Healthy Mexican recipes can be a difficult thing to find. After all, there are delicious healthy Mexican dishes, and you want the best. You don’t want to give up on this type of meal, but you also don’t want to indulge in something unhealthy.
In this article we will share our favorite easy Mexican recipes. Many of these recipes can be whipped up in few minutes so are perfect for a midweek meal but tasty enough for entertaining. Below are the health benefits of Mexican food.
Healthy Mexican Recipes
Chilaquiles (pronounced Chee-lay-KEE-lays) is one of our favourite Mexican food recipes made using corn tortillas cut into quarters which are lightly fried, and topped with red (tomatoes & chillies) or green (made with tomatillos) salsa. Shredded chicken and either fried or scrambled eggs are then usually added, followed by thin slices of raw onion, sour cream and queso fresca. This is one of the Mexican dishes that’s commonly served at breakfast time.
Another one of the more easy Mexican food recipes, and easily the most iconic, are Mexican tacos! Whatever you have in the fridge, armed with some taco seasoning and soft tacos, its pretty easy to whip up some epic Mexican tacos quickly. Some of our favourites include Prawn Tacos, Baja Fish Tacos, Chicken Tinga Tacos and our low carb meat-free vegan tacos.
Discover all of our Gran Luchito Taco recipes and make sure you serve them up with a dollop of our authentic salsa.
Fajitas are similar to tacos, but with strips of grilled peppers, onions and either meat or veg wrapped up in warm tortillas. They are great for a crowd because they are customisable, and everyone can make theirs just as they want. Our fajita recipes include Chipotle Steak, Halloumi, Prawn, and Chicken.
How can you make a corn-on-the-cob better? Easy, smother it in Chipotle Chilli Mayo, sprinkle it with cheese, chilli and fresh coriander and squeeze fresh lime juice all over it! This is summer on a plate that you’ll find all over the streets of Mexico. Keep it on the cob for elotes and off the cob served in a cup with the same additions for esquites. Whichever you go for, you’re on to a winner!
You’ll find many different types of tostada around Mexico. Corn tortillas are fried in oil until crispy then piled high with amazing toppings. In coastal areas, it’s all about fish, which may be served raw as ceviche, mixed with lots of fresh lime juice, chilli and coriander. Elsewhere, frijoles refritos (refried beans), cheese and meat are popular too. The easiest (and most delicious) tostada to make is the Tuna Tostada.
Crispy corn tortillas spread with Chipotle Chilli Mayo, topped with tuna marinated in lime juice & soy, sprinkled with crispy deep-fried leeks and plenty of lime & coriander. It’s fusion food and it’s seriously amazing!
Another one of the super easy Mexican food recipes to make, and with crispy chorizo the taste is incredible! Perfect for dipping with our Lightly Salted Tortilla Chips for a film night or a buffet. No reason why you can’t play with the toppings either!
7. Queso Fundido
Next on our list of Mexican food recipes is queso fundido. This rich cheesy dish is perfect to dip into whilst watching a film, or works perfectly as a little starter. Queso fundido is a winner whenever you serve it. It’s traditionally served with soft corn tortillas, but we’ve subbed in a bag of our authentic Lightly Salted Tortilla Chips.
As long as you have good quality avocados, guacamole is amazing and so easy to make. Once you’ve mastered the basics you can play with the ingredients and make it a bit more adventurous. This tasty idea uses lovely chunks of juicy mango topped with delicious pomegranate seeds. It doesn’t get much more summery than this.
9. Street Corn
A Mexican food recipe plucked straight from the streets of Mexico City. Mexican sweet corn (or street corn as we like to call it) works brilliantly as a BBQ side dish. In the pictures below we made this Mexican street food as a starter served with our delicious Gran Luchito Lightly Salted Tortilla Chips.
10. Huevos Rancheros
Finally on our list of Mexican food recipes is the Gran Luchito take on huevos rancheros. We poached eggs in a slow-cooked rich and spicy tomato and red pepper sauce and served them with our soft flour tortillas. This is one of our favourite Mexican recipes for brunch when you’ve got the time to make it. It’s everything you need to set yourself up for a productive day.
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Easy Mexican Recipes
1) Shrimp Ceviche
One of my most popular Mexican recipes on the blog – this Mexican Shrimp Ceviche is made with accessible ingredients that can be made with frozen shrimp if you don’t have fresh near by!
It’s low-fat, gluten-free and has incredible flavor!
2) Sopa De Verduras
Sopa De Verduras is one of my favorites because it’s so healthy and delicious! Use whatever vegetables you have at hand but I do recommend you incorporate most of them. I know you’re going to love this vegetable soup!
3) Lentejas (Mexican Lentil Soup)
Sopa De Lentejas is a popular Mexican soup that is healthy, delicious and ready in 30 minutes or less. It’s full of flavor! You can’t go wrong with a big warm bowl of lentil soup.
4) Calabacitas (Mexican Style Zucchini)
Calabacitas is a delicious and healthy side dish recipe, perfect for any meal! It just might be the Best Healthy Calabacitas Recipe I’ve ever had. This side dish is good enough to eat on its own, but it pairs well with other Mexican recipes.
Loaded with vitamins, low-fat, gluten-free, plant-based, vegetarian and vegan adaptable.
5) Shrimp Aguachile
Aguachile is closely related to shrimp and fish ceviche and if you like sushi or poke bowls, I guarantee you will love this healthy & fresh recipe! Make it as an appetizer or the main meal
Healthy Mexican Dishes
Nachos may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of healthy food. But, at only 360 calories, this recipe delivers on all of the taste without any of the guilt. The secret here is a spicy cheese sauce that tastes decadent but actually helps save on the calories.
Crispy Chipotle Shrimp Quesadilla
At a restaurant, quesadillas can come in at nearly 1,000 calories, but this lighter version comes in at only 340. Caramelized vegetables complement the spicy shrimp, and add density to the dish without adding on unnecessary fat.
When you’re looking for a simple meal to make for taco night, this classic beef taco recipe is great to have in your back pocket. Top with lots of vegetables—like fresh pico de gallo—to pack in some extra nutrients with each bite.
Sweet Potato and Spicy Chorizo Tacos
If you’re in the mood for comfort food but don’t want to go overboard, these sweet potato and chorizo tacos are a great option. Looking to make it vegetarian? Swap out the meat with soy chorizo instead.
Vegetarian Black Bean Omelet
Don’t forget about breakfast! Starting the day off with a healthy Mexican-inspired omelet can help you get on track for mindful eating throughout the day. This recipe packs in the flavor for just 330 calories and can be part of a budget-conscious meal plan.
Fish Taco Bowls
Looking for cleaner dairy-free healthy Mexican recipes? This fish taco bowl will do it! Loaded with fresh mango salsa, slaw, guacamole, and cauliflower rice, this fish taco bowl is an easy one to make for dinner—or even meal prep for the week.
Crock-Pot Vegetarian Chili
If you’re looking for even more ways to cut meat out of your diet, then you’re going to love this crock-pot vegetarian chili recipe. It’s a great, healthy option when you need to serve a crowd.
Plant-Based Breakfast Burrito
If you’re looking for even more plant-based healthy Mexican recipes, you’re going to love this plant-based breakfast burrito option. Topped with all kinds of hearty (yet healthy) options to keep you full for hours.
Health Benefits of Mexican Food
1. Soluble Fiber
Soluble fiber helps food to move through your digestive tract more quickly for healthy elimination and helps lower blood cholesterol and glucose levels. Whole beans, especially black and pinto, are rich in fiber and are more nutritious than refried beans. A 1/2-cup of whole beans will supply up to 7 grams of fiber and a healthy amount of protein.
2. Vitamins & Minerals
Vitamins and Minerals are essential for maintaining a healthy body. Fresh tomatoes and onions, key ingredients in salsa, are rich in vitamin C. Avocados, the mail ingredient of guacamole, are an excellent source of heart-healthy unsaturated fats and pantothenic acid, vitamin K, copper, folate, vitamin B6, potassium and vitamin E.
Capsaicin is the substance that generates the heat in spicy peppers and chilies. It can be a helpful in the prevention and treatment of prostate cancer, according to the American Association for Cancer Research. Capsaicin is also helpful in lowering blood pressure and cholesterol levels and relieving the congestion of common colds and allergies.
Protein is necessary to increase your energy level and keep muscles and tissues healthy. Meats, like chicken a beef found in Benito’s delicious fajitas and cheese, eaten in moderation, are a good source of protein.