Low-Fat Mexican Food Recipes



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.




Roast Chicken Soft Tacos

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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


Baja Fish Tacos

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Enjoy 2 tacos for just 232 calories.

Fat per serving: 6 grams, 1 g saturated


Mushroom, Corn, and Poblano Tacos

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These flavor-packed vegetarian tacos are filled with several ingredients you probably have on hand. Plus, they take just 20 minutes to make.


Madonna's Favorite Burrito Recipe

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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.


Sweet Potato and Spinach Quesadillas

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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


Cilantro-Lime Shrimp Tacos

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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.


Skillet Veggie Tacos

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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


Fish Tacos

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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


Chicken Quesadillas with Roasted Corn Salsa

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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


Mexican Tortilla Soup

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Warm up yourself up in more ways than one with this healthy (and spicy!) tortilla soup.

Fat per serving: 11 grams, 3 g saturated


Mexican Not-Fried Rice

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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


Zucchini with Corn and Cilantro

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Serve with baked tortilla chips for a deliciously satisfying snack.

Fat per serving: 1.6 grams, 0.2 g saturated


Veggie Tostadas

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The tostada provides heart-healthy fats and fiber, which aids in digestion.

Fat per serving: 9.8 grams, 1.9 g saturated


Black Bean and Chicken Chilaquiles

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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


Turkey Tostadas

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Turkey provides a meaty, yet low-fat, texture to this tostada recipe.

Fat per serving: 11 grams, 3 g saturated


Toasted Quinoa With Chiles and Corn

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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


Spicy Shrimp Ceviche with Cilantro

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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


Mexican Black Bean and Spinach Pizza

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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


Quick Roasted-Vegetables Fajitas

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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


Black Bean Enchiladas with Tomatillo Sauce

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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