You don’t have to wait for that “Taco Tuesday” to make this homemade Mexican taco recipe. Ditch the kits and make these from scratch and your family will devour them. My husband and kids cheered the other day when I made this authentic ground beef taco recipe and I’m sure yours will too!

Best taco recipe

Best Mexican Taco Recipe

I find that the best tacos taste better when they’re fresher. This Mexican tacos recipe takes the items from your spice rack and fresh ingredients to create delicious authentic tacos. They’ll be the best ground beef tacos you ever had, better than that preservative-filled taco seasoning they give you in those taco kits!

Mexican taco ingredients

Homemade Mexican Taco Ingredients

  • Ground beef – When making ground beef tacos, go for lean ground beef for this taco meat recipe.
  • Tomato sauce – You’ll divide an 8-ounce can.
  • White corn tortillas and taco shells – The best of both worlds!
  • Beef taco seasoning – You’ll need salt and pepper to taste plus garlic powder, chili powder, oregano, smoked paprika, cumin, and onion powder. These make the ideal blend for the best tacos.
  • Garnishes – Prepare what you like with jalapenos, sour cream, shredded cheddar, avocado, diced tomato, diced red onion, shredded lettuce, and lime wedges.

Easy taco recipe

Easy Mexican Taco Recipe

This delicious Mexican taco recipe only takes a few minutes to prepare and will be on your table delighting your family in just 35 minutes. It’s an easy taco recipe that is perfect for any night of the week, for just your family, or even for serving guests! Plus it makes great leftovers.

Live everyday like its taco Tuesday!

How do you Make Mexican Tacos from Scratch?

To make authentic tacos, start by adding vegetable oil to your nonstick skillet over medium to medium-high heat. When it’s hot, put in the ground beef and cook until it’s browned with no pink left. Add half the tomato sauce and stir. Then add the spices and the rest of the tomato sauce and cook for 5 to 7 minutes. Fry the corn tortillas for a few seconds per side and then serve your homemade tacos with your favorite toppings.

How do you make Mexican tacos from scratch

Expert Tips and Tricks for the Perfect Tacos Every Time

  • Fry the corn tortillas and warm the tacos shells. This is essential for having the best taco vessels around.
  • Don’t skip the tomato sauce. The best taco recipe includes a little acidity that will kick that flavor up and give it a saucy texture.
  • Have a bounty of toppings. You don’t have to use all the topping I’ve used here. Pick your favorites and put them out party-style so everyone at the table can top them the way they like.

How do you make good tacos

How do you make good tacos?

Authentic Mexican tacos start with quality taco ingredients. Buy good ground beef and fresh ingredients for your toppings and you’ll have the kind of tacos you get from the best taco places around.

How to make taco meat?

Making a taco meat recipe is easy. You just need ground beef, tomato sauce, and the right seasonings to bring it all together.

How to you cook ground beef for tacos?

You’ll heat vegetable oil in a nonstick skillet and brown the beef. Then add tomato sauce and seasonings, cooking for about 5 to 7 more minutes until it’s ready to serve.

What is in traditional Mexican tacos

What is in a traditional Mexican taco?

Traditional tacos can vary with fillings to include beef, chicken, pork, seafood, veggies, or beans. This recipe includes ground beef.

What do you put in a taco?

You can put whatever you like in a taco. In this authentic taco recipe, you’ll put seasoned ground beef, cheese, and toppings like sour cream, avocado, jalapenos, lettuce, and more.

What toppings should I put on my taco?

Tacos are best when they have what you like on them. Some suggestions are jalapenos, sour cream, shredded cheddar, avocado, diced tomatoes, diced red onions, and shredded lettuce. They taste even better with a squeeze of lime from a lime wedge.

What do you put in a taco

What goes well with Tacos for dinner?

If you want to make your taco dinner more complete, serve a taco salad, chips and salsa, guacamole, refried beans, Mexican rice, black beans and rice, elote, or Mexican coleslaw.

What toppings should I put on my taco

How to Store Tacos

Tacos need to go in the fridge. Wrap everything separate to keep it tasting its best.

How Long Do Tacos Last?

Your leftover taco meat will last 3 to 4 days in the fridge.

Homemade ground beef tacos

Can You Freeze Tacos?

So many people don’t realize that you CAN freeze tacos! But you should keep the items separated. So, bag up the meat, then bag up the tortillas, and then the cheese. And then you can put them in one big freezer bag to make a frozen taco meal kit.

How to Reheat Tacos?

Let the meat thaw in the fridge overnight, then gently warm it on the stovetop until it’s hot. Serve with all your favorite toppings!

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Classic Mexican Taco Recipe

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 141
Ready for a super easy and delicious homemade ground beef taco recipe? This is my families favorite that the kids absolutely love and can be easily customized with their desired toppings. Its the perfect taco recipe that makes excellent weekday leftovers.


  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1 8oz can tomato sauce (divided)
  • salt and pepper (to taste)
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 1/4 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • taco shells
  • 8 white corn tortillas
  • jalapeños (for garnish)
  • sour cream (for garnish)
  • shredded cheddar cheese (for garnish)
  • avocado (for garnish)
  • diced tomato (for garnish)
  • diced red onion (for garnish)
  • shredded lettuce (for garnish)
  • lime wedges


  • Add oil to nonstick skillet on medium to medium-high heat. Once the skillet is hot, add in the ground beef, cooking until fully browned without any pink showing. Add the tomato sauce and spice blend. Cook the mixture for 5-7 minutes. Serve with fried corn tortillas and desired toppings.
Calories: 141kcal
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican


Calories: 141kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 35mg | Sodium: 71mg | Potassium: 286mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 502IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 38mg | Iron: 2mg

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I love this taco salad recipe! It’s the less-mess way to enjoy tacos of course. And when you make it yourself with fresh ingredients and lean ground turkey, it’s a much healthier choice than when you order it from a restaurant. Here’s to a quick, easy, and absolutely fantastic lunch or dinner option everyone in your family will ask for again and again!

Best taco salad recipe

Best Taco Salad Recipe

This is the best taco salad recipe because it takes all fresh and wholesome ingredients to give you the flavors you love with less guilt. Sure, there’s a time and a place for tacos, but if you want to ensure you get more lettuce and veggies in every bite, taco salad is the way to go!

Taco salad ingredients

Healthy Taco Salad Ingredients

  • Ground turkey – This makes your taco salad a bit healthier than ground beef.
  • Avocado oil – A healthier fat to cook the turkey with.
  • Spicy taco seasoning – Use it pre-made or make your own!
  • Romaine lettuce – Chop it up!
  • Black beans – You’ll need about half a cup.
  • Chopped green onions – To give your salad a pungent contrast.
  • Chopped red onion – More onion flavor with prettier colors!
  • Cherry tomatoes – Cut these babies in half.
  • Chopped green pepper – Add more nutrition and flavor to your salad.
  • Fresh parsley – The finishing touch.
  • Avocado – Slice it up!
  • Shredded cheddar – Taco salad without cheese is almost unforgiveable.
  • Sour cream – Ditto for sour cream.
  • Salsa – Gives you that taco topping flavor throughout the salad.
  • Crispy tortilla strips – The final crunchy component to this blissfully-delicious salad!

Easy taco salad recipe

Inhale tacos, exhale negativity.

Easy Taco Salad Recipe

This taco salad bowl recipe is so easy that all you have to do is cook the meat and put the ingredients together. It takes less than 30 minutes from start to finish so get ready for the perfect healthy weeknight salad meal your whole family will eat!

How do you make taco salad from scratch

How do you Make Taco Salad from Scratch

First, you’ll heat the avocado oil in a skillet over high heat and cook the ground turkey until it’s light brown. Add the taco seasoning and cook until the turkey has completely cooked through. While this happens, you can get the rest of the ingredients together in a bowl, then add the turkey to it. Toss everything together and serve. Feel free to add cilantro and jalapeno if you want even more flavor!

Expert Tips and Tricks for the Perfect Taco Salad Bowl Every Time

  • You can replace the turkey. If you’d rather have beef or even chicken, go for it. You can also use meatless crumbles if you’d prefer.
  • Make it vegan by omitting sour cream and using vegan cheese.
  • Use your own spices to make the taco seasoning. This way, you can control the sodium content.
  • Taco salad dressing not needed. There are so many good flavors that you do not need a taco salad dressing on traditional taco salad.
  • Feel free to add or omit what you like. Love black olives? Throw them in there!

How to cook ground beef for taco salad

How to Cook Ground Beef for Taco Salad?

Cooking ground beef is the same as cooking ground turkey. You want to cook it until there is no pink left in the meat. Then you’ll add the seasoning and cook for a few more minutes until it’s lightly browned.

How do you dress up a taco salad?

Taco salad is what you make of it. This recipe has everything you need to give your taco salad restaurant-quality flavors with ground turkey seasoned by taco seasoning, crispy lettuce, tender black beans, green onions, red onions, cherry tomatoes, green peppers, avocados, cheese, salsa, and sour cream.

How do you dress up a taco salad

Should taco salad be warm or cold?

Taco salad has both warm and cold components which is what makes it so amazing. You’ll combine the cold items together while your ground meat cooks, then top it off and mix it all together for a wonderful mix of hot and cold ingredients.

What goes well with Taco Salad?

I’ll put out chips and salsa with taco salad as well as black bean soup. Spanish rice or even cilantro lime rice is a great side. And of course, that Mexican street corn either whole or in salad-form, is a perfect option!

Should taco salad be warm or cold

How to Store Taco Salad

Taco salad should be covered well and put in the fridge when everyone is done eating.

How Long Does Taco Salad Last?

If you have taco salad leftover, it can keep for up to 5 days in the fridge if your ingredients are separated. If it has any tortilla strips on it, it will be less time as those will get soggy.

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Classic Taco Salad Recipe

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 445
This fast and easy Taco Salad recipe is a delicious dish that you can use in a snap! Whether its a family dinner or a potluck, this taco salad is a crowd pleaser. I love how healthy you can make it and its quickly become one of my favorite lunch meals.


  • 2-3 tsp avocado oil
  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 2 tbsp spicy taco seasoning
  • 2 cups romaine lettuce (chopped)
  • 1/2 cup black beans
  • 1/2 cup green onions (chopped)
  • 1/2 cup red onion (chopped)
  • 1 1/2 cups cherry or grape tomatoes (halved)
  • 1/2 cup green pepper (chopped)
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley (chopped)
  • 1 avocado (sliced)
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese (shredded)
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup salsa
  • tortilla chip strips (for garnish)


  • In a large nonstick skillet, heat the avocado oil on high heat. Add in the ground turkey and break up with your spatula and lightly brown. Add in the taco seasoning and cook until the ground turkey has been cooked through.
  • In a large bowl, assemble the remaining salad ingredients together. Toss until thoroughly combined. Garnish with additional toppings such as cilantro and jalapeno slices.
Calories: 445kcal
Course: Salad
Cuisine: Mexican


Calories: 445kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 39g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 11g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 102mg | Sodium: 481mg | Potassium: 1053mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 3531IU | Vitamin C: 44mg | Calcium: 279mg | Iron: 3mg

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Craving Mexican quesadillas? In less than 20 minutes, you can whip up a batch of these for a fun family snack for movie night or a festive dinner without a fuss. My kids gobble these right up, even when I sneak other veggies in them. So simple and delicious, you’ll wonder why you didn’t try to make your own quesadilla recipe before!

Best quesadilla recipe

Best Quesadilla Recipe

The best quesadillas come from fresh ingredients that you pick. What’s in the quesadillas at those fast food places? Do we even WANT to know? I don’t think so. Quesadillas are one of the easiest and tastiest things you can ever cook that will make everyone happy.

quesadilla ingredients

Homemade Quesadilla Ingredients

  • Flour tortillas – Choose the large kind. If you’re gluten-free, they make options for you too so you won’t have FOMO!
  • Shredded cheddar cheese – You can’t have a quesadilla without the cheese!
  • Toppings – I’ve listed diced white onion, chopped cilantro, and sliced jalapenos to throw into your quesadillas but you can add whatever things you like including spinach, mushrooms, and bell peppers. You can also add meats like chicken or steak but they need to be fully-cooked first.
  • Accompaniments – These are the things you’ll serve with your quesadillas that everyone can top their way like sour cream, avocado slices (or even guac!), pico de gallo, and lime slices.

Easy quesadilla recipe

Easy Quesadilla Recipe

Quesadillas are so easy to make and take no time at all to prep. From start to finish, it takes a grand total of 17 minutes. That’s faster than trying to get the kids in the car to go get a quesadilla!

Go make yourself a dang quesadilla.
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How do you Make Quesadillas from Scratch?

You’ll grab a large skillet and heat over medium high heat with 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Toast a tortilla on both side, then add half a cup of the shredded cheddar, spreading it evenly. Toss on your toppings and then put the lid on your skillet to steam the cheese into melting. With your spatula, fold the quesadilla in half. Repeat to make more quesadillas and serve them with the accompaniments you’ve chosen like sour cream, pico de gallo, and avocado!

How do you make chicken quesadillas from scratch

Expert Tips and Tricks for the Perfect Mexican Quesadilla Every Time

  • Don’t fold the quesadilla first. Everything gets meltier and more delicious if you cook it flat first and then fold it in half.
  • Use up leftovers. Got leftover rotisserie chicken or some steak from last night? These things are amazing in quesadillas!
  • Measure your oil. Too much of it and you’ll get greasy, soggy quesadillas.
  • Use flour tortillas. Corn tortillas will fall apart during this process. And again, if you’re gluten-free, they make tortillas that use safe flours for you to consume that will work for quesadillas.

What do you put in a quesadilla

How to Cook a Quesadilla

Quesadillas are made on the stove top. They cook in one pan and are super easy to make!

How do I make good quesadillas?

If you follow this recipe, you will become a quesadilla master. Once you make a few, you’ll start whipping up your own creations all the time. They’re excellent for when the big game is on or when you’re having a family game night.

What is the best cheese for quesadillas

What is the best cheese for quesadillas?

Shredded cheddar is the best cheese when making quesadillas. It gets so nice and melty and has that cheerful color. But if you’d like to use a different cheese or cheese blend, go ahead. It’s easiest if you use shredded varieties though.

What kind of white cheese is used in quesadillas?

While shredded cheddar is common in quesadillas in the US, Oaxaca cheese is often used in quesadillas made the authentic way. Other options include Manchego, asadero, and Chihuahua cheeses. As these are harder to find, I’ve listed cheddar on this recipe but mix it up as you see fit!

How do you spice up a cheese quesadilla?

Add some spices like chili powder if you like things hot. Jalapenos sprinkled inside add little bits of spice throughout. You can also make a spicy salsa to dunk it in so that everyone at the table can enjoy the quesadillas to their spice preference.

How do you make a cheese quesadilla better?

Quesadillas become better when you add extras inside. Think onions and jalapenos for contrast. Fresh cilantro also perks it up. But following the method in this recipe is how you’ll get the best quesadillas ever!

Do you use flour or corn tortillas for quesadillas

Do you use flour or corn tortillas for quesadillas?

Corn tortillas don’t always hold up well for quesadillas. Choose flour tortillas to make your quesadillas.

What sauce goes with quesadillas?

Pico de gallo, sour cream, and guacamole go great with quesadillas. You can also make a creamy avocado dip or a copycat sauce from Taco Bell if you’d like!

Can you put lettuce in a quesadilla?

Yes! You can put anything you dream up into a quesadilla. That’s the fun of it!

How do you make quesadillas crispy?

Avoid just dumping the oil into your skillet. Measure it out so you don’t ruin the texture of your quesadillas.

What goes good with Quesadillas?

If you’re serving quesadillas for dinner rather than a snack, you can make a big spread with refried beans or black beans, cilantro-lime rice, a Mexican slaw-style salad or the street corn salad, cheesy potatoes, or tortilla soup.

What sauce goes with quesadillas

How to Store Quesadillas

The place for any leftover quesadillas is your fridge. You’ll want to wrap them in foil or stack them in an airtight container.

How Long Do Quesadillas Last?

In your fridge, quesadillas will last about 3 days. That should be plenty of time to eat them all up.

Can You Freeze Quesadillas?

Quesadillas freeze beautifully! If you freeze them on a flat surface like a baking sheet and then move them to an airtight container, you’ll save room and make it easier to reheat. You should use them up within 2 months.

How to Reheat Quesadillas?

You can either bake them at 350 for about 7 minutes or simply pull out your skillet and warm them up that way. I prefer the skillet since I can see when the cheese gets nice and melty again.

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Classic Quesadilla Recipe

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 7 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes
Servings 2 servings
Calories 542
This classic Quesadilla recipe is the perfect meal that you can customize with any of your favorite fillings and toppings. Choose from chicken, beef, or pork, and your favorite veggies and toppings.


  • 2 large flour tortillas
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 tbsp olive oil

Optional Quesadilla Toppings

  • 1/4 cup white onion (diced)
  • 1/4 cup fresh jalapenos (sliced)
  • 2 tbsp fresh cilantro (chopped)
  • 2 tbsp sour cream
  • 1/4 cup avocado slices
  • 1/4 cup pico de gallo salsa
  • 1/2 lime (slices)


  • Heat 2 tbsp olive oil over medium heat in a large skillet. Toast the large flour tortilla on both sides, then add about 1/2 cup of shredded cheddar cheese to the tortilla, spreading in an even layer. Add additional toppings such as sliced jalapenos, diced white onion, etc. Place the lid on the skillet and allow the steam to melt the cheese for about 1 minute. Then, using a spatula, fold the quesadilla in half. Serve with your preferred toppings such as sour cream, avocado, chopped cilantro, lime slices and pico de gallo salsa.
Calories: 542kcal
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican


Calories: 542kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 42g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 20g | Cholesterol: 66mg | Sodium: 770mg | Potassium: 338mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 974IU | Vitamin C: 24mg | Calcium: 468mg | Iron: 2mg

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Recently, I met some friends for lunch at Chili’s. We ordered salads but when someone across the restaurant ordered those sizzling fajitas, I was jealous. That’s when I decided I’d make it myself for my family one night. The result is this fajita recipe that will give you that sizzling flavor that everyone will devour!

Best chicken fajitas

Best Chicken Fajita Recipe

If you love chicken fajitas, this homemade fajita recipe is sure to be a winner at your table. And believe it or not, it’s so much easier than you think. Simple ingredients are all it takes to give you the best fajita recipe ever.

chicken fajitas ingredients

Chicken Fajitas Ingredients

  • Chicken breast – Use boneless skinless chicken breasts and slice them thin.
  • White onion – You’ll want to thinly-slice this one too.
  • Bell peppers – You can use differently colored ones or all the same, just thinly slice them.
  • Chicken fajita seasoning recipe – You’ll make this with chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, smoked paprika, oregano, salt, and pepper.
  • Lime – Gives it a nice citrus contrast.
  • Soft tortillas – For wrapping up your fajitas of course. If you’re gluten-free, choose corn tortillas!

Easy chicken fajitas recipe

Easy Chicken Fajitas Recipe

This easy chicken fajita recipe is simple and delicious. Even on a busy weeknight, you can surprise your family with chicken fajitas. You probably have everything you need in your kitchen too. Hungry? Your fajitas are just 35 minutes away from hitting the table!

Sometimes you gotta stop and smell the fajitas.

How do you Make Chicken Fajitas from Scratch

You’ll first make the fajita seasoning. Then you’ll season your chicken with it. Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat and sear that chicken for about 8 minutes on each side. You want them to turn golden brown, and once they do, take them out. Then add the peppers and onions in and cook well. Add the chicken back in and toss it all together. Then you can serve them any way you wish!

How do you make chicken fajitas from scratch

Expert Tips and Tricks for the Perfect Chicken Fajitas Every Time

  • Make sure you brown the chicken. If you want that sizzling taste just like the restaurant, get that heat up and that sear on. The brown sear makes adds a unique flavor to make this chicken fajita recipe pop.
  • Make it your way. If you don’t have chicken, you can use beef, pork, or even shrimp. Just remember that cooking times will vary a bit when you swap the protein.
  • Add more veggies too! If you’re not a meat person, you can beef it up (pardon the pun) by adding things like mushrooms for a vegetarian and vegan version.
  • Choose your sides. I love putting out all the toppings so that my husband and kids can fold up their tortillas their way.

Do you cut chicken before or after cooking for fajitas

What are chicken fajitas made of?

Mexican chicken fajitas are made with chicken, onions, peppers, tortillas, and your favorite add-on items like salsa, cheese, guac, sour cream, and pico de gallo.

What cut of meat do you use for fajitas?

If you decide to make these homemade fajitas with beef instead of chicken, try using skirt steak or flank steak. This will give you a tender experience!

Do you cut chicken before or after cooking for fajitas?

You need to slice the chicken before you cook it for fajitas. This ensures a quick cooking time and tender bite-sized pieces for every tortilla.

How do you cut raw chicken breast for fajitas?

Slice your chicken breast with the grain to get the best and most tender chicken fajitas!

How do you make fajitas tender?

The secret is rubbing the slices of chicken with the fajita seasoning and then cooking on high heat to sear them. It makes the meat juicy and melt right in your mouth.

How do you make fajita sauce from scratch

What is the difference between taco seasoning and fajita seasoning?

Fajita seasoning tends to be milder than taco seasoning. That’s because taco seasoning has more chili powder in it.

What can I use instead of peppers in fajitas?

If you dislike peppers or have trouble eating them, you can use mushrooms, zucchini, green beans, broccoli, or jicama instead!

What is fajita sauce made of?

It’s not a sauce, but rather, a seasoning mixture of chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, smoked paprika, oregano, salt, and pepper. Combined together with the chicken and veggies, it comes out with a saucy texture.

How do you make fajita sauce from scratch?

It’s not a sauce, but a seasoning that becomes a bit saucy from the juices of the chicken and the vegetables. It is made with chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, smoked paprika, oregano, salt, and pepper.

What goes well with chicken fajitas

How to Cook Chicken Fajitas

Chicken fajitas are cooked in one skillet on the stove top. They’re so easy to make in just one pan!

How do you know when chicken fajitas are done?

Chicken is always ready when the internal temperature reaches 165F. If you follow this recipe and cook your sliced chicken 8 minutes per side, it should be done properly.

What goes on top of fajitas

How are fajitas traditionally served?

Fajitas are traditionally served piping hot with tortillas and toppings you can add as you wish like salsa, guacamole, sour cream, or shredded cheese.

What condiments do you serve with fajitas?

You can serve whatever toppings you like with fajitas. Some good choices for fajita toppings are salsa, sour cream, pico de gallo, and guacamole.

What goes on top of fajitas?

Top your fajitas any way you want! We love guacamole, salsa, pico de gallo, sour cream, and shredded cheese.

What goes well with Chicken Fajitas?

Black beans and rice make a nice side or you can do a fiesta-style salad. I also serve guacamole, chips and salsa, and put out plenty of sour cream and shredded cheese for toppings.

Simple homemade Mexican chicken fajitas recipe

How to Store Chicken Fajitas

Chicken fajitas are fabulous for meal prep. Just put them in the fridge and enjoy!

How Long Do Chicken Fajitas Last?

In your fridge, chicken fajitas will last 5 to 7 days. That’s plenty of time to eat them all up!

Can You Freeze Chicken Fajitas?

Freezing the chicken fajitas filling is a great way to have a delicious meal prep meal any time you need it. Don’t freeze the tortillas or toppings though. Seal it up in a freezer bag and it will be good for 6 to 8 months.

How to Reheat Chicken Fajitas?

Your chicken fajitas can thaw in the fridge overnight. Then just cook them on the stovetop until they’re hot and ready and put out fresh tortillas and toppings.

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Classic Chicken Fajitas Recipe

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 278
Easily the best chicken fajitas you can make yourself! This chicken fajita recipe has a perfectly balanced dry rub seasoning used to coat the chicken and a squeeze of fresh lime juice to add a boost of flavor. Fajitas are a family favorite that you can serve with each individuals favorite toppings!


  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts (thinly sliced)
  • 1 white onion (thinly sliced)
  • 3 bell peppers (thinly sliced)
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 lime

Fajita Seasoning

  • 1/2 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 1 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper


  • In a small bowl, whisk together the fajita seasoning ingredients until well combined and set aside.
  • Next, liberally season the chicken breasts on both sides with the seasoning, pressing it into the chicken. Once the chicken has been seasoned, heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium to medium-high heat. Sear the chicken breast slices for about 8 minute per side, or until they get a golden brown crust. Once the chicken has finished cooking, set aside.
  • Add the bell peppers and onions to the skillet and saute until cooked thoroughly. Once cooked, add the chicken back into the skillet and toss everything together. Squeeze half the lime juice over everything. Serve the fajitas with tortillas, sour cream, avocado, and any other desired toppings.
Calories: 278kcal
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican


Calories: 278kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 72mg | Sodium: 738mg | Potassium: 736mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 3405IU | Vitamin C: 120mg | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 3mg

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Whether you want to avoid cranking up your oven or stove during the summer heat or just want to make an easy meal for a crowd that truly delights, choose this barbacoa recipe. My whole family loves when I make it because you can guarantee I’ll be stuffing sandwiches, tacos, burritos, and quesadillas with this melt-in-your-mouth beef!

Best barbacoa recipe

Best Barbacoa Recipe

As per tradition, barbacoa meat is cooked over a fire. But save yourself the labor and let your slow cooker do it. You’ll be treated to results that are just as tasty without breaking a sweat!

Easy Barbacoa Recipe

What could be easier than rounding up ingredients and putting them in the slow cooker together? Exactly! That frees you up to do a million other things. Barbacoa is so easy to throw together, you could even do it before you head to work and have it waiting for you when you get home.

Barbacoa ingredients

Barbacoa Meat Ingredients

  • Chuck roast – This typically tough meat renders tender when slow-cooked. Choose a 3-pound size for this barbacoa meat recipe.
  • White onion – Chop it up for a pungent addition.
  • Beef broth – Gotta’ give your meat some liquid to cook in.
  • Fresh lime juice – Adds that exotic touch.
  • Chipotle chilis – Choose the ones in adobo that are chopped for this chipotle barbacoa recipe.
  • Seasonings – You’ll need 8 minced garlic cloves, ground cumin, dried oregano, a pinch of ground cloves, 4 bay leaves, and salt and pepper to taste.

Easy barbacoa recipe

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How do you Make Barbacoa from Scratch

First, you’ll pat the beef dry with paper towels and season it all over with the salt and pepper. Put it in the slow cooker and then add everything else. Cook it on low for 8 hours. When it’s done, you can use 2 forks to shred the meat and then serve it in any format you’d like – within warm corn tortillas, as a burrito bowl, on top of salad, or anything else.

How do you make barbacoa from scratch

Expert Tips and Tricks for the Perfect Barbacoa Every Time

  • Let the meat rest. The best thing you can do is let the chuck roast come to room temperature first before you put it in your slow cooker. You don’t have to, but this will ensure it cooks perfectly.
  • Choose a chuck roast with lots of marbling. You’ll be guaranteed richer flavor from your barbacoa.
  • Assemble everything first. It’s so much easier to put barbacoa together when you set out all your seasonings and ingredients to add into your slow cooker.

How to cook barbacoa

How to Cook Barbacoa

As I mentioned, they traditionally cook barbacoa over a fire. But for this slow cooker barbacoa recipe, you can use your slow cooker and beat the heat with this mouth-watering meat!

How Long to Cook Barbacoa in a Slow Cooker

Because the meat for barbacoa is tough by nature, going slow and low when making crockpot barbacoa is the key to rendering it into that fall-apart-perfect texture. As such, you’ll cook it on low for 8 hours.

How long to cook barbacoa in a slow cooker

What is Texas barbacoa?

Texas barbacoa copies the more traditional way of making this Mexican dish. They use beef cheeks to make their barbacoa.

Where did barbacoa come from?

Barbacoa is a dish that originated from Mexico. Mexican barbacoa has become so popular that you’ll find it more easily, though it is much more cost effective to make it yourself.

What kind of meat is barbacoa

How is traditional barbacoa made?

Made the traditional way, barbacoa uses either beef, goat, or sheep and cooks it over a fire or underground in an oven. But this process can be replicated in the slow cooker for an easier way to make it at home.

What kind of meat is barbacoa?

Barbacoa is made from beef. In this recipe, chuck roast is used. It is typically tough meat but when slow-cooked in this way, it becomes tender.

How is traditional barbacoa made

What does barbacoa taste like?

In a word: delicious! It’s got a melty mouth texture with adobo and spices that just come together beautifully for a more exotic flavor.

What meat does Chipotle use for barbacoa (Chipotle barbacoa)?

If you love Chipotle barbacoa, they use the meat from the shoulder because it’s fatty enough to render down during slow cooking to make it juicy. This recipe will help you make your own version any time you want it, and for less!

Whats the difference between barbacoa and carnitas

What’s the difference between barbacoa and carnitas?

When it comes to barbacoa, it’s all about the slow-cooking method that makes the meat tender and then shredded up. Barbacoa can be made with beef, lamb, or goat, meanwhile carnitas are made with pork. Carnitas are slow-cooked but left in large chunks that get browned in a skillet afterward until crispy.

Is barbacoa a cow tongue?

No, it’s usually chuck roast, a tough shoulder portion that cooks to tender perfection when in a slow cooker.

What is barbacoa sauce made of?

The barbacoa sauce in this recipe is made with beef broth, garlic, cumin, oregano, ground cloves, fresh lime juice, onion, chipotle chilis in adobo, and bay leaves.

What does barbacoa taste like

What goes well with Barbacoa

Barbacoa tacos (tacos de barbacoa) are one my favorite ways to serve up barbacoa meat. Aside from tortillas, rice, and salad, barbacoa is great with guacamole, Mexican street corn, salsa, black bean soup, refried beans, and avocado tomato salad. Pair it with your favorite Mexican sides!

What meat does chipotle use for barbacoa

How to Store Barbacoa

Once it has cooled, store your barbacoa in the fridge in an airtight container to keep it fresh.

How Long Does Barbacoa Last?

In the fridge, you can keep your barbacoa for 5 days. If there’s simply too much to polish off in that time, put it in the freezer.

Homemade barbacoa recipe tacos

Can You Freeze Barbacoa?

Barbacoa is the perfect freezer meal, making it a wonderful item to have ready for meal prep. I like putting it in a zippered freezer bag. Label it well and leave a little room at the top and you can keep it for about 3 months.

How to Reheat Barbacoa?

Just remember to defrost your barbacoa in the fridge the night before. Then you can heat it on the stovetop in a skillet.

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Authentic Barbacoa Recipe

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 25 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 344
This Beef Barbacoa Recipe in the slow cooker is out of this world! By slow cooking the beef in a crock pot it not only makes cooking simple and easy, it also makes the beef barbacoa incredibly tender and easily shredded. The blend of seasonings and taste is deliciously balanced!



  • 3 lb chuck roast
  • 1 white onion (chopped)
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 1 1/2 cup beef broth
  • 6 chipotle chilis in adobo (chopped)
  • 8 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 2 tbsp ground cumin
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano
  • pinch ground cloves
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice


  • Pat chuck roast dry with paper towels and season with salt and pepper. Place in slow cooker Add the onion, beef broth, chipotle chilies, garlic, cumin, oregano, cloves, bay leaves, and lime juice and cook on low for 8 hours. Shred and serve in warm corn tortillas.
Calories: 344kcal
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican


Calories: 344kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 117mg | Sodium: 455mg | Potassium: 704mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 650IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 86mg | Iron: 7mg

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Nothing beats taco night! But why wait for Tuesday? Make this shrimp taco recipe and your whole family will be happy. Fresh ingredients come together for juicy shrimp and a zesty lime coleslaw topping that everyone will gobble up. Give your family’s tastebuds a trip to the seaside taco stand with this recipe!

Best shrimp taco recipe

Best Shrimp Taco Recipe

This is the best shrimp taco recipe because you’ve got all fresh ingredients and bold, tasty flavors. My kids love filling up their own tacos and I love watching them enjoy every last bite. You’ll feel good about giving your family this healthy dinner.

Shrimp taco ingredients

Shrimp Taco Ingredients

  • Shrimp – Use the large ones and make sure they’re peeled and deveined.
  • Tortillas – Use flour or corn, preferably corn as that’s more authentic.
  • Shrimp Taco seasoning – To give that shrimp proper flavor. If you like spicy shrimp tacos, I recommend adding in some chipotle powder seasoning for a kick.
  • Zesty lime coleslaw sauce – Shrimp tacos with slaw are the perfect pairing. You’ll make this with a bag of coleslaw mix, plain Greek yogurt, lime juice, jalapenos, green onions, minced garlic, cumin, and salt and pepper. This combo makes the perfect shrimp taco sauce!

Easy shrimp taco recipe

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How do you make shrimp tacos from scratch

Easy Shrimp Taco Recipe

Ready to serve up some easy shrimp tacos? With just 10 minutes of prep time and 10 minutes of cook time, you can have this fiesta-filled dinner any night of the week. It’s easy, delicious, and healthy, perfect for busy weeknights or fun-filled weekends.

How to cook shrimp tacos

How do you Make Shrimp Tacos from Scratch

These simple shrimp tacos with cabbage slaw are quick and delicious! You’ll make the lime slaw first by putting the ingredients for it in your food processor and combine. Then you’ll but the shrimp in a mixing bowl and coat with taco seasoning, salt, and pepper. In a large pan, you’ll cook the shrimp in avocado oil for a few minutes per side. Then fill up the tortillas with the slaw and shrimp, plus any other toppings you’d like.

How to store shrimp tacos

Expert Tips and Tricks for the Perfect Mexican Shrimp Tacos Every Time

  • Buy your shrimp peeled and deveined. This saves time, though not necessarily money.
  • You can use frozen shrimp. However, if you really want the freshest flavors, get your shrimp fresh.
  • Try a different slaw blend. You can also use a superfood slaw blend with Brussels sprouts and kale if you prefer something different than the traditional cabbage slaw for tacos.
  • Get the toppings you want. Avocados, red onions, cilantro, and lime wedges are some great ideas!

What goes well with shrimp tacos

How to Cook Shrimp Tacos

Healthy shrimp tacos cook up on your stove top in just a few minutes. The shrimp taco slaw is made in your food processor.

What goes good with shrimp tacos

What kind of shrimp is best to use for shrimp tacos?

Large shrimp work best for shrimp tacos. It’s also a good idea to buy them already peeled and deveined so you don’t have extra work.

Cooking shrimp for tacos

What is Baja sauce made of?

Want Baja sauce with your shrimp tacos? Combine sour cream, mayo, cilantro, lime juice, ancho chile pepper, and seafood seasoning and you’ve got it!

How long do shrimp tacos last

Are corn or flour tortillas best for shrimp tacos?

You can use either type of tortilla though corn tortillas are the best for shrimp tacos. They are gluten-free so anyone can eat them, plus they are more authentic than flour tortillas.

Can you freeze shrimp taco

How Long to Cook Shrimp for Tacos

It only takes a few minutes per side on the shrimp so between 8 to 10 minutes when the shrimp are just pink all over.

How to reheat shrimp tacos

What goes well with Shrimp Tacos

We love black beans and rice, chips and salsa, fried plantains, and Mexican corn salad to go with our shrimp tacos. Guacamole never hurts either!

Toppings for shrimp tacos

How to Store Shrimp Tacos

If you have any leftovers at all, you should pack them up in an airtight container and put in your fridge. Keep the shrimp separate from the slaw!

Homemade shrimp tacos

How Long Do Shrimp Tacos Last?

The sooner you eat them, the better. I wouldn’t leave shrimp taco leftovers in my fridge beyond 3 days.

Simple shrimp taco recipe

Can You Freeze Shrimp Tacos?

You can freeze the shrimp portion but I don’t recommend freezing the slaw. Seal it in an airtight bag and use it within 2 months.

Mexican shrimp tacos

How to Reheat Shrimp Tacos?

Wrap the shrimp in foil and heat at 350F in your oven for 5 to 7 minutes. This should warm them up just enough. You can also toss them in a pan on the stove and warm through.

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Shrimp Taco Recipe

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 271
This simple shrimp taco recipe is so quick and easy that you'll have it ready on the table in about 20 minutes. Its made with delicious tender shrimp and zesty lime coleslaw, and topped with your favorite taco garnish.


Zesty Lime coleslaw

  • 1 bag coleslaw mix
  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 tbsp lime juice
  • 3 jalapeños
  • 2 green onions
  • 2 tbsp garlic (minced)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp cumin


  • 1 lb large shrimp (peeled and deveined)
  • 3 tbsp taco seasoning
  • salt (to taste)
  • black pepper
  • 2 tbsp avocado oil
  • 10 flour or corn tortillas


  • First, prep the lime slaw. In a food processor, combine all of the slaw ingredients until it reaches a smooth and creamy texture. Combine the mixtures with the slaw until it is thoroughly coated.
  • Next, in a large mixing bowl, coat the shrimp with the taco seasoning, salt, and pepper. Heat the avocado oil in a large pan and cook the shrimp 3-4 minutes on each side. Fill each tortilla with the slaw, shrimp, avocado, and any other desired toppings (cilantro, onion, avocado, jalapeño, lime wedges).
Calories: 271kcal
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican


Calories: 271kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 193mg | Sodium: 932mg | Potassium: 322mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 337IU | Vitamin C: 43mg | Calcium: 232mg | Iron: 3mg

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Whether you’re feeding a crowd or just want to treat your tastebuds to full-on Mexican flavors, this slow cooker carnitas recipe is the one for you. My kids cheer and love this carnitas taco recipe, making sure to make one for their dad too.

Best carnitas recipe

Best Carnitas Recipe

You know what I love about this best carnitas recipe? It’s so easy. Sometimes I will set it up on a Sunday morning so it’s ready for dinner at night. Other times, I make it in the morning on a weekday so we have a healthy and wholesome dinner to come home to. Whenever you make it you’ll realize it’s a keeper.

Easy Carnitas Recipe

This pork carnitas recipe takes very little time to prep. Just 15 minutes and then it can go in your slow cooker. It’s best to use the low setting for 10 hours but if you’re in a hurry, you can put it on high for 7 hours. You have delicious slow cooker pork tacos served up with very little work.

Carnitas ingredients

Carnitas Ingredients

  • Pork shoulder – this tough meat is rendered tender by your slow cooker to fall apart with a fork and melt in your mouth. Its the perfect cut of meat for Mexican pulled pork.
  • Garlic and onions – these pungent aromatics add flavor deep in the meat and really enhance this pulled pork taco recipe.
  • Jalapenos – gotta have a little kick of spice in there.
  • Orange juice – the sweet secret that helps your meat become tender, juicy, and just a bit citrusy.
  • Carnitas seasoning rub – with olive oil plus dried oregano and cumin, this imparts those Mexican flavors you love.

Easy carnitas recipe

How do you Make Authentic Mexican Carnitas?

This slow cooker carnitas recipe is super easy. After patting the meat dry, you’ll add salt and pepper. Then you’ll make the rub and rub it all over the meat. Put it in the slow cooker with the fat facing you, then throw in the onion, garlic, and jalapeno. Pour the orange juice in and voila! It’s ready to turn on in the slow cooker. After cooking time, you will shred it using 2 forks. You can crisp it up in batches, frying in a nonstick skillet with a little oil over high. Adding the juices in as you do will let it crisp up just slightly, imparting more flavor and texture.

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How do you make authentic Mexican carnitas

Expert Tips and Tricks for the Perfect Carnitas Every Time

  • Use tough cuts of meat. Pork shoulder is traditional for carnitas. It becomes super-tender when slow-cooked. Don’t choose a tenderloin for this as it will become chewy and unbearable.
  • Don’t skip browning! If you’ve tried making crockpot carnitas before, the reason they didn’t taste amazing was because you didn’t brown them. Yes, it’s an added step but it doesn’t take long and the results are amazing.

How to make carnitas in a slow cooker

How do you cook real carnitas?

Simply follow this slow cooker pork carnitas recipe for real carnitas. It’s all in the seasonings, slow cooking, and the finishing over the stove!

What is the best cut of meat for pork carnitas

What is the difference between pulled pork and carnitas?

While both are slow cooked for hours, pulled pork tends to have a BBQ flavor. Also, for true authentic flavor, carnitas are supposed to be finished on the stove so they crisp up a little. Think of carnitas as Mexican slow cooker pulled pork.

What is the best cut of meat for pork carnitas?

Pork shoulder is the absolute best for carnitas. It’s fatty and tough, but as you slow cook it, the fat melts into the meat, making it perfect for pork carnitas tacos.

What can I make with carnitas

Can you put raw pork in a slow cooker?

Of course you can! That’s how this recipe works. Simply rub the meat with the seasonings, add in the aromatics and juice, put on the lid, and set the time and temperature.

How do you keep carnitas moist?

You should keep them in the juices that render from the cooking process. When storing it, make sure you reserve those juices. They will prevent it from drying out.

How do you keep carnitas moist

What temperature do I cook pork carnitas?

Pork carnitas in a crock pot will surely be done after 10 hours of slow and low cooking in your slow cooker. To be on the safe side, a thermometer reading of 145F internally means they are done.

How Long to Cook Carnitas in a Slow Cooker

It’s best to go with a low and slow cook on this, so I recommend setting your slow cooker to low for 10 hours. But you can use high if you’d prefer for 7 hours.

What temperature do I cook pork carnitas

What can I make with carnitas?

Perhaps a better question would be what you can’t make! Carnitas allows you to make everything from pulled pork tacos to burritos and beyond. Top it on pizzas, add it to rice and beans for a bowl, enchiladas, flautas, quesadillas, nachos, and more. The possibilities are endless.

What goes with Pork Carnitas?

Pork carnitas meat is very versatile. You can use it for Mexican pork tacos, making chipotle bowls, enchiladas, burritos, nachos, quesadillas, sliders, Mexican pizzas, even toss it on a salad. Serve with plenty of guacamole and Pico de Gallo for a truly spectacular meal.

How to cook real carnitas

What toppings go on carnitas tacos?

Carnitas tacos are some of the best. You should top them with onions (red or white), jalapeno, shredded cabbage, chopped cilantro, cotija, lime juice, crema, and guacamole.

Why are my carnitas tough?

You didn’t cook them long enough. This is why I say slow and low when it comes to cooking. Put it in your slow cooker on low for 10 hours and you will have tender, juicy meat.

Homemade carnitas recipe

How to Store Carnitas

Your carnitas need to be refrigerated when you’re finished eating. Let it cool and store it in an airtight container.

How Long Does Carnitas Last?

Better hurry up and use those pork carnitas up. They will last up to 3 days in the fridge. If you’ve made a monstrous portion, you can freeze it.

Can You Freeze Carnitas?

Pork carnitas are one of my favorite things to freeze because I can stash them for future use. Make sure they’re sealed airtight and with a little bit of the cooking liquid to keep it moist. It will last up to 3 months.

How to Reheat Carnitas?

Take it out the night before from the freezer and put it in your fridge. By dinner time, it will have thawed enough to reheat on the stovetop. If there’s not enough liquid, you can add some water or broth to keep the meat from drying out.

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Authentic Mexican Carnitas Recipe

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 7 hours
Total Time 7 hours 15 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 266
This Mexican carnitas recipe is super easy in a slow cooker and packed with flavor. Your carnitas will come out tender, juicy, and crispy all at the same time! These carnitas are absolutely mouth-watering, have several delicious ways to serve them, and use NO LARD.


  • 4 lb pork shoulder
  • 3 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 large onion (chopped)
  • 2 jalapenos (chopped)
  • 8 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 1 cup orange juice

Carnitas Rub Recipe

  • 1 tbsp dried oregano
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 2 tbsp olive oil


  • Pat the pork shoulder dry, then coat with the salt and pepper. Combine the ingredients for the rub and rub all over the pork shoulder. Place the pork shoulder in the slow cooker, fat cap facing up. Top with the onion, jalapeño, and garlic, then pour over the orange juice. Slow cook the pork for 10 hours on low heat, or 7 hours on high heat.
  • Once cooked, remove the pork from the slow cooker and shred with two forks. Place the remaining juices in a small bowl or measuring cup and set aside. After the pork has been shredded, crisp up the meat in batches by frying in a large nonstick pan or skillet with a little bit of oil on high heat. Pour some of the juices over the meat and allow them to evaporate and for the meat to develop a golden crust before removing from the pan. After the pork has been crisped, pour some of the juices over the meat. Serve hot.
Calories: 266kcal
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican


Calories: 266kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 93mg | Sodium: 980mg | Potassium: 599mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 130IU | Vitamin C: 23mg | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 3mg

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Everyone gets so caught up with taco night, but what about Mexican enchiladas? They’re an amazing Mexican dish you shouldn’t miss either. When my kids begged me to make this chicken enchilada recipe last week, I realized it had been far too long and popped them in the oven for dinner. It’s a meal that disappears fast!

Best chicken enchilada recipe

Best Chicken Enchilada Recipe

What I love about this Mexican chicken enchilada recipe is that it’s made with very simple and wholesome ingredients. No need to find a Mexican restaurant in town…the best chicken enchilada recipe is going to be right in your kitchen!

Easy Chicken Enchilada Recipe

This homemade enchiladas recipe is super-simple and delicious, though it does take an hour. I like making this easy enchilada recipe on a Saturday night when I don’t have to rush around. The kids love to help too so if you have kids, get them involved and make it a fun activity for the family.

Chicken enchilada ingredients

Chicken Enchilada Ingredients

  • Rotisserie chickenrotisserie chicken enchiladas are so easy. Simple shred your rotisserie chicken from the supermarket to make easy enchiladas.
  • Black beans – adds more protein and authentic taste.
  • Diced green chilies – a can of these adds just enough zing to this dish.
  • Flour tortillas – serves as the wrap that makes it an enchilada (if you’re gluten-free, they have gluten-free tortillas you can use too).
  • Shredded cheese – a must for any cheese enchilada recipe. The cheesier the enchilada, the better (Mexican blend is the best cheese for enchiladas but you can use cheddar if that’s what you’ve got).
  • Red enchilada sauce – ties the whole enchilada flavor profile together and a must for chicken enchiladas with red sauce.
  • Garnishes – I use fresh chopped cilantro, red onion, jalapenos, and sour cream though feel free to make my guacamole recipe to go along with it too.

Easy chicken enchilada recipe

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How do you Make Chicken Enchiladas from Scratch

So many people balk at making food from different cuisines. It’s so much fun though and the flavors are so rewarding. All you need to do to make chicken enchiladas from scratch is heat avocado oil in a pan and sauté white onion. Then add your chicken and chilies to sauté together. You’ll add the beans next and set it aside. After that, you’ll assemble the enchiladas, place them in your baking dish, and cover with the sauce and cheese until it bakes to bubbly perfection. These quick and easy chicken enchiladas always have people coming back for seconds!

How do you make chicken enchiladas from scratch

Expert Tips and Tricks for the Perfect Chicken Enchiladas Every Time

  • Use rotisserie chicken. It makes it easier to shred and get that perfect texture of the chicken plus it saves you a step. Shredded chicken enchiladas are easy and delicious!
  • Cook it for the full time instructed. Yes, the chicken is fully cooked, but the rest of the ingredients need to come together. This won’t dry out the chicken though thanks to all the other ingredients and the sauce.
  • Serve the garnishes on the side. To alleviate headaches, I always put the garnishes in little ramekins on the table so that everyone can top their enchiladas the way they want to. The garnishes double as enchilada seasonings.
  • Guacamole is also awesome with chicken enchiladas. See my guacamole recipe here!

How to cook chicken enchiladas

How to Cook Chicken Enchiladas

Cheesy chicken enchiladas begin on the stovetop to bring the chicken, onions, chiles, and beans together. Then you assemble all the ingredients together and place in a baking dish, top with sauce and cheese, and wait until it bakes up nice and bubbly.

Do you use corn or flour tortillas for enchiladas?

You can use either one. If you are gluten-free, corn tortillas are another option you can use for a gluten-free version of this dish.

How long to bake chicken enchiladas

What do you put inside enchiladas?

These chicken and cheese enchiladas have shredded rotisserie chicken, onions, black beans, and chilies though you can feel free to add corn and green bell peppers, or change the protein or leave it completely meatless.

Can you use taco sauce in place of enchilada sauce?

If you only have taco sauce, you can use it instead of enchilada sauce. The flavors won’t be the same, but it will at least taste good.

What do you put inside chicken enchiladas

Do you have to cover enchiladas when baking?

No, you do not need to cover homemade chicken enchiladas when baking. That will make the tortillas soggy plus you want the cheese to get nice and melty.

How long does it take to heat up enchiladas in the oven?

Once you get the enchiladas in the oven, it takes 20 minutes. You’ll see the cheese get nice and bubbly and you’ll know it’s ready!

Do you use corn or flour tortillas for enchiladas

How Long to Bake Chicken Enchiladas

With this simple enchilada recipe, once your chicken enchiladas go into the oven, they will take about 20 minutes to bake. It should be nice and bubbly on top.

How do you know when enchiladas are done?

The sauce and cheese should be bubbly when your enchiladas are done. At 20 minutes, that’s plenty of cooking time, especially since the chicken is already cooked in this recipe.

How do you make enchiladas not soggy

What is the difference between green enchilada sauce and salsa verde?

While they seem similar, green enchilada sauce is cooked. Salsa verde is blended from simple ingredients and eaten raw, like regular salsa.

What goes well with Chicken Enchiladas

Mexican rice, guacamole, refried beans, chips and salsa, Pico de Gallo and tortilla soup are all ideal accompaniments to these delicious creamy chicken enchiladas.

Why do my enchiladas fall apart

Why do my enchiladas fall apart?

Choosing good tortillas will keep your enchiladas from falling apart. Make sure they’re not old. The fresher they are, the better!

Why do my tortillas fall apart when I make enchiladas?

You’re probably either cooking it too long or using old tortillas. Use this recipe and stick to the 20-minute baking time and make sure you buy fresh tortillas to use when making this dish.

Homemade chicken enchiladas

How do you make enchiladas not soggy?

If you follow this recipe, you shouldn’t have soggy enchiladas because the baking time allows for just long enough for everything to come together.

Homemade mexican style chicken enchiladas

How to Store Chicken Enchiladas

Wrap your remaining chicken enchiladas up in foil or seal in an airtight container. Once they’ve cooled, you’ll need to keep them in the fridge.

How Long Do Chicken Enchilada Last?

The fridge life of chicken enchiladas is about 3 days. I’ve never had that happen in my house though since these are always gone within one day.

Can You Freeze Chicken Enchiladas?

Yes, chicken enchiladas are great for freezing. The biggest trick to this though is to ensure all excess air is removed so they still retain their flavor.

How to Reheat Chicken Enchiladas?

Take those chicken enchiladas out of the freezer and thaw overnight in the fridge. Then bake them at 350F until they become bubbly again. You can add more sauce and cheese if you desire.

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Authentic Chicken Enchiladas Recipe

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 484
My family loves this easy chicken enchilada recipe! This recipe is so simple the kids can help and you can easy customize it to add in all of your favorite toppings!


  • 2 tbsp avocado oil
  • 1 large white onion (diced)
  • 1 rotisserie chicken (shredded)
  • 4.5 oz can diced green chilies
  • sea salt (to taste)
  • black pepper (to taste)
  • 16 oz can black beans
  • 8 large flour tortillas
  • 3 1/2 cups Mexican-blend shredded cheese
  • 1 large can of red enchilada sauce
  • cilantro (chopped for garnish)
  • red onion (chopped for garnish)
  • sour cream (for garnish)
  • jalapeno pepper (chopped for garnish)


  • Preheat oven to 350F and grease a baking dish. Then, heat the avocado oil in a large pan over medium-high heat. Add in the onion and saute for about 4 minutes, occasionally stirring.
  • Once the onions have slightly softened, add in the shredded chicken and green chilies, and liberally season with salt and pepper. Saute the entire mixture for about 4 minutes, then add in the beans and stir until fully combined. Remove from heat and set aside.
  • Now it is time to assemble the enchiladas. Create an assembly line of tortillas, enchilada sauce, chicken and bean mixture, and cheese. Create the enchilada by laying out a tortilla, spreading out 2 1/2 tablespoons of enchilada sauce, then adding a liberal spoonful of the chicken mixture in the center, then sprinkle about 1/3 cup of cheese. Roll the tortilla up and place in the greased baking dish. Repeat this process with 7 remaining tortillas.
  • Spread the remaining enchilada sauce over the top and sprinkle with leftover cheese. Bake the enchiladas for about 20 minutes until the cheese is bubbly and melted. Remove from the oven and garnish with sour cream, red onion, and cilantro.
Calories: 484kcal
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican


Calories: 484kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 38g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 119mg | Sodium: 865mg | Potassium: 235mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 344IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 371mg | Iron: 2mg

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For Super Bowl or any other gathering, I’m always asked if I’m serving my homemade pico de gallo recipe. I have to double it or else it’s gone within the first 15 to 30 minutes of serving. Everyone loves it, and when you make fresh salsa like this you will never get that jarred junk again.

Best pico de gallo recipe

Best Pico de Gallo Recipe

Pico de gallo salsa is a type of salsa fresca but it’s chunkier. The key to the best pico de gallo is using super-fresh ingredients. You can’t go wrong with that, and while it tastes so good, it has plenty of good-for-you nutrients too!

Easy Pico de Gallo Recipe

This authentic pico de gallo recipe is so easy, you can make it just minutes before guests arrive and they’d never know. In only 10 minutes from start to finish, you’ll have fresh pico de gallo that no one can resist. Plus its very versatile making it the perfect condiment.

Is Pico de Gallo healthy?

That’s the best news of all, is that Pico de Gallo is a healthy choice. Brimming with fresh veggies that bring you lots of antioxidants and vitamins, it’s a wonderful way to add flavor while promoting your well-being.

What’s in Pico de Gallo?

Pico de Gallo has simple and fresh ingredients that include tomatoes, white onion, jalapenos, fresh cilantro, and fresh lime. A little bit of salt is also used.

Ingredients for making pico de gallo from scratch

Pico de Gallo Ingredients

  • Fresh tomatoes – use the reddest and ripest ones you can find!
  • Onion – white onions give the best, most authentic flavor over red onion.
  • Jalapeño – gives it a little kick. If you don’t have jalapeno pepper you can substitute a serrano pepper.
  • Cilantro – fresh is best though dried will do in a pinch.
  • Lime juice – squeeze it fresh for the best taste.
  • Salt – just a little bit unites all the fresh flavors.

What is the difference between salsa and pico de gallo?

Basically, it comes down to the texture. Traditional pico de gallo is chunkier than tomato salsa though they do share the same ingredients.

Easy pico de gallo recipe

How do you Make Pico de Gallo from Scratch

All it takes is a food processor! Add all the ingredients, turn it on and chop! That’s it!

I seriously could have chips and salsa for dinner everyday.

Expert Tips and Tricks for the Perfect Pico de Gallo Every Time

  • Fresher is better. The fresher your ingredients, the better the taste will be.
  • Use white onions. They have a sharp flavor but it works so well with the citrusy lime and tomatoes for perfect contrast.
  • Red tomatoes are a must. Don’t settle for pink tomatoes in this recipe! They should be as red as possible.
  • Skip the garlic – Fresh garlic is great in guacamole. But for pico de gallo, skip it.
  • Mango is a great addition – if you’ve never had mango salsa, you have to try it. Simply add in fresh diced mango to the recipe. It adds a delicious sweetness!

How do you make pico de gallo from scratch

What Tomatoes are Best for Pico de Gallo?

The type matters a bit less than what they look like. I recommend choosing what’s seasonally fresh by you. Vine-ripened and heirloom are great summer options but even Roma tomatoes are a go. They just need to be as red as can be for any tomato you use.

What onion is best for Pico de Gallo?

White onions make for the best pico de gallo. They have a sharp taste but that is tamed by the other ingredients for a perfect pairing.

What can I add to Pico de Gallo to make it better?

It’s all in the lime juice and cilantro. Make sure they’re fresh, and that your tomatoes are fresh too. Even if you hate spicy things, don’t skip the jalapeno. Adding just a little bit in will round out the flavor.

How do you make homemade Pico de Gallo spicier?

Add more jalapeno! This will definitely kick it up in heat. However, do taste it first as-is before adding more jalapeno in there.

How do you keep Pico de Gallo from getting watery?

The salt draws out the water in the vegetables. If you’d like to avoid watery Pico de Gallo, you can serve it immediately. Or use the salt on the tomatoes first, then drain them so they don’t water down your creation.

What to Serve with Pico de Gallo

The options are endless! Put it on the table next to guacamole, cheese dip, or avocado salsa with tortilla chips as a snack. Serve it with any Mexican food main dish like tacos, burritos, fajitas, enchiladas, burrito bowls, and quesadillas. Stir it in scrambled eggs or an omelet. Top off burgers with it too!

What is the difference between salsa and pico de gallo

How to Store Pico de Gallo

A pico de gallo salsa recipe needs to be kept in the fridge in an airtight container. Don’t let it sit out too long!

How Long Does Homemade Pico de Gallo Last?

It’s best to eat your pico de gallo in the same day. It’s rare I’ve had any leftover after making it because it’s so good. You can make it ahead of a party too, but it needs to be used before 3 days are up.

Can You Freeze Pico de Gallo?

Technically, you can freeze pico de gallo. You’ll have a different texture though from the tomatoes and cilantro. Be sure to drain any excess juice before freezing. It should keep up to 3 months.

How to Thaw Frozen Pico de Gallo?

Simply put it in the fridge to thaw. It should be ready to dig into the next day.

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Easy Pico De Gallo Recipe

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 48
This super easy Pico De Gallo recipe is perfect for a chips and salsa appetizer or used as a topping for your favorite taco or burrito dish. This is the same fresh quality of our local Mexican restaurant that helped me perfect this recipe!


  • 1 1/2 lbs tomatoes (roughly chopped)
  • 1 white onion (roughly chopped)
  • 2 jalapeno peppers (roughly chopped)
  • 2/3 cup fresh cilantro (roughly chopped)
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 2 tsp salt


  • Combine all ingredients into a food processor until finely chopped and thoroughly combined. Serve immediately.
Calories: 48kcal
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Mexican


Calories: 48kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1174mg | Potassium: 492mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 1672IU | Vitamin C: 39mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 1mg

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Ole! Is it taco night in your house? It doesn’t need to be Tuesday to make it “Taco Tuesday.” We surely don’t wait and we don’t limit taco seasoning to just tacos. There’s so much more you can do with this heavenly DIY taco seasoning recipe.

Tacos get such a bad reputation for being unhealthy. The only unhealthy thing about them is all the preservatives in those packets of spice mixes. When you make taco meat seasoning yourself, you can feel good about serving up taco-flavored-everything to your family!

Best taco seasoning recipe

Best Taco Seasoning Recipe

The best taco seasoning recipe takes spices you’ve got stashed in your cabinet or pantry and helps you combine them for authentic and vibrant flavors. You’ll wonder why you ever bought it in those silly pouches all those times before. Now you’re about to experience flavor sensation! Boom!

Easy Taco Seasoning Recipe

Do you have 2 minutes? Do you have spices in your spice rack? Do you have measuring spoons? It’s THAT easy to make this taco seasoning mix recipe! Homemade taco seasoning for ground beef is so much easier than you may think, and you probably already have all the ingredients sitting in your spice rack.

Ingredients for making homemade taco seasoning

Homemade Taco Seasoning Ingredients

  • Chili powder – ground beef taco seasoning needs a kick and chili powder is a key ingredient.
  • Smoked paprika – it lends that depth of flavor.
  • Ground cumin – now we’re getting to that smoky yet exotic flavor.
  • Onion powder – bring on the pungent taste!
  • Dried oregano – adds a balance to the stronger spices.
  • Crushed red pepper flakes – gives it more boom (you can leave this out if you want less spiciness).

Easy taco seasoning recipe

What is taco seasoning mix made of?

Instead of buying taco seasoning ready-made with fillers and preservatives, you can make it yourself. All you need is chili powder, smoked paprika, ground cumin, garlic powder, onion powder, fried oregano, black pepper, sea salt, and crushed red pepper flakes.

How to make homemade Taco Seasoning

All you need is a bowl, measuring spoons, and a jar to make a homemade taco seasoning mix. Gather your spices and measure them out into the bowl. Stir it together and voila! You’ve got taco seasoning!

I wonder if there’s a taco out there thinking of me, too.

Expert Tips and Tricks for the Perfect Taco Seasoning Every Time

  • Go with your level of spice – If you LOVE spicy, bring on the red pepper flakes. If not, you can even omit it.
  • Don’t have onion powder? – You can use garlic powder instead!
  • Adjustments – Feel free to adjust this taco meat seasoning recipe to suit your own personal taste after making it once. Some of us love more spice while others want a smokier taste. You do you!

Best Ways to Use Taco Seasoning

Leftover taco meat? Add a little more seasoning to it and bake it over tortilla chips with lots of cheese for a nacho-rific snack. Try it in soups, coat chickpeas with it and roast them, or make quinoa a whole lot more appealing. Taco seasoning made from scratch is the best way to elevate the flavors of your foods in a bold new way!

How much taco seasoning do I need for 1 pound of meat?

When you make your own taco seasoning, you’ll need 2 tablespoons of it to properly season one full pound of meat.

What Can You Make with Taco Seasoning

Aside from tacos, I love trotting out my taco seasoning on side dishes to take them to a new level. Taco rice is a surefire way to please alongside grilled meats while taco seasoned veggies or potatoes can make them disappear when you’ve got kids at the table.

How to make taco seasoning from scratch

What can I use instead of taco seasoning?

This recipe gives you all the spices you need to make well-rounded taco seasoning, but if you’re missing some of them, you can get by with chili powder and cumin. It will be more basic but it will add the flavor you’re looking for.

Should you add water to taco seasoning?

Yes. Water is what gives it a saucy quality and keeps the meat from being too dry and crumbly.

How much water to add to taco seasoning?

It will depend on how much meat your cooking up for your tacos, but for a pound of ground beef or turkey, you’ll want roughly ¾-cup of water.

Is fajita seasoning the same as taco seasoning?

No, but they are very similar. You could get away with using taco seasoning on fajitas. The primary difference is that fajita seasoning tends to have both garlic powder and onion powder in it.

How to Store Taco Seasoning so it Lasts

Copycat taco seasoning can be kept in an airtight container for up to a year. I have repurposed old spice jars with my homemade taco seasoning. You can use a mason jar if you plan to use lots and lots of it throughout the year. Just keep it in a cool and dry place!

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The Perfect Taco Seasoning Recipe

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 2 minutes
Total Time 2 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 27
This homemade taco seasoning recipe is fast, easy and way better than that stuff you buy in the store! This preservative-free taco seasoning is very versatile. Its great not only on tacos but is one of my go-to seasonings for meat, chicken, seafood, rice, and tortilla soup!


  • 1 1/2 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes


  • Stir all of the ingredients until evenly combined. Use immediately or store for up to 1 year.
Calories: 27kcal
Course: Seasoning
Cuisine: Mexican


Calories: 27kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 640mg | Potassium: 132mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 1241IU | Calcium: 37mg | Iron: 2mg

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