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14 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!

1. 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

2. 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

3. Quick 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

Quick Cooker Salsa Chicken Lettuce Wraps

4. 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

5. 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.

Easy Skinny 'Rita

Easy Skinny ‘Rita

6. 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.

Margarita

Margarita

7. 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.

Mojito

Mojito

8. 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

9. 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

10. 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

11. 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.

Fresh Tomato Salsa

Fresh Tomato Salsa

12. 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

13. 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

14. 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

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