Last Updated on May 7, 2022 by Ellen Christian
We love Mexican food in our home. My husband is from Texas originally so having Mexican food is something we do at least once a week. While many of our Mexican recipes feature beef, I wanted to show you how to have a Mexican night with my favorite Chicken Enchilada Stew. One of the reasons we enjoy Mexican night is that everyone can customize their meal the way they want it.
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How to Have a Mexican Night
Sarah is gluten intolerant so she skips the tortilla and has rice. I’m doing the Paleo diet so I skip the tortilla and the rice and either have it in a bowl or wrapped in a lettuce leaf.
Marty and David load up the tortillas with their favorite toppings. David goes heavier on the veggies and sour cream. Marty goes heavier on the cheese.
No matter what way you enjoy your Mexican food, learning how to have a Mexican night means everyone enjoys it.
Use a divided platter or tray to keep all of the toppings separate. You can also set out bowls to hold the different toppings.
We also enjoy this Slow Cooker Texas Pulled Pork recipe.
Mexican dinner toppings
Here are some toppings that are popular in our house:
- Vegetables – Tomatoes, onions, peppers, chilies, shredded lettuce, olives, avocado
- Sauces – Enchilada sauce, guacamole, salsa
- Dairy – Sour cream, Greek yogurt, Colby cheese, Cheddar cheese
- Refried beans
- Meat – Ground beef, chicken, pork, steak
10 minPrep Time
8 hrCook Time
8 hr, 10 Total Time
- 2 lbs chicken breasts, boneless
- 1 onion, chopped finely
- 1 pepper chopped (we use this if in season or skip if not)
- 2 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil (Marty is allergic to coconut. If you follow the Paleo diet & are not, use coconut oil)
- 1 14 oz can of diced or whole tomatoes
- 3/4 cup Old El Pasa Enchilada sauce
- 1 tbsp minced garlic
- cumin, chili powder and oregano to taste
- Put the chicken in the crockpot.
- Add everything else.
- Cook on low for 8-10 hours or on high for 6-18.
- Add salt and pepper and your favorite toppings.
Now just assemble all of the ingredients in their own or divided section on the tray and let people help themselves. You can add the ingredients to a tortilla or a taco shell, put all the ingredients in a bowl and scoop out with a tortilla chip, or wrap it all in a lettuce leaf to stay paleo.
When most people think of Mexican Food, they think of tacos — but there’s so much more to Mexican than that! Old El Paso® invites you to get inspired and explore the possibilities beyond tacos for your family’s next Mexican night with delicious recipes for enchiladas, quesadillas, fajitas, or burritos using your favorite Old El Paso® ingredients.
Here are a few recipes to get you cooking
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