Enjoy Mexican food? Looking for some great recipes that are easy and cheap? Check out these Mexican dinner ideas and tips for making great Mexican food every week.
Nowadays, you can find a decent taco almost anywhere. Even Europe. (Well, Chipotle in London is trying…)
But this wasn’t always the case. When I was a kid visiting my grandmother in Minnesota, tacos, burritos, and taquitos were few and far between. Times have changed, and for the better, particularly where Mexican food is concerned.
Not only are ingredients such as cilantro, chiles, and masa more readily available, but they haven’t met the fate of inflated prices that happens with some cuisines. Couple that with the fact that Mexican food is prepared with whole foods that are generally some of the more affordable ingredients to buy and you find that it’s a very frugal fare.
And worthy of including in your meal plan on the weekly!
Without Mexican grandmothers to show us the ropes, Bryan and I have taught ourselves some things along the way, too, like how to make tamales or homemade tortillas or enchilada sauce.
One of my favorite resources for Mexican dinner ideas has been this book: the Sunset Mexican Cookbook. It is long since out of print, but you can find used copies for cheap. Snag one because this is the portal to some good cheap eats!
Aside from trial and error and cooking through a vintage cookbook, we’ve also been known to peek into taqueria kitchens and ask endless questions of Mexican restaurant owners in our quest to make Mexican food at home.
To choose the best Mexican dinner idea is probably impossible. It really depends on your experience: who prepared it, where did you eat it, how happy were you in that season of life. Food, as we know, is subjective.
But, generally speaking, some popular Mexican dinner ideas include: chilaquiles, pozole, enchiladas, guacamole, tostadas, tamales, quesadillas, salsa, carne asada, tacos, and ceviche.
The best is defined by what you like. What are your favorites when you go out to eat? Chances are you can make them just as good and more cheaply at home.
What goes on sale for Cinco de Mayo that I can use for a Mexican dinner recipe?
One of the things I love about Cinco de Mayo is that many grocery stores offer great deals on ingredients you might want to use to prepare Mexican dinners. Real ingredients.
Consider the sales from my local stores this week:
- Tri-tip, top sirloin steak, or flap meat (for carne asada): $4.77/lb
- pork shoulder: $0.99/lb
- boneless, skinless chicken breast: $1.77/lb
- avocados $0.69/each
- strawberries $0.88/lb
- mangoes $0.69/each
- roma tomatoes or white onions $0.99/lb
- jalapeno peppers $.50/lb
- Mission chips $2.50/18 oz bag
Keep an eye out for the ingredients you see on sale and stock up to prepare a Mexican dinner on the cheap. As the budget allows, buy more than you’ll need this week. Mexican food belongs in your weekly meal planning rotation!
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This post was originally published April 30, 2019. It has been updated for content and clarity.