Mexican food has a way of making an ordinary evening feel like a vacation. But just because those balmy nights are coming to an end doesn’t mean you have to turn to fall comfort food just yet. Stretch out the season a little longer by making some classic, easy Mexican chicken recipes at home. The beauty of this cuisine is that you probably already have a few of the ingredients. In fact, Teighan of Half Baked Harvest says Mexican is her go-to when she needs to use up fresh vegetables. “I hate throwing produce out, so I decided it was enchilada time,” she writes.
To inspire you to master your favorite Mexican restaurant food at home, we’ve found five easy recipes to spice up your week. There are so many options beyond tacos—We’re talking chimichangas, fajitas, and enchiladas that are crazy yummy (and even pretty healthy). Keep reading for simple, tasty Mexican chicken recipes to make before summer ends.
Salsa Verde Chicken Enchilada Casserole
The Recipe: This dish from Foodie Crush is the perfect combination of traditional Mexican and weeknight dinner ease. This is not your average casserole, but it is definitely easy to make. The recipe calls for layering of salsa verde, sour cream, tortillas, chicken, butternut squash, and black beans topped with cheese, olives, green onions, and cilantro.
The Pro Tip: Foodie Heidi Larsen shares that you can grab all the ingredients pre-cooked, sliced, and diced from the market. All you have to do is toss everything together in a casserole dish and bake. You’ll be savoring leftovers all week.
Slow Cooker Chicken Fajita Chili
The Recipe: A play on the more traditional chicken fajita, this one-pot meal just takes a little bit of prep time before it cooks itself. Layer your fajita fillings (like bell peppers, onions, beans, chicken, and tomatoes), add some spices and seasonings, and wait.
The Pro Tip: Larsen of Foodie Crush suggests topping the finished product with avocado and sour cream and pairing it with chili’s traditional sidekick, cornbread.
Sheet Pan Poblano Chicken Fajitas
The Recipe: A one-pan chicken fajita meal is just the thing to spice up your weekly go-to dinners, and it’s seriously so easy. Gerard of Half Baked Harvest calls it “your dream weeknight dinner.” Does it get any dreamier than one pan full of healthy ingredients that you probably already have stocked in your fridge? Only if you add a side of guacamole and a margarita, I suppose.
The Pro Tip: To make this meal vegetarian-friendly, Gerard suggests swapping the chicken for a can of black beans or chickpeas. You can also add more veggies to complement the peppers like onions and mushrooms.
Lightened Salsa Verde Chicken Enchiladas with Pineapple Avocado Salsa
The Recipe: This bright and colorful dish from Half Baked Harvest is another great twist on a classic Mexican meal, and it’s totally doable in your own kitchen. All you need is chicken, brown rice, tortillas, avocado, and pineapple. Just like that, and you have a tasty Mexican chicken dish done in under an hour.
The Pro Tip: You can make a salsa verde at home with this recipe, or opt for a store-bought version to reduce time spent in the kitchen.
The Recipe: This recipe is a reminder that good things can come in small packages. These mini fried capsules contain huge flavor, filled with chicken, diced peppers, fresh corn, and of course, what Mexican dish would be complete without a good helping of cheese?
The Pro Tip: A helpful hint from Jenny of Spoon Fork Bacon: Make this dish even easier by buying a roasted chicken from the store and shredding it up at home.