Spice up your week with easy Mexican-inspired food—all under $3 a serving.
Cost per serving: 95¢
Kick off your dinner with this cool guacamole and smokey cumin chips. If you like your guacamole a little spicy, add a few shakes of hot sauce, or leave in a few of the seeds from the jalapeño.
See recipe: Guacamole with Cumin Chips
Cost per serving: 60¢
Leave a couple of inches of stalk on the end of each ear of corn to make a good handle. Pull off a piece of the husk and use it to tie up the rest decoratively, as shown.
See recipe: Oaxacan Grilled Corn
Cost per serving: $1.30
Give plain meatballs a jolt by adding canned chipotle chili to the meat. The spice level of chipotle chilies varies, so start by adding a small amount and adjusting to taste. If you like spicy food, leave in some of the seeds.
See recipe: Oven-Baked Mexican Meatballs
Cost per serving: 36¢
Queso fresco is the traditional accompaniment to these refried beans, but you could also top them with Monterey Jack, Cheddar or feta. Cotija, a tasty Mexican grating cheese, is also terrific—look for it in Latin markets.
See recipe: Jalapeño and Lime Refried Beans
Cost per serving: 37¢
These bite-sized cornbread muffins get a little spice from chopped jalapeños. Be sure to omit the seeds to avoid overheating your palate.
Recipe: Mini Spicy Cheese Muffins
Cost per serving: $1.29
A vegetarian take on a flavorful favorite, this crowd-pleasing recipe is a fun addition to a dinner party. Serve it with lime wedges, sour cream, salsa and hot sauce to let guests pile toppings on as they please.
See recipe: Corn, Avocado and Black Bean Tostadas
Cost per serving: 80¢
These quesadillas are quick to make and can be easily altered to fit your family's taste. Customize the recipe with chicken, shredded beef, pork or more vegetables.
See recipe: Cheesy Corn and Black Bean Quesadillas
Cost per serving: $2.35
These cheesy chicken enchiladas get their kick from jalapeños and green chilis. This sauce already has a zesty flavor from salsa verde but to add a little bit more tang, garnish with roasted tomatillos.
See recipe: Chicken, Chili and Cheese Enchiladas
Cost per serving: $1.98
If you’ve got vegetarians in the family, here’s a dish everyone can enjoy. It calls for fresh corn, but frozen corn works well, too. Tone down the spice by swapping in regular Jack cheese or Cheddar for pepper Jack.
See recipe: Corn and Cheese Enchiladas
Cost per serving: 86¢
Tortillas are the star ingredient in this filling south-of-the-border dish, which includes eggs and cheese. To add extra heat, toss in some jalapeño peppers.
See recipe: Migas
Cost per serving: 90¢
This affordable Pork Carnitas recipe has a short ingredient list, but still manages to pack in a lot of flavor. Offer warmed corn tortillas and bowls of diced avocado, salsa and sour cream to make this a meal.
See recipe: Pork Carnitas
Cost per serving: $1.83
This economical recipe for a Mexican standby uses inexpensive ingredients such as canned pinto beans. It works for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
See recipe: Mexican Eggs with Beans
These simple and tasty quesadillas are sure to become a go-to recipe. Add a finely diced (and seeded) jalapeño to bring some extra heat if your family likes it a little spicier.
See Recipe: Smoked Turkey and Mango Quesadillas
Add salsa or a mix of your favorite veggies for extra south-of-the-border flavor.
See Recipe: Caramelized Onion and Blue Cheese Quesadillas
Serve with tortilla chips or place at the table and let everyone spoon it on their tacos or fajitas.
See Recipe: Grilled Jalapeño Guacamole
Cost per serving: $2.72
Up the spice factor by pulsing some jalapeño peppers in your food processor and adding them to the filling.
See recipe: Vegetable and Pinto Bean Enchiladas