Healthy Latin American Recipes

Find healthy, delicious Latin American recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Staff Picks

Black Bean Fajita Skillet

Rating: 5 stars 2
You can often find presliced and ready-to-cook fresh vegetables in your grocer's produce section. Use these to your advantage to cut down on dinnertime prep. Here, presliced fajita vegetables are sautéed with canned black beans and Southwest seasoning for a quick and easy Tex Mex-inspired meal. Plus, this recipe requires just three ingredients, not including basics like salt, pepper and oil. You can easily take your bowl up a notch by adding some cheese, sour cream or another tasty topping.
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By Carolyn Hodges, M.S., RDN

Sheet-Pan Shrimp Fajitas

Rating: 4 stars 1
Fajitas make an excellent weeknight meal. These come together faster than ever, using quick-cooking shrimp and veggies all on one sheet pan so you can focus on family rather than cleanup.
By Carolyn Casner

Green Chile & Chicken Enchiladas

Rating: 4.5 stars 2
Broiling peppers, tomatillos, onion and garlic heightens the flavor of the sauce in these green chile, chicken and bean enchiladas. Sour cream and melted cheese help to tame the spice.
By Julia Levy

Crispy Fish Taco Bowls

Rating: 5 stars 2
The adobo sauce in a can of chipotles lends earthy heat to the crema that tops these bowls. Don't toss out the unused peppers! Freeze them in an airtight container and pull them out to add to sauces, marinades or chili.
By Adam Dolge

Chipotle Chicken Quinoa Burrito Bowl

Rating: 5 stars 33
This chipotle-flavored burrito bowl comes together almost as quickly as at the restaurant, plus, you don't have to wait in line. Loading it with vegetables and using quinoa in place of rice adds nutrition for a healthier dinner.
By EatingWell Test Kitchen

Quick King Ranch Chicken Casserole

Rating: 4.5 stars 9
Usually made by layering creamy chicken and tortillas (lasagna-style), this classic Tex-Mex chicken casserole gets speedier for an easy weeknight dinner when we mix everything together in a skillet, then pop the whole pan under the broiler to make the cheese topping gooey.
By Julia Levy

Green Chile Chicken Tortilla Casserole

Rating: 5 stars 1
Prepare this dish the night ahead of time so all you have to do is pop it in the oven for an easy and delicious dinner.
By Diabetic Living Magazine

25-Minute Chicken & Veggie Enchiladas

Rating: 5 stars 6
These chicken enchiladas are great for using up any veggies you have lingering in your fridge. Our chicken enchilada recipe calls for zucchini, squash and onion, but you could easily swap in spinach, onions or potatoes.
By Cooking Light

Chicken Tinga

Rating: 5 stars 1
Originating from Puebla, Mexico, this dish yields tender chicken with a kick thanks to a rich tomato-chipotle sauce.
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By Devon O'Brien

3-Ingredient Refried Bean & Pico de Gallo Tostadas

Making your own tostadas is easy. Use store-bought corn tortillas, brush them with olive oil and bake to crunchy perfection! Here we topped the tostada with refried beans and fresh pico de gallo for an easy 3-ingredient meal.
By Sara Haas, RDN

Vegan Freezer Breakfast Burritos

Rating: 5 stars 1
Having a stash of flavorful bean burritos in your freezer means you'll always have a satisfying plant-based meal ready for a grab-and-go breakfast on a busy morning or to take to the campsite for an easy campfire meal. Our vegan breakfast filling--made with tofu and prepared to mimic scrambled eggs--is tossed with beans, veggies and salsa for a delicious and ultra-satisfying meal.
By Carolyn Casner

Slow-Cooker Arroz con Pollo (Chicken & Rice)

Rating: 5 stars 4
This one-pot chicken dinner, inspired by the traditional dish of Spain and Latin America, comes together easily in the crock pot. The instant brown rice is added near the end, to keep it from overcooking.
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Inspiration and Ideas

23 Healthy Taco Recipes in 30 Minutes or Less
These tacos use proteins like chicken, fish and shrimp to create a filling and flavorful meal.
26 Healthy Mexican-Inspired Recipes for Kids
The whole family will love these delicious recipes that can easily be adjusted for spice levels depending on your tolerance.
Pasta Salad with Black Beans & Avocado Dressing
Rating: 4.5 stars 9

Everyone will love this pasta salad recipe that's packed with tomatoes, corn and black beans. We lighten up the creamy dressing with avocado for a healthier version of a picnic favorite.