Beans are a core staple in many Mexican dishes, and for good reason. They are packed with protein and fiber, keeping you full and satisfied for hours, and don’t break the bank! Beans are one of the best ways to elevate your meal to the next level nutritionally, sometimes for less than a dollar a can! It’s great to keep some cans on hand for last minute dinner prep, but for even better flavor and savings, cook up a batch of beans at home: you’ll be surprised at how simple it is.
Slow cooked chicken, ground beef, and pork are meats lend themselves nicely to Mexican dishes. Many dishes have sauces, rice, and vegetables. A little meat goes a long way.
Perhaps one of the most iconic and versatile components of Mexican cuisine is the corn tortilla. Made from stone-ground corn and naturally gluten-free, the possibilities are endless. You can use them as a wrap around your favorite fillings, make melty quesadillas, or even fry or bake them to make crispy taco shells!
White, yellow, or brown, rice is a hearty addition to Mexican dishes. Many people enjoy it mixed with beans and seasoning as a side dish, but a current trend is using rice as a base for burrito bowls—essentially deconstructed burritos in bowl form! Start with rice, toss in your favorite vegetables, protein, salsa, beans, and cheese, and you have a simple meal that does double duty for lunch and dinner all throughout the week.
A classic condiment for virtually any Mexican food, what’s not to love: big on flavor and nutrition and low in calories. With so many variations to choose from (green, pico de gallo,) you’ll never run out of options and may just start having salsa alongside other everyday meals too.
Sliced on top of almost any Mexican fare, avocados add a buttery taste and smooth texture that perfectly complement each dish. Another popular way to enjoy them is mashed up with herbs, spices, and vegetables as a creamy dip or topping we know as guacamole. This is an excellent side or snack that is chock full of healthy fats to will keep you full and satisfied.
While Mexican food is flavorful enough to go without cheese, many people love the contrast of creamy, melty cheese to the spice of Mexican food. It’s also another source of protein. Bonus: the dairy in cheese can also combat some of that spice if things get a little too heated.
Vegetables are a big component in Mexican food, and are usually cooked and flavored so wonderfully that you don’t resent eating them. Peppers cooked to perfection in spices, sautéed onions, zesty tomatoes… these are veggies done right.
Chili, cumin, coriander, chipotle, pepper – our mouths are on fire just thinking about these spices unique to Mexican food! A little goes a long way, and can take a bland meal of chicken, rice, and beans and transform it into a showstopper.