Easy Weeknight Recipes for Busy Families

Happy mother and daughter having fun while making easy weeknight recipes in the kitchen.

One thing I’m always on the hunt for is easy weeknight recipes that are yummy and don’t take a lot of time. (Which means more time with my family!) One of these recipes came from an editor, one came from a friend,, and the other I created with trial and error. I’ve used these LOTS over the years. Our family loves Mexican food, and these are so easy and so good!

Easy Weeknight Recipe 1: TACO SOUP

2 pounds ground beef
1 large onion, chopped
1 can pinto (or kidney) beans
2 cans chili beans
1 can whole kernel corn
1 can white corn
2 cans Mexi-corn
1 can stewed tomatoes – Mexican style
1 can Rotel tomatoes
1 pkg. taco seasoning mix
1 pkg. original Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing

Tortilla chips, shredded cheese, salsa, cilantro, sour cream and other desired toppings.

PREPARATION:
Brown ground beef and onions in a large pan, drain off fat. Add remaining ingredients (do not drain any of the cans) and simmer until warmed through (about 30 minutes). Alternately, put it in crockpot to cook through the day or Instant Pot (7 minutes manual). When ready, serve in big soup bowls with tortilla chips, shredded cheese, salsa and sour cream.

(Note this recipe is flexible! If your family doesn’t like onions, don’t use them. Add whatever beans you like. Typically, I just use what’s in my cupboard. It’s the same with the corn and tomatoes. Sometimes if I don’t have Rotel, I’ll just throw in a can of green chilis for flavor. Some people serve it with cornbread instead of tortilla chips. You really can’t mess it up!)

Kid tip: My seven-year-old loves running the can opener and dumping all the ingredients into the pot.

Easy Weeknight Recipe 2: PORK VERDE

2 lbs pork, diced

vegetable oil

2 15-oz cans tomato sauce

2 small cans diced green chilis

2 cups cheddar cheese shredded

Cooked rice

PREPARATION

Saute pork in vegetable oil over medium heat until cooked through. Drain oil. Add tomato sauce and green chilis. Gradually add in cheddar cheese until melted. Serve over cooked rice.

Kid tip: My kids love sprinkling the cheese on top and stirring it in until it melts. This tends to stick if not stirred, so the extra help is great!

 

Easy Weeknight Recipe 3: SHEET FAJITAS

4 chicken breast

1 green bell pepper

1 red bell pepper

1 yellow bell pepper

1 small yellow onion

1 can Rotel tomatoes

olive oil

Tortillas

Sour cream, grated cheese, cilantro, salsa or other desired toppings.

PREPARATION

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Cook chicken breast fully. (I use an Instant pot.) While chicken is cooking, slice peppers and onions. When chicken is done shred it and place it on the bottom of a sheet pan coated with cooking spray. Spread the peppers, onion and Rotel on top. Drizzle with olive oil. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes, until the peppers and onions are tender. Serve in tortillas with desired toppings.

Kid tip: This is a great meal to have being kept warm while you’re at soccer practice. Just cover with foil and keep on a low heat in the oven while you’re away.

Our family loves to eat dinner together every night, and with easy meals like these kids can be a part of the process!

P.S. As school starts and we dream about cooler weather,  check out our favorite kid-friendly fall recipes HERE and HERE!

Tricia Goyer is a busy mom of ten, grandmother of two, and wife to John. Somewhere around the hustle and bustle of family life, she manages to find the time to write fictional tales delighting and entertaining readers and non-fiction titles offering encouragement and hope. A bestselling author, Tricia has published more than fifty books to date and has written more than 500 articles. She is a two-time Carol Award winner, as well as a Christy and ECPA Award nominee. In 2010, she was selected as one of the Top 20 Moms to Follow on Twitter by SheKnows.com. Tricia is also on the blogging team at TheBetterMom.com and other homeschooling and Christian sites. In addition to her roles as mom, wife and author, Tricia volunteers around her community and mentors teen moms. She is the founder of Hope Pregnancy Ministries in Northwestern Montana, and she currently leads a Teen MOPS Group in Little Rock, AR. Learn more about Tricia at www.triciagoyer.com.

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About Tricia Goyer

Tricia Goyer is a busy mom of ten, grandmother of two, and wife to John. Somewhere around the hustle and bustle of family life, she manages to find the time to write fictional tales delighting and entertaining readers and non-fiction titles offering encouragement and hope. A bestselling author, Tricia has published more than fifty books to date and has written more than 500 articles. She is a two-time Carol Award winner, as well as a Christy and ECPA Award nominee. In 2010, she was selected as one of the Top 20 Moms to Follow on Twitter by SheKnows.com. Tricia is also on the blogging team at TheBetterMom.com and other homeschooling and Christian sites. In addition to her roles as mom, wife and author, Tricia volunteers around her community and mentors teen moms. She is the founder of Hope Pregnancy Ministries in Northwestern Montana, and she currently leads a Teen MOPS Group in Little Rock, AR. Learn more about Tricia at www.triciagoyer.com.