Mexican food made healthy! I’m sharing tips for ordering healthy options at a Mexican restaurant and over 25 healthy recipes you can make at home.
Mexican food! It’s delicious and everyone loves it, but it can be a tad difficult to keep things on the lighter side when dining at a Mexican restaurant.
The typical scenario: you’re on your way to the restaurant and have all intentions of sticking with healthy options. Then you arrive, the server puts a sombrero on your head and your plan gets thrown out the window faster than you can say tamale!
Hello unlimited chips and salsa — can’t stop, won’t stop! Sure, I’ll have a margarita. And what the heck, why not get the Guadalajara Especial and then some fried ice cream to finish off the meal. You’re all fiesta, fiesta at the restaurant and end up leaving with a Mexican food baby, ready for a siesta. 😉
Okay, that example is a little over the top, but I also know that it happens. Been there, done that! Light Mexican fare can be hard to come by. So in honor of Cinco de Mayo next week! I thought I’d share a few tips for navigating the menu at a Mexican restaurant AND a roundup of delicious and nutritious Mexican-inspired dishes that you can make at home.
Here are some of my best tips for eating healthy when out at a Mexican restaurant:
If you’re local to Richmond, our favorite Mexican spots are Tio Pablo (completely gluten-free and have awesome veggie tacos) and Pepe’s for authentic fare. We recently checked out Lalo’s Cocina and it was pretty good as well. I’d recommend the Avocado Shrimp Salad. We also really like Goatacado (my favorite food truck in RVA).
Now on to the Mexican creations you can make at home from EBF and some of my favorite food bloggers! From tacos and drinks to dips and soups, these recipes are sure to satisfy your craving for Mexican in a healthy way. There’s a little something for everyone and as you’ll see many are vegan and gluten-free.
Quinoa Fiesta Bake — This Mexican quinoa casserole is not only packed with veggies and black beans, but is bursting with traditional Mexican flavors that the whole family will love. Vegetarian and gluten-free.
Chicken Enchiladas — These healthy chicken enchiladas are packed with flavor and nutritious ingredients! The homemade enchilada sauce is the star of this recipe.
Spaghetti Squash Taco Bake — This spaghetti squash taco bake combines low-carb spaghetti squash with ground turkey, taco seasoning, salsa and cheese for a delicious, healthy and easy dinner.
Turkey Taco Salad — This healthy taco salad is made with turkey taco meat instead of beef, packed with veggies and topped with a creamy southwest dressing. Gluten-free.
Healthy Guacamole — This healthy guacamole with frozen peas is lower in fat and calories, but tastes just as delicious as the real deal. The peas add a subtle sweetness and give the guac a vibrant green color! Gluten-free + vegan.
Mexican Street Corn Salad — An easy lightened-up Mexican street corn salad that can be made with fresh or frozen corn. This salad is creamy, delicious and perfect for summer cookouts. Gluten-free.
Avocado Salad — This healthy avocado salad is like deconstructed guacamole with avocado, tomatoes and a lime dressing. Serve as a healthy side or top with grilled protein for a meal-sized salad. Gluten-free.
Sofritas — A delicious copycat recipe for Chipotle’s tofu sofritas that’s loaded with flavor and a hint of spice. It’s the perfect vegan protein option for homemade burrito bowls! Vegan + gluten-free.
Fajita Soup — This slow cooker fajita soup makes for a comforting and healthy meal that’s packed with flavor and a hint of spice. It can be made in your slow cooker or Instant Pot! Gluten-free.
Tempeh Tacos — These easy tempeh tacos are loaded with Mexican flavor! Create a taco bar and let everyone load up the tacos with their favorite toppings. Vegan.
Skinny Paloma — This lightened up skinny Paloma is made with fresh grapefruit juice, tequila and lime juice. You can add a splash of sparkling water for a little bubbles. Vegan + gluten-free.
Skinny Margarita — This skinny margarita is low in calories, sugar and carbs, but still absolutely delicious. It’s made with fresh juice and has no added sugar!
I hope all these recipes and tips are helpful! I can’t wait to hear what Cinco De Mayo recipes you decide to make!