26 Recipes for Cinco de Mayo

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Mexican food is always a hit at our house.  I’ve shared a lot of our favorites here on the blog over the years. These are recipes we come back to time and time again.   Whether authentic or some of our favorite “Americanized” versions, it always seems to hit the spot! Plus, there are so many delicious sides you can serve with Mexican inspired meals. And the great thing about many of these recipes is they are so easy and quick to put together. That makes weeknight meals a breeze.  A bit of homemade salsa and fresh guacamole, and it’s perfect.

So in the spirit of Cinco de Mayo, here are 26 of our favorite Mexican inspired recipes for you to enjoy. Whether you are planning to celebrate Cinco de Mayo or not, you’ll love these meals!

 

15 minute Sausage and Corn Quesadillas with Azteca tortillasSausage and Corn Quesadillas

Salsa Verde Steak Slow Cooker RecipeSalsa Verde Steak 

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Black Bean and Corn Chicken Taco Bake

 

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Sloppy Slow Cooked Chicken Tacos

Slow Cooker Creamy Jalapeno Chicken TacosCreamy Jalapeno Chicken Tacos

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Quick and easy Chipotle Style Chicken Burrito Bowls

Quick and Easy Chipotle Burrito Bowls

Chicken Enchiladas with Red Sauce and White CheeseChicken Enchiladas

Chuck Roast Enchiladas www.eatathomecooksChuck Roast Enchiladas

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Crisp Black Bean Tacos with Feta & Lime

crockpot beef fajitasCrockpot Beef Fajitas

Crockpot Chicken FajitasCrockpot Chicken Fajitas

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Grilled Chicken & Cream Cheese Enchiladas

Fish Tacos with Chipotle Sour Cream Sauce

Fish Tacos with Chipotle Dressing

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Chipotle Chili Chicken NachosChipotle Chile Chicken Nachos

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Mexican Vegetables on Cornbread

White Queso SoupWhite Queso Soup

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McCormick Tacos with Chipotle and Garlic

15 Minute Tacos with Chipotle and Garlic

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15 Slow Cooker Sandwiches

Sandwiches are the classic “I need to feed my family–quick!” kind of meals. But quick and easy doesn’t have to mean PBJ or BLTs night after night. There are lots of delicious things to serve between two slices of bread.  These fifteen different sandwiches you can throw into your slow cooker and forget about until dinner time are life savers for us during the summer–or any busy time of the year! There’s enough variety that even if we ate sandwiches for a week straight, we’d probably not be tired of of them.

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The slow cooker is such a time saver. And when it’s hot–not having to heat up the kitchen is a huge bonus. And thanks to the slow cooker, you get to enjoy big, juicy flavorful sandwiches without slaving over the stove or grill for hours on hot or busy days.  That’s my kind of dinner!

 

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Slow Cooker Italian Sausage and Peppers Sub SandwichesItalian Sausage and Pepper Subs

Slow Cooker Pork and Gravy SandwichesPork and Gravy Sandwiches

ChickenBaconRanchChicken Bacon & Ranch Sandwiches

chicken philly sandwiches in the slow cookerChicken Philly Sandwiches

slow cooker beef gyrosBeef Gyros

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French Dip Sandwiches

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BBQ Peach PorkBBQ Peach Pulled Pork

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22 Ways to Expand your Easter Menu

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I love Easter. Spring has finally arrived, and it’s a special day I get to celebrate with family–and good food of course! Easter dinner is so special for us, and I love having a table filled with a feast of good food! But sometimes planning an Easter Menu can feel complicated. Or sometimes I just want a fresh twist on the classic Easter Dinner ingredients to change things up a bit.

If you are looking for some ways to change up the usual Easter fare a little, or just need some good ideas to expand and round out your Easter Menu, I’ve got 22 easy recipes that are the perfect addition to any Easter Meal. From some main course ideas, to sides and some desserts, hopefully these recipes will give you some new inspiration as you plan your Easter Meals this year. And because you know I’m all about easy cooking, none of these recipes are super complicated or overly time consuming. But they are all delicious! Plus, if you end up with too much left over ham on Monday, two of the ham dishes are perfect for turning leftovers into some great dinners.   [Read more…]

Cranberry Apple Butter -100 Days of Summer Slow Cooker Recipes

Fall is just around the corner, and our summer slow cooker series is coming to an end!

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Today is the very last day of our 100 days of summer slow cooker recipes series! It’s been such a great journey through so many delicious recipes and it’s been fun to show case just how much of a versatile, time saving tool your slow cooker really is. And it’s not just for summertime! You can take these recipes and use them all year long to free you up during any busy season.

Apple season is almost upon us, and if you want your house to smell like fall, this is the recipe for you.  It’s as simple as putting ingredients into your slow cooker and letting it do the magic of cooking it down. All you have to do is show up with a fresh slice of bread and spread on a taste of the new season.

Click here to go over and get this recipe.

If you love using your slow cooker–or just want to learn more about what you can do with it–I hope you’ve enjoyed this series of 100 summer slow cooker recipes. There are endless things you can do with your slow cooker.

This is day 100 of our 100 Days of Summer Slow Cooker Recipes series.  You can click here to find all 1oo of these great slow cooker dishes! 

Also, don’t forget to Check out our All Slow Cooker Weekly Meal Plan.  It’s got all the planning done for you (including the grocery list) so you can go enjoy summer!

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Chocolate Tapioca Pudding -100 Days of Summer Slow Cooker Recipes

Wind down your day with one of the most comforting desserts I know of!

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Sundays are the gateway to the new week. Even though they are often filled with a lot of coming and going, it’s a good idea to take a little time to unwind, relax and let yourself take it easy for a little while before another week of busy, busy, busy starts. I think dessert is a great way to do that. Tapioca pudding is an ultimate comfort dessert in my mind. Creamy, chocolatey and with some whipped cream on top? Sounds perfect!

Head on over to Simple Nourished to get this recipe.

We’re sharing 100 days of summer slow cooker meals.  This is day 99.  Keep your kitchen cool – don’t miss a single recipe.  Subscribe to the email list. You find the other posts in this series by clicking here.

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BBQ Nachos – 100 Days of Summer Slow Cooker Recipes

Here’s a spin on nachos that’s perfect for the upcoming tailgating season!

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We love nachos. They are finger food, but they are filling enough to be a meal, too. Sometimes it’s fun to switch things up and try a different style of nachos for a change! This is a recipe for BBQ nachos and it sounds really good!

You can go here to get the recipe and instructions.

 

We’re sharing 100 days of summer slow cooker meals.  This is day 98.  Keep your kitchen cool – don’t miss a single recipe.  Subscribe to the email list. You find the other posts in this series by clicking here.100 Days of Summer Slow Cooker Recipes

Basque Tuna with potatoes – 100 Days of Summer Slow Cooker Recipes

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One of the best side-bonuses of using the slow cooker for a lot of your family dinner meals is waft of delicious food that fills the house in the hours before dinner time. It’s a great way to perk up the appetites of your family and remind them that dinner time will be here soon! Basque tuna with potatoes and peppers is one of those meals that is fragrant with garlic and herbs. It reminds me of a dish from the European country side and the author of the recipe said it reminded them of a warm summer afternoon in France!

As always, it’s easy to make so you save time and energy to put into other things that are important to you.

Click here to go take a look at this delicious recipe.

If you love using your slow cooker, check out our All Slow Cooker Weekly Meal Plan.  It’s got all the planning done for you (including the grocery list) so you can go enjoy summer!

This is day 97  in our 100 Days of Summer Slow CookerRecipes series.  Find the other posts by clicking here.100 Days of Summer Slow Cooker Recipes

Zucchini Italiano – 100 Days of Summer Slow Cooker Recipes

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Local gardens are still producing a bounty of fresh veggies in our area. One of those veggies that is always prolific in just about every region is the humble Zucchini! I love summer squash because it’s such a versatile ingredient. You can make sweet food or savory with it. It’s affordable and easy to grow. And it really just tastes so good! This recipe is for zucchini italiano in the slow cooker. It is a great way to use up a surplus of summer squash and even if you are getting a little worn out on zucchini, your family will probably really enjoy this meal!

Click here to get the ingredients and recipe instructions for this dish.

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Mango Meatballs — 100 Days of Summer Slow Cooker Recipes

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Are you a meatloaf fan? I am! That’s one of the reasons why I think this recipe for Mango Meatballs sounds so good-it’s really just another way to serve meatloaf! It’s great because it stays nice and moist and the mango will add just the right amount of sweet and tangy. I love this kind of meatball served with rice and a good green salad. But I’m sure you could find a lot of creative ways to serve them. Maybe even in a meatball sub?

You can click here to get this recipe from Baked by Rachel!

If you love using your slow cooker, check out our All Slow Cooker Weekly Meal Plan.  It’s got all the planning done for you (including the grocery list) so you can go enjoy summer!

This is day 95  in our 100 Days of Summer Slow Cooker Recipes series.  Find the other posts by clicking here.

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Cowboy Casserole – 100 Days of Summer Slow Cooker Recipes

Woah, there. Stop in and take a trip to Cowboy country with this slow cooker one pot meal!

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Beans, Beef, Potatoes, Cheese. Seriously, with ingredients like that, Cowboy Casserole is not the kind of recipe that leaves you any leftovers.  It’s is so easy to make, and so hearty that you can consider it a one pot meal if you like! I love that there’s a vegetarian version included for those who avoid meat. And that both of them take just a couple minutes to toss together. Definitely a great recipe to add to your menu this week.

Click here to get the recipe!

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