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.

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.

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.

Pork Chops with Lime Salsa

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

Chipotle Pork Chili

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

Red and Green Gazpacho

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

Pork Chops with Black Bean Salsa

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

Chipotle Coleslaw

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

Grilled Avocados

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

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.

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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