Here you will find our collection of traditional Mexican recipes along with recommendations for sides and toppings to complete your meal. These authentic and traditional dishes use fresh and humble ingredients and feature some of Mexican cuisine’s most delicious flavours. 

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Traditional Mexican
RECIPES

Our traditional Mexican recipes are the authentic dishes you will find bubbling away in the kitchens of Mexican homes. They are steeped in history, full of fresh ingredients and lots of flavour. There are some recipes that take centre stage at special occasions and others that are perfect for the everyday. Here are a few of our favourites we make time and time again!

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Learn more about traditional Mexican dishes: Salsas & GuacamoleCarnitasCarne AsadaBarbacoaPozoleMoleChilaquilesPork PibilTostadas & SopesCactus

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The Gran Luchito range is perfect for making authentic Mexican dishes at home! A dollop of our signature smoky Gran Luchito Chipotle Paste adds loads of flavour to dishes.
Gran Luchito Refried Beans and Cantina Beans are made in Mexico from authentic recipes and are handy pantry staples that make delicious sides or flavourful layers in recipes.

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Traditional Mexican
RECIPES

When we think of authentic Mexican food, tacos are definitely one of the first things that come to mind, but there is so much more to Mexican food! Fresh, homemade guacamole and pico de gallo, slow cooked pulled pork, and whole fish Mexican style are just a few traditional dishes. Here we are sharing our favourite traditional Mexican recipes, we hope we inspire you to try a few!

Roast Turkey Breast

Roast Turkey Breast

Roast turkey breast covered with delicious al pastor marinade, served with warm Soft Taco Wraps and grilled pineapple seasoned with Garlic and Guajillo Fajita and Taco Mix. Yum!... See full recipe

Tamales, Mexican street food

Tamales

Here is our special hot tamales recipe where we use our Chipotle Paste to cook the beef and make it into delicious and succulent meat, ready to go into the traditional tamales.... See full recipe

Pozole Soup

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

Stuffed Poblano Peppers

Stuffed Poblano Peppers

“Chiles rellenos” are stuffed poblano peppers, covered in a light batter made of egg whites whisked until stiff, then shallow fried and served with a homemade tomato sauce.... See full recipe

Tuna Tostadas

Tuna Tostadas

A crispy corn tostada is topped with smoky Chipotle Mayo, then a delicious fresh tuna ceviche marinated in lime and soy and topped with crispy leeks - an epic starter!... See full recipe

Chipotle Butter

Chipotle Butter

The irresistible, smoky butter you will want to slather on everything! Butter is mixed with a dollop of smoky Chipotle Paste. We love putting it on grilled steak.... See full recipe

Mexican Chipotle Rice

Mexican Rice With Chipotle

Authentic, restaurant style Mexican rice is easier than you think to make at home and goes with just about any Mexican meal, ours has a delicious dollop of Chipotle... See full recipe

Mexican Roast Chicken

Mexican Roast Chicken Recipe

A roast chicken bursting with Mexican flavours. Chipotle Paste and butter are rubbed all over the bird, lime and coriander to finish - it's been called best Sunday roast ever!... See full recipe

Whole Fish Mexican Style

Whole Fish Mexican Style

Inspired by one of our favourite Mexican Chef’s, Gabriela Camara, and her famous dish “Pescado a la Talla”, which is served at her restaurant Contramar in Mexico City. ... See full recipe

Pollo Asado

Pollo Asado

This Pollo Asado recipe for Mexican Grilled Chicken has an irresistible, flavourful, citrusy, chipotle flavour marinade. Talk about finger licking good -you have to try!... See full recipe

Mexican Steak, Recipes with Chipotle Paste

Mexican Steak

Make your Mexican Steak taste even better by marinating it with a dollop of our Chipotle Paste for a smoky depth of flavour that is truly irresistible.... See full recipe

Pulled Pork Chimichanga

This pulled pork chimichanga recipe is basically a crispy deep-fried burrito with pulled pork and it tastes as good as it sounds! Serve with homemade guacamole.... 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

Chicken Traybake

Chicken Traybake

An easy chicken traybake is the perfect answer to feed your family. What’s not to love about an easy chicken traybake with delicious chicken juices and vegetables?... 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

finished dish

Cheese Empanadas

These Cheese Empanadas with sweet potato and brie are easy to make using pre-made shortcrust pastry sheets, full of flavour and spice and a total crowd pleaser.... See full recipe

Tortilla Soup

Tortilla Soup

One of the loveliest soups in Mexico is tortilla soup. We prepare it with our Lightly Salted Tortilla Chips, fresh avocado, fresh coriander and our Crunchy Salsa Macha.... 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

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Beef Picadillo Recipe

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

Finished dish of Mushroom Molletes

Mushroom Molletes

Have you ever had Molletes? They're a beloved Mexican open toastie normally enjoyed as “almuerzo” or “brunch” in English. This recipe has delicious, buttery girolles.... 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

Torta

Torta

A torta is not just any Mexican sandwich! Layers of flavours are put together to create the ultimate sandwich. Our tasty chorizo torta will be your new lunchtime favourite!... See full recipe

Chorizo Sandwich recipe

Chorizo Sandwich

We love the chorizo tortas layered with beans, spicy chorizo sausage and melty cheese you find in Mexico so much so we decided to recreate one and came up with our Chorizo Sandwich.... See full recipe

Chorizo Salad Recipe

Chorizo Salad

The bold, bright flavour of chorizo shines in this recipe! Layered with roasted potatoes, rocket and sweet corn, this salad stands on its own as a main or a hearty starter.... See full recipe

Mexican Shepherds Pie, Mexican fusion recipes

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 favs.... See full recipe

Chicken Taquitos

Chicken Taquitos

A sure fire way to get the party started is to whip up a batch of our easy chipotle Chicken Taquitos! These can be made as a starter, party snack or tasty dinner!... See full recipe

Smoky Chicken Tostadas

Smoky Chicken Tostadas

Loading up our large quarter cut tortilla chips with cheese, smoky chicken and Chipotle Salsa makes an irresistible snack in this Smoky Chicken Tostadas recipe. ... 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

Mexican Fish Stew

Mexican Fish Stew

This is a real treat of a dish made with delicious fish, shellfish, chorizo in a spicy chipotle tomato broth with a glug of wine, perfect for entertaining!... See full recipe

Chicken Mole

Chicken Mole

Mole is one of the most important dishes in Mexican gastronomy. Here is our traditional mole recipe, prepared in a simple way so that everyone can prepare it at home.... See full recipe

Gran Luchito Authentic

Traditional Mexican
Dishes

Here we delve deeper into our top 10 signature dishes of Mexico. These are the unmistakably authentic dishes you will find as part of everyday life or special occasions in Mexico. We also have some recommendations on what to pair with these signature dishes with – delicious sides and toppings to bring your Mexican feast to life!

1. Salsas and Guacamole

You will find salsas served with just about every meal in Mexico.

Street stalls offer a range of delicious choices with staples including green salsa made with tomatillos and salsa roja which is a red salsa made with fresh tomatoes.

Pico de Gallo (translated means rooster’s beak) is made with fresh tomato, chilli & coriander; and, of course, guacamole made with lovely ripe avocados.

Salsa in Mexico is typically quite spicy and who can blame them as they have so many wonderful chilli peppers to choose from.

2. Carnitas

One of the most symbolic dishes in Mexico is Carnitas.

Spanish settlers introduced pork into Mexican cuisine along with beef, sheep, chicken, goat, garlic, tomatoes and rice. Carnitas originates from Michoacán in Mexico and translated means “little meats”, referring to the little bite-sized crispy bits of meat that are braised and then fried.

Carnitas is a dish in its own right but our favourite way to enjoy it is wrapped up in tortillas.

3. Carne Asada

Carne Asada translated means “grilled meats” and it is grilled thinly sliced steak often found as a filling in tacos and burritos in Mexico.

What makes this steak so delicious is the authentic carne asada marinade made with lime juice which brings a fresh brightness and tenderises the meat. We like to add a sprinkle of Gran Luchito Smoky Chipotle Fajita & Taco Mix for an added depth of flavour.

The carne asada is then dressed simply in wraps with a bit of guacamole and salsa to allow the beautiful steak flavour to come through.

4. Barbacoa

Barbacoa is a tender, slow-cooked beef or lamb which often features on the menu for special celebrations and occasions.

Traditionally cooked in a hole in the ground, lined with rocks and filled with wood. The meat cooks in a pot on top along with chillies, garlic, onion and is covered with maguey leaves for extra flavour until tender.

In our barbacoa versions, we modernised a traditional lamb barbacoa tacos recipe so that it cooks in the oven and the in our slow cooker beef barbacoa the beef brisket cooks in the slow cooker.

5. Pozole

Pronounced po’sole, Pozole is a traditional spicy broth-based soup made with hominy – a type of maize that is most commonly found in Latin America – and meat.

In our version we add a dollop of Gran Luchito Chipotle Paste which adds delicious, smoky flavour to the broth.

This soup is cooked low and slow for a few hours which is why we like to make a big batch and have friends and family over to enjoy it!

6. Mole

Pronounced MOE-lay and one of the most famous authentic Mexican dishes, Mole is a popular traditional Mexican chilli-based sauce.

Like most things in Mexico due to its size, there are many regional variations. The most well-known are those from the southern regions of Oaxaca and Puebla and they include chocolate.

Moles are notorious for their complexity to make and the high number of ingredients used to make them. If you have a few hours spare we recommend giving our chicken mole recipe a go!

7. Chilaquiles

Chilaquiles (pronounced chee-lah-kee-lehs) translated from Nahuatl language means “chillis” and “greens”.

A traditional Mexican breakfast dish, chilaquiles features crispy tortillas simmered with salsa or mole sauce and topped with other accompaniments including cheese.

In our version we add Gran Luchito Chipotle Paste to the passata from a smoky rojo (red) sauce but you could also use Gran Luchito Tomatillo Salsa to make a chilaquiles verdes/

8. Pork Pibil

Pork Pibil, traditionally from the Yucatán Peninsula, uses a Pib to cook the pork – the Mayan oven made with a hole in the ground lined with hot stones.

The distinctive pork pibil marinade is  made with bitter oranges, spices, and annatto seeds which give the vibrant burnt orange colour to this dish brings the magic to this dish.

In our Pork Pibil Tacos recipe the pork shoulder steaks are marinated overnight and cooked low and slow for incredible tasting, tender meat.

9. Tostadas & Sopes

Tostadas are like a crunchy taco but flat. Using a comal (a smooth, flat griddle pan from Mexico), corn tortillas are heated until crispy. A tasty and crunchy cracker-like base, you can top them with almost anything.

Similar to a tortilla, sopes tend to be softer and thicker and frequently served with beans, sour cream, salsa, shredded lettuce and sometimes meat.

Our favourite tostada has to be the tuna tostada with crispy leeks like the ones you will find at Contramar in Mexico City – pure culinary heaven!

10. Cactus

We’re guessing the last thing you think of when looking at a cactus is “let me put this in my mouth!” Surprisingly though, cactus is a staple in authentic Mexican cooking.

Known as Nopales or Prickly Pear, the thorns of the cactus are carefully removed from the pads and then sliced.

Nopales have a bright, sour taste and there are so many uses. You will find them in tacos on their own or as an accompaniment. But you’ll also find Nopales as a topping in salads and stews, stuffed into quesadillas, scrambled with eggs, layered over chorizo nachos or as a side dish.

Epic Side Dishes for our authentic Mexican dishes

These Mexican side dishes are full of flavour and pair well with so many traditional Mexican mains:

Frijoles and Mexican Black Beans are made with our Cantina Beans. both Mexican sides are delicious with pork dishes including our Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

Mexican Corn is an irresistible side dish with a sauce made with parmesan, lime juice, Gran Luchito Chipotle Mayo and coriander. It’s perfect with Pollo Asado and Mexican Roast Chicken.

Delicious toppings to complete authentic Mexican dishes

These are some of our favourite toppings, these are the perfect finishing touches for an epic Mexican feast:

We love to serve dishes with bowls of Homemade Guacamole, fresh uncooked tomato salsa known as Pico de Gallo, and a smoky Chipotle Crema made with sour cream, creme fraîche or Greek yoghurt and a dollop of Chipotle Paste for a contrast of tastes.

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Mexican Classics
FAQs

Do you have some questions regarding traditional Mexican dishes? We’ve put together some FAQ answers below. If you want to learn even more be sure to check out the Gran Luchito Youtube Channel.

What are traditional Mexican dishes?

Mexican cuisine varies greatly by region but we think some of the greats include mole, elotes (Mexican corn on the cob), enchiladas, tacos (our favourites are Al Pastor and Baja), breakfast dishes such as chilaquiles and huevos rancheros, and no list would be complete without guacamole!

What is Mexico's national dish?

Mole (pronounced mōh-lāy) is officially the national dish of Mexico. Like most Mexican cuisine, mole varies quite a bit by region but the common elements include a fruit, chillies, nuts and spices.

Are enchiladas considered authentic Mexican food?

Yes, enchiladas originate from Mexico where the practice of rolling tortillas around various fillings dates back to the Mayan times. In their original form as street food you would find them as corn tortillas dipped in a red chilli sauce. In Spanish, the word Enchilar, a derivative of enchilada, means to season with chilli peppers. Now there are many different variations of enchiladas which reflect the influence different cultures have had on Mexican cuisine.

Is traditional Mexican food healthy?

Many of the traditional Mexican dishes which use lard, fattier cuts of meat, and cheese are not considered healthy, but Mexican food is diversifying and innovating. You will find many dishes that are more healthy - corn and wheat tortillas are naturally lower in fat so tacos can be a great option as are grilled meats. Mexican dishes also often have lots of interesting veggies and flavourings.

What do Mexicans eat on special occasions?

Food lies at the heart of Mexican culture so it's no surprise there are lots of dishes eaten on the various holidays and festivals in Mexico. These include Tamales, Chile en Nogada, Mole, Pozole and Buñuelos.