3 Easy and Quick Dishes For Your Next Mexican Fiesta At Home

3 Easy and Quick Dishes For Your Next Mexican Fiesta At Home

Who says Taco Tuesday can’t be any day of the week? I am one who definitely believes no one is ever sad at a Mexican restaurant. Margaritas, queso and tacos are delicious. Have people over for a Mexican fiesta one day this week or use these recipes for a quick and yummy dinner one night for your family.


This is one of my go-to crockpot recipes. This is a favorite in our house. This recipe does require some prep before putting everything in the crockpot.


  • One lb of Ground Beef or Ground Turkey
  • One 14.5 oz can of diced tomatoes
  • One small yellow onion (diced)
  • Two tablespoons of Taco Seasoning (My favorite is Trader Joe’s Taco Season Packages)
  • One Tablespoon of Vegetable oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Add the vegetable oil to a large pan and brown the meat. Drain the excess fat/oil. Add the onion and diced tomatoes to the crockpot. Mix it up. Add the taco seasoning to the crockpot next and mix everything. Lastly, add the browned meat and mix everything up one last time. Set the crockpot on low for 5 hours or high for 3 hours.

Chop up some tomatoes, avocado, and onions. Set aside hard-shell tacos or soft-shell tacos, shredded cheese, sour cream and make a taco bar. Enjoy!

Grapefruit Margarita

For the Glass Rim:

  • 1 teaspoon grapefruit zest
  • 2 teaspoons white granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • For those tired mommas, there is a ready-made margarita salt tray that you can purchase to just dip the rim of the glass that has been moistened with some grapefruit juice.

For the Drink (this makes a pitcher of roughly 4 margaritas):

  • 6 fluid ounces tequila of choice
  • 4 fluid ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 16 fluid ounces Grapefruit juice (you can use fresh but my quick go-to is the Ocean Spray Ruby Red Grapefruit Juice)
  • 4 fluid ounces Cointreu or triple sec

On a small plate, mix the grapefruit zest, granulated sugar and salt. Rub a juiced grapefruit or lime (your choice) around each of the glasses’ rims and dip them into the mixture.

To make one pitcher, add three cups of ice cubes to a blender. Pour in tequila, lime juice, grapefruit juice and Cointreu or triple sec; blend on medium to combine. Pour into a pitcher. Serve immediately. Recipe makes about 4 cocktails.

Beefy Queso Dip

Can we just say Queso Dip is life? Haha! My 4 year old licks the bowl to get the last drop of this delicious recipe. I make this dip ALL the time. It is also great for football games or parties.


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 yellow onion, finely diced
  • 1 large, or 2 small jalapeños, seeded and finely minced (if you don’t want the dip too spicy, leave this ingredient out)
  • ⅔ cup water
  • 2 tablespoons taco seasoning mix, homemade or store-bought (again my favorite is the Trader Joe’s Taco Season Packages)
  • 32 ounces Velveeta cheese, cut into cubes
  • 20 ounces canned Rotel


In a large skillet, brown the ground beef and onion over medium heat until the meat is no longer pink. Drain. Add the jalapeños, water and taco seasoning, increase the heat to medium-high and cook. Stir frequently until the liquid has evaporated. Remove from heat.

In a 4 to 6-quart slow cooker, add the prepared beef mixture, the Velveeta cheese and the cans of Rotel. Stir well and cook on low until the cheese is completely melted, 1 to 2 hours. Keep the slow cooker set to warm to serve during a party. Give the mixture a good stir before serving.

Try these out the next time you’re craving a fun night at home! What is great about these recipes is that you can make these ahead and just enjoy yourself during the fiesta. Enjoy!

Kristina Robertson
Kristina is originally from Miami, Florida but calls New Orleans home for the last 9 years. She got her undergraduate degree from the University of Miami and her Podiatric Medical Degree from Barry University in Miami Shores, Florida. Kristina and her husband moved to New Orleans to lay some roots in the Big Easy. She is currently co-owner and practitioner at NOLA Sole Podiatry. She has a lovable and amazing daughter, Victoria Isabel. In her downtime, she loves being out and about with her husband and daughter. They love trying new restaurants and going to festivals. We love exploring different cultures and cultural events here in New Orleans and loves exposing her daughter to them. She also loves going to parks with her family and furbabies. Kristina loves supporting dog rescues and wishes she could rescue all the adoptable dogs in NOLA but will settle for 2 right now.


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