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21 Qdoba Copycat Recipes for When You Don’t Want to Wait in Line

These flavorful Qdoba copycat recipes taste just like what you'd find at the popular Mexican grill. We have ideas for all of your favorites, including the chain's signature grilled chicken, queso and loaded burritos.

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Inspired by: QuesoTaste of Home

Inspired by: 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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Inspired by: Drunken Yardbird Knockout TacosTaste of Home

Inspired by: Drunken Yardbird Knockout 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: Grilled Vegetarian QuesadillaTaste of Home

Inspired by: Grilled Vegetarian Quesadilla

Black beans partner up with spinach and corn in these easy and satisfying quesadillas from Susan Franklin of Littleton, Colorado. —Susan Franklin, Littleton, Colorado

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Inspired by: Grilled Adobo Chicken

This dish needs just 15 minutes of prep, so you'll be out of the kitchen in no time. The delicious low-fat chicken gets even better with a garnish of reduced-fat sour cream and fresh cilantro. —Brandi Castillo, Santa Maria, California

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Inspired by: 3-Cheese Nachos with Ground BeefTaste of Home

Inspired by: 3-Cheese Nachos with Ground Beef

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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Inspired by: GuacamoleTaste of Home

Inspired by: 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

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Inspired by: Taco Salad with Ground Beef

Everyone at our house loves this taco salad. In spring we look for something light and refreshing on the menu after the heavier comfort food of winter. —Muriel Bertrand, Shoreview, Minnesota

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Inspired by: Two Timer Knockout TacosTaste of Home

Inspired by: Two Timer Knockout Tacos

I've made quite a few tacos in my day, but you can't beat the tender filling made in a slow cooker. These are by far the best pork tacos we've had—and we've tried plenty. Make the mango salsa from scratch if you have time! Yum. —Amber Massey, Argyle, Texas

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Inspired by: Burrito with Grilled SteakTaste of Home

Inspired by: Burrito with Grilled Steak

Recipes that are leaner in fat and calories—like this one for beef burritos—helped me lose 30 pounds! The meat is so tender and delicious. —Shirley Davidson, Thornton, Colorado

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Inspired by: Fiery Habanero Salsa

Canned tomatoes never tasted better than they do in this restaurant-quality salsa you can have ready in 15 minutes flat. Cilantro and a splash of lime add refreshing flavor. —Missy Kampling, Mountain View, California

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Inspired by: Grilled Quesadilla with Grilled Adobo ChickenTaste of Home

Inspired by: Grilled Quesadilla with Grilled Adobo Chicken

I used the corn, peppers and zucchini in my fridge to create these quick and easy quesadillas. Dollop with sour cream and you're good to go. —Julie Merriman, Seattle, Washington

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Inspired by: Vegetarian Burrito

No one will miss the meat when you dish up these satisfying burritos bursting with a fresh-tasting filling. They’re fast to fix and won’t put a dent in your wallet. —Sharon W. Bickett, Chester, South Carolina

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Inspired by: Loaded Tortilla Soup with Grilled Adobo Chicken

Put a little spice in your menu with my favorite Anaheim pepper recipe. The peppers, jalapenos and cayenne heat up this full-flavored tortilla soup. —Johnna Johnson, Scottsdale, Arizona

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Inspired by: Roasted Chili Corn SalsaTaste of Home

Inspired by: Roasted Chili Corn Salsa

Our backyard grill is the perfect place to cook up the ingredients for homemade corn salsa. It’s yummy with tortilla chips and as a topping for meat, poultry and fish. —Alicia DeWolfe, Gloucester, Massachusetts

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Inspired by: 3-Cheese Nachos with Pulled PorkTaste of Home

Inspired by: 3-Cheese Nachos with Pulled Pork

My husband and I are both graduate students right now, so we don't have a lot of time to cook dinner. Our family loves coming home to this incredible nacho platter, and I love how easy it is to prepare. —Faith Stokes, Chickamauga, Georgia

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Inspired by: Taco Salad with Grilled Adobo ChickenThe musical "Waitress"

Inspired by: Taco Salad with Grilled Adobo Chicken

We use this super duper chicken across several meals, including it in tacos, sandwiches, omelets and enchiladas. My little guys love helping measure seasonings. —Karie Houghton, Lynnwood, Washington

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Inspired by: Salsa VerdeTaste of Home

Inspired by: Salsa Verde

Last year was the first time I had ever grown tomatillos. They were so abundant that I had enough to eat fresh, give away and freeze for future gatherings. What I didn't expect was how well the salsa would freeze. I do like to add an extra zip by juicing a fresh lime into the salsa after it has thawed. —Kim Banick, Salem, Oregon

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Inspire by: Bohemian Veg Knockout TacosTaste of Home

Inspire by: Bohemian Veg Knockout Tacos

We eat meatless meals a few times a week, so I replaced the beef with nutty brown rice to bulk up these tacos. Sometimes I also like to swap in quinoa for the rice. —Kristin Rimkus, Snohomish, Washington

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Inspired by: Burrito with Pulled PorkTaste of Home

Inspired by: Burrito with Pulled Pork

As a working mother, I depend on my slow cooker to help feed my family. We all love the spicy but slightly sweet flavor of these tender burritos. —Kelly Gengler, Theresa, Wisconsin

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Inspired by: Pico de Gallo

The variety of tomatoes, onions and peppers makes this chunky salsa so good. Whenever I try to take a batch to a get-together, it's hard to keep my family from finishing it off first! It's a super snack with tortilla chips or as a relish with meat. —Connie Siese, Wayne, Michigan

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Inspired by: 3-Cheese Nachos with Grilled Adobo Chicken

What's game day without can't-stop-munching nachos? Featuring layers of crunchy tortilla chips, black beans and a creamy, smoky chicken mixture, this appetizer will disappear before the second quarter. —Whitney Smith, Winterhen, Florida

Katie Bandurski
Katie is an Associate Editor for Taste of Home, specializing in writing and email newsletters. When she’s out of the office, you’ll find her exploring Wisconsin, trying out new vegetarian recipes and combing through antique shops.

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