Enjoy these Healthy—and Tasty—Vegetarian Mexican Recipes
If you’re like me, the first foods that come to mind when you think about Mexican food are chips and spicy cheese dip. I can’t get enough of them! Then there are all those yummy enchiladas and tostada, all smothered in more cheese.
Not the healthiest of options.
Don’t despair: there are plenty of healthy alternatives when it comes to Mexican food. Cutting out the meat and going vegetarian will save lots of calories. Then by making some simple substitutions, you can reduce the fat content and jazz up the flavors with onions, herbs and spices. Then you can enjoy that south of the border flavor completely guilt-free.
Here are two great healthy vegetarian Mexican recipes.
1. Huevos Rancheros
If you’re okay with having eggs, huevos rancheros are an absolutely delicious vegetarian Mexican recipe that will fill you up and give you plenty of energy. It may not be low calorie, but it’s got plenty of protein, fiber, and important nutrients. This is a good breakfast for days when you need a hearty meal to get you through the day. This recipe from myrecipes.com serves 4.
- 8 corn tortillas
- Vegetable oil for frying
- 8 eggs
- 2 cups red salsa (can use homemade or store bought)
- 1 cup shredded jack cheese (plus extra for sprinkling)
- 3 tablespoons cotija or parmesan cheese (grated)
- 1/4 cup green onions (chopped)
- 2 teaspoons dried Mexican oregano or 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
- 2 cans refried beans
Turn your oven to 200 F and place oven safe plates into the oven to warm. Heat the salsa over low heat in a covered pan. While the salsa heats, pour 1/2 inch of oil into a large pan and heat it over medium heat. To check if the oil is hot enough, dip the handle of a wooden spoon into it. When it bubbles, it’s ready. Fry your tortillas for about 2 seconds per side, then place 2 tortillas on each plate. Replace the plates in the oven to keep them warm.
Fry your eggs, either in the oil in the pan, or using a separate nonstick pan. When the eggs are done, place 2 eggs on each plate, and add a helping of salsa as well.
Sprinkle both types of cheese, green onions and the oregano or cilantro over the top of the eggs. Serve with the refried beans on the side.
Note: for a healthier alternative, don’t fry the tortillas. Instead, crisp them in your oven or warm them on a griddle. You can also try using low-fat cheese and substituting non-fat refried beans for the full-fat variety.
2. Bean Dip
Beans are really good for you, and a number of the best healthy vegetarian Mexican recipes make use of them. This next recipe comes from food.com and is super easy.
- 1 can black beans (rinsed)
- 1⁄2 cup salsa
- 2 tablespoons lime juice
- 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
- 1-2 garlic cloves (minced)
- 1⁄4 teaspoon ground cumin
- salt and pepper
Place all ingredients except the salt and pepper into your food processor and blend. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Check out three more recipes from the full article here.