Hatch green chile enchiladas
Photography by Matt Taylor-Gross

Can’t make it to Mexico this year? No worries, just spend a few weeks cooking authentic Mexican comfort food for dinner. Cool salsas and creamy guacamole help make Mexican food a warm-weather staple, but the country’s homey stews and flavorful braised meats are among our favorites when the days get cooler. Add in satisfying Tex-Mex classics like nachos and quesadillas and you’ve got some of the best comfort food around. We’ve rounded up our best Mexican and Tex-Mex comfort food recipes.

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2) Braise or Steam Meats and Fish

Adding beer to the batter helps the fish for these tacos fry up golden brown and lightly crispy.

Classic Guacamole


Potato Tacos (Tacos de Papa)

Inspired by the potato tacos at Loncheria Otro Rollo in Bakersfield, these Tacolicious versions are stuffed with fluffy mashed potatoes and pan-fried until crisp. The accompanying smoky ranchero sauce also would be great as an accompaniment for meat or fish or spooned over eggs. Get the recipe for Potato Tacos (Tacos de Papa) »

Kay ‘n Dave’s Huevos Rancheros

The recipe for this take on the classic Mexican egg, bean, and tortilla dish comes from chef Alejo Grijalva of Brentwood, California’s Kay ‘n Dave’s restaurant. Get the recipe for Kay ‘n Dave’s Huevos Rancheros »

Chicken Enchiladas in Tomatillo-Cream Sauce (Enchiladas Suizas)

This cheesy, creamy dish originated at a Sanborns cafe in Mexico City in 1950. Its name, “Swiss enchiladas,” alludes to its copious use of dairy. Get the recipe for Chicken Enchiladas in Tomatillo-Cream Sauce (Enchiladas Suizas) »


In the 1950s, pickled jalapeños were sold whole or in strips; the now-familiar rings became available, not coincidentally, after nachos gained national popularity. Today, supermarkets offer an array of tortilla chips, shredded cheeses, and salsas, all intended to ease preparation of this Tex-Mex classic. This recipe brings us back to the joys of a simpler nacho. Get the recipe for Nachos »

Cadillac Nachos

A dead-simple, three-ingredient queso sauce is the secret to these nachos, which strike the perfect balance between rich, crunchy, spicy, and bright. Get the recipe for Cadillac Nachos »

Pork in Red Chile Sauce (Asado de Bodas)

This sumptuous stew makes a satisfying supper when paired with Mexican rice, pinto beans, and tortillas.

Posole Verde

This is a dish common to parts of southern Mexico. Posole is something of a Mexican analogue to ramen; but instead of noodles, posole uses hominy. Get the recipe for Posole Verde »