Make Cinco de Mayo Healthier, with 30+ of Our Best Mexican Recipes

By , SparkPeople Blogger
Just in time for Cinco de Mayo, we rounded up our favorite Mexican-inspired recipes. Let's get this party started!

Main Meals

  Chicken Taco Soup
  Chef Meg's Chicken Enchilada Stacker
  Chef Meg's Creamy Green Enchiladas
  Chef Meg's Grilled Perch with Citrus Salsa, Cilantro Sauce and Salsa Verde
  Chef Meg's Trim Tamale Pie
  Crockpot Chicken Tortilla Soup
  Mexican Seitan
  No Guilt Cheese Enchiladas: SparkRecipes Un-Chained Recipe Contest Finalist
  Salsa Chicken
  Southwestern Chicken Soup
  SP_Stepf's Baked Veggie Burritos
Stepf's Mexican Pizza
  Stepfanie's Quinoa-Black Bean Casserole
  Taco Soup (Chef Meg's Makeover)

Appetizers, Veggies, and Side Dishes

  Avocado-yogurt dressing
  Black Bean 'Hummus'
  Chef Meg's Black Bean Spread
  Chef Meg's Cheesy Grilled Banana Peppers
  Chef Meg's (Leftover) Chicken Nachos
  Chef Meg's Mini Taco Cups
  Chef Meg's Peachy Pepper Poppers
  Chef Meg's Roasted Corn and Pepper Soup
  Chef Meg's Skinny Fiesta Dip with Baked Lime Chips
  Chef Meg's Spicy Stone Fruit Salsa
  Chef Meg's Taco Seasoning
  Cowboy Caviar
Pico de Gallo (Authentic Mexican Salsa)
  Pineapple Salsa
  Stepf's Queso (Sin Queso) Dip
  Stepf's Spicy Vegan Quinoa-Cornbread
  Stepf's Veggie-licious Guacamole
Celebrating Cinco de Mayo? Don't forget the lower-calorie margaritas, if you choose to imbibe. And click here to learn how to make great salsa!

Heading out for Mexican? Check out SparkPeople's Dining Out Guide first.

Whether you're craving Chipotle, Taco Bell, or a local restaurant that has Mexican cuisine, we've got you covered! 

Do you celebrate Cinco de Mayo? Are you a fan of Mexican food? How do you make it healthier?

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KOALA_BEAR 5/5/2020
Today we had enchiladas. I split a take out entree w/ hubby; I had 2 chicken (pollo) & he had one cheese (queso.) We also like caldo de res, huevos rancheros, & machaca which are relatively light or healthy items. When I want nachos I have them usually just vegetarian w/ frijoles fritos, then eat fajitas another time. I do enjoy a ground beef burrito or big dish of chile verde or carnitas taco covered in guacamole but those are saved for once every couple months or special occasions. I eat half & take the rest home for another day's meal. Report
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I love Mexican food. Report
a lot of good recipes Report
Great choices for healthy eating Report
Great recipes. Report
Delish, Thank you! Report
I love Cowboy Caviar served as an appetizer with Taco Scoops. Report
Can't wait to try the crock pot tortilla soup. Thanks for sharing your recipes. Report
I don't celebrate Cinco de Mayo, but I am a fan of Mexican food. I don't make it healthier... lol Report
My family just had 'make your own soft taco bar' last Sunday. Options were mayacoba (yellow) beans, grilled onions, mushrooms and peppers, soyrizo, avocado, salsa, pumpkin and sunflower seeds. We also had queso fresco, a salty skim milk Mexican cheese - a little goes a long way. So good...and healthy. A winner of a dinner for all!
I'm looking forward to trying Chef Meg's Grilled Perch with Citrus Salsa, Cilantro Sauce and Salsa Verde. Thanks! Report
BONNIEBONNEAU How is a compilation of favorite recipes misinformation. If you don't like Mexican food. Don't eat it. Nobody twisted your arm to read this blog. I personally welcome healthier versions of food I enjoy. I'd ask you who P****** in your Cheerios today but I bet you don't eat those either. Report
i am so tired of Americans catering to the mexican culture, and this "book "is another example of this. The goal of this is not to promote healthy eating. There have been many studies that have been published , that confirm , the best diet to follow is the Mediterranean one. I am very unhappy to see SP following like a blind mouse, to the sound of common misinformation , like all the rest of the junk cook books out there. I expect a higher standard from SP. Report
Everything is going to be home-made so I can control the salt! Turkey tacos, home-made salsa, home-made guacamole. And I'm going to make a "skinny" margarita too. For me, it's not Cinco de Mayo without the maragaritas :) Report
I do not celebrate Cinco De Mayo however I do love Mexican Food! I do not make it much though. Basically just plain ol tacos is what I make. I am hoping to make though some salsa this summer and can away for the rest of the year. I am also going to make the guacamole and cowboy caviar sometime. :) They both sound yummy! Report
Happy Cinco de Mayo everyone!
I enjoy my friend Ned's fabulous guacamole. It's easy - 4 very ripe avocados, 1/4 red onion finely chopped, 4-5 large garlic cloves also finely chopped and the juice of 1/2 lime. Salt and pepper to taste. You can also add a tiny bit of tabasco. Yummy! Report
Mexican food has always been one of my favorites. My make over includes baking mission thin tortilla chips, 80 calories for two. I have a taco salad most days for lunch. I just wish there wasn't so many carbs in beans. :) Report
I agree with what others have said. Keep it authentic, and you should be fine in regards to calorie and fat content. I admittedly like some of the Americanized takes with tons of cheese, but those definitely aren't what Dad used to make. Report
Exercise is a great mood lifter! Report
Our office is having a pot luck today. I'm not sure what healthy food I'll find, but I'm bringing cinnamon sugar tortilla chips with a fruit "salsa" - basically just fruit: strawberries, blackberries, kiwi, pineapple with a lime juice, lime zest and touch of honey "sauce". It's a delicious snack! Report
5 de mayo is a day like any other, I don't understand why american people celebrate this day. Report
I made "healthier" tacos tonight, using ground turkey...mmmm...tasty! Report
I plan to try at least a couple of these.. YUM!
So many to choose from! How will we ever decide? Report
everything looks delicious which do I pick first to try.. Report
Awesome ideas, I will definitely be trying some of them :) Report
Authentic Mexican food is pretty healthy as is because it doesn't have mountains of melted cheese like is typically found in these dishes in the US. I do enjoy Mexican food and there isn't much of need to make it skinny as it already is quite healthy. Report