A Weeknight Fiesta

Weeknight dinners just got a whole lot more fun with recipes that'll turn mealtime into a party.

Photo By: Alice Gao ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Alice Gao ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Alice Gao ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Alice Gao ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: Alice Gao ©Alice Gao Photography

Photo By: Alice Gao ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Build Your Own Tacos

Turn a typical Tuesday night into a fun-filled fiesta your family will love with five easy taco-night staples.

Strawberry-Cucumber Margarita

Set the mood for a taco feast with these bright and fruity margaritas. A splash of sweet orange liqueur balances the intensity of the tequila.

Get the Recipe: Strawberry-Cucumber Margarita

"Fauxrizo" Taco Filling

Damaris recommends using a meat substitute, such as seitan, as a satisfying vegetarian option for taco filling. The mixture is loaded with chunky grilled corn and sweet sauteed onions — hearty enough to bypass the beef all together. 

Get the Recipe: "Fauxrizo" Taco Filling

Mexican-Style Slaw

This tangy slaw comes together in just 15 minutes, and best of all, it can be prepared the night before and refrigerated until ready to serve. Pile on top of tacos for added crunch or serve it as a zesty side dish.

Get the Recipe: Mexican Style Slaw

Coconut Lime Black Beans

Damaris boils black beans in a mixture of cold water and coconut water, then flavors them with lime and coconut oil. For easier meal preparation, Damaris recommends soaking the beans in water the night before serving. That way, you'll have a table-ready dish in only 30 to 45 minutes.

Get the Recipe: Coconut Lime Black Beans

Easy Mexican Chocolate Souffle

These decadent Mexican chocolate souffles are just the thing to round out a satisfying taco night. Marcela uses Mexican chocolate, available in most specialty food stores, which has a grittier texture and contains large granules of sugar. Best of all, the recipe requires only 20 minutes of prep work.

Get the Recipe: Easy Mexican Chocolate Souffle

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