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Sure, Cinco de Mayo is this Sunday -- and the perfect excuse to throw a fiesta. But there's no need to wait for the weekend to celebrate. Check out these five quick and easy weeknight Mexican recipes, and make one for dinner tonight!
Fish Tacos with Mango-Cabbage Slaw
If you're using soft corn tortillas, heat them first in the microwave before spooning in the fish and slaw. But hard shells offer an appealing crunch in these super-simple, surprisingly gourmet tacos. The sweetness of the mango chunks makes the slaw especially kid-friendly.
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A can of refried beans and a jar of enchilada sauce help make this lasagna super-fast and easy to make. The flour tortillas become tender and noodle-like when baked with the beans and sauce and the whole dish is so satisfyingly hearty and flavorful that it will quickly become one of your weeknight standards.
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Shrimp in Creamy Red Salsa
Use your favorite commercial salsa here to make a delicious sauce that elevates the slightly spicy shrimp beyond the everyday. Smoked Spanish paprika, also known as pimenton, adds a wonderfully smoky hot flavor, but it's still delicious without it. The potatoes and onion add body to the dish and make it more satisfying. Add a side of black beans and dinner is served.
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All-Day Beef Tostadas
The slow cooker is a lifesaver for working parents, but sometimes long-cooked meat comes out tasting dull. The best results come from a slightly fatty cut of beef, like well-marbled chuck steak. Gently simmered all day with seasonings, the result is like Mexican barbecue that you can pile onto tostada shells or warmed corn tortillas (or a sandwich later). Add any toppings you like: cheese, salsa, sour cream, hot sauce. It's a knife-and-fork dish either way, and kids love it. Add a green salad with some sliced avocado on the side and you're done. The hands-on time here is minimal.
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Grilled Fajita Tacos
Grilling or broiling a chewy, flavorful piece of steak such as skirt or flank makes your finished fajitas taste much more like the restaurant type. First cook the peppers and onions, and then the flank steak. Once that's done, this meal is ready to eat!
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