Remember when chipotle was an exotic ingredient? Now we have Chipotle (the restaurant) on every other corner. Americans love
Mexican food when we eat out. Mexican chain restaurants grew twice as fast as other chains in 2009, according to a recent
report. I love nachos dripping with melted cheese as much as you do, but fat and calorie levels are sky-high on many of those
oversized restaurant platters of enchiladas or chimichangas slathered in cheese and sauces. It’s enough to make you cry into
your margarita. Instead, let’s focus on the bright, fresh tastes of authentic Mexican food, delivered by these recipes for
quick, healthier Mexican dinners you can make at home.
quick, healthy Mexican recipes for all tastes. For a meatless meal, try Stovetop Fideos, a version of a traditional dish that
starts with toasted pasta (the fideos), throws in a market-basketful of vegetables and cooks it all together in one pot with
a garlicky broth.
Coctel de Camarones:
something healthy to fill those big, beautiful margarita glasses? Make a lively and lovely Coctel de Camarones (that’s a
Mexican take on shrimp cocktail). It has that “easy yet elegant” thing going on, so it’s great for entertaining too.
Homemade Chorizo Tortas:
like to mix things up and have a hot sandwich for dinner sometimes. A torta is the Mexican version of a panini—a pressed
sandwich made with crusty bread that can have an endless array of fillings. For our Homemade Chorizo Tortas, we make our own
chorizo-inspired filling by spicing up ground pork or turkey.
Chicken with Quick Mole
Another traditional Mexican dish is chicken with mole (rhymes with “Olé!”) sauce. Some moles have lengthy
ingredient lists and can take hours to make. Chicken with Quick Mole Sauce is ready in 35 minutes and still full of rich,
Here’s a steak burrito (pictured above
) you’ll be making more than once—it’s everything you
want in a burrito and just about everything you need for dinner tonight. We’ve kept this home-style version a bit simpler to
make and a whole lot healthier with brown rice, whole-wheat tortillas and a more reasonable serving size. We recommend
wrapping it in foil—the traditional way to serve it—so you can pick the burrito up and eat it without it falling apart,
peeling back the foil as you go. Serve with a cold beer and vinegar-dressed slaw.