There’s more to Mexican than tacos, so try these recipes for some South American dishes to savour. A Mexican-themed meal is a sure-fire way to keep things lively around the family dinner table.
Busy school days demand meals that can match our pace of life. A Mexican-themed meal is a sure-fire way to keep things lively around the family dinner table.
Not only does a meal centred on Mexican cuisine let you spice up your menu, it also allows for the pickiest of palates to be satisfied. That means less time in the kitchen and more time spent around the table.
Put a fresh twist on your next school-night fiesta with these ideas:
- Sample variations of classic salsas, include seasonal ingredients like jicama and diced sweet peppers or put a spicy spin on Mexican-inspired stuffed shells.
- Get creative with proteins. Chicken and beef are common options, but heart-healthy fish and shrimp are also great candidates for a Mexican-style meal.
- Mix-up your taco night. Try an alternative to the traditional corn shell with an option like Ortega Good Grains Taco Shells. They are crafted with blends of real corn, unique grains and ingredients baked into each shell. They’re made with whole kernel corn, giving them an authentic taste and a distinctive flavour, aroma and texture.
- Keep things kid-friendly and fun by focusing on finger food. A large taco can be difficult for little hands to handle, but a street taco portion, a chimichanga or even nachos are more hands-on.
- Look for fun toppings that add an extra crunch. For example, new Ortega Crispy Taco Toppers, lightly breaded slices of real jalapeno or onion; provide a bold kick and are the perfect finishing touch for tacos, salads and even Mexican-style burgers.
- Don’t forget dessert. No meal is complete without a sweet treat, such as a churro, flan, empanada or sopapilla. Many of these favorites can be prepared ahead of time so you can simply cook and serve for a perfect ending to your family fiesta.
Find more mealtime inspiration like these recipes, perfect for the busy back-to-school season, at ortega.com, or find Ortega on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.
Slow Cooked “Pulled” Chicken Tacos
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 2 hours
- 680g boneless, skinless chicken thighs
- 1 bottle (225g) Ortega Chipotle Taco Sauce
- 1/2 cup chicken stock
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 1 package (10 shells) Ortega Good Grains White Corn with Chia Taco Shells, warmed taco toppings
- In a medium-sized frying pan, combine the chicken, taco sauce, chicken stock, salt and pepper and cook on low; covered for approximately two hours or until the internal temperature of chicken reaches 75C. Remove the chicken from the pan and shred using two forks.
- Turn up the heat to medium-high and reduce the cooking liquid into thick sauce, cooking for 3-5 minutes and stirring occasionally.
- Remove from the heat and combine the sauce with shredded chicken.
- Serve in taco shells with desired taco toppings.
Baja Chicken Pizza
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes
- boneless, skinless chicken breasts, about 454g
- 1 bottle (225g) Ortega Green Taco Sauce
- 1 can Ortega Vegetarian Refried Beans
- 3/4 cup Ortega Homestyle Salsa (any variety)
- 1 Mama Mary’s prepared pizza crust
- 1 red bell pepper, diced
- 1 can (113g) Ortega Diced Green Chiles
- 1 bag (225g) Mexican-style shredded cheese
- 1 bottle (225g) Ortega Original Taco Sauce (any variety)
- 1 bag Ortega Crispy Onion Taco Toppers
- In a large bowl or re-sealable plastic bag, combine the chicken breasts with green taco sauce. Stir or shake to coat. Marinate for at least 30 minutes or up to two hours.
- Heat oven to 175C.
- Bake the chicken for 15-20 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 75C.
- Let the chicken cool down for 10 minutes then cut into small cubes.
- In a medium bowl, combine the refried beans and salsa.
- Transfer the prepared pizza crust to a baking tray.
- Spread the bean mixture over the dough, leaving 0.5cm at the edges for crust.
- Top with the peppers, green chillies, chicken and cheese. Bake for 10-15 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown and the cheese is melted.
- Top with taco sauce and crispy onion toppers then serve.
Mexican Style “Totchos”
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 25 minutes
- 1 package (900g) tater tots
- 680g ground beef
- 1 packet Ortega Taco Seasoning
- 1cup water
- 454g shredded cheddar cheese
- 2 medium tomatoes, diced
- 1 container (454g) sour cream
- 1 bag Ortega Crispy Jalapeno Taco Toppers
- Prepare the tater tots according to the directions on the packet.
- Heat a standard-sized frying pan over a medium heat. Cook the ground beef for 4-5 minutes until browned, using a wooden spoon to break into small pieces. Add taco seasoning and water. Cook until the water evaporates and the sauce is thickened.
- Top the hot tater tots with the cooked ground beef and cheese, and heat in the oven for five minutes.
- Top with the tomatoes, sour cream and crispy jalapeno toppers, and serve immediately.