Chelsea's Messy Apron

When it comes to putting dinner on the table in time, we pledge to do our VERY best every day of the week. But then the week begins, and it gets busy, and before we know it...we're getting take-out again. But the guilt begins to creep in, that guilt about not putting food on the table. Thanks to these 40 one-pot recipes, dinner is now easier than ever. We recommend you pin this post or bookmark it so that you can plan ahead for the week with just a quick glance at this list of options.

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Think about it, with 40 different dishes to choose from, you will have more than a month's worth of dinner ideas. Not to mention once you get through the list, you can start right back at the top and work your way through it again without anyone getting sick of eating the same thing over and over.

Most of these dishes have just a few ingredients in them and can be paired with fresh fruit or a salad to round things out. And let's not forget that one-pot meals mean you'll have a lot less to clean up afterwards. Your time is precious and it is better spent hanging with your well-fed family than toiling in the kitchen for hours on end, right?

Sweet potato enchilada skillet for the win! 1

Enchiladas sound like they're going to take FOREVER and not really the kind of dish you can make on a weeknight but with this one-pot recipe, you sure can!

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One-pot cheesy taco orzo that's like WOW! 2

Who says you need to wait until Tuesday to have tacos? Nobody! Try this taco-flavored orzo for a really simple and delicious dish.

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One-pot fajita pasta to put on rotation. 3

Pasta may not sound like the best choice in a Latino household, but the fajita flavors combine perfectly with this penne. 

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Butternut squash chipotle chili with avocado that is so EXTRA! 4

A great vegetarian chili is made possible with the aid of butternut squash and tons of yummy beans--and chipotle flavor, of course!

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Chicken tortilla soup that also has pasta in it. 5

You know how chicken soup is for the soul? Well, chicken tortilla soup is for *OUR* soul. And we could eat it every single day!

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One-Pot taco spaghetti is a fun combo. 6

One-Pot taco spaghetti is a fun combo.

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Spaghetti is a super easy and very dependable dish to make in one pot. Now you can add some flavor that your family will love, too.

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One-pot vegan fajitas with spiralized sweet potato rice for meatless dinner nights. 7

Fajitas made in a single pot? AND they're healthy?! This dish is just exactly what you'll feel good serving during Meatless Monday.

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One-pot Spanish chicken and potatoes makes for a hearty meal. 8

For a hearty dish like you wouldn't believe, this Spanish chicken and potatoes is the way to go. No more being tired on hump day.

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One-skillet southwest ranch chicken that is taste-tacular. 9

Scrumptious chicken and Southwestern flavors come together in this gorgeous dish, also paired with black beans, corn and avocado. YUM!

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A one-pot enchilada pasta that will blow your mind. 10

Another pasta dish, another day. Your family might just fall in love with your brand new commitment to cooking. We think so, anyway!

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Black bean enchilada quinoa that is quick and easy. 11

For yet another dish perfect for Meatless Monday, this black bean and quinoa combo is full of healthy protein and absolutely delicious flavors.

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Black bean and sweet potato soup that's full of smokey flavor. 12

A hearty black bean soup is totally a WIN in our house, and it's certainly even better when paired with smokey flavors and sweet potatoes.

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Seafood paella with a saffron aioli twist. 13

Paella is the kind of scrumptious one-pot rice dish that everyone is sure to love. Serve up this seafood version before summer's over.

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Vegan mole chilaquiles that are beyond flavorful. 14

A one-pot dinner doesn't necessarily have to be complicated, and these chilaquiles are sure to please all. Add a poached egg on top for a breakfast-for-dinner spin.

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Seafood paella with farro instead of rice. 15

This phenomenal dish substitutes rice with farro that adds a nutty flavor your family will love.

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Mexican shakshuka is easier to make than it is to say. 16

Mexican shakshuka is easier to make than it is to say.

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Shakshuka is a Middle Eastern dish that's basically composed of eggs poached in a tomato-based sauce. This one has a Mexican twist to it.

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If you love Mexican rice, try Mexican cauliflower rice. 17

All the delicious flavors of Mexican rice, but made with cauliflower instead. Brilliant!

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Dress up some Mexican rice by adding shrimp. 18

Take what would be just a side dish and turn it into a meal with the addition of shrimp.

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Creamy Tuscan pasta that's cheaper than a trip to Italy. 19

Creamy Tuscan pasta that's cheaper than a trip to Italy.

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Sometimes a good creamy pasta is all you need to feel satisfied for the evening. This one has chicken in it.

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Chile verde con carne is a saucy delight. 20

You know how some meals have a sauce that's so good you don't want to leave a drop of it on your plate? Yeah, this is one of them.

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Mexican shrimp soup that's perfect for cold evenings. 21

Warm them up from the inside out with a bowl of this caldo de camarón.

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This chorizo spaghetti tart is a trifecta triumph. 22

Just look at it. It's absolutely beautiful. And aren't you intrigued by the combination?

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Pan fry some chicken thighs and add mushroom sauce. 23

The results are a creamy delectable delight.

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Enchilada casserole made easy with a cheat. 24

Enchilada casserole made easy with a cheat.

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A store-bought rotisserie chicken is the secret to making this enchilada casserole on the fly.

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Shrimp and lentil stew perfect for lent or any time. 25

It is worth mentioning that this recipe is perfect for those who observe Lent, but it's also great the rest of the year.

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Pineapple takes this shredded beef ropa vieja to the next level. 26

The pineapple adds such a delightfully sweet somethin' somethin' to this classic dish.

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A tater tot casserole with or without meat. 27

A tater tot casserole with or without meat.

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Tater tot casseroles get looked down on by culinary snobs, but bite into this one and things will start looking up real quick.

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Mexican arroz con pollo will never go out of style. 28

Some dishes are so good, they turn into classics. This is one of them.

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Chorizo and garbanzos get together to make YUM! 29

This guiso de chorizo is remarkably good.

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Dominican chófan you can make with leftovers. 30

Use leftover rice and chicken to whip up this Dominican-style fried rice.

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Cook up some fish and broccoli for dinner. 31

Cook up some fish and broccoli for dinner.

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Fish doesn't really come to mind when you think of casseroles, but that's exactly what's in this baby.

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These tomatillo chipotle pork chops are smack-your-lips good. 32

Pork chops and apple sauce have got nothing on these pork chops and tomatillo sauce. Just sayin'.

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Zucchini and cheese bake up real nice together. 33

Zucchini and cheese bake up real nice together.

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It's easy, it's cheesy and it's also low-carb.

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The easiest Mexican picadillo you will ever make. 34

But don't worry, just because it's easy doesn't mean it isn't spectacular.

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Serve them up a steaming bowl of albondigas. 35

It's got meat, it's got veggies, it's got broth. Bascially, it's got everything.

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Sancocho, anyone? 36

If you ask that question, you will get a chorus of "Yes, please!"

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Make a Spanish-style tortilla with chicken for supper. 37

What came first, the chicken or the egg? In this Spanish-style tortilla, they come together!

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Moro de gandules y salchichas makes for a filling feast. 38

A staple in Dominican cooking, pigeon peas with sausage is an easy to make and filling meal.

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Don't forget about sopa de fideo with chicken! 39

For so many of us, sopa de fideo is like getting an abrazo from abuela. It's so comforting that just the mention of it makes you feel loved. Make it!

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Instant pozole cheat with rotisserie chicken. 40

Believe it or not you can totally whip up a pot of delicious pozole in minutes with the help of a rotisserie chicken.

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