20 Best Mexican Beef Recipes – Shredded Beef, Flank, Ground Beef & More

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Today we’re discussing some of the best Mexican beef recipes out there. Think about those fiery spices and rich flavors that make Mexican cuisine an all-around favorite. It’s amazing just how versatile beef can be when it comes to creating beloved Mexican dishes.

It’s not just about the food – like soul food this Mexican cuisine has a way of bringing people together with deep-rooted traditions and captivating stories. Each dish is like a work of art, a canvas splashed with vibrant colors and flavors that beautifully echo Mexico’s history and culture.

Beef is a staple in Mexico. From street-side delicacies to festive banquets, beef usually takes center stage. Its incredible versatility allows it to infuse spices chilies, and herbs that define Mexican flavors. Now on to some of the greatest Mexican beef recipes.

1. Birria de Res

By Gimme from Scratch

This slow cooker beef birria is rich in savory flavor. A traditional Mexican stew that has warmed hearts and bellies for generations. This stew can be enjoyed as a soup topped with salsa macha, cilantro, and diced onions. Alternatively, you can get creative and use it in tacos, quesadillas, burrito bowls, sliders, and more. The possibilities are truly endless with this delicious, versatile, and easy-to-make Mexican beef stew. There are also Dutch Oven instructions included!

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2. Birria Quesataco with Consome 

By Gimme from Scratch

I’ve been making beef birria for years and it is probably in my top ten favorite dishes to make. It’s so good yet so easy to make! This recipe features a crispy corn tortilla, filled with tender beef and melted cheese, then dipped into a rich, flavorful beef broth. The burst of flavors and gooey melted cheese make this birria tacos with consome recipe irresistibly mouthwatering.

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3. Carne Asada

By Grandbaby Cakes

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This authentic Carne Asada recipe starts with skirt steak soaked in flavorful citrus and Mexican spiced marinade then grilled to perfection! Once the flavors meld, it’s time to hit the grill and achieve that perfect, mouthwatering perfection!

4. Shredded Beef Chimichangas

By House of Nash Eats

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Chimichangas are burritos that are deep fried to create a crispy, golden tortilla shell around a flavorful filling. These Shredded Beef Chimichangas feature tender meat gets an even bigger flavor boost thanks to chilies, onions and spices, before being wrapped in a soft flour tortilla and fried until crispy!

5. Steak Picado with Pickled Onions

By XOXO Bella

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A lightly spiced beef recipe, steak picado with pickled onions makes a hearty, comforting meal. Picado is similar to carne asada, except this recipe is sautéed and braised in a cast iron skillet while carne asada is cooked on the grill. 

6. Ground Beef Mexican Pizza

By Gimme from Scratch

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If you’re a fan of this iconic fast food dish, you can easily recreate it in the comfort of your own kitchen. From crispy tortillas to the flavorful filling of seasoned ground beef seasoned with homemade taco seasoning with mouthwatering toppings like melty cheese, this homemade Mexican pizza recipe is a true crowd-pleaser.

7. Chili Con Carne

By Gimme from Scratch

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This hearty and flavorful wagyu beef chili is made with a blend of American wagyu beef and ground pork, along with a combination of black beans, red beans and homemade chili powder made with dried chile peppers and other seasonings that will tantalize your taste buds. 

8. Baked Burritos

By Crinkled Cookbook

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Baked Burritos is a delicious entree. The fillings are tucked into a flour tortilla then oven-baked to cheesy, beefy perfection. Baking the burritos in the oven gives them a crispy, golden-brown exterior. 

9. Taco Casserole

By I Heart Eating

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This flavorful taco casserole is made with simple ingredients yet packed with flavor. And best of all, it only takes 30 minutes to make! It’s also really flexible and can easily be adjusted to suit your taste preferences.

10. Carne Asada Fries

By The Forked Spoon

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Carne Asada Fries are made with crispy baked french fries then smothered with tender grilled carne asada and topped with delicious toppings like pico de gallo, melted cheese, sour cream and guacamole. Easy to make and a great way to use leftover grilled steak.

11. Shredded Beef Chilaquiles

By Three Olives Branch

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Shredded Beef Red Chilaquiles makes an amazing breakfast or brunch dish! Tortillas are coated in an enchilada sauce and topped with barbacoa beef, beans, toppings and eggs. Yum!

12. Mexican Tamales with Beef and Chorizo

By 24 Bite

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These homemade tamales are little bundles of Mexican chorizo and ground beef encased in a seasoned masa dough then steamed in little pockets for a moist and delicious treat for special occasions or any time of year.

13. Salpicón (Mexican Shredded Beef Salad)

By Dish n the Kitchen

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Salpicón is a refreshing and satisfying shredded beef salad bursting with Mexican flavors. Keep your kitchen cool by using an Instant Pot to cook the beef easily and quickly. It’s the perfect main dish salad for hot weather dining.

14. Beef Fajitas

By Healthy Recipes 101

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These beef fajitas recipe won’t let you down! It’s great for whenever you feel like you deserve a treat. If you love saucy beef wrapped in warm tortillas alongside peppers, avocados and cheddar cheese, this recipe is for you. We’re talking skirt steak submerged in a flavorful marinade so juicy it’ll leave the pan dripping.

15. Easy Steak Nachos

By Spoonful of Flavor

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Load up tortilla chips with your favorite nacho toppings to make these easy steak nachos in less then 20 minutes! They are perfect for game day or an easy weeknight dinner. Meat lovers will love these steak nachos. They come together easily with any leftover steak and your favorite nacho toppings.

16. Mexican Lasagna

By Dinner at the Zoo

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This Mexican lasagna is layers of flour tortillas, cheese, beans and ground beef, all baked together until golden brown. The ultimate Mexican casserole that’s sure to get rave reviews from the whole family!

17. Tacos al Carbon

By A Table Full of Joy

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Tacos Al Carbon is an easy and delicious grilled steak taco. It features delicious red chile tortillas and your favorite toppings. You’ll want seconds and thirds.

18. Mexican Picadillo

By Ottawa Mommy Club

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Mexican Picadillo is a classic meal with ground beef, potatoes and tomato sauce. It’s an easy meal to prepare with just a few simple ingredients. You can easily customize to make it your own. 

19. Carne Asada Breakfast Burrito

By Two Cloves Kitchen

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With steak marinated in an authentic carne asada marinade, cheesy scrambled eggs, crispy potatoes, salsa and rich sour cream all wrapped in a lightly charred tortilla, you’ll be head over heels for this carne asada breakfast burrito!

20. Ground Beef Enchiladas

By Easy Family Recipes

These cheesy, easy beef enchiladas are made Tex-Mex style by rolling seasoned ground beef into soft corn tortillas, then smothering them in red enchilada sauce and lots of melty cheese. A kid-friendly dinner made for busy weeknights!

Mexican Beef Recipe FAQs

Can I substitute the beef with other proteins in Mexican recipes?

While beef is traditional, you can experiment with chicken, pork or even tofu for a vegetarian twist. 

What’s the secret to tender and flavorful Mexican beef?

Marinating the beef with a combination of spices, lime or citrus juice and sometimes vinegar is key. Slow cooking methods like braising or using a crock pot can also yield incredibly tender results.

What cuts of beef are best for Mexican dishes?

For grilling, skirt or flank steak, is popular. For stews and braises, cuts like chuck roast or brisket work well due to their marbling and tenderness when cooked low and slow. 

What are some common spices used in Mexican beef recipes?

Stock up on Mexican oregano, cumin, chili powder (like ancho, chipotle, or guajillo), paprika and coriander to create those bold and aromatic Mexican food made with beef.

Are there any quick Mexican beef recipes for busy weeknights?

Absolutely! Try making beef fajitas by quickly sautéing marinated strips of beef with bell peppers and onions. You can also whip up a simple picadillo – a ground beef hash – which is perfect for tacos or stuffing peppers.

What side dishes pair well with Mexican beef recipes?

Mexican rice, refried beans, grilled corn on the cob (elote) and a variety of salsas and guacamole are fantastic accompaniments to enhance your meal.

From the sizzle of carne asada to the comfort of picadillo, these Mexican beef recipes are a testament to the diversity and richness of Mexican cuisine. Each dish carries the spirit of Mexico’s vibrant culture and culinary heritage. I’d love to hear which Mexican beef recipe is your favorite. Share your thoughts in the comments below. Not get cooking!

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I love to share recipes with real ingredients that are both sweet and savory (especially sweet:) My mission with Gimme From Scratch is to inspire you with recipes that will bring your families together in the kitchen. I'm introverted at heart but know how important socializing can be for maintaining good relationships, when writing not only am looking forward to sharing information - It's also building connections between readers who love good food as much as I do!

11 Responses

  1. These all look like great options! I’m especially interested in those steak nachos. And the salad! I’d actually love to try them all. 😀

  2. I just had to drop by and say that this birria quesataco with consome recipe is amazing! The tender, flavorful meat combined with the cheesy goodness is absolute heaven. The consome takes it to a whole new level of deliciousness. Think I will try the carne asada next.

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