The Best Healthy Mexican Recipes

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Healthy Mexican recipes that are easy to prepare, full of flavor, and packed with good for you ingredients. Everything from tacos to quesadillas, salads, soups, slow cooker dishes, and more

Don’t wait to visit your favorite Mexican restaurant, make your favorite dishes any night of the week at home. These quick and simple Mexican dishes will please your taste buds and give you a lighter version so they are healthy and refreshing.

Living in Southern California, there are so many amazing Mexican restaurants. Everything from tiny taco stands at gas stations to fine dining and everything in between. And I want to try it all. Mexican food was something I never really ate in New England, save for some very Americanized ground beef tacos, and now it is something I love.

While I love going out for it, I also love recreating these flavors at home. Many of these healthy Mexican recipes were inspired by my favorite restaurant dishes, just lightened up to include but don't worry they still deliver all the flavor you expect with a good Mexican dish.

Whip up these guilt-free lighter versions of your favorite Mexican recipes. I have gathered some of my favorite healthy Mexican recipes that will give you those bold and bright flavors that you yearn for.

Steak tacos with lime and cilantro on two corn tortillas.

Healthy Chicken and Turkey Tacos

Easy Chicken Soft Tacos are a favorite in our home. You have a homemade taco seasoning that really adds a lot to the chicken, and that takes just 15 minutes to make. Add a tortilla or even lettuce wrap for a simple dish.

Ground Turkey Tacos are the classic Tex-Mex crispy taco made with seasoned ground turkey, shredded cheese, and all your favorite toppings.

Turkey Taco Lettuce Wraps take the classic flavors of ground turkey tacos but wrap them up in a low-carb lettuce wrap with plenty of cheese and avocado.

Grilled Chicken Tacos with juicy chicken breast marinated in lime juice and spices. This easy dish is a constant on our summer menu,

Pork and Beef Tacos

Steak Tacos will always win over a crowd. Tender and juicy steak, that is rubbed down in a homemade rub. Top with fresh avocado and cilantro and put in a tortilla or bowl of rice.

Carnitas can be made in your slow cooker or even the Instant Pot. Either way, you will have a delight The meat is so versatile and you can use it in burritos, tacos, serve it over rice, and more.

Blackened Steak Tacos take classic Cajun blackening seasoning and pair it with tender and juicy grilled steak. Topped with pineapple salsa, these tacos are so good. 

Carne Asada just may be the most well-known steak taco around. Tender grilled steak marinated in citrus juices, cilantro, and a touch of spice. This version is bursting with flavor from the marinade. 

Ancho Chile Ground Beef Tacos are the sophisticated version of the classic ground beef taco made with smoky beef and all the best toppings. 

Seafood Tacos

Blackened Fish Tacos come together in less than 15 minutes and are served with delicious tropical salsa. If you love fish tacos, you have to try these.

Chipotle Shrimp Tacos with Cilantro Avocado Slaw is such a vibrant and refreshing seafood taco. I love the perfectly cooked spicy shrimp and the cool, creamy slaw. Crispy, juicy, and downright amazing.

Easy Fish Tacos with Lime Slaw is the taco for you if you want a classic fish taco with creamy coleslaw on top. These are one of our most popular taco recipes for a reason.

Shrimp Tacos with Mango Salsa combine sweet and spicy flavors with seasoned shrimp that cooks quickly in a skillet paired with a tasty mango and cilantro slaw.

Vegetable Tacos

Sweet Potato Tacos with Black Beans are satisfying, full of flavor, and packed with plenty of protein and fiber. These easy-to-make skillet tacos are seriously delicious. No one will miss the meat.

Black Bean Tacos are the classic plant-based taco but these ones are special with stewed black beans that are full of spice and bold flavor. Ready in just 15 minutes. 

Grilled Vegetable Tacos pack with zucchini, corn, and mushrooms are a great way to get anyone to eat their vegetables. Made on the grill or in a grill pan.

Butternut Squash and Black Bean Tacos make the perfect meatless Monday with spicy butternut squash paired with creamy black beans served in soft corn tortillas with all your favorite toppings.

Quesadillas and Burrito Bowls

Healthy Chicken Quesadillas take under 20 minutes to make. Crispy outer shell with inside filled with chicken, beans, corn, cheese, and more. This is a wonderful dish to use leftover chicken with.

Slow Cooker Chicken Burrito Bowls are the best easy recipe with the chicken, rice, and beans all cooking together in the slow cooker. Just add avocado, cheese, and salsa. 

Spaghetti Squash Burrito Bowls made with pinto beans, tomatoes, bell peppers, and onions served in a spaghetti squash with melted cheese.


Tostadas with Chicken will brighten up your table with color and flavor. A toasted shell piled high with chicken, cheese, tomatoes, onions, lime juice, and more.

Salmon Tostadas are made with seasoned salmon, avocado, and crispy corn salsa. This delicious meal can be made all year but is especially great when it's hot outside. 

Ground Turkey Tostadas made with refried beans, ground turkey, avocado, tomatoes, lettuce, and cheddar cheese make a hearty and delicious 15-minute meal.

Healthy Mexican Slow Cooker Recipes and Soups

Two bowls of chicken tortilla coup with avocado, cilantro, and queso fresco.

Slow Cooker Fajita Soup gives you every ounce of fajita flavor but in a savory broth filled soup form. We love adding our favorite Mexican toppings and this tastes amazing reheated the next day.

Slow Cooker Southwestern Chicken is quick to prep, and you just let the slow cooker work at cooking low and slow to marry the southwestern flavors. 6 ingredients are all that is needed.

Slow Cooker Salsa Verde Beef will be a perfect one to make as you head out the door. Come home to a burrito or rice bowl dish.

Chicken Tortilla Soup with Fresh Corn fills you up on a cold and chilly day. I use fresh corn which adds a lot of flavor to this chicken tortilla soup. It does carry a little spice that you can tame down with sour cream and cheese.

Slow Cooker Beef Adobado is smokey, spicy, and such a tender and flavorful filling for tacos, quesadillas, and more. This is hands down a favorite in my eyes.

Healthy Mexican Guisados and Enchiladas

Enchilada casserole in a glass dish with melted cheese and cilantro.

Chili Verde is a delicious recipe that is authentic and I use three different peppers to make it. You can serve on tortillas, make quesadillas, mix in scrambled eggs, and more.

Pollo Pibil is an authentic dish from the Yucatan peninsula with tender chicken (or pork) cooked with citrus juice, achiote seasoning, and spices. This dish is so delicious and one many people haven't tried before. 

Chicken Tinga is one of the most classic guisados with slow-cooked chicken in a tomato chipotle sauce. It is shredded and used for tacos, tostadas, quesadillas, and more.

Chicken and Black Bean Enchiladas is a great one to make and serve up your family or crowd. Flavorful enchiladas filled with chicken, beans, and smothered in enchilada sauce and topped with cheese.

Chicken Enchilada Casserole gives you the flavors of an enchilada without all the extra work of rolling your enchiladas. Cheesy, flavorful, and the perfect weeknight dish to make for your Taco Tuesday.

Healthy Mexican Salads and Side Recipes

Mexican salad with avocado, corn, black beans, tomatoes, jicama, and more.

Healthy Mexican Street Corn is a magical side dish that can very easily steal the show of your main dish. A corn dish that is bursting with flavor. Jalapenos, corn, mayo, Cotija cheese, and more come together for one tasty dish.

Slow Cooker Pinto Beans if you do the spicy beans, you will have the perfect Mexican side dish for your friends and family to enjoy.

Mexican Chopped Salad makes for a great salad to serve up whether it be your meal or a side dish to pair with other Mexican dishes. Loaded with avocado, beans, fresh veggies, and savory and flavorful dressing.

Chili Con Queso is cheesy, and a perfect side or dip to serve up. Pair with fresh veggies, salty tortilla chips, or even cornbread.

Black Bean and Corn Salad is perfect for topping your favorite tacos or serving on the side as a side dish. Either way, this colorful and flavorful salad is a must make for your Mexican dinner.

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Amber Cota
January 18, 2019 - 15:52
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Delicious , I love all of these recipes . Thanks