Crisp Crab Tacos, Arroz con Pollo, and Enchiladas for days.

Easy Mexican Dinners
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Do you observe Taco Tuesday at your house? Neither do we; we think every day is a good day for tacos. And tostadas, and burritos, and enchiladas. Especially enchiladas. If you’ve been letting the issue of prep time keep you from weeknight Mexican food beyond maybe a quick supermarket taco kit, we’ve got good news: Flavorful Mexican entrées made with fresh ingredients are not out of reach. We’ve rounded up a fiesta’s worth of Mexican mains that don’t take advanced skills or hours spent stirring pots of sauces to put together.

Best of all, these recipes are probably lighter and healthier than you’re expecting, too. There’s no lard, and nothing’s smothered under too much cheese. In these dishes, vegetables crunch, seafood shines, and fresh flavors pop.

We’ve got plenty of traditional favorites, like tacos in varieties from chicken to crab and even sardine. There are tostadas, and a couple of different burritos, and enchiladas rolled, stacked, and/or stuffed with everything from beans to chiles to chicken and olives.

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There are some delicious surprises in here, too, like a roast chicken, which may not sound very Mexican but which is spiced with south-of-the-border flavors like chile, lime, and cilantro. We’ve included some authentic dishes that might not be quite as familiar to American diners, but which are sure to delight, such as posole. We didn’t forget starters like soups and salads, and we’ve included more seafood than you may be used to seeing at Mexican restaurants, everything from rockfish tostadas to baked halibut. All can be on the table in a reasonable amount of time, making a hearty home-cooked Mexican meal possible seven nights a week.

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