Healthy Mexican Food Recipes

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A collection of healthy Mexican food recipes including lightened up versions of favorites like tacos, taquitos, and enchiladas.

healthy Mexican Food Recipes

We’re huge fans of Mexican food in our house. I could probably eat it every day and be perfectly happy. From the look of it, I’m not alone – my Mexican inspired recipes are consistently some of the most popular ones on this site.

Unfortunately, Mexican food tends to get a bad reputation – especially here in the northeast where, until recently, it was synonymous with greasy, carb-heavy food smothered in massive amounts of cheese. When we went to Mexico for my honeymoon, we were surprised to find that a lot of Mexican foods aren’t like that at all. Instead, theres a focus on fresh fruits and vegetables, lean meats and seafood, and flavorful sauces.

When we came home, we realized that there were more healthy options on menus that we thought. We were always focused on fried tacos, cheesy enchiladas, and giant plates of nachos,  but we quickly discovered lighter options like tacos de carne asada with onion cilantro salsa were also on many menus. We fell in love with lighter options like bistec a la mexicana (beef cooked with onions and jalapeno peppers), cochinita pibil (pork cooked with acidic citrus) and salmon en manchamanteles (a delicious sauce flavored with chocolate and tropical fruit)

Now that street-style tacos are popular, it’s reputation is starting to turn around and more traditional Mexican food is even easier to find.

Of course, it’s also fun to make healthy Mexican recipes at home. I love finding ways to incorporate flavors like chipotle chiles, avocado, and lime into my recipes. I also love playing around with technique, and have discovered ways to lighten up some of my childhood Tex-mex favorites by baking them instead of frying and by making my own lower-sodium sauces (including this habanero hot sauce recipe.)

Here are some of my favorite healthy recipes for Mexican food:

Healthy Baked Taquitos Recipes

Baked Taquito Recipes

Taquitos and flautas, tortillas rolled around meat or other fillings and fried until they’re super crispy, are delicious. I discovered that baked taquitos can be just as crispy as the traditional version, but have much less fat. Depending on what you choose to fill them with, bakes taquitos can actually be healthy!

Along the same line as these taquito recipes, you’ll love making air fryer empanadas! They come out so crispy without any oil!

Healthy Taco Recipes

Healthy Taco Recipes

When I think about healthy Mexican food, tacos are usually one of the first things that come to mind. I love all of the fresh creations that have been popping up on menus and in food trucks lately! A few of my favorites include:

If you prefer to get your fill of taco flavor in something that’s more appropriate for a fork and knife, be sure to check out my taco casserole and dorito taco bake. They’re both incredibly popular – people love them! Make them with baked chips to keep them on the lighter side. This chilaquiles verdes recipe topped with fresh sauce and runny eggs reminds me of a breakfast version of taco casserole.

You might also love these low carb taco stuffed peppers or healthy tostadas topped with vegetarian “chicken” in a sweet and spicy maple-adobo sauce.

Healthy Enchilada Recipes

Healthy Enchiladas

Enchiladas have a special place in my heart. Good enchilada sauce has so much flavor! I love making my own simple enchilada sauce so I can control the ingredients that are in it and keep the sodium down. A few of my favorite recipes include:

Stacked enchiladas are also really fun, and are easier that make than rolling individual tortillas. Try this recipe for stacked chicken enchiladas verde or stacked enchiladas with pork and pineapple.

Enchilada sauce can also add healthy Mexican flavor to less traditional recipes. I love pouring it over this sweet potato noodles recipe with chicken, enchilada sauce, beans, and corn.


Hi, I'm Lauren!

I'm a certified plant-based cook and enthusiastic omnivore who loves looking for creative ways to make weeknight meals more nutritious. I'm the author of Heathy Eating One Pot Cookbook and Healthy Meal Prep Slow Cooker Cookbook. I also blog at The Busy Foodie. Read more...


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3 thoughts on “Healthy Mexican Food Recipes”

  1. These Mexican recipes are looking just so stunning and mouth-watering. I’m amazed by these food recipes. Will definitely try to make few of them.


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