21 Mexican recipes to create your own feast at home

Mexican cuisine is full of delicious, colourful, vibrant and fresh flavours.
Published 21 January 2018 | Updated 18 October 2023
Mexican-style chicken

Mexican staple foods include corn, avocado, beans, rice and chilli. Using these ingredients you can bring the true authentic flavours of Mexico to your table. Mexican is much more than tacos and nachos. Check out our tostadas, quesadillas and burritos. Arriba!

6 key Mexican staples

1. Jalapeño chillies are very hot, green chillies so adjust according to taste. Find them bottled in brine in the Mexican food aisle.

2. Mexican chilli powder is a mix of cumin, paprika, chilli, oregano, cayenne pepper and garlic. Find it in the spice aisle.

3. Fresh coriander is a pungent lemony herb that looks similar to flat-leaf parsley. Find it in the fresh produce section.

4. Avocado is a creamy fruit that adds richness to many Mexican dishes. It is a key ingredient in guacamole, and is also used as a topping for tacos, salads, and sandwiches.

5. Tomatoes are used in many Mexican dishes, both cooked and raw. They are a key ingredient in salsa, and are often used as a base for sauces and stews.

6. Beans are a staple in Mexican cuisine, and are used in a variety of dishes such as frijoles refritos (refried beans), tacos, and burritos. Black beans, pinto beans, and kidney beans are all commonly used in Mexican cooking.