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Healthy Mexican Recipes

Spice up your supper with flavorful and healthy Mexican recipes. Quesadillas, tacos, fajitas, nachos -- any of these south-of-the-border recipes will hit the spot. We've cut the fat, sodium, and calories so these Mexican recipes fit your healthy eating plan.

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    • Shrimp Ceviche Tostadas with Fennel and Grapefruit

      Impress guests with this showstopping shrimp ceviche that features Mexico's bounty of fresh fruits and vegetables. The shrimp, which is low in fat and high in protein, is cooked in a citrus marinade then sprinkled onto tostada shells along with fennel, red onion, grapefruit, orange, and avocado.

    • Fall Vegetable Fajitas

      These fresh and flavorful fajitas get their spunky flavor from a chile-lime marinade. Serve with seasonal veggies for a better-for-you grilled Mexican dinner recipe.

    • Chicken and Tortilla Soup

      This is not your average chicken soup. Stuffed with fresh veggies and roasted chicken, the low-calorie bowl of comfort incorporates ground ancho chile pepper, fresh jalepenos, and crunchy corn tortilla strips for serious south-of-the-border flavor.

    • Crispy Chipotle Bean Burritos

      Flaky phyllo dough makes these spiced chipotle burritos extra special. Phyllo provides a crunch that regular tortillas lack while keeping calories and carb grams to a minimum, so Mexican night is still a healthy night.

    • Tlayuda con Chorizo (Mexican Pizza with Chorizo)

      Put a spicy spin on pizza night with this low-calorie take on the popular Mexican street food known as tlayudas. The crispy pizzas use grilled tortillas as crusts, which are then piled with chorizo, Oaxaca cheese, salsa, and all your favorite Mexican toppings.

    • Pumpkin, Bean, and Chicken Enchiladas

      Transition traditional chicken enchiladas into the fall with high-fiber canned pumpkin. Part-skim mozzarella cheese keeps the dish low in fat while jalepeno adds heat.

    • Chorizo-Calabaza Tacos

      Not all Mexican recipes are rich and heavy. For a chorizo substitute without all the fat and sodium, spice up ground pork with a blend of salsa, ground chile pepper, oregano, cumin, and cinnamon. The lean poultry pairs perfectly with corn tortillas and a sprinkle of crumbled queso fresco.

    • Silky Homemade Queso Fresco

      Queso fresco can be enjoyed as a topping on soups, salads, tacos, and more. But did you know the crumbly Mexican cheese can easily be made at home? Just follow our Test Kitchen-approved tips and tricks!

    • Fajita-Style Quesadillas

      Serve up these healthy quesadillas as an appetizer at your next fiesta. Stuffed with fresh, colorful vegetables and gooey melted cheese, the fajita-style quesadillas have just 60 calories per serving so you can snack guilt-free.

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      Pork Empanadas with Jicama Pico de Gallo

      Stuffed with seasoned pork, these whole wheat empanadas are baked rather than fried, keeping them at just 8 grams of fat per serving. Pico de gallo blended with jicama -- a turniplike veggie native to Mexico -- serves as a dipping sauce for the savory pockets.

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      Zesty Fajita Bites

      Flavor succulent chicken thighs with a zesty fiesta-lime seasoning, then wrap them in flour tortillas with an array of bright peppers. The colorful fajita wraps are a low-fat appetizer option for your next taco party.

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      Baked Tilapia Veracruz

      Brighten up baked tilapia with green olives, golden raisins, capers, and cherry tomatoes. Fresh herbs finish the flavorful fish dish that has fewer than 300 calories per serving.

      Healthy Mexican Recipe Tip: Tilapia not your favorite fish? Red snapper works equally well with this yummy seafood recipe.
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      Chile Flank Steak with Grilled-Corn Pico de Gallo

      Steak for dinner on a healthy diet? You bet! Lean cuts of beef, such as the flank steak in this recipe, are delicious additions to a healthy meal plan. Grill with chipotle seasonings and serve with a bright, homemade pico de gallo for fun Southwestern flair.

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      Fish Tacos with Cabbage and Chile Pepper Slaw

      Cod and halibut are refreshing protein options to add to your favorite taco recipe without sacrificing flavor. Bake the whitefish with tomatillos and citrus, then pile it onto corn tortillas for a light but filling weeknight meal.

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      Spicy Seafood Tacos

      Crabmeat and snapper fillets add protein to these spicy seafood tacos, while light sour cream and fresh ingredients keep the dish surprisingly low-cal.

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      Mini Mexican Tortas

      In just 25 minutes, shredded pork can be transformed into a mouthwatering Mexican torta. Just pair the meat with chile peppers, fresh cilantro, and red onion on pint-size buns smeared with avocado for a protein-packed appetizer.

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      Tequila Shrimp Nachos

      Use tequila in your cooking for unexpected depth of flavor. Jam-packed with grilled tomatoes, shrimp, and chile peppers, these tequila-infused nachos are a bright and healthy alternative to the high-fat Mexican classic.

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      Tortilla-Crusted Chicken with Stewed Tomatoes and Corn

      For a creative (and healthy!) take on chicken tacos, skip the shell. This 30-minute recipe features all your favorite Mexican mix-ins plus a sprinke of queso fresco.

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      Green Chile-Chicken Tortilla Casserole

      Tomatillos -- small, tart, tomatolike fruits -- help put the "green" in this green chile casserole. Blended with onion, chile peppers, and cilantro, and layered with tortillas, chicken, and salsa, this flavorful one-dish dinner is sure to be a crowd-pleaser.

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      Spicy Buffalo Tacos

      Slow-simmered, fiery taco meat is perfectly balanced with fresh tomatoes, lettuce, and green onions to brighten this enthic make-ahead meal.

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      Edamame, Black Bean, and Corn Quesadillas with Lime Crema

      Fiber- and protein-rich edamame is a natural source of antioxidants and isoflavones. Partner with black beans and corn for a delicious Mexican dinner with only 341 calories per serving.

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      Perfectly Browned Ground Beef

      Watch our tricks to getting perfectly browned ground beef to add to tacos, casseroles, and more.

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      Chicken Chilaquiles

      Say "Buenos dias!" with this traditional Mexican breakfast. Queso fresco and sour cream balance the heat of chipotle-spiced chicken and tomatoes for a healthy breakfast that's sure to wake you up.

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      Crusted Tuna with Chile-Tomato Adobo and Spicy Mango

      Top cumin-crusted tuna with a homemade adobo sauce to add a kick to your dinner. The sweet taste of cilantro-infused mango perfectly counters the heat.

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      Mini Cornmeal Sopes with Chicken Salad

      These homemade versions of popular Mexican street fare have only 309 calories per serving -- perfect for your healthy diet. Polenta squares provide a simple base for a nutritious south-of-the-border chicken salad.

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      Mango-Chicken Tinga

      Tinga is a shredded-meat stew that gets its smoky-hot flavor from chipotle peppers. Throw in surprising, fresh ingredients like sweet mango to temper the dish's heat.

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      Pan-Seared Halibut with Chile-Garlic Butter

      Add chile peppers to any cuisine to flavor dishes with sweetness and heat. In this easy dinner, pan-seared fish becomes something special when served with chile pepper- and garlic-infused butter.

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      Enchilada Pizzas

      Put a fiery spin on a classic dish with these enchilada pizzas. Known in Mexico as tlayudas, these spicy pizzas are a popular street food. Using corn tortillas and fresh ingredients keeps these pizzas low in calories.

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      Our Best Mexican Dishes

      Whether you need a simple dinner tonight, a Cinco de Mayo menu, or a solution for leftovers, versatile Mexican cooking has the answer. These delicious Mexican recipes will work for almost any occasion.
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