When you’re looking for a weeknight dinner everyone will love (that won’t take you too long to make), there’s nothing better than a weeknight fiesta. You can pull together these south-of-the-border flavors fast, and spend more time enjoying them. Here are 10 fiesta-worthy main dishes, side dishes, and drinks.
Rush Hour Chicken Fajitas
If meal prep usually feels like a marathon, this easy chicken fajita recipe will seriously help you out. Just 15 minutes in the microwave, and you have a hot, hearty meal everyone will love. Serve them with salsa, sour cream, cheese, and guacamole, and let everyone in the family build their own fajitas!
Grilled Loaded Nachos
Whether you serve this incredible nacho stack as a snack or a meal, it will soon become a family favorite. Customize it with your favorite toppings and sauces for something totally unique. You can even make it indoors or out—it’ll get a fantastic smoky flavor when you cook it on the grill.
Chipotle Chicken Nacho Dip
This cheesy dip has just the right amount of kick to keep you coming back for more. The combination of melty, delicious Colby and Monterey Jack cheeses with chicken, cilantro, and veggies is perfecto. Scoop it up with tortilla chips or fresh veggies, and let the family dig in!
Easy Skinny ‘Rita
Now that you have a few dinner ideas, what about the drinks? Try this slimmed-down margarita recipe: skip the standard orange liqueur and use fresh orange juice instead. Combine that with a tasty limeade base, and you have a pitcher of refreshing, guilt-free margaritas.
Alcohol-Free Mock Berry Mojitos
Mix a pitcher for the whole family to enjoy! These alcohol-free mocktails use sherbet to get a sweet berry flavor. Add some tart lime juice and fresh mint, and you have a refreshing drink with south-of-the-border style.
Shredded Pork Tostadas
From the tortilla base to the homemade cabbage slaw, these pork tostadas are packed with flavor. But the best part is how easy they are to make: just pop the pork tenderloin into the microwave and forget about it while you whip up the easy-to-make slaw.
Crisp cucumbers, refreshing dill, and all the fantastic flavors of traditional guacamole get together to make something out of this world. Use it as a dip with tortilla chips or veggies, or as a topping for tacos, tostadas, burgers, sandwiches…we’re getting hungry just thinking of the options.
Fresh Tomato Salsa
This salsa is a staple for any fiesta, and it’s so much better than what you’ll find at the grocery store. Premade salsas are packed with sugar, while this homemade version plays up the natural flavor of the fresh ingredients.
Pico de Gallo
This salsa-like stuff is the ultimate all-purpose topping. Of course, you can eat it on chips…but it’s also great in salads, burritos, and omelets, or on tacos, burgers, and fish or chicken.
Mexican Corn on the Cob
Corn on the cob is a summertime tradition, and absolutely everyone loves it. This Mexican corn on the cob recipe, also known as elote, is bursting with fantastic flavors. Each ear is slathered with a creamy, cheesy, zesty topping that’s so good, it will become a summer ritual.