As far as I’m concerned, Mexican and Tex-Mex food is some of the best food out there.  I’m not talking Taco Bell here. 

I’m talking the homemade stuff and it’s waaay easier to make at home than you may think!  Here are a few (or you know, 22! ha!!) of our favorites in addition to the ones you can find in the Featured section at the top of the Home page.

Queso Fundido

Queso Fundido with Chorizo – Skip the restaurant cheese and make it at home with real cheese and smoky chorizo.

Taco Seasoning

DIY Taco Seasoning – Leave the packets and the sodium at the store and make your own taco mix.

Red Chile Chicken Enchiladas – The hallmark of Tex-Mex meals and truly a long-standing favorite in this house. These are THE BEST chicken enchiladas ever!

Homemade Enchilada Sauce

DIY Enchilada Sauce – If you want to short cut those enchiladas and use a rotisserie chicken, make the sauce by itself!  You’ll never consider buying canned enchilada sauce again.

Shrimp Tacos

Shrimp Tacos with Mango Salsa – These light and fresh shrimp tacos make for a super simple meal.

Black Bean and Corn Enchilada Nachos

Black Bean and Corn Enchilada Nachos – If you need another idea for the enchilada sauce, how about some nachos?

tex mex sloppy joes

Tex-Mex Sloppy Joes – A kicked-up version of the original American meal.

Baked Burritos with Sour Cream-Poblano Sauce

Baked Chicken Burritos with Sour Cream Poblano Sauce – The creamy poblano sauce on these crispy burritos is killer!

corn cakes with tomato avocado relish

Sweet Corn Cakes with Tomato and Avocado Relish – A fresh griddle corn cakes with a light “relish” on top – perfection.

Restaurant Style Queso Dip

Restaurant Style Queso Dip – No fake cheese here!  Just grab your tortilla chips and get started.

Healthy Turkey Tacos

Healthy Turkey Tacos – These tacos have become our go-to for Tuesday Taco Nights and I’ll bet they’ll be yours too.

Elly's World Famous Black Beans

Elly’s World Famous Black Beans – Homemade black beans far outweigh the flavorless beans you get in Mexican restaurants.  15 minutes to an amazing side dish.

Chipotle Mac and Cheese

Chipotle Mac and Cheese – Spicy and creamy – what more can you ask of a Tex-Mex mac and cheese?

Shrimp Tacos with Margarita Slaw

Shrimp Tacos with Margarita Slaw – Yes, more tacos (we eat a lot of tacos here) – but the margarita slaw makes these tacos spectacular!  Or opt for a carb-free version and serve the shrimp over the slaw like a salad.

Spicy Bean Burritos

Spicy Bean Burritos – We love our beans around here and they are clearly the star of these healthy burritos.

Bonus Cinco de Mayo Recipes!

BBQ Pulled Pork Taquitos
Street Corn Avocado Toast
Taco Lasagna
Jalapeño Cheddar Buttermilk Biscuits
Tequila Lime Chicken Tacos with Zucchini Slaw
Grilled Corn Guacamole
Layered Buffalo Chicken Nachos with Creamy Gorgonzola Cheese Sauce


we love to see what you make!

tag what you make with #smellslikehomeblog on Instagram and follow along with me in my New England kitchen!

  • Elaine @ Cooking to Perfection
    May 2, 2013 at 10:30 AM

    I’ve been looking for a good queso dip recipe! This is such an awesome recipe round-up, perfect for the upcoming festivities. The Tex Mex Sloppy Joes are calling my name. Can’t wait to try them!

  • Leah
    May 2, 2013 at 6:39 PM

    I have always wanted to try your restaurant style queso, and this weekend is the perfect excuse! I love Mexican food!

  • October 24, 2014 at 10:39 AM

    So sorry for the glitch! My web guys were doing some updates to the blog and things got a little wonky for a bit. I hope you’ve been able to find the soft pretzel recipe since then!

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