10 Ways to Cook Southwestern

From tacos and fajitas to chili and stews, here are some of the best dishes the Southwest has to offer—and they're all easy to make to boot!

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    Steak Fajitas
    Steak Fajitas. Getty

    Steak fajitas are quick and easy to assemble. Marinating the meat overnight makes it tender and flavorful. This is a fun dish to serve because everyone can make their own using the toppings of their choice.

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    chicken chili
    Chicken Chili. K. Kingsley

    In my opinion, just any time is a good time to eat chili, but it does seem that during winter or at a Super Bowl party might be the best. This recipe cooks up into a real crowd-pleaser, and the addition of orange zest and juice imparts a fresh lively flavor.

    Serve the chili with lots of toppings for hungry diners to choose from, such as chopped cilantro, sour cream, chopped avocado, shredded cheese, chopped scallions, chopped tomatoes and even some raisins or pine nuts.

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    Chipotle Pork and Bean Burritos

    Burritos. Getty

    These burritos provide big flavor with ease of preparation for a delicious dinner that will be on the table in 30 minutes. All you need to do is add some guacamole and chips to this hearty dish for an easy Southwestern meal.

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    Pulled Chicken and Corn Tacos

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    This fresh corn taco recipe is an excellent way to use up leftover grilled meats. The sweet, slightly crunchy fresh corn pairs perfectly with chopped pork, chicken or beef. This soft taco recipe is fresh, fast, and festive. .

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  • 05 of 10
    Chili. Getty

    This spicy, and very hearty chili con carne recipe is inspired by America's Firehouses, where it's a permanent (and much loved) fixture on the menu. For the full chili experience, serve this steaming bowl of goodness with some homemade cornbread.

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    By using green salsa, you can have an authentic tasting chili verde without the slicing and dicing! This incredibly delicious pork stew is a southwestern classic, and is wonderful served over rice. http://americanfood.about.com/od/chilirecipes/r/Firehouse_Chili_Recipe.htm

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    Southwestern Corn Salad

    John Mitzewich

    This cool, colorful, and crunchy Southwestern corn salad recipe is perfect when fresh corn is in season, and you want to bring something fabulous to that summer cookout. Frozen corn may be used, but the salad just won't have that same sweet, crisp snap.

  • 08 of 10

    Easy Chicken Quesadillas


    These quesadillas are easy to make and ready in under 30 minutes, which makes them a great dinner option for a busy weeknight. The Cilantro Cream adds a delicious finish, but you can also serve with plain sour cream and chopped avocado.

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  • 09 of 10

    Jalapeno Poppers

    This jalapeño popper recipe features fresh jalapeños stuffed with a spicy cream cheese mixture, rolled in seasoned panko crumbs, and baked until crispy and golden. They are as easy to make as they are to pop in your mouth, and are always make a crowd-pleasing appetizer.

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    Spicy Lime and Chipotle Chicken Breasts

    Chicken breasts are given a quick marinade in lime and chipotle pepper, and then sautéed for a fast and flavorful taste of the Southwest. This lime and chipotle chicken breast recipe is low-cal, and only needs a few ingredients.