Dietitians Favorite Mexican Recipes

In our house, Mexican Food is on the regular menu. I choose tacos and burritos most often while Tim can’t resist huevos rancheros or nachos. When Cinco de Mayo rolls around, we typically plan which Mexican restaurant we’ll be headed to in Philly. This year, with baby Cooper at home, we’ll be relying on some of our favorite recipes, including new ones from this list of my fellow dietitian’s favorites, below.
Cinco de Mayo Recipes

Dips, Appetizers and Sides

I made these Black Bean Polenta Cakes  for the first time for Tim’s birthday a few years ago. They’re a great app for a crowd but you could also make a larger version and enjoy as a meal.

Kaleigh McMordie, MCN, RDN, author of, shares a similar love for this cuisine and says “Mexican food is my absolute favorite! I could eat it every day (and sometimes do)! It could be because I’m from Texas, but you just can’t beat good Mexican food. Recipes like salsa, guacamole, and tacos are easy, nutritious recipes you can whip up any time and use to spice up weeknight meals!”
Enjoy her Hatch Chile Salsa Verde , Classic Gucamole, or her Mexican Ceviche.
Fiesta Lime Black Bean Salsa
“I love this recipe because it can literally be whipped up in 5 minutes and taken to a gathering at the last minute. Plus, it’s always a hit with the guests!”
Muscle and Manna – Josten Fish, RD
Hempy Guacamole
“A twist on a traditional guacamole with adding hemp hearts as a Nutrition booster. I love the slightly nutty flavor the hemp hearts add with a boost of protein and Omega’s.”
-Tracee Yablon Brenner, RDN, CHHC Culinary Director at Triad to Wellness.
Cilantro Lime Salsa & Chickpea Guacamole
“Salsa and guacamole are some of my favorite apps. They are super easy to make and provide an abundance of nutrients and healthy fat. I love that you can pair them with raw veggies for extra nutrients. In this recipe for guacamole, I added some chickpeas to get some extra protein.”
-Jeanette Kimszal, RDN, NLC
Rockin Guacamole with Baked Tortilla Chips
“I’m pretty much a purist when it comes to making guacamole and prefer a few simple ingredients. Quality becomes key. I show you how to make your own oil-free baked corn tortilla chips for perfect dipping!”
-Catherine Brown, plant-based chef & culinary nutritionist at A Seat at My Table
The first Mexican recipe I ever posted was for this Easy Homemade Guacamole!

Black Bean Soup
“This delicious black bean soup works great as a meal or appetizer. I love the versatility it offers to personalize toppings from avocado, cilantro, Chile peppers, or sour cream to give it their own personal touch!”
-Laura Lomax, MS, RD, LD Greens & Grains Nutrition
Hummus Empanadas
“I’m married to a guy named Taco – how could I not love Mexican food??? These Humpanadas are a simple party-pleasing appetizer to share at your next Cinco de Mayo fiesta!”
– Mandy Enright, MS, RDN, RYT creator of the couples nutrition blog and podcast Nutrition Nuptials
Open Faced Veggie Quesadilla
“I absolutely love Mexican food, maybe a little too much at times! I chose to make a healthier version of a quesadilla that included tons of veggies!”
-Andrea Mathis, MA, RDN, LD
Mexican Street Corn Slaw
– Laura Rutledge

Mexican Cauliflower Rice
“Mexican Cauliflower Rice is a great light side dish to go alongside some heavier Tex-Mex favorites like enchiladas, tacos or Mexican lasagna. This makes it a whole lot easier to make half your plate veggies and keep your meal balanced! And with only 4 ingredients, it embodies the definition of simple!”
-Jennifer Hunt, RDN, LD at Healthy Inspiration
Mini Hummus Black Bean Burritos | The Nutrition Adventure
Mini Black Bean Hummus Burritos
“This is such a simple and fun recipe to serve at a Cinco de Mayo party. Guests will love these miniature burritos!”
-Karman Meyer, RDN, creator of
These Vegetarian Burritos from Layne Leiberman, MS, RD, CDN sound super simple and delicious!
Start your Cinco weekend off with my easy Breakfast Burritos and freeze extra for the work week!


I don’t think tacos can get any easier than these Vegan Tacos from Sharon Palmer, the Plant Powered Dietitian.
Fish Tacos
“So many delicious, fresh flavors in these fish tacos! They’re made using simple ingredients, and are baked – not battered & fried.”
-Angie Asche MS, RD of Eleat Sports

“I love these Sheet Pan Adobo Lime Portobello Tacos because they’re packed with flavor, loaded with veggies, and cook in 20 minutes. Plus they’re tacos. ????”
-Lindsey Janeiro, RD at Nutrition to Fit
Kaleigh from Lively Table also has a Blackened Salmon Taco with Pineapple Salsa. It’s high on my list of tacos to try!

My favorite freezer prep Mexican meal are these lentil taco burgers.
Looking for an easy, healthy dinner recipe? These Shrimp Tacos with Pineapple Salsa can be ready in under 30 minutes | Shrimp Tacos with Fruit Salsa
Shrimp Tacos with Watermelon & Pineapple Salsa
“Tacos are my favorite form of mexican food because they are so versatile, and easy to load with veggies and proteins of your choosing (vegetarian and non-vegetarian). I love adding shrimp because it goes well with so many flavors!” -Sarah Schlichter, MPH, RDN of
Vegan Tacos
“Everyone should have authentic Mexican tacos in their life including vegans! These vegan tacos will satisfy even the tastebuds of meat lovers and we were sure to include the iconic flavors of al pastor tacos.”
–Jennifer Rodriguez, RDN, LDN – Food is Vida’s Bilingual Vegan Dietitian

These lentil tacos are a taco tuesday staple in my house!

Varied Entrees

Chilaquiles with Chicken and Queso Fresco
“I was born and raised in Los Angeles, so Mexican food has always been a part of my life and my favorite type of cuisine to eat at restaurants. Chilaquiles are typically made with fried chips, but I was able to healthify this dish by using baked chips.”
-Lindsey Pine MS, RDN, CSSD, CLT Owner, TastyBalance Nutrition
The last recipe I’m sharing from Lively Table is these Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas.
Taco Stuffed Peppers with Beef and Mushrooms
“These Beef and mushroom stuffed taco peppers are bursting with flavor and spices, yet so easy to make! I love Mexican food because as a South Texan, I grew up eating a lot of it and you just can’t beat the flavors!”
-Shannon Garcia, RD
Instant Pot Chicken Enchilada Casserole 
“I think I make Mexican-inspired food more often than any other cuisine. It’s so easy, the real-food flavors are fresh and the kids will always eat it!” –
The Wandering RD Diane Norwood, MS, RD, CDE
Mexican Power Bowl
“I love this recipe because it’s so versatile. Switch up ingredients or serve it in different ways to make it a whole new meal!”
-Amy Horrock, gluten free dietitian of Clear Focus Nutrition
Spicy Black Bean Stuffed Sweet Potato
While not entirely Mexican, this recipe of mine compliments the spiciness of jalapeños and poblanos with sweet potatoes.
Spicy Turkey Tostadas
“I love these tostadas because they as so quick and easy, and I usually have most of the ingredients on hand. They’re the perfect option when we are craving Mexican food on a busy weeknight. They’re also really fun for kids, because you can put out the tostada shells, turkey, and all the toppings and let everyone assemble their own meal.”
– Jessica Cox Ivey, Registered Dietitian and Chef
Slow Cooker Chicken Enchiladas with Black Beans
Preparing the chicks. In the Slow Cooker makes it easier to get a healthy weeknight meal on the table. The black bean dip pairs very well with the chicken and the enchilada sauce.
-Tracee Yablon Brenner, RDN, CHHC Culinary Director at Triad to Wellness.
This Instant Pot Chicken Mole is a favorite of dietitian Judy Barbe, author of Your 6-Week Guide to Live Best.
Mexican Lasagna
“Perfect for a Mexican fiesta or Tuesday Tex-Mex night, this lightened up Mexican Lasagna is ah-mazing and doesn’t disappoint! Slightly spicy, gooey, savory and everything you love about Mexican food is all combined in this easy to put together lasagna. It provides ample leftovers too!”
-Jennifer Hunt, RDN, LD at Healthy Inspiration
Mexican Street Corn Quesadillas
Quesadilla fan? RDs like em too! These Mexican Street Corn Quesadillas from Dara Gurau won’t disappoint.


Mango Coconut Soft Serve via
Mango Coconut Soft Serve
“I was recently in Mexico and one of the best things I ate while I was there were mangos! Fresh from the tree, there is nothing better. To celebrate Cinco de Mayo, I have recipe for Mango Coconut Soft Serve.”
Dietitian Liz Weiss, of Liz’s Healthy Table
Check out her Mexico trip here!
“These Mexican Unfried Ice Cream Balls are fun to make and tasty bite sized treats. At a fraction of the calories and fat of the authentic restaurant version, they are a fun way to celebrate for Cinco de Mayo or any day.”
-Lauren Harris-Pincus, MS, RDN, author of The Protein-Packed Breakfast Club
And is any Mexican meal complete without a margarita? My margaritas are always lower in sugar {naturally, you don’t need any artificial stuff} to help prevent blood sugar spikes and crashes, and to slow your sipping. Try my low sugar beet margarita this weekend to get some antioxidants in that beverage!
low sugar beet margarita

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  1. Wow what an awesome round up!! Def going to have to check some of these out!