Travel the Globe with 5 Cuisine-Fusion Weeknight Dinners

These hybrid meals bring together multiple cuisines for unique flavor pairings and a fun twist on everyday staples.
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Monday: Hot Dogs with Kimchi Salsa

hot dogs with kimchi salsa

Nothing says Americana like a grilled hot dog on a toasty bun. Combine this classic with Korean flavors for an out-of-this-world take on the ballpark favorite. Psst: You can make the kimchi in 15 minutes, and it'll change your life.

Recipe: Try our Hot Dogs with Kimchi Salsa

Tuesday: Chicken Tikka Tacos

Chicken Tikka Tacos

This recipe takes an Indian specialty and plops it on a Mexican tortilla, then adds fresh Greek ingredients for the toppings. Taco Tuesday, meet your three-way fusion match.

Recipe: Try our Chicken Tikka Tacos

Wednesday: Southwestern Lasagna Torta

Southwestern Lasagna Torta

Italian and Tex-Mex (two of Rach's favorite cuisines!) unite in this casserole-style dish. Instead of noodles, we subbed tortillas, and instead of tomato sauce, we made a mixture of salsa, refried beans, and taco seasoning. 

Recipe: Try our Southwestern Lasagna Torta

Thursday: Rach's Spanish Sliders with Cabrales Cheese & Pickled Shallots

Spanish Sliders with Cabrales Cheese and Pickled Shallots

Rach says good things come in small packages, and we couldn't agree more—especially when it comes to these tapas-inspired sammies. With Spanish blue cheese and pimiento-stuffed olives, plus an all-American beef patty, these stacks pack a BIG punch.

Recipe: Try Rach's Spanish Sliders with Cabrales Cheese & Pickled Shallots

Friday: Sweet Potato & Red Curry Shepherd’s Pie

Sweet Potato & Red Curry Shepherd’s Pie

This spin on the hearty UK meat-and-potato pie gets a Thai influence with red curry paste flavoring the filling. Use frozen veggies, leftover chicken, and pre-made mashed potatoes for easy prep and a relaxing Friday night.

Recipe: Try our Sweet Potato & Red Curry Shepherd's Pie

Shopping List

For the hot dogs with kimchi salsa:

  • 1/2 lb. napa cabbage (about 1/2 medium head)
  • 2 tbsp. kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup Magic Paste
  • 1/4 cup sliced white onion
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced seedless cucumber
  • 6 hot dogs
  • 6 hot dog buns

For the chicken tikka tacos:

  • 1 1/2 cups store-bought tzatziki
  • 3 tbsp. coarsely chopped fresh cilantro, plus leaves for garnish
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cardamom
  • 1/4 tsp. ground coriander
  • 2 tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 1 jar (15 oz.) store-bought tikka masala sauce
  • 4 large (7-inch) wholegrain tortillas (fajita size)
  • 1/4 English cucumber
  • 1/4 small red onion
  • 1 jalapeño chile

For the southwestern lasagna torta:

  • 2 tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 1 onion
  • 1 lb. ground pork
  • 1 packet taco seasoning
  • 2 cups prepared salsa
  • 8 corn tortillas (6 inch)
  • 10 oz. frozen peas
  • 1 3/4 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup refried beans
  • 1/3 cup pickled jalapeño chiles
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped cilantro

For the Spanish sliders with cabrales cheese & pickled shallots:

  • 1 pt. cherry tomatoes
  • Olive oil (about 2 tbsp.), plus more for drizzling
  • Salt and pepper
  • A few sprigs of fresh thyme
  • 2 large shallots
  • 1 tbsp. sherry vinegar
  • 1 tsp. honey
  • 1 tsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 1 head Little Gem lettuce
  • 1 1/2 lb. 80% lean ground beef
  • A handful (about 1/4 cup) of fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 rounded tbsp. smoked sweet paprika
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 6 oz. Cabrales cheese (Spanish blue cheese)
  • 12 small brioche rolls or other slider rolls
  • 12 small to medium pimiento-stuffed Manzanilla olives (green Spanish olives)
  • 12 4- to 5-inch toothpicks

For the sweet potato & red curry shepherd's pie:

  • 1 onion
  • 2 ribs celery
  • 2 tbsp. red Thai curry paste
  • 1 tbsp. butter
  • 3 tbsp. flour
  • 3 cups frozen mixed vegetables
  • 2 1/4 cups shredded Roasted Garlic-Lemon Chicken
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1 package (20 to 24 oz.) refrigerated mashed sweet potatoes