10 Easy Mexican Recipes to Make on a Weeknight
Happy Mexican Independence Day! Contrary to popular American belief, Cinco de Mayo is not Mexico’s equivalent of the Fourth of July—today, September 16, is! It’s the middle of the week, and you may not feel like slaving away in the kitchen putting together a slow-cooked cochinita pibil, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a flavorful and satisfying Mexican-inspired meal. Here are 10 uncomplicated recipes that you can make in a flash tonight.
Take some help from the canned aisle to throw these delicious enchiladas together. Ground beef is combined with diced onion, red pepper, and chopped green chiles. The mixture is tossed with plenty of shredded cheese before being folded into flour tortillas. Spread canned enchilada sauce over the top and call it a fiesta! If ground beef isn’t your thing, substitute ground turkey, pork, or soyrizo.
Albóndiga is the Spanish word for meatball, and it’s not only fun to say (it’s pronounced just how it looks: al-bon-dee-ga) but also tasty to eat. This classic recipe for Mexican meatball soup combines beef chuck and pork shoulder to make the meatballs, which are served in a fragrant and slightly spicy broth of diced tomatoes, veggie stock, ancho chili powder, and chipotle in adobo.
If you’re in need of a midweek healthful pick-me-up, look no further than this corn and quinoa salad. Char-grilled corn is combined with lots of fresh cilantro, nutty quinoa, plenty of spices, and a generous amount of salty cotija cheese. Vegetarians can enjoy this recipe without the chopped bacon.
Chilaquiles are a traditional Mexican breakfast in which day-old tortilla chips are tossed in a spicy red sauce. Omit the fried egg and toss with hearty chicken breasts to make a meal that’s ideal for dinner. If you’re short on time, use boneless, skinless store-bought cooked chicken breasts.
Fast, casual Tex-Mex chain Chipotle is well known for its burrito bowls, which are super easy to make at home. Ground beef is combined with sautéed onions and bell peppers before being tossed with salsa, black beans, corn, tomatoes, rice, green chiles, and taco seasoning. The finished dish is incredibly filling and awesome served with a margarita.
If fall is starting to bring an evening chill to your neighborhood, consider whipping up a comforting bowl of chicken tortilla soup. This nostalgic recipe has you cook the chicken and rice, but if you’re pressed for time, use store-bought chicken and pre-cooked rice. It will be just as delectable!
Blackened salmon is served atop a mountain of butter lettuce, mango, jalapeño, black beans, and avocado in this hearty salad recipe. Crushed tortilla chips, sharp cheddar cheese, and a simple honey-lime vinaigrette finish off this dish that’s so good you can serve it to guests.
Why not enjoy the sports bar staple at home? There may be no football on a Wednesday night, but you can definitely pair these crunchy vegetarian nachos with ice-cold Mexican beer or, even better, a homemade michelada. The key is to cover each layer of chips with plenty of scrumptious toppings.
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