Effortless cooking has become a popular trend among home cooks, especially those who are short on time. With fewer dishes to clean and less time spent in the kitchen, you’ll have more time to enjoy your flavorful and satisfying meals. Don’t sacrifice taste for convenience; these one-pan meals will leave your taste buds satisfied and your stomach full.

Fajitas de Camarón

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Savor the simplicity of this one-pan Fajitas de Camarón recipe! Imagine succulent shrimp, sautéed with aromatic seasonings, ready in 10 minutes. Serve with rice, guacamole, or wrap in tortillas—an easy, quick, and delicious meal! Get the recipe: Fajitas de Camarón.

Creamy Chicken Poblano

Chicken with creamy poblano sauce.
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Indulge in the simplicity of this one-pan Creamy Chicken Poblano. Succulent chicken meets smoky roasted poblano peppers, onions, and Mexican crema in a rich, flavorful sauce. Perfect for any occasion, this dish elevates your dinner experience effortlessly! Get the recipe: Creamy Chicken Poblano.

Valdostana Chicken

Valdostana chicken.
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Valdostana Chicken, also known as Pollo alla Valdostana, features tender chicken, ham, gooey cheese, and buttery sauce in one pan, ready in 15 minutes. An Italian classic made easy at home. Get the recipe: Valdostana Chicken.

Pollo Con Crema

Pollo con crema.
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This one-pan wonder, a cherished family favorite, complements pasta, rice, or veggies effortlessly. Perfect for busy weeknights, pair it with rice or dip warm tortillas in the creamy goodness for a quick, hearty meal! Get the recipe: Pollo Con Crema.

Pescado a la Veracruzana

Pescado a la Veracruzana on a pan.
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This fish dish from Veracruz, Mexico checks out all the boxes of a satisfying meal. It features fish fillets cooked in a tomato-based sauce that’s flavored with olives, capers, and chilies. This practical and simple one-pan recipe offers a taste of tradition any day of the week. Get the recipe: Pescado a la Veracruzana.

Chicken Puttanesca

Chicken puttanesca.
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This Mediterranean delight is a quick and easy one-pan wonder, ready in just 30 minutes. It features succulent chicken thighs braised in a savory tomato sauce with olives and capers. Versatile and scrumptious, it’s the perfect choice for any weeknight dinner! Get the recipe: Chicken Puttanesca

Costillas de Puerco con Papas

Costillas con papas.
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This simple one-pot wonder is freezer-friendly, making busy nights a breeze. It features juicy pork ribs, potatoes, veggies, and a hint of pickled jalapeños to create a flavorful medley. Get the recipe: Costillas de Puerco con Papas.

Mexican Green Spaghetti

Closeup of espagueti verde on a plate.
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This dish combines pasta with a creamy poblano sauce, traditionally a Mexican side but perfect as a one-pot meal any day. Poblano peppers, cream, and cilantro blend into a mild, smoky delight with a touch of fresh herbs. Get the recipe: Mexican Green Spaghetti


Choripollo on a pan.
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Choripollo is a one-pan chicken meal infused with spicy chorizo, sweet onions, and aromatic spices. This easy dish, brimming with rich flavors, is the ultimate weeknight comfort meal that will leave you feeling cozy and satisfied. Get the recipe: Choripollo.

Mexican Pork Chops

Pork chuletas a la Mexicana.
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A harmonious blend of tender pork chops, paired with fresh vegetables one-pan wonder caters to spice lovers and meal preppers, offering convenience, bold flavors, and minimal cleanup. Get the recipe: Mexican pork chops.

Pollo a la Mostaza

Pollo a la mostaza, also known as mustard chicken.
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This must-try mustard chicken recipe elevates weeknight dinners effortlessly. A family favorite, it pairs wonderfully with white rice, allowing the creamy mustard sauce to infuse every bite. Simple, yet incredibly flavorful, it’s your shortcut to a delightful meal! Get the recipe: Pollo a la Mostaza.

Hearty Casserole Recipes for Family Dinners!

Baked tortellini on a serving pan with garnish on top.
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Warm up your evenings with a hearty casserole—simple, versatile, and perfect for using leftovers or whatever ingredients you have. Go to Hearty Casserole Recipes for Family Dinners.

Maricruz Avalos Flores is a Mexican cook and photographer living in Italy where she shares authentic Mexican & Italian recipes that can be easily made at home using easy-to-find ingredients.

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