Healthy Mexican Recipes

Pan-Seared Halibut with Chile-Garlic Butter
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.

Mmm...Burrito Bowls

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!

Shrimp Ceviche Tostadas with Fennel and Grapefruit

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.


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 in Peanut Sauce (Pollo Encacahuatado)

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.

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DIY Corn Tortillas

Two ingredients are all you need to make tortillas at home with no ingredients you can't pronounce.

Slow Cooker Taco Salad

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!)

Crispy Chipotle Bean Burritos

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.

Chicken and Tortilla Soup

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.


Tlayuda con Chorizo (Mexican Pizza with Chorizo)

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.


Pumpkin, Bean, and Chicken Enchiladas

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.


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 pork pairs perfectly with corn tortillas and a sprinkle of chopped onion and queso fresco.


Creamy and soft queso fresco is a wonderful Mexican cheese that you can enjoy as a topping on tacos, a mix-in for soup, or as a crumble atop salads. With our tips, your homemade cheese will be absolutely delicious!

Silky Homemade 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!


Fajita-Style Quesadillas

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!


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. These colorful fajita wraps are a delicious, low-fat appetizer option for your next taco party.


Chicken Chilaquiles

Say "Buenos dias!" with this traditional Mexican breakfast recipe. 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.

Baked Tilapia Veracruz

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.

Healthy Mexican Recipe Tip: Tilapia not your favorite fish? Red snapper works equally well in this yummy seafood recipe.

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.

Salsa and Pork Fajitas

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.

Tequila Shrimp Nachos

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.

Fish Tacos with Cabbage and Chile Pepper Slaw

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.


Mini Mexican Tortas

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.


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.

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 sprinkle of queso fresco.


Green Chile-Chicken Tortilla Casserole

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.

Spicy Buffalo Tacos

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

Chicken and Green Chili Tamales

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.

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.

Tacos al Pastor

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!

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.

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 turnip-like veggie native to Mexico -- serves as a fresh dipping sauce for these savory pockets.


Cooked ground beef is super helpful to keep on hand giving you the ability to whip up a family-friendly meal in minutes. Watch as we show you how to brown ground beef using our easy tips for perfectly cooked beef.

Perfectly Browned Ground Beef

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

Spicy Seafood Tacos

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.

Crusted Tuna with Chile-Tomato Adobo and Spicy Mango

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.

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.

Pan-Seared Halibut with Chile-Garlic Butter

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.

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