These 11 Mexican-Italian Food Mashups Win Dinner
You know Tex-Mex. Now get ready for Italican. Or is it Mexalian? These Mexican-Italian mashups spell delicious in any language.
Fill manicotti shells with seasoned ground beef and beans. It's ready in 45 minutes. "This is a wonderful recipe," says Jody. "It's easy to make since it's cooked in the microwave." You can also bake it in the oven.
Corn tortillas topped with beef and beans and all the tasty taco toppings you can handle. "This was fast and easy, delicious," says PAMMYLYN. "It's so versatile and people can choose their own toppings."
Chorizo and cheese are stuffed into wonton wrappers. Making this Mexitalinese? "One of the best dishes I've made," says Andrea. "Absolutely wonderful! The raviolis are fragile (just as a warning) but the flavor is wonderful. I paired it with portebello mushroom pasta sauce."
The secret ingredient? Crushed tostada shells. "It's your classic Italian entree with a Mexican kick," says Sachin K. "The crumbled corn tostadas, chili powders, chili peppers, and chipotle peppers are the difference from your run-of-the-mill meatballs and sauce. The lean turkey makes it very healthy!"
Flour tortillas stand in for lasagna noodles. "Yummy," says Abi. "I love how the tortillas become noodle-like when baked. This recipe's pretty versatile; I like to add jalapenos. Also, it reheats well in the microwave."
Picante sauce and Jack cheese bring big flavor. "Loved this recipe," says pelicangal. "We had a cooler and more overcast day today and this really hit the spot. Will definitely be making this again."
Always a family fave. Cream cheese is the surprise ingredient. "We loved this," says Carol. "And it was even better the next day."
It's pizza nachos, essentially. "My husband and kids absolutely loved this new way of eating nachos," says Sarah Jo. "They swarmed over the nachos and inhaled -- I didn't even get to try one!"
A creamy casserole that comes together in minutes. "This is even better than you could ever think it is," says Paula. "I love the creamy cheesy layer between the pasta and the taco meat mixture. The corn and crunchy chips on the top add great texture. Loved it!"
If you like that, you might be ready for this:
10. Spaghetti Tacos
"One of those weird combinations that just works," says Mom22GreatKids. "I added cooked ground beef to the spaghetti sauce. Messy, but super yummy! You should definitely try them!"
11. Taco Hand Pies
Half taco, half calzone, all convenience. "These taco pies are easier to handle than regular tacos you need two hands to keep the the shells from cracking and the fillings from falling out," says bd.weld. "Pico de gallo and pepper Jack cheese round out the flavors of the taco beef. Serve with picante sauce for dipping."