In need of Mexican recipes perfect for making ahead in big batches and freezing for later? Our collection of Mexican batch cooking recipes takes all the hassle away. Perfect for when you don’t have time to make something from scratch. All you need to do is take one out the freezer the night before and pop it in the oven once it’s defrosted. Busy days with not much time, but many mouths to feed are sorted!

Batch Cooking Recipes

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The best batch cooking recipes are the ones that are family friendly and made to literally dig into. A chilli con carne goes at the top of our list, closely followed by a few classics with a Mexican twist! A chicken stew only needs a couple of dollops of our signature Chipotle Paste to pack a punch and be instantly made Mexican. Our pulled pork enchiladas are also a real crowd pleaser that you can make in advance and then freeze.

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Everything you need to batch cook at home!

Gran Luchito has everything you need to make delicious batch cooking recipes for freezing.

First up, always have some Gran Luchito Chipotle Paste in your cupboard, as this will add our signature smoky heat to the dish, and it goes into many of the batch cooking recipes. 

Next, top the dishes off with some Serrano Chillies and Sliced Green Cactus, for added flavour and spice!

Finally, always have some Lightly Salted Tortilla Chips to hand on the side for dunking into the stews or just enjoying alongside the meal.

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Batch Cooking

Here are our best batch cooking recipes, perfect for lunch or dinner. We’ve included fish, chicken, beef and veggie to make sure there’s something for everyone! Some of these would be perfect served with just a simple crisp green salad, but for something more, take a look at our Mexican Side Dishes for inspiration.

Chilli Con Carne finished dish, with Recipes with Chipotle Paste

Easy Chilli Con Carne Recipe

The smoky flavour from our chipotle paste makes this one of the very best Chilli Con Carne recipes and our version is quick and easy enough to make for a quick midweek meal.... See full recipe

Mexican Pork Recipes, recipes with Chipotle Paste

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

A bit of big pork shoulder infused with our famous Chipotle Paste then slowly cooked until tender. Perfect as a showstopper with leftovers ideal for a few quick meals!... See full recipe

Chile Colorado finished dish

Chile Colorado

Chile colorado is a popular recipe in the north of Mexico, where dried chillies are toasted, soaked, crushed into a red brick coloured smooth sauce, along with our Chipotle Paste!... See full recipe

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Pozole Soup

This authentic Pozole Soup recipe is cooked slow 'n low with Chipotle Paste for a rich, spicy brothy soup with lots of veggies - perfect for a cold night.... See full recipe

Vegan Pozole finished dish

Vegan Pozole

Vegan pozole is a traditional Mexican soup crafted without animal products, replacing pork with ingredients like hominy, vegetables, and flavourful spices. It offers a rich, hearty taste, complemented by the essence of herbs and chilli peppers.... See full recipe

Chilorio finished dish


Chilorio is a flavourful Mexican dish consisting of shredded pork cooked in a spicy chili sauce. It is deliciously versatile and enjoyed in various ways.... See full recipe



Bacalao is one of those special dishes that's preserved by grandmas in Mexican families and passed on from generation to generation. A delicious fish stew using salted cod!... See full recipe

Slow Cooker Chipotle Lamb

Slow Cooker Lamb

For melt-in-your-mouth tender meat full of sensationally smoky flavour, try this super easy recipe for Slow Cooker Chipotle Lamb. Minimum effort with the best results!... See full recipe

Mexican Pulled Chicken

Mexican Pulled Chicken

Chicken thighs simmered with Chipotle Paste, orange juice, apple cider vinegar and stock turns regular chicken into the tastiest Mexican pulled chicken.... See full recipe

Vegan Chilli Con Carne finished dish

Vegan Chilli

This vegan chilli con carne is perfect for a healthy, meat-free meal made extra delicious by roasting the veggies with Chipotle Paste to flavour perfection... See full recipe

Mexican Chicken Soup

Mexican Chicken Soup

There's nothing more comforting than a bowl of hearty warm soup during a cold winter's day. Well this is exactly what we had in mind when we created this recipe.... See full recipe

Mexican Chicken Stew

Mexican Chicken Stew

Throw everything in a pot with our smoky Chipotle Paste, cook slow ‘n’ low until the meat falls apart and flavours blend together to make something really special.... See full recipe

Vegan Mexican Stew finished dish

Vegan Mexican Stew

There is nothing more comforting than a big bowl of hearty stew on a winter's day. Our recipe is plant based and has loads of flavour veg without the meat.... See full recipe

Beef Picadillo

Beef Picadillo

One of the easiest meals to prepare, beef mince is fried with onions and garlic, then cooked with diced vegetables, served with refried beans and Mexican rice on the side. ... See full recipe

Carne en su Jugo

Carne En Su Jugo

This quick beef stew is served with fried crispy bacon on top, finely diced onion, finely chopped coriander, with tortillas on the side. Pure Mexican comfort food in a bowl!... See full recipe

Mexican Meatballs

Mexican Meatballs

Mexican Meatballs or “Albondigas” in Spanish, are known for being a very homely dish in Mexico, meant to bring comfort and a lovely everyday meal for your family.... See full recipe

Mexican Shepherd's Pie

Mexican Shepherd’s Pie

This Mexican Shepherds pie recipe was one of the first recipes that we made using our chipotle paste and over 200 recipes later, it's honestly still one of our favourites.... See full recipe

Slow Cooker Barbacoa Beef

Slow Cooker Barbacoa Beef

Our Slow Cooker Barbacoa Beef recipe is yet another reason to love the slow cooker! It cooks beef to perfection, full of flavour and so tender it falls apart.... See full recipe

Ultimate Chilli Con Carne

Ultimate Chilli Con Carne

We take this chilli con carne recipe up a notch with melt-in-your-mouth chunks of slow-smoked chuck steak flavoured with our smoky Chipotle Paste, truly the ultimate chilli.... See full recipe

Mexican Lasagna

Mexican Lasagna

We reckon everyone knows how to make a lasagna and making it Mexican couldn’t be easier! If comfort food is what you are looking for, this is comfort food at its best. ... See full recipe

Enchilada Soup

Enchilada Soup

Bring the coziness of enchiladas to your home with this recipe for Enchilada Soup! We guarantee that you'll love this lovely and hearty soup that you'll be making again and again.... See full recipe

Caldo Tlalpeno

Caldo Tlalpeño

Caldo Tlalpeño is a hearty Mexican soup made with a chicken and tomato based broth, shredded chicken, vegetables and rice. It's seriously nourishing and satisfying, perfect for the cold!... See full recipe

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Side dishes to go with your batch cooked recipes

Although these aren’t the best sides to actually batch cook, we think they are perfect to serve alongside your homemade freezer meals.

Serve up some Mexican Green Beans using our Crunchy Salsa Macha which makes them so deliciously spicy, with a lovely light crunch from the ground peanuts. This recipe would go really well with our Mexican Fish Pie, Mexican Shepherd’s Pie or Mexican Chicken Pie.

A light and fresh Mexican Salad with a spicy and smoky homemade chipotle dressing would be perfect to serve with Pulled Pork Enchiladas or Mexican Lasagne.

Some of our delicious Mexican Rice would be a good one to pair with one of our chilli recipes, Mexican Chicken Stew, or Creamy Coriander Chicken.

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See below for our frequently asked questions about these batch cooking recipes. Ask any questions you like in the comments section of the recipes! To learn more about authentic Mexican cooking check out the Gran Luchito Youtube Channel.

What is needed to batch cook?

For your healthy meal prep you will need some large pans. Make sure the recipe you plan to cook will fit into the pans you have available. You'll also need a sharp knife and cutting board to prepare your ingredients, as well as storage containers. Invest in some reusable plastic or glass containers that are freezer-friendly.

What are the benefits of batch cooking?

Batch cooking saves time, saves money, lets you eat healthily all week and allows you to further enjoy the food that you have made. It's also fun, let's face it. Sometimes there's nothing more satisfying than taking out a home-cooked meal from the freezer for dinner that night, with no need to cook that day!

How do you store batch cooked food?

Make sure you portion up your batches. If you want one big one for a dinner party, do it in a big dish, or make 4 smaller portions for separate meals for 2 etc. Make sure you freeze in ovenproof dishes. Make sure the meals are covered properly so that no air can get inside.

Is batch cooking cheaper?

When you're low on time, having standby lunches and dinners in the freezer can be a lifesaver. Equally, making big batches often works out cheaper than making smaller meals.