This cookbook contains a collection of Mexican recipes from appetizers, snacks, and desserts to main dishes including casseroles, soups, fajitas, enchiladas, and burritos. The chicken chilaquiles (a tortilla casserole) was good and my family enjoyed it. We also liked the tortilla soup recipe.
The recipes use ingredients that can be found in most larger grocery stores and can be easily adapted to lower fat or low-sodium substitutions or using canned versions of things like salsa instead of making it from scratch. Each main recipe has three or more variations that at times are nothing more than using a different meat or cheese or vegetable, so that's how the book lives up to the title of 500 recipes. There are also color photographs which I always like in a cookbook.
None of the recipes seemed that difficult so this cookbook would be suitable for cooks of any level. It would be a great gift for anyone who enjoys easy but tasty Mexican food.
After reading the other negative reviews about this book having factual errors or being mostly a history book, I wondered at first if I had the wrong book. There is no history in my copy, just recipes, and I haven't found any factual errors from what I've read so far so I'm not sure what those reviewers are talking about. There is a glossary of ingredients and equipment as well as a brief explanation of the differences in regional Mexican cuisine but it is definitely a recipe book. I've never been to Mexico so I can't say if the recipes are "authentic" or not, but the ones I've tried so far were good.