Market Force is back with another telling survey about food preferences (see: Five Guys beating In-N-Out and Ben & Jerry's besting Haagen-Dazs). This time, the market research company focused on fast-casual Mexican chains, a segment that is experiencing double digit growth.

Despite the successes of Taco Bell's Cantina Bell menu, and the recent drop in Chipotle stock, Taco Bell was dead last in almost every survey category except for value.

To calculate the results, Market Force first calculated the favorites based on the total number of votes, and then factored in the number of locations for each chain for a more level view of the results. Here's how the chains fared overall:


Not all regions agree that Chipotle is the best though. While Chipotle dominates in the Northeast and Midwest, Baja Fresh receives top honors for the South, and Taco Cabana is the favorite in the West:


When all categories are considered, Moe's Southwest Grill gets nods for service and overall value. But nothing can stop Chipotle:


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    This traditional dish is the Mexican equivalent of leftover casserole. It's often made with tortilla scraps, shredded chicken, cheese and salsa. <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_hplink">Chilaquiles-Style Roasted Chicken Legs recipe</a></strong>

  • Shrimp-Stuffed Peppers

    You can use any mild chile pepper for this recipe, just be sure that they're not too hot and is the right size. The chiles are stuffed with shrimp and cheese and then topped with a fresh mango-and-tomato salsa. <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_hplink">Shrimp-Stuffed Peppers</a> recipe</strong>

  • Chile-Spiced Skirt Steak Tacos

    When you combine sweet paprika, ancho chile, chipotle, cumin and coriander into one dish, you know you're in for a treat. Serve these steak tacos with pico de gallo, guacamole and shredded cabbage. <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_hplink">Chile-Spiced Skirt Steak Tacos recipe</a></strong>

  • Midnight Tortas

    Tortas are Mexican sandwiches and they can be made many different ways. This one is stuffed with jalapenos, pork, eggs, cheese and chiles. <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_hplink">Midnight Tortas recipe</a></strong>

  • Mexican Spiced Beef Strips With Tortillas And Salsa

    You can have this Mexican-spiced dish on the dinner table in under 30 minutes. For a twist on traditional flavors, serve with fresh arugula in place of cilantro. <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_hplink">Mexican Spiced Beef Strips with Tortillas and Salsa recipe</a></strong>

  • Beer-Braised Turkey Tacos

    Soaking the turkey meat in beer packs it with flavor and keeps it tender (but it's also still a lean protein option). Serve these tacos with fresh cilantro and lime -- you won't need anything else. <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_hplink">Beer-Braised Turkey Tacos recipe</a></strong>

  • Beefy Bean Burritos

    You don't have to succumb to fast food if you're craving a hearty bean burrito. Make it at home in no time; not only will it taste better, but it'll be way better for you. <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_hplink">Beefy Bean Burritos recipe</a></strong>

  • Mexican-Spiced Fish With Fresh Corn Rice

    This spicy fish recipe is served atop a sweet corn rice, balancing out the flavors. Serve with fresh cilantro springs for a splash of fresh flavors. <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_hplink">Mexican-Spiced Fish with Fresh Corn Rice recipe</a></strong>

  • Grilled-Chicken Tacos

    The chicken in these tacos are marinated overnight -- ensuring a flavor meal. Once the marinating is done, this meal can come together in under 15 minutes. <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_hplink">Grilled-Chicken Tacos recipe</a></strong>

  • Pan-Roasted Chicken Breasts With Mole Negro

    You'll get an elegant meal with just a handful of ingredients with this Mexican dish. Rather than making mole from scratch, this recipe calls for mole paste. <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_hplink">Pan-Roasted Chicken Breasts with Mole Negro recipe</a></strong>

  • Black Bean Soup With Crispy Tortillas

    With just a couple cans of beans and a few essential spices, you can put together one fragrant soup -- and a most satisfying meal. We recommend serving it with crispy tortilla chips. <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_hplink">Black Bean Soup with Crispy Tortillas recipe</a></strong>

  • Chipotle-Rubbed Salmon Tacos

    You might not see many salmon tacos in Mexico, but these fish-tacos are certainly Mexican inspired. Rubbed with chipotle chile powder and served with mashed avocado, you won't be able to get enough of them. <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_hplink">Chipotle-Rubbed Salmon Tacos recipe</a></strong>

  • Grilled Chile Pork Chops With Tortilla-Tomatillo Salsa

    The salsa that tops these pork chops makes this a truly unique dish. It calls for avocado, tortilla chips, cilantro and tomatillo. <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_hplink">Grilled Chile Pork Chops with Tortilla-Tomatillo Salsa recipe</a></strong>

  • Fajitas With Roast Beef

    Fajitas are a great option for a quick dinner -- especially if you have leftover meat from last night's dinner. All you need are bell peppers and onions, and you'll have a meal together in no time. <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_hplink">Fajitas with Roast Beef recipe</a></strong>

  • Guacamole With Roasted Tomatillos

    Some Mexican meals are served with a side of guacamole -- and it's a favorite side dish for many of us. It's a good idea to have a good recipe to turn to, and this is just the one. <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_hplink">Guacamole with Roasted Tomatillos recipe</a></strong>

  • Gorditas

    Gorditas are savory corn cakes and they're thicker versions of tortillas. They're small and sturdy, which makes them a great vehicle for any kind of spicy topping. <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_hplink">Gorditas recipe</a></strong>

  • Sauteed Fish Tacos

    Fish tacos make a quick weeknight meal -- they're light, fresh and come together in just minutes. And when served with a creamy, yet spicy yogurt sauce, they'll hit the spot. <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_hplink">Sauteed Fish Tacos recipe</a></strong>

  • Quesadillas

    These simple quesadillas -- stuffed with just cheese and pickled jalapenos -- are typical Mexican street-fare. If they're too simple for you, serve with salsa, guacamole or sour cream. <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_hplink">Quesadillas recipe</a></strong>

  • Chicken Cutlets With Ancho Orange Sauce

    Dried ancho chiles are the backbone of this recipe. They provide a subtle heat, and a nice smoky, sun-baked flavor. The chiles are the main ingredient in this sauce -- and thanks to their intense flavor, not much else is needed. <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_hplink">Chicken Cutlets with Ancho Orange Sauce recipe</a></strong>

  • Chicken 'Carne' Adovada

    The chicken, which is slowly braised in a chile sauce, makes one most satisfying dinner. Serve with white rice and avocado slices for a complete meal. <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_hplink">Chicken "Carne" Adovada recipe</a></strong>

  • Grilled T-Bone Tostadas With Spicy Radish Salad

    The fresh radish salad that tops these tostadas really sets them apart. The radishes are thinly sliced, then mixed with jalapenos, red onion and lime juice to make a vibrant topping. <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_hplink">Grilled T-Bone Tostadas with Spicy Radish Salad</a> recipe</strong>

  • Easy Refried Beans

    Refried beans are easy to make in your home kitchen, and they taste so much better than anything you can find in a can. With an onion, tomato and a couple of spices, you can enjoy freshly made refried beans in no time. <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_hplink">Easy Refried Beans recipe</a></strong>

  • Pork Braised In Red Chile Sauce

    If you can't find dried ancho chiles, don't think you have to miss out on the flavor of Mexican cuisine. This recipe uses chile powder, raisins, espresso and tomato paste to make a sauce just as flavorful. <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_hplink">Pork Braised in Red Chile Sauce recipe</a></strong>

  • Green And Black Bean Pork Posole

    Posole is a traditional slow-cooked soup that's rich with flavor. This version speeds up the cooking process a bit, without sacrificing any of the taste. <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_hplink">Green and Black Bean Pork Posole recipe</a></strong>

  • Barbacoa Beef Cheek Tacos

    You can use beef cheek or short ribs to make these tacos -- either way, the meat will just melt in your mouth. Make sure to prepare enough pink pickled onions to top the tacos, they will go fast. <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_hplink">Barbacoa Beef Cheek Tacos recipe</a></strong>

  • Steak Burrito

    Burritos make a great, quick dinner. Everyone's happy with them. And the best part is, it's a great way to use up leftovers. <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_hplink">Steak Burrito recipe</a></strong>

  • Caldo Tlalpeño

    Spicy chipotle chiles, poblano chiles, garlic and onion flavor this fragrant soup. It also includes chicken and brown rice, making it a healthy diner option. <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_hplink">Caldo Tlalpeño recipe</a></strong>

  • Grilled Chicken Tostadas With Sweet-And-Sour Vegetables

    These chicken tostadas are topped with a rich mole sauce and an array of quick-pickled summer vegetables. Feel free to use whatever's in season at the moment. <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_hplink">Grilled Chicken Tostadas with Sweet-&-Sour Vegetables recipe</a></strong>

  • Cheese Enchiladas With Red Chile Sauce

    This stacked cheese enchilada dish is a creamy treat. It's stacked with layers of Cheddar and refried beans and spiced with a generous amount of chile powder. <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_hplink">Cheese Enchiladas with Red Chile Sauce recipe</a></strong>

  • Tortilla Soup

    Tortilla soup is a great recipe to turn to when you've got leftover corn tortillas. Not only is it a great way to use up those taco shells, but it also makes a satisfying dinner after a long day. <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_hplink">Tortilla Soup recipe</a></strong>

  • Chile-Lime Tortilla Chips

    Making your own tortilla chips is easy, and way healthier than buying them at the store. This recipe bakes the chips rather than frying them, and uses lime juice and chile for seasoning. <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_hplink">Chile-Lime Tortilla Chips recipe</a></strong>

  • Chiles Rellenos With Tomato-and-Avocado Salsa

    These chiles rellenos are stuffed with cheese and spicy jalapenos and then topped with a fresh, chunky tomato and avocado salsa to brighten up the flavors. <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_hplink">Chiles Rellenos with Tomato-and-Avocado Salsa recipe</a></strong>

  • Black Bean Quesadillas

    For vegetarians, black bean quesadillas make a protein-rich option. And you can have them ready to go in just 15 minutes. Feel free to swap the black beans for kidney or pinto. <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_hplink">Black Bean Quesadillas recipe</a></strong>

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