Healthy Mexican Recipes

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.

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  • 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.

    Start to Finish:
    2 hrs 28 mins
  • 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.

    Start to Finish:
    1 hr 15 mins
  • DIY Corn Tortillas

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

    Start to Finish:
    37 mins
  • 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!)

    Start to Finish:
    5 hrs 25 mins
  • 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.

    Start to Finish:
    1 hr 35 mins
  • 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.

    Start to Finish:
    25 mins
  • 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!

    Start to Finish:
    28 mins
  • 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.

    Start to Finish:
    7 hrs 25 mins
  • 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.

    Start to Finish:
    55 mins
  • 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.

    Start to Finish:
    40 mins
  • 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.

    Start to Finish:
    47 mins
  • 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.

    Start to Finish:
    9 hrs 30 mins
  • 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.

    Start to Finish:
    55 mins
  • 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.

    Start to Finish:
    50 mins
  • 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.

    Start to Finish:
    4 hrs 30 mins
  • 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.

    Start to Finish:
    1 hr 45 mins
  • 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.

    Start to Finish:
    44 mins
  • 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!

    Start to Finish:
    5 hrs 25 mins
  • 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.

    Start to Finish:
    1 hr 5 mins
  • 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.

    Start to Finish:
    30 mins
  • 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.

    Start to Finish:
    1 hr 9 mins
  • 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.

    Start to Finish:
    4 hrs 31 mins

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