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
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
Enjoy 2 tacos for just 232 calories.
Fat per serving: 6 grams, 1 g saturated
Mushroom, Corn, and Poblano Tacos
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Serve with baked tortilla chips for a deliciously satisfying snack.
Fat per serving: 1.6 grams, 0.2 g saturated
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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