Tex-Mex recipes pack just the right amount of spice – not too hot, but hot enough to get your tongue tingling. And if your kids can’t take the heat, skip the added spice or let them add their own. Start your meal with Tex-Mex egg rolls that include black beans, cheese and chicken tucked inside before going into the fryer. For the main course, you can easily make Tex-Mex casserole with your kids using your Crock-Pot or for an even easier meal, try walking tacos or smoky Tex-Mex sloppy Joses. And when it’s time for dessert, your kids will enjoy a big slice of decadent chocolate coconut tres leches cake.
These Tex-Mex egg rolls from Tastes Better from Scratch taste like a crispy Asian taco. Combine black beans (canned, drained), with diced tomatoes, green bell peppers, onion, cooked chicken, cheese and spices like cumin, garlic powder and chili powder. Put a spoonful of the mixture into the center of an egg roll wrapper and roll. Fry until crisp and serve with a cool cilantro dip.
For a quick dish that feeds a crowd, try this Tex-Mex casserole from The Food Network. Stir together refried beans, frozen corn, chopped and seeded poblano Chile peppers and fresh cilantro. Layer this mixture with salsa, cheese and tostada shells in your slow cooker. Cook on low for four hours before dishing out to hungry kiddos.
Your kids will love eating their dinner out of a bag. That’s the idea behind these walking tacos from Taste of Home. Saute ground beef along with chili seasoning. Prepare diced tomatoes, refried beans and any other taco toppings your kids like. Let your kids create their “tacos” by adding the toppings right into a bag of corn chips. The best part? No plates to clean!
Grilled or saute fish until flaky. Toast corn tortillas and place them in a towel so they stay warm until dinner. Next, place diced mangoes, red bell pepper, red onion and serrano chili (finely diced) in a bowl along with fresh cilantro, lime juice and a drizzling of honey. Then your kids can construct their own tacos by adding the fish pieces then the fruit topping. This fish taco with mango salsa recipe from Saveur is perfect for a hot summer day.
Do your kids like hamburgers? Then they might love these smoky Tex-Mex sloppy Joses from Rachael Ray. Crisp bacon pieces and then add in ground beef. Stir in jalapeno Chile peppers (diced fine), onion, cumin, coriander, brown sugar and other seasonings. Heat until cooked through. Dish out with burger buns.
Mexican tres leches cake is legendary. For a spin on that classic, try this chocolate coconut tres leches from My Kids Eat Squid. The tres leches means “three milks,” which in this recipe includes sweetened condensed, evaporated and coconut – oh, and heavy cream, too.