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20 Healthy Mexican Recipes

Chips and guac, enchiladas oozing with cheese, tacos stuffed with all sorts of ingredients—yes, Mexican food has the power to tempt even the most diligent dieters. But while the plates at your local restaurant will probably undo your workout and the boxed stuff from the grocery store doesn’t do your body any favors either, homemade Mexican food—that’s healthy and delicious—is totally possible. A few smart substitutes is all it takes! And we’ve found the recipes that help you do just that. From shrimp tacos to vegan queso, this list is a mouth vacay waiting to happen. For more smart swaps and mouthwatering strategies, check out our exclusive guide, Eat This, Not That! for Mexican Food Lovers!

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QUINOA TACO BOWLS

Nutrition (per 1 cup serving): 372 calories, 15.5 g fat (6 g saturated), 376 mg sodium, 42.7 g carbs, 9.5 g fiber, 1.7 g sugar, 17.4 g protein

Instead of a rice taco bowl, try substituting gluten-free quinoa instead. The grain’s belly-shrinking, health-boosting benefits date back to the early 16th century, when the Inca Empire referred to it as the mother grain. Aside from being rich in protein, fiber, and healthy fat, one cup of quinoa packs 58 percent of your daily recommendation for manganese, which boosts bone health and 30 percent for magnesium, a mineral that plays a role in healthy metabolism and protein synthesis. If you have some extra quinoa, use it up with these 15 Delicious Ways to Use Leftover Quinoa!

Get the recipe from Lemon Tree Dwelling.

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CILANTRO LIME CHICKEN

Nutrition (per 4 oz serving): 278 calories, 15.4 g fat (3.3 g saturated), 98 mg sodium, <1 g carbs, 0 g fiber, 0 g sugar, 33 g protein

This chicken dish will do more than transport your taste buds to Mexico. In fact, cilantro fights cellulite by removing heavy metals from the body that tend to hide in fat cells and cause puckered skin. And with 33 grams of muscle-building protein, your body will be a fat-burning, lean machine.

Get the recipe from Rasa Malaysia.

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SKINNY MEXICAN PIZZA

Taco Tuesday and pizza night combine to make the ultimate comfort meal—and this time you can consume an entire personal pizza and not unravel all your body goals.

Get the recipe from Snixy Kitchen.

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LOADED GUACAMOLE SWEET POTATO FRIES

Nutrition (per ¾ cup serving): 232 calories, 13.8 g fat (2.6 g saturated), 31 mg sodium, 27.4 g carbs, 7.4 g fiber, 1 g sugar, 2.6 g protein

Not that you needed an excuse to dive into this one, but we’ve got a few. For starters, not all fries are a dietary disaster—this batch is made from the waist-whittling super spud that’s been known to aid weight loss, and it’s not even fried. The real deal-sealer here, though, is the guacamole topping. If you’re as addicted as us, you never shy away from avocado recipes for weight loss. No other fruit is credited with fighting hunger, boosting nutrient absorption, lowering cholesterol, squashing free-radicals, and spot-reducing belly fat. In fact, a study in the journal Diabetes Care found that a diet rich in monounsaturated fat may actually prevent body fat distribution around the belly by down-regulating the expression of certain fat genes.

Get the recipe from The Healthy Maven.

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HEALTHY MEXICAN QUINOA AND TURKEY STUFFED PEPPERS

Substituting ground turkey for ground beef not only reduces cholesterol and saturated fat consumption but also lowers caloric intake while maintaining protein counts. Pair half a stuffed pepper with a tossed salad for an easy, guilt-free meal.

Get the recipe from Chef Savvy.

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LOW CARB MEXICAN CHOCOLATE AVOCADO ICE CREAM

Believe it or not, flavanols in chocolate have been found to actually lower blood sugar and decrease body fat, according to the American Chemical Society’s Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. And Maria-Paula Carrillo, M.S., R.D.N., L.D. claims that “a little sweet treat on occasion can help keep those cravings in check and allow you to follow your weight-loss or weight maintenance regimen.” This recipe is nutritionally dense, so even though it’s made with wholesome ingredients, a little bit goes a long way. Make sure to adhere to the serving size when incorporating it into your weekly cheat meals.

Get the recipe from All Day I Dream About Food.

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CHICKEN TORTILLA LETTUCE WRAPS

Nutrition (per 1 cup serving): 342 calories, 14.6 g fat (4.5 g saturated), 285 mg sodium, 19.3 g carbs, 3.5 g fiber, 2.4 g sugar, 33.4 g protein

Lettuce wraps are an amazing way to enjoy your favorite meals on a reduced carb diet. This one packs chicken, tomato, bell pepper, corn, cilantro, black beans, avocado, cheddar and tortilla chips into a leaf of butter lettuce. Just be sure to opt for organic chicken. A recent study comparing it to conventional and antibiotic-free chicken found that inorganic arsenic concentrations were four times higher in conventional chicken meat than in USDA Organic chicken.

Get the recipe from Averie Cooks.

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MEXICAN CORN ON THE COB

Aside from being fun to eat and delicious, corn on the cob is full of carotenoids, which are responsible for the veggies’ yellow pigment and act as antioxidants in the body. Carotenoids also help fight cancers, reduce inflammation, promote vision health, and boost immunity. That’s a lot of health benefits from one ear of corn!

Get the recipe from My Fussy Eater.

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VEGAN CREAMY CHIPOTLE PASTA

The hot chili pepper chipotle is a calorie scorching mecca, thanks to capsaicin, the compound that gives peppers their steamy hot sensation. While it isn’t always combined in the healthiest recipes, it is here. This pasta contains six simple ingredients: water, almond milk, chipotle, garlic, and lemon juice.

Get the recipe from Dora’s Table.

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MEXICAN CHICKEN SOUP WITH CHIPOTLE LIME CREMA

Nutrition (per 1 cup serving): 292 calories, 2.9 g fat (<1 g saturated), 51 mg sodium, 46 g carbs, 9.4 g fiber, 3.1 g sugar, 21 g protein

As temperatures continue to drop, nothing is more appealing than a steamy h bowl of soup. And this nutritional profile blows Campbell’s out of the water. Packed with belly-slimming fiber and satiating protein and low in sodium, you’ll be wiggling into those skinny jeans in no time!

Get the recipe from Yes to Yolks.

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BREAKFAST BOWL WITH SPICED BUTTERNUT SQUASH

Nutrition (per 1 cup serving): 239 calories, 13 g fat (3 g saturated), 270 mg sodium, 24 g carbs, 7 g fiber, 1 g sugar, 11 g protein

What’s better than hash browns? Roasted butternut squash. Sky high in hunger-taming fiber, vitamins, minerals, and carotenoids and low in calories, the gourd is a nutritional champion. And don’t even think about skimping on the yolks. Egg yolks contain a nutrient called choline that promotes the transportation of nutrients throughout the body, protects the liver, and fights belly flab.

Get the recipe from Skinny Taste.

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MEXICAN VEGAN FALAFEL BITES

Nutrition (per 2 bite serving): 210 calories, 3.8 g fat (0 g saturated), 23 mg sodium, 35.2 g carbs, 10 g fiber, 6.4 g sugar, 10.8 g protein

These falafel bites are packed with fiber, protein, and lysine (an essential amino acid that repairs skin tissue and collagen). And they might just prevent you from overeating, too. In fact, a study published in the journal Obesity found that people who ate a single serving of chickpeas each day reported feeling 31 percent fuller than their bean-less counterparts.

Get the recipe from Cotter Crunch.

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SPICY GRILLED SHRIMP TACOS

Sometimes, we need a little seafood in our tacos—and shrimp is a stellar choice. The fish is packed with selenium, an antioxidant mineral which plays a key role in healthy metabolism and the production of collagen. Plus, a single serving provides nearly 80 percent of your DV of vitamin B12, which boosts brain and nervous system function and assists in the metabolism of proteins and fats.

Get the recipe from The Healthy Maven.

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HEALTHY MEXICAN SWEET POTATO SKINS

Nutrition (per sweet potato): 319 calories, 7 g fat (4.1 g saturated), 93 mg sodium, 52.6 g carbs, 10 g fiber, 3.9 g sugar, 13.3 g protein

One serving of these sweet potato skins dishes up 13 grams of satiety-boosting protein, 50 percent of the day’s belly-filling fiber, and 11 times the recommended daily intake of vitamin A, a nutrient that aids immune function, vision, reproduction, and cellular communication. Top it with
Greek yogurt instead of sour cream to minimize fat counts and other icky ingredients.

Get the recipe from Pinch of Yum.

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GUACAMOLE TURKEY BURGERS

Nutrition (per turkey burger, yields 3): 316 calories, 21 g fat (5 g saturated), 95 mg sodium, 9 g carbs, 8 g fiber, 0 g sugar, 24 g protein

When you make protein a priority, you’ll stay fuller for longer, increase lean muscle mass, and boost your metabolism—but there’s only some much chicken you can eat. Try these turkey burgers instead, which are topped with flat-belly avocado and caloric-scorching chili powder.

Get the recipe from The Garlic Diaries.

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VEGAN QUESO

Ditch the Tostitos and never look back! This recipe contains four real ingredients and uses cashews instead cheese. Thanks to its smooth and creamy texture when blended, the legume flawlessly replaces the processed stuff and brings a plethora of minerals that fight muscle cramps, insomnia, and constipation, as well as boost brain power and immunity. Pair it with healthy chips, veggies, or whole grain pita.

Get the recipe from Hummus Apien.

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MEXICAN CAULIFLOWER RICE

Cauliflower is “it girl” of veggies. Its universal appeal is what makes it steal the health foodie spotlight time and time again. From pizza crusts to rice, this cruciferous vegetable adapts to any surrounding ingredients and effortlessly improves nutritional profiles.

Get the recipe from Fashionable Foods.

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TURKEY CHILI

Nutrition (per 1 cup serving): 348 calories, 5.1 g fat (1.1 g saturated), 186 mg sodium, 59.5 g carbs, 12.6 g fiber, 7.4 g sugar, 21.5 g protein

Chili is a dietary staple in the cooler months, but its rich and hearty flavor aren’t all it brings to the table. This pot is brimming with slimming ingredients. Kidney beans, for instance, contain resistant starch, which takes longer than other starches to break down because it literally resists digestion, keeping you fuller longer and preventing blood sugar spikes. And this recipe contains 30 ounces of the waist shrinking bullets!

Get the recipe from Ambitious Kitchen.

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CHICKEN ENCHILADA ROLL UPS

Nutrition (per 3-4 roll up serving): 228 calories, 16 g fat (9.7 g saturated), 352 mg sodium, 9.1 g carbs, 1 g fiber, <1 g sugar, 12.4 g protein

Whether you’re looking for fun finger food to bring to a party or an enticing way to get your little ones to eat something other than mac and cheese, these roll-ups are it. They’re super easy to make and a lot less calorically damaging to your waistline. You’re welcome.

Get the recipe from The Girl Who Ate Everything.

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CREAMY BLACK BEAN SALSA

Nutrition (per ¼ cup serving): 100 calories, 2 g fat (<1 g saturated), 51 mg sodium, 19 g carbs, 4 g fiber, 2.5 g sugar, 4.5 g protein

This salsa does more than dress up your chip; it’ll help you reach your body goals and improve cognitive function—all thanks to black beans. Like kidney beans, the tiny beads are one of the best flat belly high fiber foods. However, they also contain anthocyanins, antioxidant compounds that improve brain function. Afternoon snacking never felt so good.

Get the recipe from Six Sister’s Stuff.

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Skinny Beef Enchiladas are definitely a must try because they’re so delicious. These beef enchiladas use lighter ingredients but are still packed with flavor!

Okay, friends. Here is an amazingly delicious recipe for you today. Let me introduce to you SKINNY BEEF ENCHILADAS. Yes, Ma’am. Skinny Enchiladas that are so out-of-this-world good you will want to make them again and again! 😀
Those of you that have followed my blog for awhile know that I’m a die-hard Mexican food lover. It is my ultimate weakness. The flavors and textures in Mexican food drive me insane (in a very good way. haha!) Unfortunately though, most of it can be filled with tons of fat and grease. So times like now, when I’m trying to eat healthy-er and exercising, that kind of food just isn’t on my diet, until now.

I cut down on a lot of fat and calories by using really lean ground beef. 96% lean to be exact. But you could always use lean ground turkey or even chicken. I also made them with low-fat cheese and loaded them up with onion and spices so they were extra flavorful. I think that’s the typical problem with ‘skinny’ or ‘light’ recipes- they lack in flavor so it makes you miss the real thing. Not with these though, my friends. They are so tasty and totally cured my Mexican food cravings. *High five*
Serve these amazing Skinny Beef Enchiladas with lots of salsa and light sour cream and you can thank me after dinner. 😉

MORE ENCHILADA RECIPES YOU MAY LIKE:

Cream Cheese Beef Enchiladas

Green Chile and Pepper Jack Cheese Chicken Enchiladas

Ranch Chicken Enchiladas

Sour Cream Enchiladas

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5.0 from 1 reviews Skinny Beef Enchiladas Prep time 20 mins Cook time 20 mins Total time 40 mins Incredibly delicious beef enchiladas without all the fat and calories! Author: Holly Lofthouse Serves: 6 Ingredients

  • 12 small corn tortillas
  • 1 lb. extra lean ground beef or ground turkey
  • 1 small yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 to 2 (10 ounce) cans red enchilada sauce ( I use around 1½ cans)
  • 1 to 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese, divided

TOPPINGS

  • sliced black olives
  • chopped fresh cilantro
  • salsa
  • light sour cream

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9×13-inch baking pan with non-stick spray.
  2. In a large skillet, over medium-high heat, brown and crumble ground beef with the chopped onion. (There should not be any grease to drain if you used extra lean beef.) Add garlic, cumin and black pepper to beef. Cook and stir another 5 minutes or so until heated through. Remove from heat.
  3. Wrap tortillas in a damp paper towel then warm in microwave for 15 to 20 seconds.
  4. Pour enchilada sauce in a medium bowl. Dip each warm tortilla in enchilada sauce then place on a plate. Top tortilla with 3 Tablespoons of beef mixture and 1 Tablespoon of cheese. Roll up and place in prepared pan, seam-side down. Repeat with all tortillas and beef.
  5. Pour enchilada sauce all over the enchiladas in pan. (You may not want to use all the sauce. It depends on how saucy you like your enchiladas. I only use 1½ cans.) Sprinkle the tops evenly with remaining cheese.
  6. Bake, uncovered, 20 to 25 minutes or until cheese is hot and bubbly. Remove from oven and let stand 5 minutes before serving. Serve with desired toppings and enjoy!

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Low Carb Mexican Coleslaw

Let us get one thing straight, Mexicans know their spices and their dishes are just so flavorful. I’ve tried pretty hard to stay away from Mexican food but the texture, the flavorful spices and their thousands of recipes always bring something new to the table. So I started looking for alternatives when I shifted to a low carb diet, specifically for some low carb Mexican side dishes to go along with my meals.

This list might be subjective because most people won’t even consider these recipes as side dishes but to be the main course. Regardless, here are some of the best low carb Mexican side dishes I found on Pinterest, they’re simple, easy to make and they taste wonderful.

Coleslaw goes with almost anything, burgers, chips even with fish (At least for me). If you’re big on Mexican food you definitely need to try this recipe.

This low carb Mexican side dish only has 5 grams of net carbs which means it’s super healthy and moreover, it’s full with fiber. Each serving is about 137 calories so you can eat a lot of it and not feel guilty.

Check out the recipe here: Ditch the carbs

Low carb Mexican cauliflower rice

If you’re on a paleo or keto diet you always tend to miss the “normal ricey” sides. Shift to this low carb Mexican cauliflower rice and you will forget about those nasty sugar-full sides.

With rice being replaced by cauliflower, this is suitable for paleo and keto dieters. It’s full of flavor, mildly spicy and requires no effort.

Check out the recipe here: Paleo Grub

Crispy Oven Fried Garlic Mushroom

These mushrooms are phenomenal, you can serve them as appetizers, as a snack, and as a side dish.

I personally love these mushrooms as a snack but I tried it once with a low carb pizza (Check that out here) that I made for the family and they loved it. The hotness of paprika, the nutty taste of parmesan and the peppery taste of olive oil really bring out the flavor of mushrooms.

Check out the recipe here: Beauty and the foodie
Also, check out my post on keto friendly avocado recipes

Keto beef taquitos

Probably one of my favorites from the list probably because I love beef. It takes me around 30 minutes to makes these taquitos but I’m really slow when it comes to cooking.

The beef taquitos are keto friendly and are seriously packed with healthy, nutritive ingredients. You can also use chicken instead of beef and it makes a perfect side dish and can also be served as an appetizer for the super bowl. Pour in some sour cream on the side and you will have the healthiest low carb high-fat side dish.
Also, check out my post on keto friendly snacks

Check out the recipe here: Officially gluten-free

Low Carb Stuffed Peppers

These stuffed peppers are more of a low carb high protein side dish, they taste absolutely amazing and the recipe is keto friendly.

The sautéed onions and the melted cheese really gives an exquisite flavor to the ground beef. If you ask me, these stuffed peppers make the perfect low carb side dish for a bbq but that’s a personal preference. Either way, these are phenomenal.

Check out the recipe here: Mess for less

Low carb creamy chicken stuffed peppers

Another stuffed pepper recipe? Well don’t get me wrong but stuffed peppers make an awesome low carb Mexican side dish.

This recipe is pretty unique in the sense that it uses Greek yogurt cream cheese which is healthier than conventional cream cheese and contains a good amount of proteins.

Low carb creamy chicken stuffed pepper is truly a spicy dish and furthermore, you can use any bell pepper that you like.

Check out the recipe here: Tone and tighten

Mexican roasted zucchini

Your plate looks much healthier if you’ve got a vegetable side dish. Personally, I like zucchini anyway but this recipe takes it to a whole new level.

The cojita cheese and lime juice on top of zucchini makes this side dish to die for and it’s pretty easy to make. Plus, the addition of lemon juice makes it last for a very long time in the fridge.

Check out the recipe here: Bowl of delicious

Low carb rice with cilantro and lime

Who says you can’t have rice in a low carb diet, this low carb Mexican side dish uses shirataki rice and it tastes extraordinary.

Furthermore, the rice itself has zero carbs but cilantro and lime do add a few carbs to this side dish. With total carbs of 3 grams, this recipe is probably one of the lowest carb recipe of the entire list.

Check out the recipe here: Step away from the carbs

One pot cheesy taco skillet

The cheesy taco skillet is probably one of the meatiest side dish from the list.

The one pot cheesy taco skillet is fairly easy to make, full of good protein because it uses ground beef and the peppers, onions especially green onions make this side dish so flavorful.

Check out the recipe here: Sweetcsdesigns

Mexican roasted broccoli

This recipe for all keto lovers. I don’t know if you’ve experienced high cholesterol levels by following a keto diet but I have and I seriously had bad LDL levels, so I started looking for food that was rich in fiber to lower my LDL levels and that’s when I stumbled upon this recipe.

It’s simply delicious, you will never look at broccoli the same way. This vegetable side dish’s main ingredients include broccoli, fresh cilantro, and lime. Toss these ingredients in the oven and you’ll have a low carb high fiber side dish. You still need to check out the recipe though.

Check out the recipe here: Tasty ever after

Low Carb Chile Relleno Casserole

This recipe is as Mexican as it gets. The green chilies on top of ground beef taste extraordinary and it’s extremely hot, the cheese on top adds an extra flavor to the ground beef making it a fat bomb and a perfect side dish.

The recipe recommends cheddar cheese but sometimes I like mozzarella but hey, that’s just me.

Check out the recipe here: Easy Health LLC

Low carb pickled Jalapeno

If you want to keep your low carb Mexican side dish simple, why not try these pickled jalapenos. This recipe can go with almost any meal, breakfast, lunch, dinner, that doesn’t matter.

If you’re a newbie in the kitchen like me, this recipe is pretty straightforward.

Check out the recipe here: Isabel Eats

Red enchilada sauce recipe

If you miss chili ketchup, you definitely need to try this recipe. The red enchilada sauce recipe almost goes with anything but it’s super tasty when you’re having it enchiladas.

This recipe uses Abuelita Mexican chocolate (A chocolate used to make hot chocolate drinks. Oh and check out these winter hot beverages) which makes it tasty, sweet and hot at the same time. It only has 6 grams of carbs which is why I like to call this sauce, the ketchup replacement sauce.

Check out the recipe here: Isabel Eats

Summary Article Name 13 amazing low carb Mexican side dishes Description Shifting to a low carb diet can difficult especially if you love mexican food. Here are some of the best low carb mexican side dishes that you will find. Author Joel kelevra Publisher Name Chasing Millennia Publisher Logo

A collection of healthy Mexican food recipes including lightened up versions of favorites like tacos, taquitos, and enchiladas.

We’re huge fans of Mexican food in our house. I could probably eat it every day and be perfectly happy. From the look of it, I’m not alone – my Mexican inspired recipes are consistently some of the most popular ones on this site.

Unfortunately, Mexican food tends to get a bad reputation – especially here in the northeast where, until recently, it was synonymous with greasy, carb-heavy food smothered in massive amounts of cheese. When we went to Mexico for my honeymoon, we were surprised to find that a lot of Mexican foods aren’t like that at all. Instead, theres a focus on fresh fruits and vegetables, lean meats and seafood, and flavorful sauces.

When we came home, we realized that there were more healthy options on menus that we thought. We were always focused on fried tacos, cheesy enchiladas, and giant plates of nachos, but we quickly discovered lighter options like tacos de carne asada with onion cilantro salsa were also on many menus. We fell in love with lighter options like bistec a la mexicana (beef cooked with onions and jalapeno peppers), cochinita pibil (pork cooked with acidic citrus) and salmon en manchamanteles (a delicious sauce flavored with chocolate and tropical fruit)

Now that street-style tacos are popular, it’s reputation is starting to turn around and more traditional Mexican food is even easier to find.

Of course, it’s also fun to make healthy Mexican recipes at home. I love finding ways to incorporate flavors like chipotle chiles, avocado, and lime into my recipes. I also love playing around with technique, and have discovered ways to lighten up some of my childhood Tex-mex favorites by baking them instead of frying and by making my own lower-sodium sauces (including this habanero hot sauce recipe.)

Here are some of my favorite healthy recipes for Mexican food:

Baked Taquito Recipes

Taquitos and flautas, tortillas rolled around meat or other fillings and fried until they’re super crispy, are delicious. I discovered that baked taquitos can be just as crispy as the traditional version, but have much less fat. Depending on what you choose to fill them with, bakes taquitos can actually be healthy!

  • These baked chicken flautas stuffed with chicken and spinach are one of my most popular recipes and get rave reviews.
  • If you’re feeling adventurous, you can also try my Buffalo chicken taquitos or even hummus chicken flautas.
  • This vegetarian taquitos recipe is filled with farmers market produce
  • Baked breakfast taquitos that are perfect for mornings on-the-go.

Healthy Taco Recipes

When I think about healthy Mexican food, tacos are usually one of the first things that come to mind. I love all of the fresh creations that have been popping up on menus and in food trucks lately! A few of my favorites include:

  • Halibut tacos with chipotle lime yogurt
  • Healthy fish tacos with spicy picked onions
  • Grilled pork and pineapple tacos
  • Chorizo potato tacos

If you prefer to get your fill of taco flavor in something that’s more appropriate for a fork and knife, be sure to check out my taco casserole and dorito taco bake. They’re both incredibly popular – people love them! Make them with baked chips to keep them on the lighter side. This chilaquiles verdes recipe topped with fresh sauce and runny eggs reminds me of a breakfast version of taco casserole.

You might also love these low carb taco stuffed peppers or healthy tostadas topped with vegetarian “chicken” in a sweet and spicy maple-adobo sauce.

Healthy Enchiladas

Enchiladas have a special place in my heart. Good enchilada sauce has so much flavor! I love making my own simple enchilada sauce so I can control the ingredients that are in it and keep the sodium down. A few of my favorite recipes include:

  • Chicken enchiladas in creamy, homemade poblano sauce
  • Spinach and cheese enchiladas
  • Sweet potato enchiladas
  • Mole enchiladas stuffed with butternut squash

Stacked enchiladas are also really fun, and are easier that make than rolling individual tortillas. Try this recipe for stacked chicken enchiladas verde or stacked enchiladas with pork and pineapple.

Enchilada sauce can also add healthy Mexican flavor to less traditional recipes. I love pouring it over this sweet potato noodles recipe with chicken, enchilada sauce, beans, and corn.

These 31 healthy Mexican dinner recipes are ones you can feel good about, whether you’re celebrating Cinco de Mayo, Taco Tuesday, or just your average weeknight.

Happy May!

Cinco de Mayo is fast-approaching, and while I really don’t need an excuse or a designated day to enjoy Mexican food, I will definitely jump at a holiday that encourages me to celebrate by eating a taco or two! Are you with me?

Mexican food is one of my favorites and the proof is in the number of recipes here on the blog like my favorite guacamole to slow cooker Chile Verde, to stuffed pasilla peppers here in my recipe archives. But today we’re leaning into our healthier main meal frame of mind and that’s where these 31 recipes come in.

These 31 recipes are all weeknight-friendly (you can make many of them in just 30 minutes), low-carb, and full of lean protein and veggies. Plus, there are several seafood and vegetarian options. Guilt-free, easy Mexican meals you can make any night of the week? Now that calls for my favorite margarita! Because you know…balance.

From burrito bowls that blow Chipotle out of the water, to big, hearty salads with all of the fixins, these 31 healthy Mexican recipes are the perfect way to kick off May and celebrate Cinco de Mayo!

Make meal planning your month of meals a snap.

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You get the idea. Now let’s dig in.

These lightened-up Mexican meals are coming at you just in time for Cinco de Mayo! So without further ado…

May 1: One-Pot Mexican Shrimp Orzo with Zucchini

FoodieCrush

One pot and 30 minutes are all you need to make this easy orzo made primarily with pantry staples you likely already have hanging around. It’s studded with plenty of healthy shrimp and zucchini, and is full of great Mexican flavors, making it an obvious choice for any night of the week!

May 2: Mexican Chicken Quinoa Casserole

Well Plated

Casseroles are notoriously known for excessive calories and globs of cheese, but not this one. It’s made with protein-packed quinoa, black beans, and chicken, and has a healthy does of veggies. And thanks to Greek yogurt and a reasonable amount of cheese, it’s just as creamy and satisfying as a casserole should be.

May 3: Low Carb Mexican Stuffed Peppers

Healthy Seasonal Recipes

Stuffed peppers are the ultimate comfort food and these babies are low-carb, gluten-free, perfectly cheesy and spicy, and they come together in just 20 minutes!

May 4: Healthy Mexican Street Corn Burrito Bowls

Chelsea’s Messy Apron

Inspired by Mexican street corn (yaas), these colorful burrito bowls are guilt-free and full of so much awesome flavor.

May 5: Kale Taco Salad with Roasted Jalapeño Lime Vinaigrette

Plays well with Butter

This kale salad represents what all kale salads should be (totally hearty, tasty, and yes, healthy). This one one is loaded with honey chipotle chicken, black beans, corn, radishes, a quick pico de gallo, pepper jack cheese, and a roasted jalapeño lime vinaigrette that will be your new favorite summer salad dressing, and it’s a keeper in our book.

May 6: Grilled Shrimp Tacos with Avocado Crema

Freutcake

You know the drill — warm weather means grilling season, and these shrimp tacos with shredded cabbage and avocado crema are definitely worth firing up the grill for. The shrimp are marinated in a citrus-rum mixture beforehand (um, yes please), and everything comes together in under 30 minutes.

May 7: Ground Turkey Tacos in Lettuce Wraps with Cilantro Lime Crema

Joyful Healthy Eats

Think outside the tortilla with these ground turkey and lettuce tacos with tomato, avocado, and a super refreshing cilantro lime crema that’s buy delicioso.

May 8: Easy Chilaquiles with Eggs

Breakfast for dinner never tasted so good. This crave-worthy classic features tortilla chips, runny eggs, and an authentic enchilada sauce that’ll knock your socks off. Plus, it can be on your table in under 20 minutes.

May 9: Chicken and White Bean Enchiladas with Creamy Salsa Verde

Skinnytaste

The words enchiladas and light can actually exist in the same sentence. Filled with shredded chicken, white beans, and green chiles, and topped with a green chile enchilada sauce and just enough cheese, these hit the spot.

May 10: DIY Burrito Bowl

Oh She Glows

This gluten-free and vegan burrito bowl is for vegans and carnivores alike. It’s easy, healthy, filling, and completely versatile (try quinoa or cauliflower rice instead of traditional brown or white rice, or mix up the type of beans you use). Whatever you do, definitely don’t miss out on the avocado-lime sauce!

May 11: Instant Pot Chipotle Chili

My Food Story

This super flavorful, chipotle-spiked chili tastes like it spent all day simmering away on the stove, but it only takes 30 minutes in the Instant Pot.

May 12: Meal Prep Carnitas Burrito Bowls

Fit Foodie Finds

Take an hour on a Sunday and prep these yummy bowls for quick and healthy lunches or dinners all week long. You can cook the carnitas in the slow cooker, and while they’re cooking, make your cilantro lime rice, chop your lettuce, and prep your beans and street corn.

May 13: Grilled Chili Lime Chicken Fajita Salad

Cafe Delites

Ditch the carb-heavy tortillas and turn your fajitas into a big, hearty, healthy salad. This one’s bursting with flavor, especially thanks to tender chicken thighs in a chili-lime marinade that doubles as a vinaigrette, stir-fried peppers and onion, and cool, creamy avocado.

May 14: Blackened Fish Taco Salad

Chef De Home

This loaded salad has everything you love about fish tacos — flakey, blackened fish, juicy tomatoes, avocado, kidney beans, red onion, jalapeño, roasted corn, cilantro, and tortilla chips, all on a mixed bed of lettuce and kale. And don’t even get us started on the avocado lime cotija dressing.

May 15: Fresh Huevos Rancheros

Cookie and Kate

If huevos rancheros is on the menu, we’re ordering it. This vegetarian dish may be a popular choice for breakfast and brunch, but we love it so much, we eat it for dinner just as often. And with plenty of protein from refried black beans and a perfectly runny fried egg, it always fills us up.

May 16: Honey Chipotle Chicken Bowls

How Sweet Eats

This honey-chipotle marinade has become one of our favorite ways to flavor chicken on the grill. Paired with fluffy coconut-lime quinoa and a fresh and zesty side salad, these chicken bowls are the perfect light but hearty summer dinner we crave.

May 18: Roasted Cauliflower and Black Bean Tacos

Gimme Some Oven

These healthy vegetarian tacos feature turmeric-roasted cauliflower, black beans, avocado, and a zippy tahini-lime crema you’ll definitely want to put on everything.

May 19: Fiesta Chili Lime Chicken Salad with Mango Avocado Salsa

Little Spice Jar

Marinated chili-lime chicken, avocado, mango salsa, and grilled red peppers bring mega flavor to this satisfying salad that’s so tasty you don’t even need dressing.

May 20: Blackened Fish Tacos with Creamy Avocado Sauce

These Baja-style Cajun-spiced fish tacos are filled with a cool and refreshing avocado and cilantro tartar sauce, shredded cabbage, and fresh cilantro, beach-view and cerveza not included (but definitely recommended).

May 21: Skinny Refried Bean & Chicken Enchiladas with Homemade Enchilada Sauce

Ambitious Kitchen

These refried bean and chicken enchiladas were lightened-up with a few simple tweaks, like baked and shredded chicken breast (instead of rotisserie chicken, which has more calories and fat), less cheese, and refried black beans, feature and a wonderfully authentic homemade enchilada sauce that will have you vowing to never use the store-bought stuff again.

May 22: Beef and Butternut Squash Enchiladas

Slow cooker Mexican flavored beef gives these savory enchiladas their start, with a healthy dose of butternut squash to round out the healthier side. Give these an even lighter bite when you go easy on the cheese—if you can.

May 23: 20 Minute Skillet Blackened Shrimp Fajitas

The Recipe Critic

Restaurant-worthy shrimp fajitas in just 20 minutes? We’re so there.

May 24: Vegetarian Chili

A Beautiful Plate

You won’t miss the meat in this hearty, nutritious, and smoky 3-bean chili, made with fire-roasted tomatoes, toasted ancho chili peppers, veggies, and kale.

May 25: Skinny Taco Salad

Forget the soggy, bland iceberg lettuce and greasy ground beef taco salads you used to know, because this one’s getting a healthier (and tastier) makeover. Made with lean ground turkey, black beans, crispy tortilla strips, tomatoes, avocado, crunchy romaine lettuce, and a Greek yogurt salsa dressing (yes, please), this taco salad will be your new favorite.

May 26: Slow Cooker Mexican Chicken

Two Peas and Their Pod

This slow-cooker shredded Mexican chicken takes just 10 minutes to prep and is perfect for your next DIY burrito bowl, tacos, salad, nachos, and more.

May 27: Mexican Grilled Chicken Tacos

RecipeTin Eats

A bold marinade brings awesome flavor to the grilled chicken in these Mexican street food-inspired tacos. Even if you skip the taco part, make. this. chicken, because it’s all about that marinade, baby.

May 28: Chickpea Corn Fiesta Salad

Brewing Happiness

This 30-minute vegetarian salad (easily made vegan, by the way), starts with a bed of crisp romaine that then gets topped with crunchy tortilla strips, spiced chickpeas, corn, poblano pepper, avocado, and cotija cheese, and tossed with a lemon-honey dressing.

May 29: Enchilada Style Baked Chicken

The Harvest Kitchen

You can have the whole enchilada with this easy, low-carb chicken, baked with black beans, corn, tomatoes, and a homemade enchilada sauce. It all get topped with cheese, green onions, cilantro, and black olives, and it seriously could not be simpler to make.

May 30: Grilled Steak Tacos

FoodieCrush

Steak doesn’t have to be expensive. These tacos call for flank steak — an inexpensive but super flavorful cut that’s perfect for the grill. The steak’s marinated in a spicy, tangy citrus-adobo sauce, so it’s nice and tender and bursting with flavor. Top the tacos with some chopped onion and tomato, cotija cheese, avocado, fresh cilantro, avocado, and a squeeze of lime, and you’ll really be livin’ right.

May 31: Mexican Cobb Salad

What’s Gaby Cooking

The classic cobb gets a Mexican spin with this totally loaded but healthy salad recipe. It’s got shredded romaine, spicy sautéed shrimp, black beans, cheese, guac, and pico de gallo, and we could seriously eat this salad every day.

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13 Slow Cooker Mexican Recipes Under 300 Calories

These easy slow cooker Mexican recipes are all under 300 calories — and prep is a snap! So yes, you can indulge in Mexican food without busting your diet. Just be careful of the extras you serve on the side so you don’t pack on extra calories.

1. Slow Cooker Carnitas | 223 Calories

Rave Review: “This recipe is much easier using the slow cooker. It makes a great filling for tamales, enchiladas, tacos, and burritos. It’s also great combined with your favorite barbecue sauce and served on buns.” — Erin Parker

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2. Slow Cooker Chicken Mole | 289 Calories

Rave Review: “A dark, rich, complex flavored mole recipe. I generally shred the chicken so it will soak up the mole sauce and serve it with warmed tortillas. Tailor it to your own level of hotness and/or cocoa/peanut flavor. Mole is a sauce that has a lot of variations.” — ELAINE05

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3. Charley’s Slow Cooker Mexican Style Meat | 260 Calories

Rave Review: “Wonderful! We have used it shredded in burritos, enchiladas, nachos, omelets, and several casseroles that call for Mexican seasoned beef. It really makes a roast go a long way.” — DBYATES

4. Slow-Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup | 262 Calories

Rave Review: “This tortilla soup tastes better than anything you can get at a restaurant. And it’s healthy too! Don’t let the long list of ingredients fool you. All you do is dump everything into the slow cooker and walk away.” — Elena

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5. Chicken Taco Filling | 149 Calories

Rave Review: “This recipe is easy, yet delicious when used in tacos or other Mexican cuisine. Try it for enchiladas and nachos too.” — Dianna Brown-Brenny

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6. Andy’s Spicy Green Chile Pork | 169 Calories

Rave Review: “AWESOME dish. So easy to make and so, so yummy. Cannot wait to make it again!” — Mama B.

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7. Slow Cooker Beef Barbacoa | 292 Calories

Rave Review: “Very easy and very tasty. Great for parties. Set out tortillas and let your guests make street tacos.” — Jeff Pogue

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8. Chicken Enchilada Slow Cooker Soup | 186 Calories

Rave Review: “Added a can of rinsed black beans. It was DELICIOUS! And even better as leftovers.” — akk85984

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9. Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken | 148 Calories

Rave Review: “Easy to make, healthy, and full of flavor. Just put all the ingredients in a slow cooker and let the machine do the work. There are infinite variations as to how to use the finished product, and your family is guaranteed to like each one.” — Carajeanne

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10. Slow-Cooker Posole | 241 Calories

Rave Review: “By far the best slow cooker recipe I have made in a long time! It was rich, flavorful and hearty!” — kurlieq

11. Spicy Turkey Tacos | 251 Calories

Rave Review: A great way to use up leftover turkey (or chicken) meat!

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12. Mexican Pintos with Cactus | 153 Calories

Rave Review: “Cactus leaves turned out great! After they were cooked, I added them to fajita veggies. Yum!’ — Momi

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13. Slow Cooker Cilantro Lime Chicken | 272 Calories

Rave Review: “So easy and so delicious! we served it over Mexican rice and black beans with a little cheese and sour cream.” — Rae Barnes

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Quick Tip for Cutting Back the Fat

Allrecipes home cook, Arnold, shares his ingenious trick for reducing the fat in slow cooked beef Barbacoa: “Use potatoes to soak up the fat. Slice 3 potatoes into 1/4 inch slices and place as a bed and on top before you wrap the meat in foil. Slow cook on high, not low for 12 hours. When done, and before you shred, remove and discard the potatoes. They will be saturated with excess fat. Trust me you’ll love it.”

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