50 Healthy Mexican Recipes You Can Feel Better About Eating

Because giving up Mexican food just isn't in the cards.

one pan chicken and quinoa
Erik Bernstein

When it comes to trying to lighten up, giving up Mexican food just isn't an option. And why should you? So when you're cutting carbs or just trying to add more veggies to your diet, these 50 healthy Mexican recipes are here to help you out. Whether you're grilling outside or slow-cooking inside, each of these healthy Mexican recipes will brighten up your day with a zip of heat and flavor that will have you thinking you're oceanside in Tulum.

And you know avocados are going to enter the chat: stuffed avocados, the best guacamole, even a smokier spin on the classic dip! We've also included plenty of crowd-pleasing appetizers and sauces to liven up your weekday dinner plans, summer barbecues, and potluck parties. From bright and fresh shrimp ceviche to classic elote, click through to discover more South of the Border dishes that don't skimp on flavor. Por que no los dos? Why not try them both!

Keto fans, don't worry—we've got a few recipes just for you, too. Cheesy keto taquitos, spicy burrito zoodles, need we say any more?

Want some drinks to go with your healthy and light Mexican feast? Try some of our favorite summer cocktails, non-alcoholic beverages, and our newest favorite: watermelon sangria. We also have a host of Mexican desserts to round out your meal. Here at Delish, we believe Desserts = Balance.

Looking for more healthy eats? Try these healthy comfort foods.

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Best-Ever Migas

Crispy fried tortillas meet creamy scrambled eggs, creating that magical crisp-gone-soggy texture that's irresistibly satisfying.

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Parker Feierbach
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Cabbage Enchiladas

Skeptical about cabbage? You might be surprised how well it melds with the other flavors. We're fans!

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Ethan Calabrese
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Taco Tomatoes

These might just be the prettiest low-carb tacos you'll ever see.

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santa fe chicken
Ethan Calabrese
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Santa Fe Chicken

This chicken dish is Tex-Mex at its finest.

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grilled shrimp tostadas with guacamole and red cabbage slaw
Anna Watson Carl
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Grilled Shrimp Tostadas with Guacamole and Red Cabbage Slaw

These open-faced tostadas aren't just for Taco Tuesday.

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best guacamole
Parker Feierbach
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Best-Ever Guacamole

We love dipping keto tortilla chips and baked plantain chips in this delightfully simple guac.

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Parker Feierbach
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Burrito Zucchini Boats

More meat, less carbs, can't lose!

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Brad Holland
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Turkey Taco Lettuce Cups

Delicious and light, these romaine cups will have you saying, "Tortilla, who?"

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Parker Feierbach
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Classic Salsa

When jarred just won't cut it, pile this on your next batch of fish tacos!

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Erik Bernstein
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One-Pan Salsa Verde Shrimp & Rice

Your favorite jarred salsa verde transforms into this easy one-pot meal. Everything cooks in the same pot for a mess free and, most importantly, quick weeknight dinner.

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crock pot posole
Ethan Calabrese
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Chicken Posole

Perfect for rainy days, sick days, and just-craving-soup days.

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spicy chicken taquitos
Parker Feierbach
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Spicy Chicken Taquitos

Traditionally shallow-fried, our lightened-up taquitos crisp up perfectly in the oven or the air-fryer. We love topping them with pickled jalapeños or pickled red onions, homemade salsa and sliced radishes.

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skinny burrito bowl
Erika LaPresto
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Burrito Bowl

Hearty, healthy, and the guac doesn't cost extra when you're in the kitchen.

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burrito noodles
Emily Hlavac Green
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Burrito Zoodles

Top with sliced avocado and lime juice for a speedy weeknight meal.

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Parker Feierbach
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Keto Taco Cups

If you're a fan of Tex-Mex ground beef tacos and are trying to follow a low-carb diet, consider these Taco Cups your new keto besties.

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chicken fajitas
Parker Feierbach
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Chicken Fajitas

Sub in poblano peppers here for when you want an added kick. Sizzling cast-iron pan not included.

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Chelsea Lupkin
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Chicken Taco Avocados

A fun, kid-friendly meal everyone at the table will love (and ask for seconds of).

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Parker Feierbach
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Best-Ever Salsa Verde

You'll never look at jarred salsa the same way again.

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Parker Feierbach
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Elote (Mexican Street Corn)

Perfect for any summer cookout. Can you say, Build-Your-Own-Elote Bar?

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spiced pork tacos with avocado crema and peach salsa
Anna Watson Carl
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Spiced Pork Tacos with Avocado Crema and Peach Salsa

We're pretty sure this peach salsa is on its way to becoming your next obsession.

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Parker Feierbach
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Best Chile Rellenos

We all love stuffed peppers–they're filling, nutritious, and heartwarmingly homey. But some days, you just need a little more oomph. Enter: Chile Rellenos.

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vegetarian enchiladas
Kat Wirsing
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Vegetarian Enchiladas

If you're feelin' fancy, serve them up with our favorite classic margaritas.

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zucchini enchiladas
Ethan Calabrese
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Zucchini Enchiladas

The bold truth: You won't even miss tortillas.

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cilantro lime chicken
Parker Feierbach
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Best Cilantro-Lime Chicken

Cilantro and lime is a classic duo of which we can't get enough.

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Easy Shrimp Ceviche

This ceviche just begs to be eaten poolside with a fizzy grapefruit Paloma.

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Chelsea Lupkin
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Zucchini Taco Shells

Taco Tuesday just got a bit more low-carb.

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Brandon Bales
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Keto Taquitos

In this clever low-carb recipe, traditional tortillas get ditched for CHEESE. Be sure to dip them in sour cream.

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slowcooker chicken tortilla soup
Parker Feierbach
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Slow-Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup

Smoky, hearty, with a jolt of citrus, this is the perfect set-it-and-forget-it meal for all year round.

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Judy Kim
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Beef Taco Salad

Add a side of guacamole and your dinner is served.

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Chelsea Lupkin
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Taco Stuffed Avocados

Swap in lentils for a vegetarian twist on this fun weeknight dish.

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