I was born in Montreal and lived in New England and the Southwest, so I’ve merged these influences into recipes like this shepherd’s pie with turkey, corn and green chilies. —Lynn Price, Millville, Massachusetts
I'm a health fitness specialist and personal trainer, so I know how important it is to make smart food choices to fuel my day. These fast and filling tostadas are packed with lean protein, fiber and a good dose of veggies. Have them any night of the week. —Julie Huntington, Memphis, Tennessee
This dish is a great way to use up leftover turkey from Thanksgiving or Christmas. This hearty Mexican-style casserole is chock-full of popular south-of-the-border ingredients including corn chips, salsa, Monterey Jack cheese and refried beans. It's a guaranteed family-pleaser.—Trudie Hagen, Roggen, Colorado
This recipe proved to be a winner, not only when wrapped in lettuce, but also when served as a dip with tortilla chips. It is so easy to make it ahead, chill and take for a picnic or potluck.—June Barrus, Springville, Utah
In her kitchen in Ponca City, Oklahoma, LaDonna Reed spreads chicken breasts with a creamy filling, rolls them up, wraps them in bacon and bakes them. For a spicier version, she suggests that you try using sliced jalapeno peppers instead of green chilies.
This recipe is simple enough for a young cook—such as my 12-year-old daughter—but it'll satisfy the heartiest appetites. And Mexican Lasagna looks as great as it tastes. This south-of-the-border-style casserole is a family favorite in our Southern home—give it a try!
After my brothers' football games when we were kids, we would all descend on a local restaurant for their wonderful Southwestern stuffed soapaipillas. This recipe takes me back to that delicious childhood memory. Even my Canadian husband raves about these! —Lara Pennell
Layers of cheese, meat sauce and tortillas create a satisfying Mexican lasagna kids of all ages will love. The recipe makes two casseroles, so you’ll have an easy meal later, too. —Renee Starret, Benton, Louisiana