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10 Recipes You Can Make with 10 Ingredients

Simplify your weekly meal plan with these easy dinners and sides—all made with 10 ingredients (plus a few pantry staples).

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From budget to prep time, there are a lot of factors that go into meal planning. That’s why we’ve done the dirty work for you and put together a no-frills meal plan that relies on 10 core ingredients, plus a few pantry staples. You’ll get 7 delicious dinner ideas, plus 3 tasty sides. Here’s what you’ll need:


  • Salsa (You could make your own homemade salsa, too!)
  • Rice
  • Cheese
  • Avocados
  • Frozen corn
  • Tortillas
  • Pork chops
  • Ground beef
  • Enchilada sauce
  • Baking potatoes

Pantry staples:

  • Lemon juice
  • Canola oil
  • Dijon mustard
  • Bread crumbs
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Taco seasoning (Make your own with spice cabinet staples.)

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Enchilada CasseroleTaste of Home

Enchilada Casserole

Every time I serve this dish, I get satisfied reviews—even from my father, who usually doesn't like Mexican food. Plus, it smells delicious while baking. —Nancy VanderVeer, Knoxville, Iowa

Ingredients: Ground beef, enchilada sauce, salsa, tortillas, frozen corn, cheese

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Salsa CornTaste of Home

Salsa Corn

All you'll need for this corn salsa recipe is corn and pico de gallo—a simple and effective solution for last-minute guests. —Danielle Lee, Sewickley, Pennsylvania

Ingredients: Frozen corn, salsa

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Taco Baked PotatoesTaste of Home

Taco Baked Potatoes

Stuffed with your favorite fixin's, this taco baked potato recipe is an easy meal in one. Make it vegetarian by using smashed black beans instead of ground beef. —Anne Ormond, Dover, New Hampshire

Ingredients: Baking potatoes, ground beef, taco seasoning, water, salt, pepper, salsa, cheese, avocado

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Simple GuacamoleTaste of Home

Simple Guacamole

Although this homemade guacamole is pretty basic, it always gets compliments. A jar of salsa makes it a breeze to stir up for an effortless appetizer. It's a classic with crunchy tortilla chips—but it's fantastic as a sandwich topper, too, and so much more. —Heidi Main, Anchorage, Alaska

Ingredients: Avocados, lemon juice, salsa, salt

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Special Pork ChopsTaste of Home

Special Pork Chops

I work 9 hours a day, so I need delicious and simple recipes like this one. My husband thinks I work hard fixing meals, but these chops are good and easy. In summer, I can my own salsa and use some to top these chops.—LaDane Wilson, Alexander City, Alabama

Ingredients: Pork chops, canola oil, salsa

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Smothered BurritosTaste of Home

Smothered Burritos

My brother-in-law teased that I only knew five ground beef recipes. I proved him wrong with my inventive spicy burritos. —Kim Kenyon, Greenwood, Missouri

Ingredients: Enchilada sauce, salsa, ground beef, tortillas, cheese

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Dijon Pork ChopsTaste of Home

Dijon Pork Chops

A crumb coating is all you need to turn pork chops into a wow-worthy family dinner. Try the breading on chicken breasts, too. —Chris Rentmeister, Ripon, Wisconsin

Ingredients: Dijon mustard, pork chops, bread crumbs, pepper

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Salsa RiceTaste of Home

Salsa Rice

It's a snap to change the spice level in this popular rice side dish by choosing a milder or hotter salsa. It's a delicious way to round out burritos or tacos when the clock is ticking. —Molly Ingle, Canton, North Carolina

Ingredients: Water, salsa, rice, cheese

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Beef 'n' Rice EnchiladasTaste of Home

Beef 'n' Rice Enchiladas

When there are young children in the house, you want foods that are a snap to prepare. Loaded with ground beef, cheese and a flavorful rice mix, these enchiladas fit the bill. But they’re so good that I make them to serve to company, too. —Jennifer Smith, Colona, Illinois

Ingredients: Rice, ground beef, enchilada sauce, tortillas, cheese

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Cheesy QuesadillasTaste of Home

Cheesy Quesadillas

We serve these quesadillas as chili dippers or load them up with salsa and sour cream for a super starter. —Terri Keeney, Greeley, Colorado

Ingredients: Tortillas, cheese, salsa

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