26 Low-Fat Mexican Food Recipes
Goat Cheese-Stuffed Jalapeños
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Roasted garlic will elevate any dish, especially these stuffed peppers. The heat from the jalapeños mingles with tart goat cheese and pine nuts for a delightfully complex bite.
Ingredients: jalapeños, goat cheese, roasted garlic, pine nuts, thyme
Try this recipe: Simple Guacamole
When it comes to guacamole, you can't go wrong keeping it simple. Spice it up to your taste with some fresh jalapeños.
Ingredients: avocados, sea salt, lime, jalapeños
Spicy Crab and Avocado Tostadas
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Crab is rich in protein and vitamin B-12, and makes a great addition to this Mexican classic.
Ingredients: corn tortillas, lump crabmeat, lime zest, lime juice, mayonnaise, paprika, garlic powder, cilantro, chili flakes, pink Himalayan salt, black beans, chili powder, avocado, ground cumin, fire-roasted salsa, shredded lettuce
Healthier Mexican food
Mexican dishes are a crowd favorite, but they're often loaded with cheese and fatty ingredients.
So we gathered recipes that use fresh vegetables, lean protein, and fiber-rich beans to get the same great taste with less saturated fat and calories.
In general, you should aim for 30% or less of calories come from fat, and most of those calories should come from healthy unsaturated fat. (Use this handy calculator from the American Heart Association to determine your exact amount.)
So try one of these Mexican food recipes tonight!
Roast Chicken Soft Tacos
These tacos are a good alternative to often-greasy ground beef varieties. Use leftovers from a roast chicken or grill up and shred a fresh chicken breast.
Either way, you’re getting 37 grams of protein, more than half the recommended dietary allowance for adults, all for under 315 calories!
Fat per serving: 5.2 grams, 1.3 g saturated
Try this recipe: Roast Chicken Soft Tacos
Baja Fish Tacos
Fish tacos are a tasty crowd pleaser, and, unlike beef tacos, fish and chicken tacos are relatively low in saturated fat.
Choose fat-free sour cream instead of reduced fat to cut back even more on unhealthy fats.
Enjoy 2 tacos for just 232 calories.
Fat per serving: 6 grams, 1 g saturated
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Mushroom, Corn, and Poblano Tacos
Madonna's Favorite Burrito Recipe
We can’t guarantee that you’ll get as fit as Madonna by eating her favorite burritos, but they do offer veggie-friendly ingredients and heart-healthy fats, sure to keep you healthy and get you on your way.
Fat per serving: 12 grams, 2 g saturated
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Sweet Potato and Spinach Quesadillas
For a little sweet to balance out the spicy kick you get from Mexican food, try these Sweet Potato and Spinach Quesadillas.This veggie-friendly dish contains more calcium than a glass of milk, plus you’ll get an immune boost from the beta-carotene in sweet potatoes—and under 400 calories per serving!
Fat per serving: 13.8 grams, 4.7 g saturated
Try this recipe: Sweet Potato and Spinach Quesadillas
Cilantro-Lime Shrimp Tacos
These 10-minute tacos get their tangy taste from fresh lime juice and spicy salsa verde sauce. Cilantro adds a refreshing bite. Enjoy two tacos for only 453 calories—that’s just 226 calories per taco.
Fat per serving: 13 grams, 3 g saturated
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Skillet Veggie Tacos
Get your five-a-day with this veggie taco recipe.
Innovative taco ingredients, such as mushrooms and spinach, can help you up your daily vegetable intake. For added fiber, swap fat-free flour tortillas for whole-grain or corn tortillas.
Fat per serving: 2.3 grams, 1 g saturated
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These shredded fish tacos are made with tasty low-fat tilapia.
Sprinkle fresh low-fat cheddar cheese on top for added calcium.
Mango adds a sweet taste and tropical flavor to these tacos.
Fat per serving: 12 grams, 2 g saturated
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Chicken Quesadillas with Roasted Corn Salsa
These quesadillas can be made from leftover roasted chicken or even rotisserie chicken. And with a prep time of just 10 minutes and a cook time of 14 minutes, dinner will be on the table in no time!
Fat per serving: 11 grams, 2 g saturated
Try this recipe: Chicken Quesadillas With Roasted Corn Salsa
Mexican Tortilla Soup
Warm up yourself up in more ways than one with this healthy (and spicy!) tortilla soup.
Fat per serving: 11 grams, 3 g saturated
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Mexican Not-Fried Rice
No oil is used in our version of Mexican rice. Piled high with fresh ingredients, including equal amounts of brown and white rice, you won’t miss the “fried” part in Mexican Not-Fried Rice.
Fat per serving: 11.3 grams, 3.6 g saturated
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Zucchini with Corn and Cilantro
Substitute this vegetable medley for salsa and cut total sodium to nearly a tenth. Or use it instead of guacamole for one-tenth the fat and half the calories.
Serve with baked tortilla chips for a deliciously satisfying snack.
Fat per serving: 1.6 grams, 0.2 g saturated
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Move over fried tortillas! This recipe uses fat-free flour tortillas that are baked to crisped perfection, and topped with protein-packed fat-free refried beans and a plethora of fresh vegetables.
The tostada provides heart-healthy fats and fiber, which aids in digestion.
Fat per serving: 9.8 grams, 1.9 g saturated
Try this recipe: Veggie Tostadas With Salad Greens
Black Bean and Chicken Chilaquiles
This traditional Mexican breakfast food requires only 8 ingredients, including chicken, black beans and corn tortillas.
Because it's baked, it cuts back on the fat, but still delivers the flavor.
Fat per serving: 4.9 grams, 1.7 g saturated
Try this recipe: Black Bean and Chicken Chilaquiles
Turkey provides a meaty, yet low-fat, texture to this tostada recipe.
Fat per serving: 11 grams, 3 g saturated
Try this recipe: Turkey Tostadas
Toasted Quinoa With Chiles and Corn
If you’re looking for a low-carb version of Spanish rice, quinoa is your best choice. Quinoa is a whole grain that is considered a complete protein because it contains all of the essential amino acids. It also delivers iron, magnesium, manganese, and phosphorus too.
Fat per serving: 4 grams, 1 g saturated
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Spicy Shrimp Ceviche with Cilantro
Ceviche is a fancy, protein-packed version of fresh pico de gallo. This recipe features shrimp, citrus flavors, spices, and fresh vegetables. For easier preparation, use pre-cooked shrimp. Serve with baked tortilla chips or enjoy plain.
Fat per serving: 1 gram, 0 g saturated
Try this recipe: Spicy Shrimp Ceviche With Cilantro
Mexican Black Bean and Spinach Pizza
An Italian favorite heads south of the border in this simple, spicy take on Margherita pizza. Cumin, cilantro, and chili powder add a kick to fiber-rich spinach and black beans. Topping your pie with reduced-fat cheese helps keep it figure friendly.
Fat per serving: 12.3 grams, 4.8 g saturated
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Quick Roasted-Vegetables Fajitas
Add this recipe to your regular weeknight rotation. It contains four veggies you can get nearly any time of the year: zucchini, squash, red onion, and red bell pepper.
These colorful veggies deliver vitamin A, beta-carotene, and antioxidants and these are so full of flavor, you'll never miss the extra fat.
Fat per serving: 7.1 grams, 1.8 g saturated
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Black Bean Enchiladas with Tomatillo Sauce
Roll up your enchiladas with veggie-friendly, low-fat ingredients, such as low-fat cheese, fiber-packed black beans, and jalapenos. Serve with green tomatillo sauce, which includes hearty-healthy avocados, rich in monounsaturated fat.
Fat per serving: 8.1 grams, 1.7 g saturated
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Bean and Corn Salsa
Fiber-rich black beans and corn kernels in this fresh salsa will keep you fuller, longer. The recipe is low in fat, calories (only 30 calories for 1/2 cup), and sodium. Serve with whole-grain tortilla chips or pita wedges.
Fat per serving: .2 grams, 0 g saturatedTry this recipe: Bean and Corn Salsa
Soft Tacos With Spicy Chicken
Bring on the heat with these Spicy Chicken Soft Tacos! Spicy foods, such as the chipotle chiles in this recipe, act as a metabolism booster to help burn fat. Add fiber to the meal by adding a side of fat-free black beans. Enjoy two tacos for only 225 calories.
Fat per serving: 7 grams, 1 g saturated
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Spicy Black Bean Burritos
These vegetarian burritos are made with extra-firm smoked tofu, red onion, black beans, and are topped with a fresh salsa of plum tomatoes, cilantro, adobo sauce, and lime juice. You also get a flavor kick from a dash of cumin.
Fat per serving: 15 grams, 5 g saturated
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Grilled Corn with Chipotle Butter
Sprinkle a few more seasonings on your corn on the cob other than pepper and salt. Chipotle chilis and lime juice and queso fresco provide a smoky, spicy, and sweet taste to vitamin-A rich corn.
Fat per serving: 10 grams, 6 g saturated
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Chopped Taco Salad with Shrimp
Spice up your weekly salads with this Chopped Taco Salad with iron-rich shrimp. This 30-minute meal is a colorful combination of lycopene-rich tomatoes, heart-healthy avocado, crispy lettuce, tangy citrus, and spicy seasonings. And, it’s surprisingly low-cal with only 362 calories per serving!
Fat per serving: 20.5 grams, 3.8 g saturated
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Pork and Black Bean Tacos
Black beans give the classic “pork-and-beans” duo a healthy Mexican kick.
Black beans deliver appetite-suppressing fiber and protein. These tacos are also loaded with Brussels sprouts and mashed sweet potatoes for extra vitamins and antioxidants, like beta-carotene.
Fat per serving: 10 grams, 3 g saturated
Try this recipe: Pork-and-Black Bean Tacos