Healthy Mexican Side Dish Recipes

Find healthy, delicious Mexican side dish recipes including Mexican beans, rice and vegetables. Healthier recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

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Chilaquiles Casserole

Rating: 4.78 stars
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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.

Taco Bowls

Rating: 4.33 stars
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In this homemade taco bowl recipe, we show you how to make a taco bowl with a corn tortilla using the underside of a muffin tin as a mold and then baking it to create cute little taco serving bowls.

Chipotle-Cheddar Broiled Avocado Halves

Rating: 4.5 stars
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In this avocado side-dish recipe, zesty avocado halves are topped with melted Cheddar cheese and broiled until golden brown. You can serve these healthy avocado halves as a side dish with grilled chicken or steak.

Orange & Avocado Salad

Rating: 4.75 stars
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This colorful salad would be a welcome addition to a Mexican-inspired meal.

Tex-Mex Summer Squash Casserole

Rating: 4.92 stars
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Chiles and cheese turn mild summer squash into a zesty, satisfying casserole. The jalapenos make this dish quite hot; if you prefer a milder version, use a second can of diced green chiles instead.

8-Layer Taco Salad

Rating: 4 stars
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This gorgeous and colorful 8-layer taco salad recipe is made healthier by using ground turkey in place of beef, adding Greek yogurt and bumping up the amount of vegetables. Serve this salad in a clear glass bowl and you'll have an eye-catching party-worthy dinner or potluck side in just 30 minutes.

Roasted Corn, Black Bean & Mango Salad

Rating: 4.71 stars
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This simple, fresh-tasting salad adds delicious variety to grilled foods, such as salmon, halibut, chicken or pork. Browning the corn in a skillet gives it a nutty, caramelized flavor that contrasts with the sweetness of the mango.

Mexican Grilled Corn

Rating: 5 stars
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Street vendors across Mexico sell this style of roasted or grilled corn--topped with mayonnaise, chili powder and Cotija cheese. You can serve the unadorned corn on a platter with small bowls of the sauce, cheese and lime on the side so everyone can make their own.

Nina's Mexican Rice

Rating: 4 stars
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The key to nutty and flavorful Mexican rice is cooking the rice first in oil until it is nicely golden.

Quinoa Chicken Enchilada Casserole

Rating: 5 stars
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Protein-rich quinoa makes a satisfying layer in this easy Mexican casserole recipe. If you want to make this dish vegetarian, beans are a nice swap for the chicken. Serve with a green salad tossed with an oregano vinaigrette.

Mini Chile Relleno Casseroles

Rating: 3.61 stars
5
Everyone gets an individual portion with this vegetarian, Tex-Mex mini casserole. A normal-size casserole like this would take close to an hour to bake--these are ready in half the time. Heatproof ramekins are a cook's best friend--we use them all the time to hold ingredients while cooking. You can buy them at most grocery stores.

Mexican Pickled Carrots

Rating: 4.4 stars
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This Mexican-style pickled carrot recipe is great for topping tacos, tostadas and/or quesadillas or as a side to any South-of-the-border entrée. These spicy carrots are also delicious added to a bowl of soup or tossed with spring greens, feta cheese and just a drizzle of olive oil.
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Inspiration and Ideas

Mexican Coleslaw

Rating: Unrated
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Enjoy this crunchy, refreshing alternative to mayonnaise-based coleslaw on a taco or on the side.

Slow-Cooker Quinoa-Summer Squash Casserole

Rating: Unrated
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As this layered slow-cooker squash casserole recipe cooks, the liquid from the tangy tomatillo salsa and summer squash is absorbed by the quinoa, adding tons of flavor to the final dish.

Mexican Cornbread

This recipe takes cornbread to the next level with added spice from green chiles and cheesy Cheddar on top.