20 Healthy Mexican Recipes For Cinco de Mayo

20 Healthy Mexican Recipes For Cinco de Mayo

Looking to lighten things up a little for your upcoming Cinco de Mayo celebrations? The fun and festive holiday is on its way| but all the food can get a little overwhelming. If you’re planning a big bash or you want healthier versions of calorie-laden favorites| tempt your taste buds with these 20 recipes.

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| Mini Mexican Pizzas

I love that this reader knows just how crave-worthy one of those Taco Bell Mexican pizzas can be and translated those delicious flavors and textures into these cute little mini Mexican pizzas.

| Vegetarian Taco Salad

This layered vegetarian salad is a colorful and protein-rich dish that offers 25 grams of protein and fiber.

| Mexican Chicken Stew

Lean chicken breast| fresh corn| black beans| and brown rice combine for a lower-sodium version of a typically salt-heavy Mexican chicken stew.

| Grilled Fish Tacos

Skip the fryer| and grill up fresh and tasty fish tacos that are topped with tons of fresh produce like radishes| mango| and cubed cukes!

| Vegan Tortilla Pie

Another dairy- and meat-free savory Mexican treat comes in the form of this vegan tortilla pie from Oh She Glows. I would love to dig into a big piece of that.

| Chipotle Citrus Tacos

Instead of building heavy tacos smothered in cheese| sour cream| and refried beans| try these vegan chipotle citrus superfood tacos. Meatless| fruit-filled| and with superfood power to boot| these tacos bring a whole different colorful vibe to this quintessential Mexican dish.

| Polenta and Beans

Riff on the flavors of a traditional burrito and opt for a plate of vegan and gluten-free polenta and beans instead. It takes less than 30 minutes to cook and is under 300 calories per serving.

| Mexican-Style Crockpot Chicken

Let your slow cooker serve as a healthy resource for Cinco de Mayo| and try this delicious Mexican-style crockpot chicken recipe full of fresh ingredients. This preparation results in an absolutely delicious| fall-off-the-bone piece of meat.

| Healthy Seven-Layer Dip

Tons of dairy and refried beans keep traditional seven-layer dip heavy on digestion. Try this lightened-up recipe that keeps the same festive look with much less fat and far more fiber.

| Quinoa Burrito Bites

Skip the full burrito with all the fixings on Cinco de Mayo| and bake up a batch of these fiber- and protein-rich quinoa burrito bites instead. At just 100 calories a pop| they’re a much healthier option than your standard Mexican fare.

| Mexican Breakfast Casserole

Gluten-free| protein-rich| and under 400 calories| this Mexican breakfast casserole is the perfect slow-cooked recipe to whip up for a big Mexican brunch! I cannot reiterate how delicious and filling this recipe is u2014 I already have requests to make it again.

| Healthy Burrito Bowl

It may seem like a low-calorie meal| but a chicken burrito bowl with all the fixings like salsa| cheese| and sour cream can weigh in around 745 calories. Cut more than half the calories from the average fast-food bowl with this quick and delicious burrito bowl you can make at home in less than 10 minutes.

| Slow-Cooked Pulled Chicken

Four-ingredient pulled chicken is simple| fresh| and a perfect pick to satisfy a big crowd of hungry friends.

| Crustless Chickpea Quiche

Even if you’re not on a vegan diet| you’ll love a slice of Mexican crustless chickpea quiche spiced with cumin| onion| and peppers. Feel free to cook ahead of time| since the flavors only get better after a day or two.

| Roasted Pepper and Black Bean Salad

For a fresh start to a Mexican feast| kick things off with inventive roasted red pepper and black bean salad in endive boats| a party snack that’s easy to grab and enjoy.

| Guacamole Cups

I know I could spent hours chowing down a big bowl of guacamole with tasty tortilla chips| but sometimes all I’m really jonesing for is the freshness of the dip. Reinvented guacamole cups from Vegetarian Times would make for a beautiful appetizer or delicious side dish.

| Mango Red Pepper Salsa

Forget that jarred salsa laden with extra salt and preservatives. Freshen things up with a bowl of mango red pepper salsa; it’s sweet and tangy with the right hint of heat.

| Healthy Margarita

Instead of a frozen or sugar-filled margarita that makes your lips pucker at the sweetness| try to lighten it all up with our healthy margarita recipe.

| Green Juice Margarita

Kale| ginger| and lime give this spicy margarita a green juice boost. Detox| retox| anyone?

| Grapefruit and Basil Margarita

Add a little antioxidant power to the tequila classic with Cynthia Sass’s green tea and basil margarita.