Can you believe it? Back-to-school time is almost here. You know what that means…back to busy mornings, rushing to pack lunches for the kids, and trying to find the time to serve up delicious and nutritious dinners after long days. Fortunately, if quick, easy, and kid-approved Mexican food recipes are what you’re looking for, you’ve come to the right place!
Start the day off right with a delicious, easy, and Mexican-inspired breakfast idea that your kids will love (and may even be able to help you with). Start by whipping up a batch of scrambled eggs and feel free to add any ingredients your kids love (such as ham, veggies, or cheese). Then, take a fajita-sized flour tortilla, brush with olive oil, and set on a skillet at medium-high heat. Pile the scrambled eggs onto one side of the tortilla, then fold the tortilla over and flip it until brown and slightly crispy on both sides.
Kids love quesadillas because they’re fun to make and they’re easy to customize, so you can whip up different types of quesadillas for each of your kids to suit their tastes. To make a quesadilla, start by placing a lightly oiled or buttered flour tortilla onto a skillet at medium-high heat. Then, sprinkle on one side some of your child’s favorite cheese. Add chopped up (and already cooked) meats (this is a great opportunity to use leftover taco meat or chicken from the previous night’s dinner) and fold the tortilla over the filling, flipping it until browned on each side.
Chop up into kid-friendly pieces and serve with salsa, pico de gallo, sour cream, and guacamole!
Fun Mexican Spirals
Looking for something that’s lunch-box friendly? We’ve got you covered with these fun Mexican spirals. Here’s what you need to make a batch of these that’s big enough to serve a few kids for lunch:
- eight ounces cream cheese
- a cup of diced, cooked chicken
- a quarter pound shredded Mexican cheese
- a teaspoon of dried coriander
- flour tortillas
- olive oil
In a bowl, mix together the cream cheese, chicken, cheese, and spice to create the filling for the tortillas. Spread a small amount of the mixture onto each tortilla before rolling them up and cutting them into small slices. Brown in the oven at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes and serve with sour cream and salsa (or serve cold in your child’s lunch box).
Like regular tacos, only better. For this Mexican food recipe, use small corn tortillas instead of larger flour tortillas. Fill each tortilla as you would a regular taco with your child’s favorite meats, veggies, and cheeses, but roll up into a thin wrap. Stick a tooth pick through each tortilla and fry in vegetable oil for a few minutes, or until each mini taco is nice and crispy. Serve with salsa, guacamole, sour cream, and any other dips your child may like. Perfect for a quick and easy dinner!
Finally, when you want to serve up a healthy after-school snack that’s fun and that your kids will love, try these super cute zucchini-corn boats. These are so easy; all you have to do is cut a zucchini lengthwise, place in the oven to soften, and use a spoon to scoop out the insides Then, you can fill the boats with your child’s favorite sauteed vegetables and cheeses, such as onion, pepper, Mexican cheese, and the like. Each child can have his or her own boat to make this extra fun!