For anyone that loves South of the border cuisine, we bet you have a real passion for Mexican Food. Who doesn’t? It is full of flavor, rich in culture, and always satisfying. You can easily whip up a quick dish for lunch or slow cook a meal for dinner. But, if you have limited time or are tired, you most probably want something quick and easy. For those who love easy dinners and Mexican cuisine, you have come to the right place. Here are three easy Mexican dinners.
Tacos are a common favorite when it comes to Mexican cuisine. They are a great family meal as you can fill them with whatever you like – veg, sauces, meat, beans, and more.
Here’s a recipe for barbecue pork tacos to try:
- 2 tsp vegetable oil
- ½ red onion, chopped
- 2 tsp each smoked paprika and ground cumin
- 2 cups lean ground pork
- 10 oz tomato paste
- 5 tbsp barbecue sauce
- 14 oz can black bean, drained
- small bunch coriander, chopped
- 8 taco shells
- 1 ripe avocado, peeled and sliced
- ½ iceberg lettuce, finely shredded
- Heat the oil in a large frying pan, add the onion and cook for 5 mins until softened. Sprinkle over the spices and cook for 1 min more. Add the pork, breaking it up with the back of a wooden spoon, and stir until cooked through.
- Stir the tomato paste and barbecue sauce into the pan along with 4 tbsp water. Increase the heat and allow the sauce to bubble and reduce until it clings to the meat. Add the beans, season, and cook for a further 2 mins, then stir in the coriander. Heat the tacos following pack instructions.
- Use the pork and bean mix to fill the tacos, top with slices of avocado, and shredded iceberg lettuce.
Chilli Con Carne
Chili is a meal that can satisfy everyone. You can even make it vegetarian with meat-free options or vegetables. Here is an easy traditional recipe.
- 2 medium onions, chopped
- 4 garlic cloves, crushed
- 1-1/2 pounds ground beef, browned
- 1 tbsp chili powder
- 3 tbsp tomato puree
- 14-oz can tomatoes
- 1 tbsp cumin seeds
- 1 bay leaf
- 4 tbsp olive oil
- 1 cup beef stock
- 1 can red kidney beans
- Fry the onions, garlic, olive oil, and beef together for 10 minutes
- Add the chili powder, drained tomatoes, and other ingredients (except the beans) and stir in for a few minutes
- Simmer for 15 minutes
- Stir in the kidney beans
- Serve with salad, tortilla, or rice
Birria is an old Mexican recipe that uses pork and barbeque flavors to create immense smoky results.
- 4 chilies
- 6-1/2 pounds meat
- 5 cloves of garlic
- 7 cloves
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1 tbsp dried oregano
- 2 cans tomatoes
- 1/2 cup wine vinegar
- Salt and pepper
- 1 12-oz bottle of beer
- 1 large red onion
- Cut the chilies and the meat into slices and cubes
- Blend together chilies, garlic, cloves, cinnamon, tomatoes, vinegar, and seasoning until a smooth sauce is formed
- Add the beet and blend
- Add the meat to a casserole dish, pour over the sauce, and simmer for 3 hours
- Serve with sliced red onion, and/or tortilla
So get your Latin on and make a great Latin inspired dinner tonight!
You can still have great food with a Mexican flair even if you are just not feeling slaving away at the hot stove. And you don’t have to worry about making a mess of the sides or doing the dishes afterwards. Just check out your local tex-mex restaurant for a family treat.