"Texans love their Fritos, so two of my dishes include them. (Yes, they have to be Fritos!)," says Rach.
"Nacho libre! Free your idea of what nachos should be. Try these individual giant-size ones!" says Rach.
Corn & Poblano Quesadillas with Warm Salsa Verde
When you're looking for a cozy and comforting Tex-Mex meal, try this ooegy, gooey and melty quesadilla recipe.
Poblano Cream Pasta with Shrimp
This hearty pasta combines Mexican and Italian cuisine. Use tangy mexican crema instead of creme fraiche for a south-of-the-border spin.
Smoky Tex-Mex Sloppy Joses
Rachael served this Tex-Mex version of the Sloppy Joe at her 2013 SXSW Feedback party in Austin, Texas.
Top sandwiches with crushed Fritos corn chips for an extra crunchy finish.
"This is a great Tex-Mex breakfast for dinner. Migas (loosely, 'crumbs') is a traditional dish using leftover bread--here, tortillas." says Rach.
Deconstructed Tex-Mex Potpies
"Prepared puff pastry makes the perfect cheat for a potpie topper. Cut out and bake separately, then just plop atop the filling." says Rach.
Mole-Topped Sweet Potatoes
"Mole is a dark reddish-brown sauce that is a specialty of Mexican cooking--a smooth blend of chiles, spices and, often, chocolate. It's so good, I could eat it with a spoon!" says Rach.
Pork Chops or Chicken with Biscuits & Tomato Gravy
Biscuits and gravy is a classic breakfast and brunch dish in the South. Amp up this recipe for dinner by adding pan-roasted pork or chicken.
Jane Fox's Famous Tortilla Soup
"This is my friend's easy tortilla soup, made lightning fast with rotisserie chicken. It figures: She is a Texan," says Rach.
Garlic Soup (Sopa de Ajo) with Poached Eggs
You can buy egg rings to help the whites keep their shape when you poach them. Alternatively, you can use the rings from mason jar lids, or even small tuna cans with the ends removed.
Uptown, Get-Down-Filet-of-Beef-Topped Nachos
Upgrade your regular nacho recipe and try this over-the-top and delicious version featuring filet of beef and spicy refried beans.
Mexican Macaroni & Grilled Corn
Go Tex-Mex with your Macaroni! Pistachios and pumpkin seeds give this reinvented version of the classic a crunchy bite.
Meat-Free Fajitos (Fajita-Style Burritos)
Complete this vegetarian meal with black or refried beans and a salad on the side. To save time on weeknights, chop vegetables ahead of time and store in the fridge.
Pork Lover's Tamale Pie
This hot and hearty dish features ground pork and Mexican or Spanish chorizo. Sprinkle crushed Fritos on top before serving for an added hit of crunchiness.
Cheese & Green Chile Enchiladas
Serve this vegetarian meal for B, L or D--breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Mushroom, Ancho & Black Bean Chili
Make a big batch of this soul-satisfying chili on the weekend and you'll have leftovers all weeklong.
Personalize each bowl with toppings like shredded cheese, pickled jalapeno chile peppers, crushed tortilla chips or any other of your favorite ingredients.
"One of my fave hot kickers? Chipotles in adobo sauce. These canned chiles are dried, smoked jalapenos in a chile-vinegar paste," says Rach.
Chorizo and Black Bean Soup with Eggs
"My favorite tortilla chips are the healthy flaxseed kind. Use them to scoop up this hearty dish," says Rach.
Chipotle Chicken Tortilla Salad
This flavorful chipotle-flavored salad is the antidote for boring salads. Keep leftover chicken on hand for an easy weekday lunch.
More 30-Minute Meals
Get more of Rachael's delicious 30-Minute Meals like her Roasted Supper: Mexican Chicken or Fish (pictured)!