15 Recipes for an Easy Weeknight Fiesta

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 some fiesta-worthy main dishes, side dishes, and drinks to try out!

Rush Hour Chicken Fajitas

1. Skirt Steak Fajitas

Need to feed 4–6 people fast? You can make Skirt Steak Fajitas with our Cast Iron Sizzle Skillet and Wood Trivet. Thanks to its larger size and excellent heat retention, this skillet can quickly cook the skirt steak, bell peppers, and onions, so you can serve sizzling fajitas that look and taste like they came from your favorite Mexican restaurant. Plus, you can take the skillet directly from your stovetop or grill and put it on your table with the Wood Trivet.

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Skirt Steak Fajitas

2. 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!

Rush Hour Chicken Fajitas

Rush Hour Chicken Fajitas

3. 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.

Grilled Loaded Nachos

Grilled Loaded Nachos

4. Pressure Cooker Salsa Chicken Lettuce Wraps

This wrap will shake up the ho-hum taco night and quickly become a family favorite. With a pressure cooker, you can make these one-pot meal wraps in record time (about 30 minutes). Try topping the salsa chicken with radishes, cheese, Greek yogurt or sour cream, cilantro, and avocado.

Quick Cooker Salsa Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Pressure Cooker Salsa Chicken Lettuce Wraps

5. 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!

Chipotle Chicken Nacho Dip

Chipotle Chicken Nacho Dip

6. 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 and bright margaritas.

Easy Skinny 'Rita

Easy Skinny ‘Rita

7. Margarita

Don’t settle for neon-green, store-bought pre-mix for this classic cocktail when making it yourself is as straightforward as simple syrup, lime juice, and blanco tequila. With a few shakes of a stylish cocktails shaker, you’ll impress everyone at the next cookout or pool party.



8. Mojito

This refreshing Cuban beverage is another great addition to the cocktail selection at any fiesta-themed gathering. You follow the same measurements as our margarita, except you use white rum instead of tequila and you add the extra step of muddling mint and simple syrup in the glass until fragrant. When you have a complete set of bar tools, it’s fun to impress guests—no expensive bartending class required.



9. 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.

Mock Berry Mojitos

Mock Berry Mojitos

10. Slow Cooker Carnitas

Carnitas is a Mexican dish of spicy pulled pork that is fabulous on tacos and a great recipe to make in your slow cooker. Our slow cooker seasoning pairs well with chicken or beef, too.

Slow Cooker Carnitas

Slow Cooker Carnitas

11. Cucumber-Dill Guacamole

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.

Cucumber Dill Guacamole

Cucumber-Dill Guacamole

12. 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 include added sugar, while this homemade version plays up the natural flavor of the fresh ingredients.

Fresh Tomato Salsa

Fresh Tomato Salsa

13. Pico de Gallo

This salsa-like condiment 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.

Pico de Gallo

Pico de Gallo

14. 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.

Mexican Corn on the Cob

Mexican Corn on the Cob

15. Mexican Street Corn Dip

Give this popular Mexican street food a party-ready makeover! Mix the grilled corn and veggies with all their charred, smoky goodness into a creamy, zesty, cheesy dip. Serve it with tortilla chips, bell pepper strips, or just eat it with a spoon—it’s that good!
Party tip: Keep the dip warm for your fiesta in a slow cooker.

Mexican Street Corn Dip

Mexican Street Corn Dip

9 Responses to 15 Recipes for an Easy Weeknight Fiesta

  1. Ann LeVasseur October 4, 2016 at 9:24 am #

    Shredded pork to standard in 15 mins! Using the deep covered baker in the microwave is my favorite way to get the homemade flavor

  2. Ronny May 6, 2019 at 12:31 pm #

    Thanks for the great recipes

  3. Vicki Kurlak May 17, 2019 at 10:08 am #

    The Mexican street corn dip looks yummy!!

  4. Carol Q Novak May 18, 2019 at 11:30 am #

    love the recipes!!!!!!!!
    THANK YOU…..

  5. Conor May 20, 2019 at 2:18 am #

    Love this article so much!!! Thanks for the share

  6. Cathy Patton May 22, 2019 at 10:30 pm #

    These look amazing thanx for the ideas

  7. Cindy Gray May 31, 2019 at 3:48 pm #

    I copied nearly all the recipes! We need to make some of these for a party so we can try all these seasoning mixes.

  8. Leslie June 9, 2022 at 11:10 am #

    I love getting all of these! So much fun to try!

  9. Diana June 30, 2022 at 7:16 pm #

    Looks like some good ideas! Thanks.

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