The Best Easy Recipes for Any Night of the Week!

I’ve shared a lot of easy dinner recipes in Instagram Stories and on TikTok and Pinterest, but I have never shared them on the blog! I have so many easy recipes for busy weekdays, including crockpot recipes, pasta dishes, and casseroles! My followers showed so much love on these recipes. (Be sure to check out my “Tiktok-famous” chicken and rice recipe!) I’ve rounded them up my absolute favorites so you can access them all in one place.

At the end of the post, I’ve included a list of ingredients you’ll always want to have in your house. These ingredients will allow you to create a tasty and easy dinner recipe whenever you’re in a rush or don’t know what to make for dinner!

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Taco Pasta Recipe

Bring on any recipe that uses taco seasoning! In my home, taco-flavored anything is a fan fave! I’ve cooked up countless different taco-flavored dishes, and my husband always loves them. We like to add some extra spice to all of our taco-inspired dishes, so we add hot sauce on top. I don’t like to put a lot of heat in the actual recipe itself because then it becomes way less kid-friendly!


• 1 ½ lb Ground beef
• 1 Packet taco seasoning
• 1 jar any salsa
• 1 can condensed cheddar cheese soup
• 1 can diced green chiles
• Sour cream, cheddar cheese, cilantro for topping
•1 lb pasta

Instructions are in the video!

Philly Cheesesteak Pasta Recipe

This pasta recipe is creamy and delicious! The Worcestershire sauce really gives the dish that authentic Philadelphia cheesesteak! Since I grew up near and lived in Philadelphia in early adulthood, I really appreciate this recipe! Aside from its indulgent deliciousness, my favorite thing about this dinner recipe is that it’s quick and easy! Just be sure to have all the ingredients on hand, and you’ve got dinner in a pinch.


• 1 lb cooked pasta
• 1 diced onion
• 1 diced green bell pepper
• 2 tbsp butter
• 1 can French onion soup
• 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
• 1 tbsp cornstarch mixed with 2 tbsp cold water
• 1 bag of Italian blend cheese (preferably containing provolone)

Instructions are in the video!

Dump and Go Crockpot Chicken Taco Filling Recipe

While we usually eat beef tacos, it’s fun to change it up sometimes! And since I am not a fan of cooking chicken on the stove, I throw it in the crockpot with my favorite taco flavors! Just shred the chicken when it’s cooked all the way through, throw it in some hard or soft taco shells, and top with your favorite fixings!


• 1-1.5 lb chicken breasts
• 1 packet taco seasoning
• 1 can diced tomatoes
• 1 can red enchilada sauce
• taco shells
• desired taco toppings

Instructions are in the video!

Creamy Ranch and Salsa Crockpot Chicken Recipe

If you’re not into ranch, you could substitute the ranch seasoning for taco seasoning. I love the flexibility of most of these recipes because if you’re out of one ingredient, it’s super easy to substitute another and still have a delicious, easy dinner!

Note: In this video, I used dry ranch dip, but I would recommend to use the standard ranch seasoning (not the dip). Otherwise, the recipe will taste a little too salty. Live and learn, right?!


• 1.5 pounds chicken breast
• 1 packet dry ranch seasoning
• small jar of salsa
• 1 block Philly cream cheese
• 1 can cream of chicken soup
• 1 box penne or fave pasta

Instructions are in the video!

Taco Tot Casserole Recipe

Tacos and tots… They are a match made in heaven! This is one of my favorite easy dinner recipes because my husband loves it! He always requests it. And I can’t argue!

While this casserole recipe takes a little more work than some of the other recipes in this post, it’s still really easy. And its ingredients overlap with the others, so you’re more likely to have everything you need on hand!

Tip: Put the casserole under the broiler at the end for extra crispy tots!


• 2 lb Ground beef
• 1 medium onion, diced
• 1 can red enchilada sauce
• 1 can drained corn
• 1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
• 1 can green chiles
• 1 packet taco seasoning
• ½ tsp Red pepper flakes (optional)
• 10 oz shredded Mexican cheese
• 1 can sliced black olives, drained
• 1 bag frozen Tator Tots
• 1 tbsp minced garlic

Creamy Parmesan Crockpot Chicken Recipe

Another of my husband’s favorite dishes! This one does take a little extra work, but again, it’s doable. You need about 20 min to throw it all in the slow cooker, and then all you have left to do is boil pasta at the end!

We shred the chicken, serve it over spaghetti, and top it with Pecorino Romano cheese, but you could also serve over rice. If you’re into the Keto thing, you could swap the grains for veggies or a salad!


• 1 ½ lb chicken breast
• 1 diced green bell pepper
• 1 diced red bell pepper
• 1 medium onion, diced
• 2 cans cream of mushroom soup
• 1 can diced green chiles
• 1 tbsp cumin
• 1 tsp garlic powder
• 1 tsp black pepper
• sprinkle of salt
• 1 cup Pecorino Romano or Parmesan cheese
• 1 Chicken bouillon cube
• 1 lb spaghetti

Instructions are in the video!

TikTok-Famous Creamy Chicken and Rice Recipe

Warning ⚠️ You will NOT have leftovers and you WILL lick your plate. This recipe pretty much broke both my TikTok and my Pinterest!

I make this recipe once a week. It takes up a mere two minutes of my time (no chopping required!) and a whole lot of space in my tummy!

Tip: I’ve substituted pinto beans for black beans, and I like it just as well. I can’t decide which I like better!


• 1 ½ lb Chicken breast
• 1 Packet taco seasoning
• 1 Can corn undrained
• 1 Can Rotel w/chiles
• 1 Can black beans drained and rinsed
• 1 Block cream cheese
• Rice- cooked separately
• Cheddar, cilantro, and sour cream for topping

Instructions are in the video!

Grocery List for Easy Dinner Recipes

I ALWAYS have these ingredients in the house to I can execute easy recipes! Here are some ingredients you should always have on hand to make dinner in a cinch. Copy and paste the text into Notes on your iPhone!

cold/fresh ingredients

  • blocks of Philadelphia Cream Cheese
  • Tator Tots
  • sour cream
  • butter
  • bell peppers
  • onions
  • chicken breasts
  • ground beef
  • shredded cheese
  • Parmesan cheese

pantry/dry goods

  • taco seasoning packets and dry ranch packets
  • jars of salsa
  • cans of diced green chiles
  • cans of diced tomatoes
  • red enchilada sauce
  • pasta
  • rice
  • canned condensed soups
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • taco shells
  • black olives
  • corn
  • black beans
  • garlic
  • seasonings such as cumin, Italian seasoning, garlic powder…

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Which of these recipes do you want try first? Please let me know how the recipes turn out in the comments below! Happy dining!

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A fashion, beauty, and lifestyle blog written by Jackie Mikkelson, Instinctively en Vogue is a source of inspiration for busy girls, especially moms like her, who want to be chic while staying comfortable.

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