15 Delicious Southwestern Dishes You Never Knew You Loved

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When talking about recipes with corn, beans, and squash, you know it’s got to be good. Southwestern dishes are some of the most flavorful, savory, and colorful meals you’ll ever have. If you haven’t tried any yet, take these fifteen recipes with you and get your fill of amazing Southwest flavors.

1. Fiesta Chicken Pasta Casserole Bake

A plate with a serving of fiesta chicken pasta casserole with a slice of garlic bread on the side.
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Make your dinner a fiesta with this tasty Chicken Pasta Casserole Bake. It’s perfect for using up rotisserie chicken as it’s cooked in a creamy and cheesy sauce with corn, black beans, and pasta.

2. Southwest Chicken Rice Bowl

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Each bite of this Southwest Chicken Rice Bowl is loaded with sweet, savory, and fiery flavors—exactly what you want in a Southwestern-inspired meal. It’s quick and easy to pull together, but it doesn’t skimp on the comfort factor we all love in a good rice bowl.

3. Southwestern Butternut Squash Soup

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Indulge in a bowl of cozy comfort with this Southwestern Butternut Squash Soup. Creamy, velvety, and bursting with the flavors of the Southwest, this soup is the perfect balance of sweetness from the squash and savory added flavors.

4. Southwest Chicken Slow Cooker Recipe

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Imagine tender chicken thighs, slow-cooked to perfection in a medley of spices, diced tomatoes, black beans, and sweet corn. The aroma of this Southwest Chicken Crockpot Recipe will fill your kitchen, and the taste will transport you to the heart of Tex-Mex country. Just toss the ingredients in your crockpot in the morning and come home to a satisfying and delicious meal.

5. Barbecued Southwest Meatballs with Garlic & Lime Avocado Sauce

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Juicy meatballs, perfectly seasoned with a blend of Southwestern spices, grilled to perfection, and slathered in a creamy garlic and lime avocado sauce that packs a flavorful punch. These Barbecued Southwest Meatballs with Garlic & Lime Avocado Sauce will be the star of any gathering this summer.

6. Southwestern Turkey Chili

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This Southwestern Turkey Chili is a bowl of pure comfort with a hint of smokiness and a touch of heat. Top it off with a dollop of creamy sour cream, a sprinkle of shredded cheese, and a handful of fresh cilantro for the ultimate chili experience.

7. Crustless Quiche

Two small ramekins sit on a baking sheet. They are filled with southwestern crustless quiche.
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Say goodbye to traditional pie crusts and hello to a lighter yet equally delicious breakfast with this Southwestern Crustless Quiche recipe. Plus, without the crust, it’s gluten-free and cuts down on prep time. So whip up this effortless and mouthwatering Crustless Quiche, and savor a slice of pure eggy goodness without the fuss of a crust.

8. Barbecued Southwestern Chicken And Shrimp Skillet

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Get ready for a sizzling dinner with this Barbecued Southwestern Chicken And Shrimp Skillet. It’s a flavor-packed fiesta that brings together the best of both land and sea.

9. Southwestern Quinoa Bowl

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Protein-rich quinoa is a hearty base for a medley of fresh and colorful ingredients that will tantalize your taste buds. This Southwestern Quinoa Bowl not only satisfies your hunger but also nourishes your body with wholesome ingredients.

10. Southwest Black Bean Dip

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Creamy black beans are the star of the show, combined with chunky corn, smoky cumin, and a kick of salsa for that extra punch. The creamy texture, bold spices, and satisfying bean goodness make this Southwest Black Bean Dip the ultimate dip to spice up any occasion.

11. Southwest Breakfast Muffins

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These savory Southwest Breakfast Muffins are loaded with a combination of ingredients that create a perfect southwestern flavor combination. So grab a muffin, savor the Southwestern goodness, and kick-start your day with a tasty twist.

12. Low-Carb Southwestern Chicken Salad

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Tender grilled chicken breast, creamy mayo, and crisp red peppers come together in this satisfying salad. Grab a fork, embrace the Southwest vibes, and enjoy a refreshing and satisfying Low Carb Southwestern Chicken Salad that will leave you feeling energized and ready to take on the rest of your day.

13. Two-Ingredient Instant Pot Shredded Beef for Tacos

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If tacos are what you love, try this 2-Ingredient Instant Pot Shredded Beef for Tacos. You’ll have dinner on the table in no time, and nobody will argue or fuss.

14. Southwestern Salad

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Need something for lunch? Try this Southwestern Salad recipe for a delicious bowl of goodness you’ll want to eat again and again.

15. Vegan White Chili

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Ready in just 30 minutes, this one-pot Vegan White Chili is simple to make, easy to customize, and delicious.

Sick Of The Same Ol’ Chicken For Dinner? Here Are 101 New Ways To Make It!

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Having chicken for dinner… again? Here are 101 new ways to level up your dinner game tonight.

Healthy Ground Turkey Dinner Ideas That Actually Taste Good

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Lean ground turkey is a great replacement for ground beef if you are working on your health. Here, we give you 17 Meals with ground turkey that are surprisingly good for you.

While You’re Cooking, Prep Breakfast For Tomorrow Too. It Only Takes 5 Minutes!

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Prepping overnight oats the night before is a fantastic way to ensure that your morning runs smoothly. These delicious oatmeal recipes are prepped in just 5 minutes. In fact, you can even make homemade oatmeal packets with these recipes, so all you have to do is grab a packet and get it in the fridge.

This originally appeared on The Gracious Pantry.

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