There’s no reason you can’t get a little bit creative come dinnertime, and we’ve pulled together 10 terrific Mexican recipes that’ll give you the tools to do so. From a dangerously tasty five-minute guacamole (because who doesn’t look for an opportunity to consume as much guac as possible?) to fresh grilled fish tacos—there’s a little bit of something for everyone.
1. Five-Minute Guacamole
(Recipe from RD.com)
Guacamole is one of those rare foods that’s healthy as it is pleasing to the palette. Just a cup of guac provides you 15.4 grams of the daily-recommended 20 grams of fiber your body needs to operate at a functional level. Fiber helps maintain healthy cholesterol, and reduces risk of heart disease.
2. Chicken and Mashed Pinto Bean Tacos
(Recipe from Food52.com)
With this recipe, we recommend you use dried beans and boil them, as opposed to getting them out of a can, for the added health benefits. With just a cup of boiled pinto beans you’re getting 15 grams of lean protein. Perhaps most impressive though, is the calorie to fat ratio in a cup of pinto beans: coming in at 245 calories and 1 gram of fat per cup.
3. Pork in Salsa Verde
(Recipe from Mexican.Food.com)
Sure, this recipe calls for a more drawn out procedure, but the overnight wait while the pork marinates is well worth it! The spiciness of the salsa verde with its jalapeno peppers help fire things up a bit and enhance the flavor of the pork loin. Plus, every three-ounce serving of pork loin contains up to 17.8 grams of protein, and 210 milligrams of phosphorus (30% of your recommended daily intake) which your body needs to maintain strong and healthy bone tissue.
4. Roasted Pork Fajita Salad
(Recipe from PaleoPlan.com)
Allow us to introduce you to an even healthier variation on a traditional pork loin meal—the roasted pork fajita salad! This dish's claim to fame is its bell peppers, which are just 45 calories per cup and also rich in vitamin C, which keeps your skin looking young and beautiful!
5. Chicken Tortilla Soup
(Recipe from RD.com)
This chicken tortilla soup packs plenty of spice with it’s green chiles, and provides your body hearty servings of both protein (from the beans) and essential carbohydrates. However, the sodium content can run a bit high, so we don’t recommend enjoying this southwestern inspired soup too often!
6. Zesty Steak Fajitas
(Recipe from MissionMenus.com)
This one’s an immediate crowd pleaser, and packed full of essential vitamins and minerals from the green bell pepper, tomato and onion. We dug up a helpful healthy insider tip for you guys on this one: try washing down the steak with water before you go to cook it in the skillet, in order to shed excess fats!
7. Margaritaville Grilled Chicken
(Recipe from RD.com)
The only thing that could make this tasty dish better would be you enjoying it from a beach with a margarita! We’ll add that the cumin, oregano, and chili powder work well together to enrich the flavor complexity of this recipe variation on the traditional grilled chicken.
8. Fajita Burger
(Recipe from EatingWell.com)
This recipe’s dangerously tasty for those members of the foodie community that already enjoy fajitas and/or burgers. What’s more is this burger includes poblano peppers, which have .55 grams of protein and are only 13 calories per serving! Love something spicy? This is your meal!
9. Veracruz Style Fish
(Recipe from Saveur.com)
This recipe packs an extra spicy punch with a hearty serving of jalapenos alongside three tablespoons of jalapeno juice. What’s more is the red snapper in this recipe contains 70% of your recommended selenium intake per 100 grams. You might be thinking, what do I care about how much selenium I’m eating? Well, your body needs selenium to encourage proper white blood cell functioning, and also keep up optimal thyroid health.
10. Easy Mexican Meatloaves
(Recipe from KraftRecipes.com)
You had us at easy, or maybe meatloaves. As with most the Mexican inspired recipes this one has yet another southwestern kick to it, with up to a cup of your chosen salsa—the spicier, the better!