13 Mexican Dishes That Are the Whole Enchilada

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13 Mexican Dishes That Are the Whole Enchilada

Hungry for a taste of Mexico? These 13 dishes are like the whole enchilada of Mexican cuisine—full of flavor, spice, and everything nice. Each dish brings a fiesta to your table. Whether you’re craving a spicy kick or a burst of citrusy kick, these dishes have it all. Get ready to spice up your meals with these Mexican dishes that are the whole enchilada.

Overhead shot of quesabirria tacos with lime wedges.
Quesabirria Tacos. Photo credit: All Ways Delicious.

Flour Tortillas

Flour tortillas stacked on a plate.
Flour Tortillas. Photo credit: All Ways Delicious.

Did you forget the fork? No worries, with Flour Tortillas you’ve got the ultimate edible utensil. Wrap, roll, or simply tear apart, these pillowy rounds are the highlights of Mexican feasts, ready to mop up the last drizzles of sauce or to become the cozy blanket for your burrito baby. And let’s face it, a stack of these bad boys is the ‘soft’ signal that your meal’s about to level up.
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Camarones al Mojo de Ajo

Shrimp stuffed into soft corn tortillas with lime wedges on the side.
Camarones al Mojo de Ajo. Photo credit: All Ways Delicious.

If shrimp had a swanky dinner party, the dress code would be Camarones al Mojo de Ajo. They’re suave; they’ve got garlic swagger and a citrus zing that keeps conversation buzzing around the plate. Whether it’s date night or you’re just looking to treat yourself, these prawns will have you nodding in approval with every garlic-infused bite. Parking spot for the lime, included.
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Overhead shot of chilaquiles on a black plate with a fork and knife on the side.
Chilaquiles. Photo credit: All Ways Delicious.

When tortillas play dress-up, they become Chilaquiles, a dish that doesn’t know if it’s breakfast or lunch and doesn’t care. It’s as if nachos settled down and had a family of flavorful layers. Say ‘good morning’ to a dish that throws a fiesta in your mouth, and a ‘goodnight’ to any thought of sharing. These are the ultimate morning-after warrior fuel.
Get the Recipe: Chilaquiles

Mango Habanero Salsa

Overhead shot of a bowl of mango habanero salsa with a hand lifting a spoonful of the salsa.
Mango Habanero Salsa. Photo credit: All Ways Delicious.

Who knew mangoes and chilies were a match made in condiment heaven? Spoon some Mango Habanero Salsa over your chips and brace yourself – this is the kind of saucy relationship your nachos have been dreaming of. It’s all fun and games until someone gets a zesty kick that turns up the heat. Still, you’ll come back for more because life’s too short for boring salsa.
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Blackened Fish Tacos

Blackened fish tacos in taco holders.
Blackened Fish Tacos. Photo credit: All Ways Delicious.

Tacos had a beach day and brought us Blackened Fish Tacos. These are the rebels of Taco Town, sporting a charred tan and bringing a wave of flavor straight from the sea to your dinner plate. They’ll have you questioning whether you’re at a family dinner table or seaside in Cancun. Don’t forget the lime squeeze—it’s like the splash at the end of a wave.
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Air Fryer Enchiladas

A hand holding a n empanada that is broken open so you can see the inside filling.
Air Fryer Enchiladas. Photo credit: All Ways Delicious.

If your enchiladas took a spa day, they’d come out as Air Fryer Enchiladas – all rejuvenated with a crispy glow. It’s like discovering the golden, bubbly treasure at the end of the culinary rainbow without any oily traps along the way. They say time is precious, and this dish saves you heaps of it. Now, who’s ready to crunch their way to enchilada ecstasy?
Get the Recipe: Air Fryer Enchiladas


Guacamole in a white bowl with limes, cilantro, and tortilla chips on the side.
Guacamole. Photo credit: All Ways Delicious.

Guacamole is the green party in a bowl that everyone is invited to. It’s the friend everyone wants at their party, because let’s face it, without guac, is it even a party? Sure, avocados are healthy fats, but let’s be real, we’re here for scoops upon scoops of creamy deliciousness. Slap it on a chip, a taco, or, dare we say, straight into your mouth. No judging here!
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Pickled Jalapeños

Two canning jars filled with pickled jalapenos on a wooden board with fresh jalapenos on the side.
Pickled Jalapeños. Photo credit: All Ways Delicious.

Do your meals whisper softly of spice? Pickled Jalapeños are here to turn that whisper into a rock concert crescendo. Think of these as the extra set of high notes in the symphony of your dish, cutting through with that perfect pitch of vinegar and heat. Sure, they might make your fridge door a bit crowded, but they’ll make your palate plenty happy.
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Pollo Pibil

Pollo pibil on a grey plate with limes and shredded lettuce.
Pollo Pibil. Photo credit: All Ways Delicious.

Take your chicken on a journey to the Yucatan with Pollo Pibil—it’s so full of flavor it practically struts around the plate. This dish is like a long, slow dance in a pot, with a zesty marinade that’s not afraid to show off. Sure, it’s a bit of a wait, but like the best slow jams, it’s worth it. Wrap your palates around this, and every bite is like the best sunny afternoon nap.
Get the Recipe: Pollo Pibil

Air Fryer Chicken Enchiladas

Air Fryer Chicken Enchiladas. Photo credit: All Ways Delicious.

Who said you can’t have a fiesta on a weeknight? Air Fryer Chicken Enchiladas are the life and soul, offering up all that snug chicken-cheese combo without the added grease. They’re like a hug from your abuela if your abuela is health-conscious and mastered tech gadgets. These crispy treats will have your kitchen smelling like a Mexican street fair in minutes.
Get the Recipe: Air Fryer Chicken Enchiladas

Pickled Onions

Overhead shot of a jar of pink pickled onions with lime halves on the side.
Pickled Onions. Photo credit: All Ways Delicious.

Pickled Onions are not just the hot pink accessory your dish didn’t know it needed—they’re the crunchy tang that lifts any meal from ‘meh’ to ‘more please!’ These curls are the garnish with a PhD in Enhancing Flavor Profiles. So, jazz up your tacos and let those onions play the zippy solo they were born for.
Get the Recipe: Pickled Onions

Instant Pot Refried Beans

Bowls of refried beans garnished with sliced jalapenos, cheese, and tomatoes with a napkin and two spoons on the side.
Instant Pot Refried Beans. Photo credit: All Ways Delicious.

Instant Pot Refried Beans are the side dish curveball no one saw coming – quick, easy, and they’ve got their creamy act together. They’re the sidekick to any dish that’s looking for a buddy. With a helping of these, you’ll be well on your way to fibrous glory. Plus, let’s give props to a dish that practically cooks itself while you binge-watch your favorite show.
Get the Recipe: Instant Pot Refried Beans

Quesabirria Tacos

Overhead shot of quesabirria tacos with lime wedges.
Quesabirria Tacos. Photo credit: All Ways Delicious.

Welcome to the world of Quesabirria Tacos, where cheese and tender meat hold hands in perfect harmony. They’re the eatable proof that the best friendships are forged in melty, meaty goodness. Each bite is a VIP pass to the land of ‘Oh yes, more please,’ and don’t even get me started on the dipping—it’s not just encouraged, it’s a full-blown ritual.
Get the Recipe: Quesabirria Tacos

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