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FoodA Taste of Mexico: 20 Easy Recipes For Busy Weeknights

A Taste of Mexico: 20 Easy Recipes For Busy Weeknights

Does the weekday scramble leave you yearning for flavor but short on time? ¡No hay problema, amigos! This list of Mexican recipes is your secret weapon to flavorful weeknight meals. We’ve got fiesta-worthy dishes bursting with authentic gusto that come together faster than a mariachi can strum a tune. Get ready to turn those weeknights into winning celebrations!

Taco Casserole

Two hands holding a pan of a Vegan Taco Casserole.
Image Credit: Marly McMillen/Namely Marly

Calling all taco lovers! Craving that fiesta flavor but want something different? This vegan taco casserole is your answer. Imagine a deconstructed taco salad, all nestled in a warm, cheesy casserole dish. Packed with your favorite south-of-the-border ingredients and a breeze to throw together, it’s a fun twist on taco night everyone will love!

Get The Recipe: Vegan Taco Casserole

Crockpot Mexican Chicken

A white bowl with shredded chicken, diced tomatoes, and green chilis.A white bowl with shredded chicken, diced tomatoes, and green chilis.
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Did you know you can make perfectly spiced, fall-apart chicken in your slow cooker? This simple slow-cooked Mexican chicken only takes five minutes to prep, and it’s perfect for tacos, burritos, quesadillas, salads – you name it!

Get The Recipe: Crockpot Mexican Chicken

Quick Skillet Shrimp Fajitas

Shrimp and peppers in a skillet with serving spoon.Shrimp and peppers in a skillet with serving spoon.
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Quick Skillet Shrimp Fajitas are a quick, healthy, delicious one-pot meal that the whole family loves.

Get The Recipe: Quick Skillet Shrimp Fajitas

Chicken Tostadas with Crispy Cheese Tortilla

Chicken tostadas with cheese shell on plate on a terra cotta tray.Chicken tostadas with cheese shell on plate on a terra cotta tray.
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Tostadas with hard cheese shells are packed with protein, veggies, and fun toppings for a flavorful lunch or light dinner. Top crispy cheese shells with your favorite Mexican-inspired toppings like taco meat, lettuce, guacamole, salsa, sour cream, and cheese for a satisfying and nutritious meal.

Get The Recipe: Chicken Tostadas with Crispy Cheese Tortilla

Tender Shaved Beef Fajitas

A cast iron skillet with hot beef fajitas and seared vegetables alongside bowls of lime wedges, tomatoes, and tortillas.A cast iron skillet with hot beef fajitas and seared vegetables alongside bowls of lime wedges, tomatoes, and tortillas.
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Tender Shaved Beef Fajitas combines thinly sliced beef with colorful sweet peppers, caramelized onions, and fresh avocado, creating restaurant-quality fresh Mexican cuisine at home.

Get The Recipe: Tender Shaved Beef Fajitas

Chicken Enchilada Recipe with Three Cheese Chipotle Sauce

Enchiladas in a casserole dish, with chicken and cheese and a serving spoon.Enchiladas in a casserole dish, with chicken and cheese and a serving spoon.
Photo credit: Not Entirely Average

There’s no better way to make my Chicken Enchilada Recipe with Three Cheese Chipotle Sauce than using this 1-hour method. It delivers serious flavor and a fresh twist to your weeknight dinner.

Get The Recipe: Chicken Enchilada Recipe with Three Cheese Chipotle Sauce

Beef Quesadillas

Stack of beef quesadillas on a plate.Stack of beef quesadillas on a plate.
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Enjoy a delicious meal with these delectable beef quesadillas! This simple recipe will create a scrumptious, cheesy dinner for one or two that bakes up quickly.

Get The Recipe: Beef Quesadillas

Steak Picado

A pan of Steak Picado with red onions and lime wedges.A pan of Steak Picado with red onions and lime wedges.
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Savor the rich flavors of Mexico with Steak Picado, a comforting beef dish infused with a hint of spice and tenderly balanced by the tangy crunch of pickled onions.

Get the Recipe: Steak Picado

Street Corn Nachos

Street Corn Nachos piled high on a plate.Street Corn Nachos piled high on a plate.
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With a bold and zesty cheese sauce and an array of innovative toppings, this mouthwatering fusion of flavors and textures will leave you hooked. The perfect blend of elote’s sweetness and the crunch of nacho chips, this unbeatable combination will become your new go-to snack obsession!

Get the Recipe: Street Corn Nachos

Cheesy Mexican Stuffed Peppers Recipe

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These Enchilada Stuffed Peppers are bursting with flavor and shockingly easy to make. Packed with juicy ground beef, tangy green chiles, and smothered in enchilada sauce and melty cheese, this recipe is sure to become a family favorite.

Get The Recipe: Cheesy Mexican Stuffed Peppers

Easy Homemade Refried Beans

A bowl of refried beans topped with jalapenos, tomatoes, and crumbled cheese.A bowl of refried beans topped with jalapenos, tomatoes, and crumbled cheese.
Image Credit: Erren Hart/Erren’s Kitchen

Ditch the canned stuff! Level up your Mexican night with this incredibly easy recipe for homemade refried beans. You’ll be amazed at how much flavor you can create yourself in just a few steps.

GET THE RECIPE: Refried Beans

Mexican Soup

a bowl of Mexican soup topped with Guacamole and sour cream.a bowl of Mexican soup topped with Guacamole and sour cream.
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Take your taste buds on a trip south of the border! This vibrant Mexican Soup bursts with fresh vegetables and aromatic spices. It’s a simple, one-pot recipe that delivers a fiesta of flavor in every spoonful.

GET THE RECIPE: Mexican Soup

Mexican Street Corn

Mexican Street Corn covered in a sour cream sauce and crumbled cheese.Mexican Street Corn covered in a sour cream sauce and crumbled cheese.
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This Mexican Street Corn recipe can be enjoyed on or off the cob, making it a breeze to customize for any occasion. Packed with creamy goodness and a touch of heat, it’s the perfect side dish to impress your friends!

GET THE RECIPE: Mexican Street Corn

Mexican Cheesy Chicken Chowder

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Craving a warm hug in a bowl? Look no further! This Mexican Cheesy Chicken Chowder is packed with comfort. Spicy tomatoes, colorful peppers, fluffy hash browns, and mountains of melty cheese create a flavor fiesta that will chase away any winter chill. Top it off with Fritos or tortilla chips for a satisfying and easy weeknight meal. ¡Muy delicioso! (Very delicious!)

Get The Recipe: Mexican Cheesy Chicken Chowder

Spicy Mexican Shrimp

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Spice up your weeknight with this fiesta in a pan! This Spicy Mexican Shrimp is a symphony of flavors, perfectly balancing savory, sweet, and fiery heat. This easy one-pan wonder is ideal for busy weeknights, casual gatherings, or a Cinco de Mayo celebration that won’t leave you sweating in the kitchen. Get ready for a flavor explosion!

Get The Recipe: Spicy Mexican Shrimp

Beef Burritos

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Build your dream burrito in just 30 minutes! These hearty wraps come loaded with ground beef, beans, cheese, and rice, but feel free to customize with your favorite toppings. Top it off with salsa, sour cream, guacamole, or anything your heart desires for a delicious and satisfying feast.

Get The Recipe: Beef Burritos

Taco Mac and Cheese

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Dinnertime just got easier (and cheesier)! This recipe cleverly combines two classic dishes – mac and cheese and tacos – into one delicious and hassle-free meal. It’s the perfect way to satisfy everyone at the table without the fuss of multiple dishes.

Get The Recipe: Taco Mac and Cheese

Easy Spicy Shrimp Tacos

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Whip up these spicy shrimp tacos in no time flat. Juicy, marinated shrimp bursting with spice is nestled in warm tortillas, ready for your favorite toppings. Dinner doesn’t get much faster or tastier!

GET THE RECIPE: Shrimp Tacos

7-Layer Dip

An overhead image of a 7-Layer Dip with tortilla chips around the bowl,An overhead image of a 7-Layer Dip with tortilla chips around the bowl,
Image Credit: Marly McMillen/Namely Marly

This incredible 7-Layer Dip recipe delivers all the flavor you crave, minus the animal products. Layers of creamy beans, vibrant guacamole, and a tangy vegan sour cream create a symphony of textures and tastes.

Get The Recipe: 7-Layer Dip

Enchilada Meatballs

Cheesy mexican meatballs in a skillet.Cheesy mexican meatballs in a skillet.
Photo credit: Litlle House Big Alaska

Enchilada Meatballs are so easy to make and bake that you’ll find yourself making them again and again.

Get The Recipe: Enchilada Meatballs

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