Is fall in full swing where you live? Down here in Mexico, the rains have finally stopped. The Halloween and Día de Los Muertos decorations are up. And the crisp, chilly nights make me crave comfort in a belly-warming bowl of stew or saucy and spicy Mexican dishes.
Below, I share 10 delicious Mexican comfort food recipes to warm you up on those chilly fall days! These are some of our family favorites! Whether you are looking for spicy, vegetarian, or family-friendly, there is sure to be something on this list that pleases everyone!
Let me know your favorite recipe in the comments!
Mexican-style meatballs are pure comfort food! Rolled balls of ground beef, simmer in a tomato-based sauce for a meal that is ready in 35 minutes! This recipe has several variations so that you can prepare something with what you have on hand, and that your whole family will enjoy. Accompany with black beans or authentic Mexican red rice for a complete meal.
Clemole is a hearty Mexican-style beef and vegetable stew, cooked low and slow, perfect for a lazy, chilly day. Made with beef shank steaks, the marrow from the bone melts into the soup making a restorative and flavorful broth.
Mexican Lentil Soup (sopa de lentejas) is a warm, comforting family favorite! Even with just a few ingredients, this soup has big flavor! I love to use a bit of bacon to flavor this soup, but you can easily omit the bacon to make this soup vegan!
Mole verde with chicken is, comforting and aromatic. This is the perfect beginner mole and comes together much faster than a traditional mole poblano. Serve this mole over whole pieces of chicken thighs or shred the chicken meat to make tacos! Serve with a side of Mexican white rice for a complete meal.
Warm, comforting, and generally heart-pleasing, traditional Mexican noodle soup is a classic dish that is served all over Mexico as part of the afternoon meal. This is a favorite soup with our family, especially the kids! To make this a complete meal, whip up a batch of quesadillas, like these oyster mushroom quesadillas, to serve alongside!
It really doesn’t get any better than roasted poblano peppers stuffed with melty cheese. This dish is traditionally served in a light tomato sauce to make a warm and comforting meal.
Easy Mexican picadillo is a one-pot meal with authentic Mexican flavors. Ground beef simmers in a tomato broth with mixed vegetables. This meal is saucy and family-friendly. And the best part? It can be on your table in just 35 minutes!
Who says you can’t have breakfast for dinner? Fried tortilla wedges are smothered in a spicy, charred tomato salsa to create a deliciously comforting meal, perfect for any time of day. What I love about chilaquiles is that they are totally customizable. Add a fried egg, shredded chicken, or grilled steak on top for a heartier meal. For a lighter version, top with Mexican cream, shredded cheese, and a bit of thinly sliced onion. Leave out the animal products and add avocado and beans instead for a vegan version. Not feeling the red salsa? Try our chilaquiles with roasted salsa verde version instead.
Tortilla soup has a warm, silky tomato and chile-based broth, and is customized with traditional add-ins like fried tortilla strips (a must-have!), cubes of panela cheese, Mexican cream, avocado, and fried strips of pasilla chiles. This version can be made vegan by substituting the chicken broth for vegetable broth and leaving out the cream and cheese.
Chicken enchiladas are smothered with creamy tomatillo salsa, topped with cheese, and broiled in the oven until the cheese is melted and bubbly. These spicy enchiladas are sure to become one of your favorites! If you need a milder version of enchiladas, try these enfrijoladas.
So which comforting Mexican recipe are you going to make? Let me know your favorite below in the comments.