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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Crabmeat and snapper fillets add protein to these spicy seafood tacos, while light sour cream and fresh ingredients keep the dish surprisingly low-cal.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Slow-simmered, fiery taco meat is perfectly balanced with fresh tomatoes, lettuce, and green onions to brighten this enthic make-ahead meal.
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.
Watch our tricks to getting perfectly browned ground beef to add to tacos, casseroles, and more.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.