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19 Simple Recipes That Only Require 3 Ingredients

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February 25, 2016 · 14.9k Views

3 ingredients is all it takes for some out-of-this-world recipes. You don't need every herb and spice under the sun and 50 different kinds of vegetables to make a meal amazing. I've scoured the web for the most mouthwatering, 3-ingredient recipes, and boy, they do not disappoint!

Note: I'm going to assume you'll always have salt, pepper, and some extra-virgin olive oil lying around. Work with me here.

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1. Grilled Skirt Steak with Poblano-Corn Sauce and Salsa

You'll need: husked corn, a poblano chile, and skirt steak

Recipe from Food and Wine.

2. Crock Pot Kalua Pork

You'll need: trimmed pork shoulder blade roast, liquid mesquite smoke, and coarse red Hawaiian sea salt

Lettuce wraps and rice are optional. Recipe from Skinny Taste.

3. Easy Chili

You'll need: ground beef, a can of chili beans, and a can of chili ready diced tomatoes

Recipe from I Heart Nap Time.

4. Fried Fish

You'll need: cornmeal, milk, and fish

Fries and dipping sauce are optional. Recipe from Totally The Bomb.

5. French Market Chicken with Herbed Potatoes

You'll need: baby Yukon gold or red-skinned potatoes, fresh herbs (e.g. rosemary, thyme, or sage), and a whole chicken

Recipe from Refinery 29.

6. Prime Rib Roast

You'll need: finely ground coffee, a vanilla bean, and a bone-in prime rib roast

Recipe from Receipe via Food and Wine.

9. Avocado Chicken Salad

You'll need: shredded chicken, an avocado, and cilantro

Recipe from Hip 2 Save.

10. Baked Thai Salmon 

You'll need: sockeye salmon fillets, Thai sweet chili sauce, and green onions

Recipe from iFoodreal.

11. Easy Oven Baby Back Ribs

You'll need: a rock of pork baby back ribs, grill seasoning, and BBQ sauce

Recipe from Lauren's Latest.

12. Pan-Seared Polenta with Kale and Marinara

You'll need: precooked (or homemade) polenta, kale, and marinara sauce

Recipe from Today.com (scroll until you see it - it's the second recipe!).

14. Breakfast Skillet (breakfast for dinner!)

You'll need: ground turkey, salsa, and eggs

Recipe from Lexi's Clean Kitchen.

15. Baked Ham and Cheese Rollups

You'll need: pizza dough, sliced deli ham, and mozzarella cheese

Recipe from The Comfort of Cooking.

16. BBQ Chicken Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

You'll need: sweet potatoes, chicken breasts, and BBQ sauce

Recipe from The Comfort of Cooking.

17. Tomato Tortellini Soup

You'll need: chicken stock, a can of diced fire-roasted tomatoes, and a bag of fresh tortellini

Recipe from Honey and Birch.

18. Oven-Braised Beef with Tomatoes and Garlic

You'll need: a can of whole tomatoes, boneless beef chuck roast, and a head of garlic

Recipe from Smitten Kitchen.

19. Pizza Waffles

You'll need: a package of crescent rolls, mozzarella cheese, and pizza sauce for dipping (pepperoni or other meat optional)

Receipe from Spend With Pennies.

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