10 Healthy Mexican Recipes

Head south of the border with these delicious dishes under 300 caloriesBy WomansDay.com Staff


Craving a mouthwatering Mexican-inspired meal that won’t derail your diet? We’ve rounded up 10 of our favorite fiesta-inspiring dishes that are each slimmed down to under 300 calories per serving. From a juicy Fajita Burger to savory Next-Mex Tostadas and cheesy Bean, Spinach & Corn Quesadillas, these recipes will have you saying “Olé!” to healthy eating in no time.

300-Calorie Mexican Recipes:

1. Fajita Burger
Fire up the grill for these zesty fajita-style chicken burgers, wrapped in a chili oil–brushed tortilla and garnished with sliced avocados, sour cream and salsa.

2. Mexican Tuna Salad
At just 144 calories per serving, this salad is the ultimate summer slim-down meal, with tuna, chopped tomatoes, red onion, cilantro and jalapeño peppers, served with baked tortilla chips.

3. Bean, Spinach & Corn Quesadillas
Twenty-five minutes is all you need for this tasty 225-calorie quesadilla recipe, loaded with fresh corn, black beans, chopped spinach and lowfat Monterey Jack cheese.

4. Mexican Pork & Sweet Potato Stew
Savor the authentic tastes of Mexico with this scrumptious pork and sweet potato stew that’s seasoned to perfection with garlic, cumin, cinnamon and cilantro.

5. Cod Veracruz-Style
Fresh panfried cod is paired with a sauce of sautéed onion, tomatoes, capers and pimiento-stuffed green olives in this crave-worthy dish that’s just 250 calories per serving.

6. Next-Mex Tostadas
Light, flavorful and packed with protein, this dish takes corn tortillas and piles them high with pork tenderloin, black beans, onion, sliced avocado, salsa and nonfat sour cream.

7. Mexican Mini Meat Loaves
This bold-tasting meat loaf is full of spice, made from a masterful mix of ground turkey, pork, chopped green chiles, chili powder and whole-wheat bread.

8. Ranchero Pork with Lime-Marinated Onions
Juicy pork shoulder is simmered in an enchilada sauce with green chiles, then topped with lime-marinated red onion and folded into corn tortillas—all for just 270 calories per serving.

9. Skillet Enchiladas Suizas
You’ll never believe that this sizzling enchiladas dish—made with shrimp, Jack cheese and zesty green salsa—is ready in just 8 minutes flat and only 275 calories per serving.

10. Corn-Stuffed Poblano Chiles
Nothing completes a Mexican-inspired feast quite like flame-broiled poblano chiles, stuffed with a delicious mixture of fresh corn, cilantro and farmer and Cheddar cheeses.


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