Make It Tonight: Ground Chuck & Ground Chicken

September 30, 2020

Looking for quick, easy, and inexpensive meals at home? Si, por favor! Mexican cuisine is super convenient yet recipes can be edited and swapped to change it up every time you cook.

Chips with guacamole and salsa are always a great starter, but you can kick it up a notch and make some spicy queso dip or a variety of tiny taquitos. (You can also find store-made Cal & Gary’s guacamole and salsa in the fresh ‘pico de gallo’ style at Calgary Co-op too. Not just a time saver, these are also tasty and authentic.)

Whether you celebrate Taco Tuesday or prefer burritos, enchiladas, tostadas, or nachos for the main meal, your options to pair with classic beans and rice are endless.

If you have leftover lime from your (obligatory) margaritas, splash a little in some chicken tacos—you won’t regret it! And if you like your food hot, throw in some jalapeños or any other hot peppers like smoky Chili in Adobo which you can find canned. The capsaicin in them is what gives them their heat and is said to speed up your metabolism!

The great thing about Mexican cuisine is that it lends itself to substitutions, whether for dietary reasons, taste preferences or just based on what’s on sale this week at Co-op!

Ground beef and ground chicken are two meats that you can use and interchange in tacos, burritos or nachos easily. And if you prefer to go more authentic, you can add pulled chicken or pulled beef, or even thin sliced steak to your recipes.

Authentic Latin cheeses are also much more available these days and if you check the Co-op Deli department you’ll see hard, saltier cheeses like Queso Fresco that work perfectly on nearly any Mexican dish that calls for cheese.

This week, why not try experimenting with some new Mexican recipes instead of the traditional Tacos on  Tuesday? Our Chicken Taquitos with Cal & Gary Guacamole is an easy change from the every day. What are Taquitos? This dish consists of a small tortilla that is rolled around a meat and cheese filling, then deep-fried.

Another fun weekday meal combines the best of burger night, with the best of Mexican, in this Mexican Burger with Cal & Gary Salsa.

Craving something oooey, gooy and melty as the weather turns cooler? Then you need to make Queso Fundido with Chorizo Spiced Chicken. This recipe uses Mexican cheese mix, peppers, onions, potatoes, tortilla chips, and mushrooms for variety and taste.

So whether you need a fast meal, something for a big feast or a family-pleasing recipe, we’ve got you covered.

Mexican Burger with Cal & Gary's Salsa


Wk40 ground chuck chicken blog2 lbs ground chuck
4 each onions, thick slice rings
1.5 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp cumin, ground
1/4 tsp paprika
1/8 tsp + ¼ tsp garlic powder
1/8 tsp oregano, dried
cayenne powder to taste
3 tbsp oil
1 cup shredded Mexican cheese mix
4 Founders & Farmers hamburger buns
1 package Cal & Gary’s Salsa
¼ cup mayonnaise
2 tbsp canned jalapenos, chopped
¼ cup cilantro leaves, picked
1 cup shredded lettuce
salt and pepper


1. Preheat broiler on the oven.

2. In a bowl, combine chuck, chili powder, cumin, paprika, 1/8 tsp garlic powder, oregano, and cayenne (optional). Now form the chuck into 4 paddies that is large enough to fit nicely onto the bun. Season the outside of the paddies with salt and pepper.

3. While the burgers are marinating, in a small bowl combine mayonnaise, chopped jalapenos and ¼ tsp garlic powder. Set aside for later.

4. In a large pan heat the oil over medium-high heat. When oil is hot add the hamburgers to the pan. Press down firmly and let brown on each side for about 5 minutes. Cook to preferred doneness.

5. Remove the burger from the pan and then add the onion slices. Brown heavily on both sides of the onion until caramelized and tender.

6. Now remove the onions from the pan. Add back the hamburgers and cover them with the shredded cheese. Place in broiler and melt cheese.

7. To assemble. Smear a healthy amount of jalapeno-mayo on bottom of the bun, now add the shredded lettuce and top with the burger paddy. Pop the middle out of the onion slice and place on top of the burger. In the middle of the onion add Cal & Gary’s Salsa and top with the onion middles and cilantro leaves. Place the lid of the bun on top and enjoy!

Three Make It Tonight recipes for Ground Chuck & Ground Chicken

Fast MIT

Chicken Taquitos with Cal & Gary Guacamole

Fancy MIT

Mexican Burgers with Cal & Gary Salsa

Family MIT

Queso Fundido with Chorizo Spiced Chicken



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