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15 Southwestern Restaurant Copycat Recipes

Get your taco fix without going out thanks to these Southwestern recipes inspired by Tex-Mex restaurants. The best part? Guac won't be extra.

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Ground Beef Taco Salad Exps Scmbz18 98345 C01 10 5b 14

Inspired by: Taco Bell Fiesta Taco Salad

In spring we look for something light and refreshing on the menu after the heavier comfort food of winter; this salad is a great solution. —Muriel Bertrand, Shoreview, Minnesota

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Inspired by: Chipotle Cilantro Lime Rice

My family's favorite Mexican restaurant serves a similar rice as a side dish. I threw this together one night when I was making fajitas, and everyone loved it! It's such an easy side dish and pairs well with kabobs on the grill, too. —Robin Baskette, Lexington, Kentucky

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Mexican Salsa Exps Cimz17 45319 B07 18 6b 4

Inspired by: Chili's Bottomless Chips and Salsa

In the summertime, I love to make this easy, zippy homemade salsa recipe with fresh tomatoes from my garden. I even have a special pan for roasting the peppers. —Roger Stenman, Batavia, Illinois
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Inspired by: Qdoba Loaded Tortilla Soup

The spices really liven up this filling chicken tortilla soup. I often double the recipe, freezing leftovers for future dinners or quick lunches. —Anne Smithson, Cary, North Carolina
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Lime Chicken Tacos Exps Sscrds17 34347 B03 22 1b 2

Inspired by: Moe's Three Amigos Tacos

Our fun, simple chicken taco recipe is perfect for a relaxing dinner with friends. If we have any leftover filling, I toss it into a garden-fresh taco salad. —Tracy Gunter, Boise, Idaho
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Inspired by: Baja Fresh Nachos

My mom gave me a fundraiser cookbook, and this is the recipe I’ve used most. My whole family is on board. For toppings, think sour cream, tomatoes, jalapeno and red onion. —Judy Hughes, Waverly, Kansas
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Steak Burritos Exps Sscbz18 12147 C08 29 8b 14

Inspired by: Chipotle Steak Burrito

Slowly simmered all day, the beef is tender and a snap to shred. Just fill flour tortillas and add toppings for a tasty meal. —Valerie Jones, Portland, Maine
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Chicken Burrito Skillet Exps Hc16 194777 C07 01 3b 3

Inspired by: On The Border Border Bowl

We love Mexican night at our house, and I love to re-create dishes from our favorite restaurants. This burrito-inspired dish is ready for the table in almost no time! —Krista Marshall, Fort Wayne, Indiana
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Inspired by: Chili's Chicken Bacon Ranch Quesadilla

Leftover chicken gets Mexican flair from cumin in this fun main dish. The chicken quesadilla recipe has an impressive look and taste yet requires little preparation. —Linda Wetzel, Woodland Park, Colorado
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Inspired by: Del Taco Pollo Asada Fresca Bowl

I created a lighter, no-guilt alternative with the bold flavors we love, but missing the calorie-laden tortilla. —Marquisha Turner, Denver, Colorado
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Homemade Tortillas Exps Ciw19 48431 B08 30 7b 10

Inspired by: Chuy's Handmade Tortillas

I usually have to double this flour tortilla recipe because we go through them so quickly. The homemade tortillas are so tender and chewy, you’ll never use store-bought again after learning how to make tortillas. —Kristin Van Dyken, Kennewick, Washington
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Inspired by: Moe's Famous Queso

Years ago, my husband invented this gooey cheese dip. I may be biased, but I have to say it's excellent. If you like heat, rev it up with finely chopped jalapenos. —Patricia Leinheiser, Albuquerque, New Mexico
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Sausage Breakfast Burritos Exps Sddj19 1760 C07 20 1b 13

Inspired by: Qdoba Breakfast Burrito

Breakfast routine in a rut? Shake things up with these speedy, savory wraps. —Brenda Spann, Granger, Indiana
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Baked Chicken Fajitas Exps Mrmz16 22014 B09 09 5b 3

Inspired by: Chili's Fajitas

I can't remember when or where I found this oven-baked fajitas recipe, but I've used it nearly every week since. We like it with hot sauce for added spice. —Amy Trinkle, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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Inspired by: Chipotle Guacamole

Nothing is better than freshly made guacamole when you're eating something spicy. It is easy to whip together in a matter of minutes and quickly tames anything that's too hot. —Joan Hallford, North Richland Hills, Texas

Amanda Tarlton
As both a freelance lifestyle writer and editor for a national teen magazine, Amanda spends most of her time creating #content. In those (rare) moments when she's not at her desk typing furiously, she's likely teaching a hot yoga class, reading the latest chick-lit or baking a batch of her famous scones.