Fiesta On Your Plate: Delicious Mexican Dinner Recipes

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Spicy, flavorful, and perfect for a casual gathering, Mexican food is a crowd-pleaser. But between work, errands, and everyday life, whipping up a complicated feast might not always be on the menu. Worry not, fellow taco enthusiasts! This guide brings you 3 simple yet incredibly satisfying Mexican dinner recipes you can prepare in under an hour.

Recipe 1: Sizzling Steak Fajitas

Easy Mexican Recipes - Best Traditional Mexican Food Ideas
Easy Mexican Recipes – Best Traditional Mexican Food Ideas

Fajitas are a classic for a reason – they’re endlessly customizable and perfect for interactive dining. This recipe uses skirt steak, but feel free to substitute with flank steak or chicken breast for a lighter option.

# Ingredients:

1 pound skirt steak, thinly sliced against the grain

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 green bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 orange bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped (plus extra for garnish)
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • Salt and black pepper to taste

  • For serving:

    Warm tortillas (corn or flour)

  • Your favorite fajita toppings (shredded cheese, guacamole, salsa, sour cream)

  • # Directions:

    1. In a large bowl, combine olive oil, lime juice, chili powder, cumin, paprika, garlic powder, and onion powder. Whisk well to create a marinade.
    2. Add the sliced steak to the marinade and toss to coat evenly. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes, or up to 2 hours for deeper flavor.
    3. Heat a large skillet or grill pan over medium-high heat. Add the sliced onions and bell peppers, and cook for 5-7 minutes, or until softened and slightly charred. Remove from the pan and set aside.
    4. Remove the steak from the marinade and discard any remaining marinade. Season the steak generously with salt and pepper.
    5. Add the steak to the hot skillet and cook for 3-4 minutes per side, or until desired doneness is reached.
    6. To assemble the fajitas, warm your tortillas according to package instructions. Fill each tortilla with sliced steak, sautéed vegetables, and your favorite toppings. Garnish with fresh cilantro and enjoy!

    # Nutrition Facts (per serving with 2 corn tortillas):

    Calories: 500

  • Fat: 20g
  • Saturated Fat: 6g
  • Cholesterol: 80mg
  • Sodium: 400mg (depending on added sodium in toppings)
  • Carbohydrates: 50g
  • Fiber: 4g
  • Protein: 30g

  • Recipe 2: One-Pot Cheesy Chicken Enchiladas

    This recipe is a lifesaver for busy weeknights. Everything cooks in one pot, minimizing cleanup!

    # Ingredients:

    1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, diced
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 (15 oz) can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 (4 oz) can diced green chiles (mild or hot, depending on your preference)
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 8 corn tortillas
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro (optional)

  • # Directions:

    1. Heat olive oil in a large pot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the diced chicken and cook until golden brown, about 5-7 minutes.
    2. Add the onion and garlic to the pot and cook for an additional 2-3 minutes, or until softened.
    3. Stir in the diced tomatoes, black beans, green chiles, chicken broth, chili powder, cumin, oregano, salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
    4. Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C).
    5. Carefully arrange the corn tortillas in a single layer over the simmering sauce.
    6. Sprinkle the tortillas with the shredded cheddar and Monterey Jack cheese.