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.
You'll never miss the tortilla. We made these low-calorie burrito bowls with spicy, protein-packed pork, high-fiber cauliflower rice, fresh pico, and a variety of crunchy, delicious veggies. Watch our video to see how it's done!
Impress guests with this showstopping shrimp ceviche featuring Mexico's bounty of fresh fruits and vegetables. Low-fat, high-protein shrimp is drenched in a citrus marinade, then sprinkled onto tostada shells along with fennel, red onion, grapefruit, orange, and avocado.
Tender, juicy chicken thighs in a spicy peanut sauce -- at less than 400 calories per serving? Yes, please! (Psst, you can discard the chicken skin to save additional calories.) Round out this delicious Mexican recipe with a side salad or crisp-tender steamed veggies for a healthy meal.
Two ingredients are all you need to make tortillas at home with no ingredients you can't pronounce.
This fabulous slow cooker recipe is a triple treat: healthy, Mexican, and super convenient! Load up your slow cooker with ground meat and four more kitchen staples, then scoop the spicy meat mixture onto a bed of greens and top it off with corn, avocado, and cherry tomatoes. Whether you opt for authentic ground beef or leaner ground turkey is up to you. (Either is delish!)
Who says Mexican night can't be a healthy night? Substituting a flaky phyllo dough wrapper for an ordinary tortilla gives these spiced chipotle burritos delicious crunch, and it keeps calories and carb grams to a minimum, too.
This is not your ordinary chicken soup recipe. Stuffed with fresh veggies and roasted chicken, this low-calorie bowl of comfort incorporates ground ancho chile pepper, fresh jalapenos, and crunchy corn tortilla strips for serious south-of-the-border flavor.
Put a spicy spin on pizza night with this low-calorie take on tlayudas, the popular Mexican street food. Grill flour tortillas as crusts for these crispy pizzas, then pile them high with chorizo, Oaxaca cheese, salsa, and all your favorite Mexican toppings.
Transition traditional chicken enchiladas into fall with high-fiber canned pumpkin. Part-skim mozzarella cheese keeps this dish low in fat, while jalapeno adds tongue-tingling heat.
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 pork pairs perfectly with corn tortillas and a sprinkle of chopped onion and queso fresco.
Everyone knows queso fresco is a fabulous topper for soups, salads, and tacos. But did you know this crumbly Mexican cheese can easily be made at home? Just follow our Test Kitchen-approved tips and tricks!
Serve these healthy quesadillas as an appetizer at your next fiesta. Stuffed with fresh, colorful vegetables and gooey melted cheese, these fajita-style quesadillas have just 60 calories per serving -- so you can snack guilt-free!
Flavor succulent chicken thighs with a zesty fiesta-lime seasoning, then wrap them in flour tortillas with an array of bright peppers. These colorful fajita wraps are a delicious, low-fat appetizer option for your next taco party.
Brighten baked tilapia with green olives, golden raisins, capers, and cherry tomatoes. Fresh herbs finish this flavorful fish recipe that has fewer than 300 calories per serving.
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.
There's the traditional way to make saucy, delicious fajitas -- and then there's this easy, healthy fajita recipe featuring slow-cooked lean pork, low-cal corn tortillas, and homemade salsa verde. Top off these flavorful pockets with vitamin C-rich mango for sweet, fresh contrast.
Cooking with tequila adds an unexpected depth of flavor to your dishes. 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.
Cod and halibut are satisfying protein options to add to your favorite taco recipe. Bake the whitefish with tomatillos and citrus to impart amazing flavor, then pile it onto corn tortillas for a light but filling weeknight meal.
In just 25 minutes, you can transform shredded pork 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.
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.
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 sprinkle of queso fresco.
Tomatillos -- small, tart, tomato-like 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 recipe is sure to be a crowd-pleaser.
Slow-simmered, fiery taco meat is perfectly balanced with fresh tomatoes, lettuce, and green onions to brighten this ethnic make-ahead meal.
Think chicken tamales won't fit into a healthy eating plan? Think again! Each of these spicy, low-fat tamales stands at just a smidge over 100 calories. Dip them in fresh, zippy pico de gallo for even more flavor.
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.
What gives this healthy taco recipe its sweet, delicious zip? It's all about the pineapple! We infused tender pork with a quick marinade of pineapple juice, pureed chile peppers, and Mexican spices before grilling, dicing, and stuffing the meat into tortillas with even more sweet pineapple. Best part? Each two-taco serving clocks in at less than 400 calories!
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.
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 turnip-like veggie native to Mexico -- serves as a fresh dipping sauce for these savory pockets.
Watch our tricks to getting perfectly browned ground beef to add to tacos, casseroles, and more.
Crabmeat and snapper fillets add protein to these spicy seafood tacos, while light sour cream and fresh fruits and veggies keep this dish surprisingly low-cal.
Top cumin-crusted tuna with homemade adobo sauce to give your dinner a little kick. The sweet taste of cilantro-infused mango relish perfectly counters the heat.
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.
Chile peppers add delectable sweetness and heat to any type of cuisine. In this easy dinner recipe, ordinary pan-seared fish becomes something special when served with chile pepper- and garlic-infused butter.