9 Healthy Mexican Recipes

Enjoy these 9 Healthy Mexican Recipes that are guilt-free. Yes, there are such things as healthy Mexican Food! The majority of Mexican dishes are actually healthy if you keep them low in fat.

I rounded up some of my favorite healthy Mexican recipes that not only taste good, but are all low-calorie, made with fresh ingredients, and are easy enough for you to whip up right at home. I didn’t even include my collection of salsas that are always healthy like my Salsa Mexicana & Chile Guajillo.

A collage of photos of healthy Mexican food.

I think it’s safe to say that Mexican food is on everyone’s list of favorite foods. But unfortunately, it has gotten a bad rap due to how it’s prepared in the United States and other parts of the world.

Some people think that taco bell is Mexican food!

Low calorie & healthy Mexican food is possible if you just stay away from frying it (like these baked tortilla chips) or loading them with cheese! All you need to create delicious & healthy dishes are lots of veggies, fresh spices and lean meats.


1) Shrimp Ceviche

One of my most popular Mexican recipes on the blog – this Mexican Shrimp Ceviche is made with accessible ingredients that can be made with frozen shrimp if you don’t have fresh near by!

It’s low-fat, gluten-free and has incredible flavor!

A bowl with ceviche and a tostada on the side on a white plate.

2) Sopa De Verduras

Sopa De Verduras is one of my favorites because it’s so healthy and delicious! Use whatever vegetables you have at hand but I do recommend you incorporate most of them. I know you’re going to love this vegetable soup! 

It’s low-fat (almost fat-free!), gluten-free, plant-based, vegan, vegetarian and 100% delicious!

Two bowls with healthy Mexican soup on top of a wood board.
Sopa De verduras loaded with flavor and good for you vitamins

3) Lentejas (Mexican Lentil Soup)

Sopa De Lentejas is a popular Mexican soup that is healthy, delicious and ready in 30 minutes or less. It’s full of flavor! You can’t go wrong with a big warm bowl of lentil soup.

It’s high in iron, low-fat, gluten-free, plant-based, and vegan & vegetarian adaptable.

A white bowl with lentil soup

4) Calabacitas (Mexican Style Zucchini)

Calabacitas is a delicious and healthy side dish recipe, perfect for any meal! It just might be the Best Healthy Calabacitas Recipe I’ve ever had. This side dish is good enough to eat on its own, but it pairs well with other Mexican recipes.

Loaded with vitamins, low-fat, gluten-free, plant-based, vegetarian and vegan adaptable.

Calabacitas in a white bowl
Easy to make Calabacitas recipe

5) Shrimp Aguachile

Aguachile is closely related to shrimp and fish ceviche and if you like sushi or poke bowls, I guarantee you will love this healthy & fresh recipe! Make it as an appetizer or the main meal

It’s fat-free, gluten-free, easy and quick to make!

a white plate with aguachile.

6) Champiñones (Mexican Style Mushrooms)

Champiñones -a fast and easy vegetarian weeknight dinner! Serve it with refried beans (which my recipe is also low in fat!) for a complete meal. One of my personal favorite Mexican recipes!

Loaded with vitamins, low-fat, gluten-free, plant-based, vegetarian & vegan.

A white skillet with sauteed mushrooms and vegetables.

7) Frijoles Charros

Hands down, the best Frijoles Charros Recipe! It’s rich, hearty and so flavorful! The beans are perfectly tender, served as a side or as a main dish. It’s a comforting meal in a bowl, that’s bound to please!

Loaded with vitamins, low-fat, gluten-free, plant-based, vegetarian & vegan.

A clay bowl with frijoles charros and a spoon.

8) Vegetable Tacos

These Vegetable Tacos are so fresh and delicious with just the right amount of spices. The veggies are super healthy and can be enjoyed in many ways! You can grill them, roast them or even sautéd in a skillet.

Loaded with vitamins, low-fat, gluten-free, plant-based, vegetarian and vegan adaptable.

close up image of two tacos with veggies inside

9) Tlacoyos

Tlacoyos are a classic Mexican oval-shaped patty made with masa dough and typically filled with beans and cheese. Top them with a delicious fresh salsa and you’re set to enjoy a delicious and easy to make meal! 

This recipe is low-fat, gluten free, vegetarian & vegan options.

Holding a Tlacoyo with a bite with one hand.

My hope is to continue sharing healthy Mexican dishes as my little blog grows. If you have any requests do tell! I would love to help you create that special recipe you’re longing for.

Take care my friends! As always, thank you for being here!

Xo, Ana

Bonus Recipe:

Arroz Primavera (Mexican White Rice)

With just a few ingredients on hand you’ll always have the option of whipping up this light and fluffy Mexican White Rice.

A white bowl with Arroz Primavera with a white spoon in it.
Arroz Primavera

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13 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Such an excellent round up of Mexican recipes! Looking forward to enjoying these all week long; looks too good to pass up, indeed!

  2. 5 stars
    I love Mexican food and I can’t wait to try all of these recipes!! They all look so delicious I don’t know which one I’ll try first – but it might have to be the tacos and the mushrooms! Yum!

  3. 5 stars
    WOW! What a great collection of Mexican recipes. There is no need to search on the Internet anymore. I am going to start making them one by one. 🙂

  4. 5 stars
    Mexican is my favorite and if I can make it healthy, even better! I can’t wait to make every single one of these recipes!

  5. I MUST try that shrimp ceviche! It looks amazing!

    A recipe I would love to try are chilaquiles rojo! My mother in law makes it perfect, but she is not the type who uses measurements when she cooks, haha.

    1. Hi Nikki! You’ll love the shrimp ceviche!!! Let me work on the chilaquiles rojos very soon for you. I will have it on the blog by the end of the month…my chilaquiles rojos are awesome too lol! Thanks for the suggestion!

      xoxo, Ana