Mexican Meals: Spicy Recipes Under $3 a Serving - Mexican food is one of our favorite ethnic cuisines, but hitting the local burrito shop too often can take a toll on your budget. Stay in and create your own fiesta with healthy, budget Mexican-inspired recipes. In the mood for more? Check out these popular south-of-the-border hits and 5 lightened-up classics.
Mexican Potato Omelet
Whip up this simple, tasty omelet when the refrigerator is almost bare. Frozen hash browns are perfect for such occasions — just look for a brand with little or no fat.
Mexican Polenta Scramble
We've borrowed the best Mexican flavors and ingredients for this quick scramble. Poblano peppers can vary widely, but in general they have a medium level of spiciness. If you can't find them, substitute green bell peppers.
Mini Chile Relleno Casseroles
Individual portions are set with this fun, vegetarian, Tex-Mex mini casserole. Don't have heatproof ramekins? Look for them during your next grocery store outing.
Beef and Bean Chile Verde
Chile verde, usually a slow-cooked stew of pork, jalapeños, and tomatillos, becomes an easy weeknight meal with quick-cooking ground beef and store-bought green salsa.
A Mexican-style torta is just like a burrito, except the "wrapper" is a hollowed-out roll. Here it's filled with mashed spiced black beans and a quick guacamole.
Crispy Turkey Tostadas
Shredded leftover turkey tops homemade tostadas in this Tex-Mex favorite. Making your own tostada shells from fresh corn tortillas is easier than you think — crisp them in the oven while you prepare the toppings.
Shredded Turkey and Pinto Bean Burritos
Got leftover turkey? Don't settle for a boring sandwich. Treat your taste buds to this easy burrito. Save this recipe for leftover or rotisserie chicken as well.
Tangy, mildly spicy, and tender, this chicken is low in sodium and fat but high in protein. It's delicious with a side of black beans and salsa.
Our enchilada-style casserole is made with mildly spicy sauce, but you can use medium or hot. To eliminate the heat altogether, try a green enchilada sauce or substitute two 8-ounce cans of plain tomato sauce.