Healthy Mexican Recipes

Spice up your supper with our flavorful Mexican recipes. Whether you pick quesadillas, tacos, fajitas, or nachos, these south-of-the-border recipes will hit the spot. We've also cut the fat, sodium, and calories to keep these Mexican favorites heart-healthy.


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Quick Quesadilla Pockets

    These quesadillas are super easy to make. If you have frozen corn, a can of pinto beans, and some Mexican food staples in your kitchen, you're ready to prep these flavorful quesadillas.

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Taco Salad

    You won't have to eat another fried salad bowl again when you see how easy it is to make these low-fat tortilla bowls. Fill them with seasoned beef and veggies for a hearty, satisfying Mexican meal.

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Grilled Fish Tacos

    Grill fish fillets and tortillas for a smoky flavor in this Southwestern favorite. With only 3 grams of fat per serving, these tasty tacos are truly heart-healthy.

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Pork Chops with Lime Salsa

    Fiery-hot jalapeno jelly mixes with luscious honey and spicy cumin in these Mexican-inspired pork chops.

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Beef Fajitas

    Spanish onion and sweet red pepper make these beef fajitas extra tangy. Prep warm flour tortillas and have your dinner guests dish it up.

    Tip: Set out a light-on-calories pico de gallo for a truly spicy Mexican meal.

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Shrimp-Avocado Nachos

    This heart-healthy version of nachos uses shrimp instead of ground beef, fresh avocado and tomato, and a base of baked (not fried) chips.

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Tex-Mex Taco Dip

    This scrumptious taco dip is jam-packed with lean protein, soluble fiber, heart-healthy fat, and antioxidant-filled vegetables.

    Tip: Carrot sticks and baked tortilla chips work fabulously with this tasty taco dip.

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Tex-Mex Spinach Omelet

    Spice up an ordinary omelet with this Tex-Mex recipe, which features fresh spinach and cilantro. Omelets aren't just for breakfast-serve them with fresh fruit and whole wheat toast for a heart-healthy dinner.

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Salsa, Bean, and Cheese Pizza

    When you crave pizza, think outside the freezer. Instead of defrosting one, try this meatless Tex-Mex pizza made on a corn tortilla. You'll enjoy lots of flavor along with a healthy dose of fiber, monounsaturated fat, and heart-healthy garlic.

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Benito Bean Dip

    Store-bought bean dips may contain lard or high amounts of sodium. This super-easy homemade bean dip uses no fat or added salt.

    Tip: Dish your dip with whole grain tortilla chips instead of regular tortilla chips and you'll save even more in fat and calories.

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Fajita-Ranch Chicken Wraps

    Chicken, peppers, and cheese fill these tasty wraps. With a bit of light ranch and some easy-to-make salsa, you'll heighten the flavor without the fat.

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Southwestern Black Bean Cakes with Guacamole

    Sizzling right from the grill, these Tex-Mex veggie burgers are delicious.

    Tip: Try them topped with guacamole and tomato or tucked into a kaiser roll or whole wheat hamburger bun.

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Taco Lover's Pasta Sauce

    Combine Mexican and Italian cuisine with this zesty taco-flavored pasta sauce. With chopped fresh peppers, chili powder, and lean ground beef, this sauce may just become a supper staple. Just pour over your favorite whole wheat pasta!

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Chipotle Pork Chili

    This Mexican-inspired chili is packed with protein. Chipotle peppers add spice to the chili, giving it a sophisticated spin.

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Red and Green Gazpacho

    Colorful tomatoes, tomatillos, cucumber, peppers, and cilantro combine in this chilled vegetarian Mexican soup.

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Pork Chops with Black Bean Salsa

    Give plain pork chops a boost of Mexican flavor with lime juice, black beans, corn, and zesty seasoning.

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Chipotle Coleslaw

    This zippy coleslaw features chipotle peppers (smoked jalapeno peppers), which give a kick to the classic Mexican side dish.

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Grilled Avocados

    Get the grill started for this avocado entrée that's low in cholesterol and full of heart-healthy monounsaturated fat.

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Grilled Vegetables on Focaccia

    When grilled, these fresh vegetables gain hearty Mexican flavor without added calories or fat. Sandwich them in savory focaccia bread for an on-the-go entrée.

    Tip: Lay the vegetables perpendicular to the wires on the grill rack so they don't fall into the coals.

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Blueberry Tarts with Kick

    Finish with a Mexican dessert! A little cayenne pepper gives these sweet tarts a hint of spice and distinct Mexican flair.

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