This healthy spin on a taco takes everything we love about that basic Mexican food and adds a nutritional boost.

Related: 29 Must-Try International Street Foods Under $5. Traditional chiles rellenos are battered and fried, but this version is baked, which saves time, money, and calories. The key is to layer the toppings on the chips carefully and evenly so every bite is full of flavor. Related: Why Oaxaca Is Considered Mexico's Culinary Capital. Cut the cucumbers into finger sized sticks and arrange on a plate. In many places, a traditional taco is nothing more than a corn tortilla with about two tablespoons of filling made with meat or vegetables, topped with chopped cilantro and onion, and often accompanied by a spoonful of one or more salsas. Related: 30 Cheap, Delicious Ways to Fill Your Tacos. Authentic Mexican food is more than tacos and salsa. Microsoft may earn an Affiliate Commission if you purchase something through recommended links in this article. To assemble, lay out store-bought tortilla chips and top with 1 cup home-cooked black beans, chopped tomato, and onion, and a generous handful of grated cheese; place in a hot oven until hot and bubbly. For lighter meals, two pieces is a good portion; dinner for hearty eaters requires three for a serving. Raechel Ray makes her version especially colorful with red pepper. This crunchy cousin of the taco is assembled using a flat, fried corn tortilla.

This pairing is most likely the first edible that comes to mind when thinking about Mexican food.

These Mexican and Mexican-inspired dishes all require just five ingredients or less, making them perfect additions to your weekly rotation.From street-style tacos to enchiladas and more, these recipes make Mexican night easy.

Burritos are super filling and satisfying and an excellent way to use up extra vegetables or meat. Italian rolls or baguettes can be used instead. Essentially an open-faced sandwich, molletes are made with warmed bread and topped with various ingredients, such as cheese, sauce, or meat.

Looking for weeknight dinner inspiration? You'll need to cut open the pepper carefully and remove the seeds and veins. Cutting them up into chunks to make a tangy salad topped with fresh cheese and onion in a tasty way to work them into your meal.

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As is, it is kid-friendly, quick, and delicious! The homemade version will be far more convenient, as well as satisfying.

Related: 25 Amazing Sandwiches From Around the World. Shopping at a local Mexican grocery store will yield extra savings.

Start by layering mayonnaise, avocado, jalapeños or chipotles, lettuce, and Oaxaca or mozzarella cheese on a roll. Serve with warm corn tortillas, tomatillos salsa, and lemon or lime wedges. This dip is similar to white cheese sauces served in many Mexican restaurants. Add some variety with a spot of cooked chicken, leftover steak, sautéed mushrooms, or any preferred filling. Jicama is a refreshing root vegetable that has a slightly sweet taste and crunchy texture, kind of like a mix between a potato and an apple. These cheap vegetables are full of nutrition and have a mild earthy flavor. Another party favorite, especially around Cinco de Mayo, this dish is delicious and cheap. Tamales are easy and inexpensive to make, but also time-consuming. This is a tasty and light salad that's packed full of protein and fresh vegetables.

Serve with sour cream and salsa.

Crunchy, cheesy, spicy — nachos have a way of disappearing quickly from any table. A popular street snack in parts of Mexico, these ears of corn are a flavor explosion of sweet corn, salty cheese, creamy mayonnaise, and spicy chili.

Enjoy as is or heated up in the oven for a toasty crunch. Related: 21 Hearty Casserole and Stew Recipes That Reheat Well. This delicious baked entree is perfect for parties or casual brunches and dinners.