10 Quick and Easy TexMex Meals


Tex Mex is a blend of flavors that originate from the southwest border of Texas and Mexico. This type of food blends American cuisine with that of Mexican food and creates a harmonious union that is appreciated by many. While Tex-Mex has traditional Mexican foods, you can easily see the American influence by combining dishes together. 

With so many different types of amazing Tex-Mex meals, it’s easy to plan your next blended meal that is truly unlike any other.

Mexican chicken salad - Who doesn’t love chicken salad on a hot summer day? This meal is traditionally served cold and it is a fantastic mixture of chicken and sauces. To give your chicken salad a Mexican flair, add taco seasonings to your mayonnaise, sour cream or yogurt used as a dressing.  Then wrap in lettuce leaves and enjoy!

Mexican mac and cheese – Creamy and delicious, this dish is a wonderful recipe that combines American and Mexican foods. Prepare taco meat as desired. Save time by using a pre-packaged taco seasoning, such as Ortega Hot & Spicy seasoning Mix. Combine meat and mac and cheese into a casserole dish and cover with shredded cheese. Bake for 15 minutes at 425 degrees or until the cheese is melted. Top the casserole with sliced jalapenos, fresh salsa and cilantro.

Tex-Mex Veggie Medley – This veggie medley is a perfect afternoon pick-me-up or quick dinner. Simply choose vegetables and beans that pair well. For example, black beans and sweet potatoes or pinto beans, corn salsa and avocado taste terrific together. Mix your combination together to form a meal in minutes. Serve over a bed of citrus rice and top with a dollop of sour cream.

Mexican meatballs in a stew- Making this dish is so simple. With just 5 ingredients added to your slow cooker, you can set and forget this meal until you’re ready to serve. Combine black beans, cooked meatballs (prepared with taco meat seasoning), yellow corn, diced tomatoes and beef broth.  Slow cook for 4 hours and serve.

7 layer dip – Create a signature dip that people will beg you to bring to their next party. Start with a layer of refried beans, top with a layer of guacamole, and then salsa. Next it’s time to smooth on a layer of sour cream. Once your sour cream is set, add cheese, olives and finally another round of salsa. You can also put finishing touches on this dip with avocado slices and cilantro.

Potato skin nachos – This quick and creative take on traditional nachos is a cinch to prepare and is completely filling. Start with fully baked potatoes. Cut in half and remove meat, leaving only skin and a small layer of potato. Place on a baking tray and add your favorite nacho ingredients. Bake for 5-10 minutes at 400 degrees or until cheese is melted. Top with sliced peppers, salsa and sour cream.

Eggs and chorizo breakfast scramble – This spicy breakfast meal combines eggs and Mexican sausages into a classic breakfast mixture. Combine cooked chorizo, scrambled or fried eggs, and cut potatoes into a skillet. Add your favorite seasoning to taste, or top with hot sauce if you love extra spice.

 Mexican Pizza – What could be more Tex-Mex but an American favorite with a Mexican flair. Simply top your pizza crust with a layer of black or refried beans, chicken or seasoned beef, jalapeno peppers and cheese. After baking, add cilantro and sliced green onion.

Bean Dip- Bean dip makes a meal when paired with simple condiments. Start by heating refried or black beans in a casserole dish. Add cheese to the top after beans are heated. Return to oven and bake until cheese is melted. Create a buffet of toppings that include different types of salsa, chopped green onions, diced tomatoes, white onions, and jalapeno peppers. Include sour cream with taco seasoning mixed in for added flavor.

Fajitas – Fajitas combine the love of meat with simple Mexican additions and create a Tex-Mex favorite. Start with your choice of sautéed beef or chicken and serve with a chargrilled tortilla, salsa, rice and beans.