5 Tips for Quick and Easy Mexican Dinners

Expand Your Spice Drawer

Mexican cuisine relies on a few unique spices and ingredients to provide dynamic flavor. Adding those spices to your recipes will make even bland ingredients taste exotic. Try a simple experiment: Make a batch of white rice substituting tomato juice for half the water requirement. Once the rice has steamed, add a tablespoon of fresh, minced cilantro and a quarter of a teaspoon of cumin. Those three ingredients will completely transform the flavor of your basic rice dish. Now imagine what a little sautéed onion, minced garlic and red pepper will do. Recipes are like that. You can add Mexican flare to some of your fast prep favorites by just spicing them up a little. Consider adding some of these ingredients to mac and cheese, or a simple cheese pizza:

  • Red pepper flakes
  • Hot (Tabasco) sauce
  • Cumin
  • Cilantro
  • Oregano
  • Mole
  • Chipotles
  • Cinnamon (just a little)