Cinco de Mayo is tomorrow, and it just wouldn’t be the same without indulging in some guacamole, quesadillas or tacos. I know what you’re thinking: Mexican restaurants can be pricey, and the entrees contain so many calories that it might not even be worth it.
Guess what? We’ve provided a list of healthy Mexican recipes that you can make in your own home. They don’t require very many ingredients, and a lot of them can already be found in your pantry, which makes them very budget-friendly. And thanks to a couple of quick ingredient swaps, we’ve cut a lot of unnecessary calories out of these dishes, without taking away the comforting, zesty flavor. You can officially enjoy some of your favorite foods without feeling guilty about your waistline or your wallet.
Thrifty & Healthy Mexican Recipes
Cheaters Guacamole: This delicious dip only contains three ingredients and can be ready in a matter of minutes. It’s so easy that it feels like you must be cheating.
Corn & Black Bean Salsa (pictured right): An absolute must-have for your Cinco de Mayo party. The sweet corn in this dip is an excellent contrast to the juicy red peppers, and the black beans and avocados give it a refreshing flavor.
Mexican Lettuce Wraps: This delicious recipe from Where Your Treasure Is cuts back on calories by replacing the fattening taco shells with crispy pieces of lettuce. Add your favorite taco toppings to this dish, and it makes a wonderful well-balanced meal.
Cheese & Spinach Quesadillas (pictured left): Healthy Mexican recipes are often bursting with fresh, wholesome flavors, and these quesadillas are no exception. The delightful combination of spinach, roasted tomatoes and two different kinds of cheeses will satisfy your hunger without packing on the pounds.
Savory Salsa Chicken Casserole: This delicious one-pot meal is comfort food at its finest. The delightful combination of beans, chicken, rice and melted cheese is very satisfying, and the addition of salsa adds just the right amount of kick.
Easy Mexican Rice: Most healthy Mexican recipes just wouldn’t be complete without a comforting rice side dish. This rice recipe requires very few ingredients, is super simple to whip up and loaded with that rich, comforting tomato flavor.
Skinny Mexican Ice Cream (pictured right): We wouldn’t provide a collection of delicious, healthy Mexican recipes without a dessert. With a couple of quick ingredient swap outs, this dessert tastes like traditional fried ice cream, but it’s much more nutritious.
Which healthy Mexican recipes are you excited to try at your fiesta?