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Cheap, Quick and Easy Dinner Idea: Mexican Stir Fry Recipe

Updated on January 11, 2013

Mexican Stir-Fry

This easy recipe for Mexican stir-fry was born of my desire to cook tasty and healthy meals with a minimum amount of effort. I call it "Mexican stir-fry" because it uses Mexican flavors but looks more like a stir-fry than anything else. It's perfect on a busy weeknight or on a hot summer day when you don't want to heat up your kitchen for very long.

Yet another example of my bad indoor photography... sigh!  I assure you, the final dish was delicious!
Yet another example of my bad indoor photography... sigh! I assure you, the final dish was delicious!

Stir-Fry Ingredients

You can mix and match the ingredients in the recipe to suit your family's tastes - it will be delicious no matter what you do.

You will need:

1. Chicken, beef, pork, tofu, or any other protein. In the photo, I used pork.

2. Black beans, preferably soaked at home and cooked yourself for maximum savings. If you are a vegetarian or vegan, you can use black beans as the sole protein.

3. Veggies of your choice. I used a green bell pepper, an onion, some tomatoes and garlic.

4. Seasoning, like a pre-mixed taco seasoning that you can buy in bulk from the grocery store, or your own mix.

5. Cheese for the topping.

Rules for a Quick Meal

Must use readily available ingredients - no running to the store!

Must not get the kitchen too messy - a messy kitchen is the primary reason why I don't bake very often!

Must not use more than one pan or pot for cooking.

Must not use many dishes for serving - in this case, one bowl and one fork per person.

Cook in Under 15 Minutes!

To assemble this meal:

1. Saute some onions and garlic in a big frying pan, and add your meat. Cook until meat is done and put the whole mess into a bowl on the counter.

2. In the same pan, cook up your veggies, starting with the ones that take the longest to cook. Scoop about a cup of cooked black beans into the veggies and heat through.

3. Add the meat/onion/garlic mixture back into the pan, and stir. Add pre-mixed taco seasoning or your own mix, to taste.

4. Ladle into big bowls, add a sprinkle of cheese, and voila! A yummy, healthy, quick dinner in less than 15 minutes.

Got some squash to use up?  Yellow squash and zucchini are delicious in a Mexican stir-fry!
Got some squash to use up? Yellow squash and zucchini are delicious in a Mexican stir-fry!

Grain-Free Stir-Fry

Looking back at this recipe, I see that it is not only gluten-free, but GRAIN-free! People who are gluten-free exclude wheat, barley, and rye from their diets, but the grain-free folks keep going and get rid of all grains - no rice, corn, millet, etc. This meal is grain-free, but you don't miss the grains at all. If you want to add some grains, I think corn would be the most logical choice since it is Mexican-inspired. Some fresh corn kernels added in would be delicious, or you could cut some corn tortillas into strips and mix those in. You could even scoop this meal up with some crunchy corn tortillas! I'm sure that last option would be a big hit with kids.... or come to think of it, with me!


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    • flagostomos profile image

      flagostomos 6 years ago from Washington, United States

      I make a recipe very similar to this, and with home-made corn tortillas - wonderful. I personally think it tastes better without meat, but I'm sure it's delicious either way.

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      Carrie Smith 6 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Oh my goodness this sounds delicious! I love anything and everything Mexican, and stir fry is so easy and quick to make. Perfect combination!

      I have bookmarked for future reference. Thanks for sharing - voted up.