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
  • Red onion

Pantry staples:

  • Lemon juice
  • Canola oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Taco seasoning (Make your own with spice cabinet staples.)
  • Refried Beans
  • Condensed cream of chicken soup
  • Taco sauce
  • Soy sauce
  • Brown sugar
  • Garlic
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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 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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Simple Guacamole

Because avocados can brown quickly, it’s best to make this guacamole just before serving. If you have to make it a little in advance, place the avocado pits in the guacamole until ready to serve. —Heidi Main, Anchorage, AK

Ingredients: Avocados, lemon juice, salsa, salt

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Special Pork Chops

I work nine hours a day, so I need delicious and simple recipes like this one. My husband thinks I work hard fixing meals, but this dish is 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 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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Easy Beef Taco Skillet

Busy day? Save time and money with this stovetop supper the whole family will love. It calls for handy convenience products, so it can be on the table in minutes. —Kelly Roder, Fairfax, Virginia

Ingredients: ground beef, onion, corn, taco sauce, cheese

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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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Simple Marinated Grilled Pork Chops

This pork chop marinade is so simple that I use it on all kinds of meat. For a more robust flavor, let the meat marinate in the refrigerator overnight. —Lori Daniels, Beverly, West Virginia

Ingredients: pork chops, brown sugar, soy sauce, garlic, pepper

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Cheddar Beef Enchiladas

I created these enchiladas to satisfy several picky eaters in our house. They were an instant hit and are now requested at least once a week. I especially like that we can enjoy this meal twice by freezing half for a later (and busier) day. —Stacy Cizek, Conrad, Iowa

Ingredients: ground beef, salsa, tortillas, cheese, rice, water, refried beans, taco seasoning, cream of chicken soup

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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

Katie Bandurski
As Senior Shopping Editor, Katie connects Taste of Home readers with the best gifts, deals and home products on the market. An avid foodie and a holiday enthusiast, Katie is an expert at cultivating meaningful moments. When she’s out of the office, you’ll find her exploring Wisconsin, trying out new vegetarian recipes and watching Christmas movies.