans, and a simple avocado crema! A healthy, flavorful, plant-based meal.
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Bowl of chicken tortilla soup topped with avocado, sliced radish, and tortilla chips
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Easy Chicken Tortilla Soup (Instant Pot Friendly!)
Easy chicken tortilla soup that’s smoky, spicy, perfectly brothy, and undeniably comforting! Made in the Instant Pot for an incredibly flavorful meal with just 1 pot required!
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Pot of homemade Green Chile Chicken Tamales
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Easy Green Chile Chicken Tamales
Green Chile Chicken Tamales that are lard-free, dairy-free, gluten-free, easy to make, and incredibly delicious. 10 ingredients and perfect for meal prepping and freezer meals. The ultimate comfort food!
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Fork resting in a Grain-Free Burrito Bowl topped with guacamole
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Grain-Free Burrito Bowls with Shredded Mexican Chicken
Hearty, grain-free burrito bowls with veggies, beans, and shredded Mexican chicken! Just 10 basic ingredients required for this satisfying, customizable meal!
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Drinks & Desserts

Plate of gluten-free vegan flan
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Easy Vegan Flan (No-Bake!)
Creamy, luxurious vegan flan with salted caramel sauce, no baking required! Surprisingly easy to make with just 7 simple ingredients.
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Top down shot of two glasses of Date-Sweetened Horchata with cinnamon sticks as straws
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Date-Sweetened Horchata
Dates replace sugar in this healthier version of homemade horchata. Hints of cinnamon and vanilla pop through in each sip — perfectly refreshing on a warm day.
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Baking sheet with Creamy Dulce de Leche Pops on wooden popsicle sticks
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Creamy Dulce de Leche Pops
Amazing 5-ingredient Dulce de Leche Pops made with coconut milk and naturally sweetened with dates and maple syrup. Salty, sweet, and SO creamy and delicious! A healthier dessert for the caramel lover.
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Two glasses of our Strawberry Rhubarb Margarita recipe
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Rhubarb Strawberry Margaritas
6-ingredient rhubarb strawberry margaritas with silver tequila, lime juice, and a homemade rhubarb-strawberry syrup. Tart-sweet, easy to make, and perfect for spring!
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Wood cutting board with lime wedges and Chili Lime Mango Margaritas
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Chili Lime Mango Margaritas
Simple mango margaritas with orange, lime, agave, and silver tequila! Cold, sweet, tangy, and subtly spiced. Perfect for Mexican food and warm weather!
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Lime wedges around glasses of Watermelon Margaritas
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Best Watermelon Margaritas (3 Ingredients!)
The best Watermelon Margaritas with just 3 ingredients! Naturally sweet from the watermelon, tangy from the lime, and spiked with silver tequila!
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