Elevate Your Grilled Mexican BBQ Game

20 Best Grilled Mexican BBQ Recipes for Insanely Good Dinner Ideas

Many times over the years, I have had the pleasure of being invited to numerous Mexican BBQ dinner parties, each one a vibrant celebration of food, friends, and culture. These gatherings have become a beloved part of my life, where I’ve been able to immerse myself in the rich flavors and traditions of Mexican cuisine.

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From sizzling fajitas to succulent grilled meats, every bite transports me to the lively streets of Mexico, where culinary excellence is a way of life. Also dont forget about the grilled vegetables like Mexican street corn, Grilled Cheese Stuffed Poblano Peppers, Vegetable Style Fajitas and a host of other BBQ’ed vegetable recipes. You can find recipes for all these delicious recipes below.

Moreover, these experiences have inspired me to try my hand at barbecuing many times at home in sunny LA, infusing my backyard with the tantalizing aromas and festive atmosphere reminiscent of the vibrant Mexican fiestas. With a built in brick oven built into my back yard and my trusty comal I have created many a fantastical meals with Mexican zest, spice and fervor. Inviting my friends and family to taste these magical dishes is on of the highlights of my learning about Mexican cuisine in my many travels to Mexico.

When it comes to grilling, there’s something undeniably satisfying about the smoky, charred flavors that infuse your favorite dishes. If you’re looking to elevate your grilling game and add a touch of Mexican flair to your meals, you’re in for a treat. In this article, we’ll take you on a culinary journey through the 20 Best Mexican Recipes for the Grill that will not only tantalize your taste buds but also make your next barbecue a sizzling success.

1. Grilled Mexican Corn (Elote)

Homemade Spicy Mexican Street Corn on table

Grilled Mexican corn is the ultimate treat. It’s spicy, smoky, cheesy, acidic, and so delicious. It’s hard to stop at just one ear of corn. Mexican street corn is a popular Mexican street food for good reason. Using the grill creates all those lovely char marks that take a boring ear of corn to new heights.

Go to Recipe – Grilled Mexican Corn Recipe

2. Grilled Steak Fajitas

Did you know that you can make sizzling steak fajitas on the grill? It delivers tons of flavor and is a departure from the same old burgers and dogs. Flank steak is the best choice for fajitas because it’s insanely flavorful. As a tougher cut of beef, it’s important to marinate it in bright Mexican seasonings and then cut it very thin. Throw in all your fajita veggies like onions and bell peppers, and get the party started!

Go to Recipe – Grilled Steak Fajitas

3. Grilled Shrimp Tacos with Avocado Salsa

These grilled shrimp tacos scream summer. With sweet, tender pieces of shrimp marinated in Mexican spices and bright avocado salsa, they explode with flavor. Grilled foods have a reputation for being heavy (looking at you, BBQ ribs), but this recipe is so light and refreshing. Top tacos with avocado salsa, a squeeze of lime juice, and feta cheese. So tasty!

Go to Recipe – Grilled Shrimp Tacos with Avocado Salsa

4. Chorizo Burger

Give ground beef the night off, and check out these chorizo burgers instead! What I love most about chorizo sausage is it’s spicy and flavorful. Since these chorizo burgers bring the heat, it’s best to pair them with cool burger toppings to tame the heat. Burger toppings like avocado, lettuce, and pickles combat the fire. And to take these burgers over the top, pair them with super creamy and fragrant cilantro mayo.

Go to Recipe – Chorizo Burger Recipe

5. Grilled Chili Cilantro Lime Chicken

Grilled chicken breasts don’t have to be boring! These grilled chili, lime, and cilantro chicken breasts explode with flavor in every bite. With a rich marinade that tenderizes and infuses flavor, throwing this chicken on the grill for a quick seer is so easy! They’re spicy, herbal, and acidic and are great on their own or sliced up and stuffed into a burrito.

Go to Recipe – Grilled Chili Cilantro Lime Chicken

6. Grilled Mexican Rib Eye Steaks

Rib eye steaks and the grill go together like peas and carrots. While rib eye is a tender cut of beef, you can take those flavors over the top with a simple Mexican-inspired marinade. The rib eye marinade consists of a mixture of Mexican spices like chili powder and cumin, with lime juice and plenty of garlic. The steaks cook to tender perfection on a hot grill. They taste so good on their own with a crisp garden salad, roasted potatoes, or stuffed into tacos.

Go to Recipe – Grilled Mexican Rib Eye Steaks

7. Grilled Chicken Street Tacos

authentic mexican tacos

Mexican street tacos are always a big hit. This recipe is a little lighter, brighter, and perfect if you crave Mexican food but are watching your calories. These simple street tacos incorporate tender pieces of marinated and grilled chicken with super-fresh ingredients like red onion, lime, and avocado. They’re simple, yet oh-so-satisfying.

Go to Recipe – Grilled Chicken Street Tacos

8. Margarita Grilled Shrimp Skewers

Are you as crazy for margaritas as I am? Then you’ll adore this flavorful margarita-inspired marinade for shrimp! It infuses a margarita’s greatest hits, like freshly squeezed lime juice, jalapeno, chili powder, and sugar. This recipe is sweet, spicy, and grilled to smoky perfection. If you’re scratching your head, wondering what to serve with this tasty appetizer or main course, the answer is clear. Margaritas!

Go to Recipe – Margarita Grilled Shrimp Skewers

9. Grilled Chorizo with Chimichurri and Salsa Criolla

The next time you crave grilled hot dogs, try these grilled chorizo and chimichurri criollas instead! They’re like hot dogs, but they swap the mystery meat with chorizo sausage. Top them with a fragrant chimichurri sauce (to tame the heat) and a fresh salsa criolla. It’s the perfect mixture of spicy, herbal, and fresh flavors. Be warned, though. After these fantastic dogs, you might never return to traditional hot dogs again.

Go to Recipe – Grilled Chorizo with Chimichurri and Salsa Criolla

10. Chipotle Adobo Skirt Steak

In the mood for an insanely flavorful steak? Then these chipotle adobo skirt steaks are right up your alley! Skirt steak is notoriously tough but bursts with flavor when treated right. The spicy and sweet Adobo marinade helps to tenderize the steak while infusing bold flavors. It cooks low and slow on the grill, so take your time. It’s well worth the wait for a tender, juicy, and flavorful steak.

Go to Recipe – Chipotle Adobo Skirt Steak

11. Mexican Roadside Chicken

When grilling for a big group at your next summer BBQ, you must try this Mexican roadside chicken. It pairs a 3-pound chicken with a rub of flavorful Mexican spices like cloves, cinnamon, garlic, and orange juice. For the best results, grill it low and slow on a charcoal grill for the ultimate smoky and juicy chicken.

Go to Recipe – Mexican Roadside Chicken

12. Grilled Tamales

Don’t worry, this recipe for grilled tamales doesn’t require tamale stuffing. Stuffing tamales is rewarding, but it’s an all-day process. Instead, opt for a bag of frozen tamales to make your life easier. To jazz up frozen tamales, bundle them together and cook them on the grill alongside your protein. Serve with fresh salsa or guacamole to take those flavors over the top.

Go to Recipe – Grilled Tamales

13. Grilled Chicken Fajitas

Chicken fajitas are one of the tastiest and most healthy options for your grill. These grilled chicken fajitas explode with fresh flavors and are so easy to whip together. Marinating your chicken for at least 2 hours (preferably overnight) yields the most tender and flavorful chicken you’ve ever had. Throw some fresh veggies on the grill, and serve them with warm tortillas or over a bed of fluffy white rice.

Go to Recipe – Grilled Chicken Fajitas

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14. Grilled Fish Tacos

Nothing says summer like grilled fish tacos. These light and bright fish tacos are flakey and delicious and pair perfectly with a creamy fish taco sauce. Marinating your fish fillets is the key to these tasty tacos. The marinade incorporates Mexican seasoning like chili powder, garlic, onion, and cumin, which you likely have on hand. Pair your flaky fish with crunchy additions like shredded cabbage, and top with a herbal cilantro mayo fish sauce.

Go to Recipe – Grilled Fish Tacos

15. Plant-Based Veggie Fajitas

It’s hard to find a vegetarian option for your grill, but I have you covered. These plant-based fajitas are just as flavorful as their meaty counterparts and are just as filling. The dish infuses staples like bell peppers, onions, zucchini, and jalapenos in a flavorful fajita sauce. Pair them with grilled tortillas and top them with avocado and fresh salsa. The meat-eaters at your summer BBQ won’t miss the beef with these flavorful veggie fajitas!

Go to Recipe – Plant-Based Veggie Fajitas

16. Guacamole Burger

Put the ketchup and mustard away. You won’t need it. Even if you are famous around your neighborhood for your juicy burger, it’ll take a back seat to this guacamole burger recipe. It pairs a perfectly seasoned ground beef burger with a slice of pepper jack cheese and so much guacamole. It’s smoky and spicy, and the creamy guacamole makes that burger sing!

Go to Recipe – Guacamole Burger

17. Grilled Cheese Stuffed Poblano Peppers

These grilled cheese-stuffed poblano peppers are heaven-sent. Poblano peppers are spicy but less spicy than their jalapeno popper cousins. The recipe combines a sliced poblano pepper with equal parts mozzarella and cheddar cheese. That’s it! They grill to gooey perfection, and you can sprinkle extra red pepper flakes on top to dial up the heat.

Go to Recipe – Grilled Cheese Stuffed Poblano Peppers

18. Mango Salsa Mexican Chicken Coconut Rice

Go to recipe Mango Salsa Mexican Grilled Chicken with Coconut Rice

19. Mexican Marinated Grilled Shrimp

This recipe is a delicious and easy way to enjoy grilled shrimp. The shrimp are marinated in a flavorful blend of lime juice, garlic, chili powder, and cumin. They are then grilled to perfection and served with a simple dipping sauce. This dish is perfect for a light summer meal or as an appetizer for a party.

Go To Recipe Marinated Grilled Shrimp

20. Pollo Asado (Chicken Asado)

Pollo Asado is a delicious and flavorful grilled chicken dish that is popular in Mexico and other Latin American countries. The chicken is marinated in a mixture of citrus juices, spices, and achiote paste, which gives it its signature red-orange color and smoky flavor. The chicken is then grilled to perfection and served with a variety of accompaniments, such as tortillas, rice, and beans.

Go To Recipe Pollo Asado (Chicken Asado)

In Summary

These 20 Best Mexican Recipes for the Grill are your ticket to a fiesta of flavors that will take your grilling game to new heights. Whether you’re a fan of juicy steaks, succulent shrimp, flavorful chicken, or even plant-based options, there’s a Mexican-inspired grill recipe here to satisfy every palate. So, fire up that grill, invite your friends and family, and get ready to savor the mouthwatering tastes of Mexico right in your backyard. Your next summer BBQ is sure to be an epic culinary adventure!

F.A.Q. – Elevate Your Grilled Mexican BBQ Game

Question 1. What are some popular Mexican recipes for the grill?

A.: Some popular Mexican grill recipes include Grilled Mexican Corn (Elote), Grilled Steak Fajitas, Grilled Shrimp Tacos with Avocado Salsa, Chorizo Burger, Grilled Chili Cilantro Lime Chicken, Grilled Mexican Rib-Eye Steaks, Grilled Chicken Street Tacos, Margarita Grilled Shrimp Skewers, Grilled Chorizo with Chimichurri and Salsa Criolla, Chipotle Adobo Skirt Steak, Mexican Roadside Chicken, Grilled Tamales, Grilled Chicken Fajitas, Grilled Fish Tacos, Plant-Based Veggie Fajitas, Guacamole Burger, and Grilled Cheese Stuffed Poblano Peppers.

Question 2. What is the key to making Grilled Mexican Corn (Elote)?

A.: The key to making Grilled Mexican Corn (Elote) is to use the grill to create char marks on the corn, which add smoky flavor. You can also top it with a combination of spices, cheese, and acidic elements like lime juice to enhance its taste.

Question 3. Which cut of beef is best for Grilled Steak Fajitas, and why?

A.: The best cut of beef for Grilled Steak Fajitas is flank steak because it is incredibly flavorful. However, it’s important to marinate it in Mexican seasonings and then cut it very thin to ensure tenderness.

Question 4. What makes Grilled Shrimp Tacos with Avocado Salsa a refreshing dish?

A.: Grilled Shrimp Tacos with Avocado Salsa are refreshing because they feature sweet, tender pieces of shrimp marinated in Mexican spices and paired with a bright avocado salsa. This combination explodes with flavor and is a lighter option compared to heavy grilled foods.

Question 5. What sets Chorizo Burgers apart from traditional ground beef burgers?

A.: Chorizo Burgers are distinct from traditional beef burgers because they use chorizo sausage, which adds spiciness and a unique flavor profile. To balance the heat, they are often paired with cool burger toppings like avocado, lettuce, and pickles, along with creamy cilantro mayo for added flavor.

Question 6. How do you achieve the rich and flavorful taste of Grilled Chili Cilantro Lime Chicken?

A.: Grilled Chili Cilantro Lime Chicken gets its rich flavor from a marinade that includes chili, lime, and cilantro. The marinade not only infuses the chicken with taste but also helps tenderize it.

Question 7. What is the secret to making Grilled Mexican Rib Eye Steaks so delicious?

A.: The secret to Grilled Mexican Rib Eye Steaks’ deliciousness lies in the Mexican-inspired marinade, which includes spices like chili powder and cumin, lime juice, and garlic. These flavors, combined with the tenderness of rib eye steak, make it a mouthwatering dish.

Question 8. What makes Grilled Chicken Street Tacos a lighter option for Mexican street food lovers?

A.: Grilled Chicken Street Tacos are a lighter option because they incorporate tender pieces of marinated and grilled chicken, along with fresh ingredients like red onion, lime, and avocado. This makes them a refreshing choice for those craving Mexican flavors without the heaviness.

Question 9. How do you achieve the perfect balance of sweet and spicy in Margarita Grilled Shrimp Skewers?

A.: The perfect balance of sweet and spicy in Margarita Grilled Shrimp Skewers comes from the marinade, which includes ingredients like freshly squeezed lime juice, jalapeno, chili powder, and sugar. This combination creates a sweet and spicy flavor profile that pairs well with grilled shrimp.

Question 10. What sets Grilled Chorizo with Chimichurri and Salsa Criolla apart from traditional hot dogs?

A.: Grilled Chorizo with Chimichurri and Salsa Criolla is distinct from traditional hot dogs because it uses chorizo sausage instead of regular hot dog meat. It’s topped with a flavorful chimichurri sauce and fresh salsa criolla, creating a blend of spicy, herbal, and fresh flavors. This makes it a unique and tasty choice for grilling.

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