I’ve asked and you’ve answered. Over the last few days you guys have flooded my Instagram Stories with the ingredients stocked in your refrigerators and pantries and I’ve responded with Mexican dinner ideas that make the most of those staples.
As we all try to stay at home as much as possible, we need to get creative in the kitchen. Luckily, that is what I do best! I have a gazillion Mexican food recipes that use basic pantry ingredients or only need simple substitutions to make them work.
I’ve noticed a common theme in your cupboards. Chicken, tortillas, canned tomatoes, and beans are typical things in your kitchens. Knowing that most of you have many of the same ingredients, I thought it would be so much easier to keep them all in one spot!
That being said, if you are wondering what to have on hand to make Mexican dinners happen on a regular basis, make sure to check out my Ultimate Mexican Pantry Guide.
Keep reading for 13 easy Mexican dishes you can make tonight!
13 Mexican Dinner Ideas You Can Make Tonight
Healthy Mexican recipes like these turkey burgers are packed with flavor from a little minced jalapeño and cilantro. They have a naughty side too—some chopped bacon is thrown into the mix. Feel free to leave it out if you don’t have any.
Several of you had beets in your fridge which delights me to no end—I’m a HUGE beet fan. They are super versatile and make a tremendous chilaquiles recipe. I’m a firm believer in breakfast for dinner so this is obviously one of my favorite Mexican dinner ideas.
Make a double batch of this ultimate cold-busting soup, freeze half for later. Use canned green chiles if you don’t have fresh jalapeños and substitute lemon juice for the lime if need be. Mexican dinner ideas like this soup are the get-well comfort food we all need right now.
This seasoned ground beef with potatoes and carrots makes exquisite Mexican tacos and is a family favorite. Use homemade taco seasoning (recipe included) with spices you already have or season simply with chili powder, salt, and pepper.
A comforting casserole if there ever was one! A lot of you had marinara sauce and pasta and this is a great way to use it. Substitute the marinara sauce for the homemade sauce in this recipe. If you still want a spicy kick, add chili powder to the marinara.
Easy Mexican recipes like simple Huevos Rancheros are just the kind of cozy meals we need right now and rely on very simple ingredients. This recipe includes instructions for a delicious Hatch Chile Salsa, however most of you don’t have a can of Hatch chiles laying around or green tomatoes, so use store-bought salsa or hot sauce instead.
Last week I stocked my freezer with frozen vegetables, fruits, and shrimp and many of you did the same. Pull out a bag of shrimp and make these super easy Mexican tacos. No tortillas? Serve over steamed rice, with beans, or another grain like quinoa.
At first glance, this may seem like a laundry list of ingredients and you may not have a lot of them at home, but keep in mind many of them are used to make an easy enchilada sauce for the casserole. If you have store-bought enchilada sauce you can substitute that instead. Also, roast any vegetable you have instead of the ones listed as well as whatever cheese you have in the fridge can be used too.
Healthy Mexican recipes like this simple Vegetable-Pasta Soup is pure joy for kids (who like to make words with the letters) and parents who love that you can make the entire recipe for under five bucks. No cute pasta letters? Use rice or other small pasta like orzo instead.
Mexican chicken recipes like these crispy breaded chicken sandwiches are the perfect way to use up any boneless, skinless chicken breasts you may have in your freezer or fridge. No fluffy buns? No problem. Eat the chicken Milanesa on it’s own with a simple salad and boiled potatoes.
This is more of a formula than a recipe. Use any veggie and cheese combo you’d like to make simple Mexican dinner ideas like this one. I do recommend one roasted root vegetable (sweet potatoes, carrots, or potatoes would be great) and one green vegetable (try chard, broccoli, or spinach). No flour tortillas? Make into tacos with corn tortillas or serve the veggies with rice or beans and sprinkle the cheese on top.
Many Mexican food recipes are magic at making something out of nothing and these stewed green beans are no exception. This recipe calls for fresh green beans, but turn frozen or canned green beans into something special with just a few basic ingredients.
Easy Mexican dishes like these Chipotle Chicken Flautas feed a crowd and score major brownie points with the fam using ingredients you already have in the fridge and pantry. The recipe calls for a whole chicken but you can use whatever you have in the fridge or freezer—chicken breast, thighs, or even drumsticks would work.
Even More Pantry Recipes
- Vinegar and Spice Oven Ribs
- Slow Roasted Pork Shoulder with Cilantro Sauce
- Stacked Enchiladas Suizas with Chicken
- Picadillo Enchiladas
Cozy Baking Recipes
We’re In This Together
I want you to know I am here for you during this difficult time and I want to help in any way I can. Keep sending me your ingredients on Instagram and I will keep dishing out things you can make. Make sure to tag @holajalapeno and #holajalapeno on Instagram when you make them so I can see!