Get ready for a delicious meal bursting with flavor! I promise you won’t miss the meat.
Another night of trying to figure out what to make for dinner. You go through your usual line up, trying to limit red meat, processed foods, etc. Dinner in my house is the hardest meal to omit meat from, yet it is important to me that we balance out our entrees. Mexican night is a popular dinner so I thought it was time to try a variation in that theme. Meatless Monday: Mexican Fiesta, here we come!
The key to making this dinner a hit, is to offer an exciting variety of options for everyones’ different tastes. There are so many fantastic ways to kick off your fiesta, I’m hungry just taking about it!!
First, we are going to talk about two different choices, and either one will make your fiesta fabulous. Plan to make either quesadillas or a taco bar. Sure, the options are endless, but this is a great starting point.
Take this list to the grocery store!
Taco shells and/or tortillas
Avocado or guacamole
***These are add on ideas. Choose as many as you like, and remember, as you add layers of flavor, the absence of meat will be less noticeable.
Corn (on the cob)
Let’s prep. Wash and dry all produce, except the onion (of course). Shred the lettuce into small pieces. Chop up the tomatoes and olives. Rinse and drain the black beans. Cut the lime into wedges. Reserve one slice to squeeze on your avocado, to keep from browning. Dice the jalapeño finely, removing seeds and ribs. Slice the onions and peppers and lightly toss with salt, pepper and olive oil. Clean corn and add to a sheet tray. Roast all vegetables at 450 for 20-25 minutes until caramelized.
Arrange your toppings in small dishes or a divided tray. If making tacos, warm the shells in the oven. They taste so much better and become crispy after a few minutes on 325.
If you are making quesadillas, melt a pat of butter in a non-stick skillet over medium heat. Add a tortilla, a handful of shredded cheese, and any additional toppings. Top with another tortilla. Let cook for 2-3 minutes, then check to ensure cheese is melted prior to flipping. Both sides should be golden brown and inside will be gooey and glorious!
We could really stop here, but where is the fun in that?? Let’s talk about sides. Beans and rice are classic. Nothing wrong with that, but have you tried Mexican corn cake? It is so amazing (easy), and can be purchased here, if you are not able to find it at your grocery store. Guacamole is classic, and so delicious homemade! It really amps up the flavor of this mexican fiesta. Making your own salsa is easy to do and also worth the extra effort. Try this amazing Rainbow Salsa recipe from the amazing kitchens of Gimme Some Oven!