Mexican Meals Simplified

Family Features | 9/19/2013, 12:31 p.m. | Updated on 9/19/2013, 12:31 p.m.
Deciding what to make for dinner is no longer a chore with these simple tips for family taco night. Start ...

Deciding what to make for dinner is no longer a chore with these simple tips for family taco night. Start with tasty tortillas, hearty fillings and plenty of fresh toppings and you’ll have smiles all around.

It’s easy to recreate the standard elements of Mexican-inspired cuisine in your own kitchen. Simply stock up on all the Mexican night essentials and bring this vibrant, bold flavor into your everyday meal repertoire. The best part – you’ll be applauded for bringing these delicious dishes to the table.

Here are a few ways to amplify your family’s taco night:

Create a Flavorful Fiesta

Traditional favorites like tacos, burritos, fajitas and salsas are born from crunchy, good for you, vegetables. For salsa and toppings, make sure you have plenty of juicy tomatoes, onions and cilantro. Lettuce also adds great crunch and color for taco and burrito fillings. Play off the textures with soft flour tortilla options, such as Old El Paso® Stand ’N Stuff® Soft Flour Tortillas, which easily hold in all those delicious ingredients in a convenient, boat-shaped bowl without the mess. For additional information on Old El Paso products, cooking ideas and recipes, visit, and

Swap out for healthier ingredients

It’s fun to create your own spin on your favorite Mexican dishes with healthy substitutions. Add ground turkey instead of beef into your enchiladas. Throw crab or grilled shrimp on top of nachos. Try beans instead of meat as a flavorful and fiber-packed protein replacement. As long as the ingredients are lean and fresh, you can’t go wrong.

Spice it up

For truly fresh, authentic meals, make sure your pantry is stocked with the proper seasonings to provide the spicy, smoky or tangy flavors you expect from this popular cuisine. For more sizzling flavor, try this recipe for Roasted Tomato Stand ’N Stuff Tacos, which feature new Old El Paso Stand ’N Stuff Soft Flour Tortillas and new Old El Paso® Mexican Cooking Sauces.

Everyone will love the bold flavor of meals cooked with some spicy inspiration. So, make Mexican night a tradition at your home with these flavorful, easy-to-create meal ideas.

Roasted Tomato Stand ’N Stuff® Tacos

Prep Time: 20 Minutes

Start to Finish: 20 Minutes

Makes: 4 servings (1 taco each)

1             tablespoon vegetable oil

1             pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into thin strips

1             pouch (8 ounces) Old El Paso® Mexican Cooking Sauce Roasted Tomato

4             Old El Paso® Stand ’N Stuff® Soft Flour Tortillas (from 6.7-ounce package)

1/2             cup shredded lettuce

1/2             cup sour cream

Diced tomatoes (optional)

In 10-inch skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Cook chicken in oil about 4 minutes or until lightly browned.

Add cooking sauce. Reduce heat; simmer uncovered about 8 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink in center.

Meanwhile, heat tortillas as directed on package. Spoon chicken mixture into tortillas. Add toppings.