In need of Mexican recipes perfect for making ahead in big batches and freezing for later? Our collection of Mexican batch cooking recipes takes all the hassle away. Perfect for when you don’t have time to make something from scratch. All you need to do is take one out the freezer the night before and pop it in the oven once it’s defrosted. Busy days with not much time, but many mouths to feed are sorted!
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The best batch cooking recipes are the ones that are family friendly and made to literally dig into. A chilli con carne goes at the top of our list, closely followed by a few classics with a Mexican twist! A chicken stew only needs a couple of dollops of our signature Chipotle Paste to pack a punch and be instantly made Mexican. Our pulled pork enchiladas are also a real crowd pleaser that you can make in advance and then freeze.
Here are our best batch cooking recipes, perfect for lunch or dinner. We’ve included fish, chicken, beef and veggie to make sure there’s something for everyone! Some of these would be perfect served with just a simple crisp green salad, but for something more, take a look at our Mexican Side Dishes for inspiration.
Caldo Tlalpeño is a hearty Mexican soup made with a chicken and tomato based broth, shredded chicken, vegetables and rice. It's seriously nourishing and satisfying, perfect for the cold!... See full recipe
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Side dishes to go with your batch cooked recipes
Although these aren’t the best sides to actually batch cook, we think they are perfect to serve alongside your homemade freezer meals.
See below for our frequently asked questions about these batch cooking recipes. Ask any questions you like in the comments section of the recipes! To learn more about authentic Mexican cooking check out the Gran Luchito Youtube Channel.
What is needed to batch cook?
For your healthy meal prep you will need some large pans. Make sure the recipe you plan to cook will fit into the pans you have available. You'll also need a sharp knife and cutting board to prepare your ingredients, as well as storage containers. Invest in some reusable plastic or glass containers that are freezer-friendly.
What are the benefits of batch cooking?
Batch cooking saves time, saves money, lets you eat healthily all week and allows you to further enjoy the food that you have made. It's also fun, let's face it. Sometimes there's nothing more satisfying than taking out a home-cooked meal from the freezer for dinner that night, with no need to cook that day!
How do you store batch cooked food?
Make sure you portion up your batches. If you want one big one for a dinner party, do it in a big dish, or make 4 smaller portions for separate meals for 2 etc. Make sure you freeze in ovenproof dishes. Make sure the meals are covered properly so that no air can get inside.
Is batch cooking cheaper?
When you're low on time, having standby lunches and dinners in the freezer can be a lifesaver. Equally, making big batches often works out cheaper than making smaller meals.