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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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