Bright, rich, and lively, this post shares 15 of my Healthiest Mexican Food recipes! You’ll also learn the healthiest dishes to get while dining out, and what to avoid on a clean or low-calorie diet.
If you know me, you know I LOVE Mexican food. Something about all the different flavors, textures, colors, and spices has me consistently making healthy Mexican recipes.
Unfortunately, most American Mexican restaurants contain many unhealthy saturated fats, oils, sodium, and calories. But who’s to say we can’t make our own?
This post shares 15 delicious Mexican-style dishes that use clean cooking methods, healthy ingredients, and proper portioning. It will read similar to my 3 Healthier Takeout Options to Make at Home. (Check this one out, too, if you haven’t already).
Ready to make fiesta-worthy, clean-approved Mexican recipes without sacrificing flavor and richness? Let’s get into it!
What Is The Lowest Calorie Mexican Food?
Grilled meat is an excellent option if you’re looking for something low-calorie at a restaurant. Go for grilled protein tacos like chicken, beef, or steak — and of course — fish! It’s also crucial that you choose healthy sides with your proteins like Mexican coleslaw, black beans, or veggies. And we can’t forget about salsa!
Additionally, it’s healthier to go with corn tortillas for fewer calories than refined flour tortillas.
Is Mexican Food Generally Healthy?
Generally, traditional Mexican food (and Americanized MX food) doesn’t mesh with clean eating. More often than not, Mexican food is made with lots of sodium and saturated fat. Many dishes are also deep-fried and accompanied by loads of cheese and sour cream.
So usually, not the healthiest. Luckily, many restaurants and fast-food chains are catching up with what the people want… more nutritious food!
And of course, you can always make Mexican food at home, which is fun and even better! Read on further for my favorite homemade Mexican recipes you’ll love.
What Is The Best Thing To Eat At Mexican Restaurant?
It’s not impossible to eat healthy at a Mexican restaurant, but you have to be intentional and choose dishes based on cooking style and their nutritional benefits.
Here’s a quick cheat sheet/ list of healthier options:
- Chicken fajitas
- Steak fajitas
- Grilled meat dishes (avoid deep-fried proteins)
- Burrito bowls
- Chicken tortilla soup
- Enchiladas (Remember to make sure they’re wrapped in corn tortillas.)
- Soft-shell tacos (When in doubt, choose soft tacos. Because less frying = less oil.)
- Ceviche (low-carb and always a clean option)
- Brown rice
And here’s a list of things you might want to avoid or lessen when you order:
- Sour cream
- Items loaded with cheese
- Anything fried
What Is The Most Unhealthy Mexican Food?
On the other hand, here are some deep-fried and unhealthy foods I’d suggest you avoid or eat in moderation.
- Refried beans (lotsa lard and excess fat)
- Chimichanga (These are deep-fried burritos, so…a big no. If you love burritos, check out my clean make-ahead recipe here.)
- Queso (often loaded with fat and calories if traditional ingredients are used. Check out my healthy queso here.)
- Chile Relleno (These also have a ton of cheese in them and are deep-fried in oil.)
- Nachos (Usually deep-fried and covered with loads of cheese and lotsa sodium. Don’t worry, I’ve made a healthy sweet potato version here.)
- Deep-fried tortilla
Is Mexican Food Easy To Make?
Yes, Mexican food is usually straightforward to make, which is why it’s — hands down — one of my preferred cuisines. Not only is it easy, but its ingredients are accessible and affordable.
You can make an entrée, appetizer, or side with a few staples in your pantry. For example, these beautiful Shredded Chicken Enchiladas are ready in just 40 minutes with super healthy ingredients and simple cooking techniques. So good.
What Mexican Food Can I Eat On A Diet?
If you’re on a diet, stick to low-calorie and clean options like grilled proteins. Make sure to accompany them with healthy sides such as ceviche, guacamole, black beans, sauteed veggies, tortilla soup, or an avocado salad.
Check out some of my clean and super easy recipes below!
What Are The Healthiest Mexican Food Recipes?
Ready to meet the fabulous 15 Healthiest Mexican Food recipes? All of the following are made frequently in my household. Because they are balanced and healthy, I feel great about serving them to my family and friends. Enjoy!
1. Slow-Cooker Green Chile Pork Tacos
Perfect for barbecues, a weeknight treat, or even lunches! These slow cooker pork tacos are juicy and savory but also keep things light and healthy.
2. Turkey Taco Bowl
Perfect for meal prepping, this Turkey Taco Bowl makes a filling and delicious lunch on the go. You’ll get a party in your mouth with a mix of greens, proteins, avocado, spices, and Greek yogurt. Wowza!
3. Cilantro Lime Chicken
This Cilantro Lime Chicken marinade is so easy to make and it’s perfect for grilling, baking, or sautéing. Imagine the juicy chicken with a splash of lime in every bite. Heavenly.
4. Spicy Shrimp Tacos
These Spicy Shrimp Tacos feature juicy shrimp, pico de gallo, and a creamy avocado cilantro lime dressing. We’re also using a yummy corn tortilla that’s healthier than the average flour tortilla.
5. Skinny Beef Enchiladas (With Cassava Tortillas)
The epitome of healthiest Mexican food! Enchiladas are my obsession. And most people don’t know how easy they are to make! Learn how to make them on your own for a flavorful, filling, and satisfying meal.
6. The Perfect Guacamole
Your go-to Mexican dishes wouldn’t be the same without this classic dip. Keep your entrees and sides fresh and healthy by making your own guac!
7. Homemade Tomatillo Salsa Verde
This Tomatillo Salsa Verde recipe is simply the BOMB. Flavor bomb, that is. It goes great on tacos, burritos…to be honest, I’ll put it on whatever’s around.
8. Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas
This enchilada recipe is such a satisfying combo of flavors. And I make it with simple ingredients so we can avoid unnecessary fats, salts, and sugars. This takes nothing away from the taste!
9. Huevos Rancheros
This dish is two of my fave things in one recipe: Breakfast and Mexican food. It’s got ingredients that I love like black beans, bell peppers, and avocado for garnish if you like. Not to mention jalapeno peppers and tasty spices!
10. Spicy Quinoa and Black Bean Vegan Enchiladas
Black beans are one of the most nutrient-dense ingredients! Loaded with antioxidants, fiber, protein, and healthy carbs, put them to good use with this dish!
11. Quinoa Taco Bowl
This one’s great to prepare for those lazy days when you don’t feel like cooking something from scratch. Prep it in advance and it’ll be ready when you want something flavorful, clean, and quick!
12. Chicken Tacos
Family favorite right here! The secret of clean and ultra-delicious tacos is my homemade taco seasoning blend with a beautiful chipotle lime sauce. Ahhh.
13. Pork Tamales
These tamales are clean and easier to make than you think. And it’s a hands-on process (which I find quite enjoyable).
14. My Go-To Pico De Gallo
Soooo in love with this pico! I use it on tacos, burritos, healthy nachos, and so much more. Why? Probably because it’s versatile, refreshing, and will add a burst of flavor (and color) to anything it’s on.
15. Slow Cooker Chicken Burrito Bowls
When a burrito craving hits, try this. These chicken burrito bowls contain cauliflower rice so it is very satisfying without a lot of excess calories. Yay!
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