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Blueberry-Lime Margarita

Frozen limeade adds zing to this stellar blueberry margarita.

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Chilaquiles Casserole

Our version of this enchilada-style chilaquiles casserole is packed with nutritious beans and vegetables. Canned prepared enchilada sauce has great flavor and keeps the prep time quick. It can vary in heat level so find one that suits your taste. If you want to eliminate the heat altogether, try a green enchilada sauce (which is often milder than red) or substitute two 8-ounce cans of plain tomato sauce.

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Easy Fiesta Beans

An easy, tasty way to jazz up canned refried and pinto beans for the perfect side to accompany any Tex-Mex meal. Opt for fat-free refried beans and no-salt-added pinto beans to keep this dish as healthy as possible.

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The EatingWell Taco

Building the perfect taco is a very personal task—cheese under meat, cheese on top, no cheese at all? This is just our recommendation.

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Avocado Ice Cream

This is a creamy, refreshing dairy-free dessert Rick Bayless has served in his restaurant Frontera Grill for years.

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Roasted Garlic Guacamole with Help-Yourself Garnishes

Rick Bayless’s new book is all about how to throw a great fiesta, or party, and a key part of any great fiesta is the food. “I like to welcome guests with this guacamole bar,” he says. “I start off with a basic guacamole made with roasted garlic and set out bowls of toppings so everyone can customize each bite.” (Recipe from "Fiesta at Rick’s" by Rick Bayless; W.W. Norton and Company, July 2010.)

» Roasted Garlic Guacamole with Help-Yourself Garnishes

Vegetarian Tortilla Soup

“Tortilla soup has a place, I feel, in practically every collection of Mexican recipes,” says Rick Bayless. This is a vegetarian version of the classic soup, usually made with chicken. Earthy dark pasilla chile flavors the soul-satisfying broth. (Recipe adapted from Rick Bayless.)

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Enjoy the fresh flavors of Mexican cuisine!

When you’re craving ethnic food—without all the fat—look no further than our neighbors to the south for healthy, mouthwatering inspiration. Many Mexican staples—beans, corn, tomatoes and peppers—are bursting with important vitamins and nutrients. Often thrown into the broad “Latin” category, Mexican cuisine has distinctive qualities, such as its many uses of corn; complex moles and salsas; and a variety of chiles that perfectly accentuate their intended dishes. The tantalizing flavors of these rich and piquant recipes will help you kick-start whatever fiesta you have planned—and to drink, don’t forget the cerveza!

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Healthy Mexican Main Dishes

Beans and roasted butternut squash make an outstanding...
In central Mexico, this salad is a standard—served as an...
Lovers of fried fish get the taste without all the calories...
Our version of this enchilada-style chilaquiles casserole...
Tomatillos and pepitas form the basis for pepian sauce--one...
Fish tacos have become all the rage in recent years and are...
Huevos rancheros or “ranch eggs” is a classic Mexican dish...
Usually made with creamy canned soups and several cups of...
Mexican cooks are great at turning tough chunks of meat...
Everyone gets an individual portion with this vegetarian,...
This variation on fajitas pairs fresh poblanos with steak...
Shrimp enchiladas offer a taste of coastal Mexican cuisine...
Dark green, shiny poblano chiles are the traditional choice...
We created this with leftover turkey in mind. Leftover or...
Veracruzana is a dish full of onions, jalapeños and...
While many North Americans think of tacos as having crisp,...
Tamales are a sign of celebration at holiday gatherings in...
Building the perfect taco is a very personal task—cheese...
“Tortilla soup has a place, I feel, in practically every...
Although it's traditionally made with limes (and you...
This steak fajita recipe uses bottled Italian salad...
The days of just stuffing chiles with cheese to make chiles...

Healthy Mexican Sides, Salads & Sauce

This mellow salsa, made with dried ancho chiles, is a good...
Enjoy this traditional Southwestern dish of sautéed summer...
Our healthier version of chile con queso will have ooey-...
These tortilla chips are baked, not fried, and a squeeze of...
The bright assorted colors of rainbow chard are especially...
An easy, tasty way to jazz up canned refried and pinto...
Surprisingly easy and far better-tasting than store-bought...
Tomatillos are delicious raw, but they take on a sweet,...
Enjoy this crunchy, refreshing alternative to mayonnaise-...
Street vendors across Mexico sell this style of roasted or...
Rick Bayless’s new book is all about how to throw a great...
Here's a homemade version of the tomato salsa served...
This mole pairs well with any kind of cooked fish, tofu,...
Escabeche, which means “pickled” in Spanish, is a popular...
This steak salad recipe is packed with fresh summer corn,...

Healthy Mexican Desserts

This is a creamy, refreshing dairy-free dessert Rick...
Use a pastry bag fitted with a large star tip to pipe...
Chocolate syrup makes a convenient base for a delicious...
In Mexico, papayas are served with a wedge of lime and a...
This melt-in-your-mouth custard is delicately flavored with...

Healthy Mexican Drinks

Frozen limeade adds zing to this stellar blueberry...
A summery take on a popular Spanish and Mexican rice-based...
This is a Mexican-inspired take on the Salty Dog (usually...
This refreshing drink is served by roadside vendors all...

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