As lovers of margaritas and Mexican food, we believe in celebrating the flavorful cuisine all the time, not just on that Taco Tuesday. Besides, eating healthy meals should still be tasty and fun. And lucky for us, finding delectable Mexican recipes that also happen to accommodate various dietary restrictions and healthy eating habits is surprisingly easy.
From vegetarian-friendly tacos to plentiful tostada salads and flavorful fajitas, the hardest part will be choosing which healthy Mexican recipe to make first. Oh, and we made sure to include options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, all outlining the nutritional perks that each dish offers. So without further ado, get the guacamole going by scrolling through our menu of eight healthy Mexican recipes below.
For Breakfast: Breakfast Tostadas
The Flavor Perks: If you're bored of eating eggs on their own or feel like the toast routine could use some sprucing up, these vegetarian-friendly breakfast tostadas featured on Foodie Crush from the Scarletta Bakes cookbook will do the trick. They're stacked with cumin-roasted fingerling potatoes for the perfect amount of crunch and ancho chilies for a kick of spice. You won't be sorry.
The Health Perks: Aside from being tasty, eggs are a great way to meet your need for iron, protein, and vitamin B-12, which supports heart health and can also improve eyesight.
For Breakfast: Paleo Nachos
The Flavor Perks: Never say no to nachos for breakfast, especially when you're following this recipe from Wu Haus. It's bursting with delicious flavors but also happens to be healthy and perfect for a paleo diet. Think black beans, jalapeños, sunny-side up eggs, avocado, and more.
The Health Perks: Instead of classic potato chips, it calls for baked sweet potato slices, so you'll be getting your Mexican food fix while also packing in the nutrients.
For Lunch: Mexican Grilled Chicken Cobb
The Flavor Perks: From Half Baked Harvest, here's a Mexican rendition of the classic Cobb salad. Just looking at it makes us feel satisfied; it's like we hit the jackpot of delicious salad ingredients.
The Health Perks: This tostada salad delivers plenty of protein from the chicken and omega-3 fatty acids from the avocado.
For Vegetarian Lunch: Grilled Street Corn Salad
The Flavor Perks: For a vegetarian-friendly version of a Mexican salad, you can't go wrong with this corn and quinoa option from Half Baked Harvest. With smoky paprika, aromatic basil leaves, and lightly salted cotija cheese, each ingredient contributes to a perfectly balanced dish you'll eat by the spoonfuls.
The Health Perks: Quinoa is a great alternative source of protein, magnesium, and iron when meat isn't an option. It's also super filling since it's a grain, making it the perfect ingredient to toss in a salad that isn't going to hit the spot otherwise.
For Snack: Plantain Chips and Garlic Guacamole
The Flavor Perks: Give your classic chips and guac a healthier twist by baking some plantains instead. This recipe from Minimalist Baker is vegan-friendly and calls for only the freshest of ingredients. Eat it as a snack to hold you over between meals. The garlicky guac is insane, so just be careful not to fill up on it before dinner.
The Health Perks: Tossed in coconut oil and sprinkled in just a touch of salt, these baked plantains are much healthier than a store-bought bag of tortilla chips.
For Happy Hour: A 5-Ingredient Margarita
The Flavor Perks: Here's a super simple yet thoroughly delicious margarita recipe from Minimalist Baker. With only five ingredients, it's also easy to make. Consider your happy hour sorted.
The Health Perks: In Goop’s newest wellness book, Goop Clean Beauty, Frank Lipman, MD, recommends opting for drinks that have smaller serving sizes but higher alcohol content (i.e., limit the beer and wine). So go ahead and sip on this margarita (in moderation, of course).
For Dinner: Steak Fajitas
The Flavor Perks: This steak fajita recipe from Foodie Crush is the perfect meal to make at the end of a day for yourself or the whole family. With sizzling, flavorful beef and sweet bell peppers, it's a classic that never gets old.
The Health Perks: Grass-fed beef is one of the most important foods to eat for anyone who has an iron deficiency. If you're hoping to cut back on refined starches and sugars, simply ditch the tortilla and enjoy the steak with a side of veggies or as is.
Vegetarian Dinner: Tempeh Tacos
The Flavor Perks: For a vegetarian take on your favorite Mexican dish, these tempeh-stuffed tacos will hit the spot. Brought to us by The First Mess, this recipe features citrus undertones and a sweet, smoky flavor from the ancho chilies. It's a symphony of flavors, if you will.
The Health Perks: Topped with a few slices of avocado for your omega-3 needs and stuffed with tempeh, this is pretty much the healthiest taco recipe ever. If you've never tried this fermented soybean, you're in for a treat (and so is your gut since it's a probiotic).
This post was originally published on July 13, 2017, and has since been updated.