Meal planning is made so much easier when you use themed dinner ideas. Today I’m sharing some fun ideas for your next Mexican Monday dinner.
Meal planning saves me every time. Those days I don’t have a plan? I find myself scrambling late in the day to get food on the table before everyone is starving to death.
Themed meal planning is great because it helps you come up with ideas without thinking too hard about it. For instance, your thought process might look like this:
This Monday our themed dinner menu will be Mexican Mondays. What can I make that has a Mexican theme?
Be sure to check out The Ultimate List of Themed Dinner Ideas here.
In our household, we’re vegetarian. In fact a large majority of our extended family is vegetarian as well. Sometimes I make vegetarian dinners that are straight up classic vegetarian or naturally vegetarian. However, sometimes I take recipes that call for meat and replace the meat with something vegetarian.
Being a vegetarian has many health benefits.
Vegetarian substitutions for meat:
You’ll find these products in the freezer aisle or health food section of your local grocery store. You can also find these products at most health food stores like Whole Foods.
- ground beef or turkey > vegetarian burger crumbles
- chicken > Quorn Meatless Pieces
- chicken breast > Quorn Meatless Filets
- shredded chicken or pork > canned jackfruit
- beef, chicken, or pork > black beans, pinto beans, or chickpeas
Mexican Mondays Themed Dinners
How to plan your menu in 4 easy steps:
- Select your main dish.
- Choose 2 – 3 side dishes that compliment your main dish.
- Think about variety of food groups. Try to choose something from each of the main food groups.
- Focus on providing well rounded, nutritious meals.
25 Mexican Monday Recipes
These main dishes are the perfect star of your Mexican Monday Themed Dinner!
Deep, rich, spicy, and flavorful red pozole is a classic comfort food in Mexico. It’s a chili based hominy soup and usually simmered all day with cuts of pork or chicken, but this version is vegan, easy, and can be made in less than an hour thanks to the Instant Pot.
Green chicken enchiladas is a classic favorite in our kitchen, full of creamy, gooey cheesy goodness. The recipe screams to be doubled so double everything and make it for your next big get together.
This easy vegetarian Mexican Pie uses simple ingredients. It;s so easy and so good, this will be a recipe I make again and again!
A delicious one-past pasta meal. This pressure cooker Taco Spaghetti recipe is a perfect quick weeknight dinner.
One of the easiest and most delicious soups that uses pantry staples like beans, tomatoes, broth and more. This budget friendly taco soup is super yummy and cooks in about an hour.
This vegan burrito bowl is totally healthy but totally delicious and only takes a few minutes to put together!
These Quesadillas made with simple ingredients are one of a go-to, easy dinner ideas for busy weeknights! The edges are nice and crispy with loads of melted cheese inside! Perfect for Mexican Monday theme dinners.
This Mexican Quinoa Casserole Recipe is an easy and delicious one-pan dinner perfect for busy weeknights! Filled with pantry staples like canned black beans, corn, and tomatoes, the whole family will love this cheesy quinoa casserole.
This Easy Mexican Casserole is a great, one dish, dinner that is a cinch to throw together. I love when I can represent all food groups in one pan.
Sweet Potato, Black Bean and Corn Enchiladas are hearty, delicious vegetarian sweet potato enchiladas smothered in homemade enchilada sauce!
These mostly raw tacos are made from ground almonds and salsa. You’ll be surprised at how easy and delicious – not to mention healthy – these tacos are for a light Mexican Monday themed menu.
This vegan taco salad is a perfect option for vegetarians, vegans or meatless Monday dinners! Everyone loves it with the meaty lentil layer, and easy, creamy dressing, tons of veg and delicious crumbles tortilla chips on top!
Quinoa Enchilada Soup is a healthy, protein packed one pot meal that is full of Mexican flavors!! It’s a vegetarian, vegan, gluten free recipe that is extremely easy to make and freezer friendly. Serve it with a range of toppings for everyone to customize their own!
This fresh and flavorful Mexican Chicken Salad is a quick and easy weeknight dinner that is sure to fill you up. Filled with delicious everyday ingredients, including avocado, red kidney beans and corn. It’s also served with a light lemon salad dressing.
These Vegan Eggplant Carnitas Tacos are full of flavor, seriously meaty, and really satisfying. They’re a great healthy, plant-based dinner for Mexican night!
Mexican made easy! These Quick & Easy Quinoa Tostadas are gluten-free, vegan, and top 8 allergy-free! A great family-friendly & meatless weeknight dinner recipe you can have on the table in 15 minutes from start to finish.
This Mexican-Italian fusion dish is so easy to whip up and always gets rave reviews! It’s a basic taco pasta casserole your family will love.
Black beans, corn, peppers, and onions are surrounded by a melty layer of Monterey Jack cheese, all perfectly packaged in a toasty flour tortilla and served up in handheld, dippable form! You’ll love these Veggie Quesadillas on your next Mexican Monday night.
The most amazing green quesadilla! Plus tons of tips showing you how to make a quesadilla so it turns out perfectly every time.
Side Dishes & Appetizers
This Mexican Street Corn Salad is packed with fresh flavors and cotija cheese! This is the perfect side dish that turns the classic Mexican street food into a delicious and easy to make salad!
Jalapeno Cheddar Cornbread is the perfect side dish for your Cinco de Mayo celebration and Mexican Monday dinners. This easy cornbread recipe starts with a mix and a few stir-ins give it extra flavor and texture.
If you’re looking for the best filling, flavorful homemade Instant Pot Pinto Beans Recipe, then look no further. With no need to pre-soak the beans and full of healthier every pantry staples, you can have dinner on the table in about an hour!
My favorite thing to order at Chipotle is their cilantro lime rice, so here’s a copycat version made in the Instant Pot. It’s full of flavor and really easy to make. And turns out light and fluffy every single time.
This is my new favorite easy bean dip recipe. Hands down. It’s so good! With just a few simple ingredients, you can whip this up in no time. Perfect for an easy Mexican Monday side dish or appetizer.
Two types of beans, chili & refried, smashed together then topped with melted cheese. Double Batch Smashed Beans is a new side dish for your taco nights.
More Mexican Monday Side Dish Ideas
- steamed frozen vegetables (corn, broccoli, etc.)
- canned refried beans
- garden salad
- black beans and cilantro
- whole kernel corn and bell pepper
- Spanish rice from a box
- chips and salsa and/ or queso
- chips and guacamole
Theme Day Menus: Mexican Mondays
Let’s put it all together. I’ll show you how I would create menus based on the Mexican Mondays themed dinner ideas I’ve shared above.
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8 Mexican Monday Menu Plans
Themed Dinner Idea #1
Themed Dinner Idea #2
Themed Dinner Idea #3
- Vegetarian Mexican Pie
- Garden Salad
- Steamed Broccoli
Themed Dinner Idea #4
- Easy Mexican Casserole
- Instant Pot Pinto Beans
- Garden Salad
Themed Dinner Idea #5
Themed Dinner Idea #6
Themed Dinner Idea #7
- Green Chicken Enchiladas
- Mexican Street Corn Salad
- Chips and Salsa or Guacamole
Themed Dinner Idea #8
- Taco Spaghetti
- Garden Salad
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With a house full of kids, some of which have a few picky eating issues, a husband who works all day, plus all those after school activities keeping us out late, figuring out what we’re going to have for dinner can turn into a trip to the fast food drive thru.
The only thing that makes dealing with the challenge of dinner time around here is my meal plan. I plan my entire week of meals in under 15 minutes, and while it might sound like an impossible feat, I’m living proof it can be done!
What are some of your favorite Mexican Monday Dinner Ideas? Let me know in the comments below.