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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 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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Taco Baked Potatoes

Stuffed with your favorite fixings, this 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 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 pit in the guacamole until ready to serve. —Heidi Main, Anchorage, AK

Ingredients: Avocados, lemon juice, salsa, salt

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Special Pork Chops

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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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 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 Enchiladas

With a toddler in the house, I look for foods that are a snap to make. Loaded with beef, cheese and a flavorful rice mix, these enchiladas come together without a fuss. But they’re so good that guests think I spent hours in the kitchen. —Jennifer Smith, Colona, Illinois

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

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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
Katie is an Associate Editor for Taste of Home, specializing in writing and email newsletters. When she’s out of the office, you’ll find her exploring Wisconsin, trying out new vegetarian recipes and combing through antique shops.

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