Colorful and Crave-Worthy Mexican-Inspired Recipes to Make Right Now

mexican inspired recipes
Photo Credit: Gimme Delicious

April 23, 2021

By Rachael Link, MS, RD

We don’t need an excuse to eat Mexican food all the time — and we mean All. The. Time. It’s easily one of the most colorful and crave-worthy cuisines, with bright flavors and nutrient-filled ingredients that tend to be both accessible and affordable. Win! That’s why we’ve rounded of some of our very favorite Mexican-inspired recipes.

From a cheesy, veggie-loaded casserole to spicy turkey taco salad, here are 8 Mexican-inspired recipes to make right now.

1. Southwest Veggie Quesadillas from Gimme Delicious

How good do these veggie quesadillas look? Even better, they can easily be tweaked to fit your needs. For example, swap the mayo for Greek yogurt or add some shredded chicken or jackfruit for extra protein.

veggie enchiladas
Photo Credit: Cookie + Kate

2. Veggie Black Bean Enchilada from Cookie and Kate

Packed with cauliflower, baby spinach, bell peppers, and black beans, this cozy, baked dish doesn’t skimp on flavor. Best of all, it comes together in just 45 minutes — 15 to prep, 30 to cook and cool. . Skip the cheese to make it vegan or us corn tortillas to give it a gluten-free twist. (Right now, we’re obsessed with these organic corn tortillas from Vermont Tortilla Company.)

chicken tacos
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3. Sriracha Shredded Chicken Tacos from Jar of Lemons

With just seven ingredients, these tasty chicken tacos are an easy way to mix up your meal plan. Just be sure to check the ingredient label on your Sriracha. Looking for a healthier take? Try this organic, farm-to-bottle version from The Kitchen Garden.

mexican casserole
Photo Credit: Pinch of Yum

4. Healthy Mexican Casserole with Roasted Corn and Peppers from Pinch of Yum

This tasty casserole with bell peppers, red onions, corn tortillas, and jalapeños is delicious and nutritious, with just a subtle kick of spiciness. Top it with a dollop of guacamole to dial up the flavor even more.

baked fajitas
Photo Credit: Delicious Meets Healthy

5. Oven-Baked Chicken Fajitas from Delicious Meets Healthy

Rich in protein, fiber, and antioxidants and ready to enjoy in just 35 minutes, this quick and colorful recipe is sure to become a fast favorite for your family. Finish it off with a squeeze of lime juice and serve with tortillas, pico de gallo, and guacamole for a hearty and healthy meal.

shrimp bowls
Photo Credit: Foodie Crush

6. Chipotle Lime Shrimp Bowls from Foodie Crush

This smoky, savory dish pairs adobo sauce with garlic, cumin, and a touch of honey. No shrimp? No problem. Try using chicken, beef, chickpeas, or tofu instead.

chicken burrito bowls
Photo Credit: Isabel Eats

7. Chicken Burrito Bowls from Isabel Eats

These healthy burrito bowls feature marinated chicken thighs, black beans, Greek yogurt, guacamole, and a zesty cilantro lime rice. But think of this as more of a template than a recipe and feel free to improvise!

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Photo Credit: Half-Baked Harvest

8. Spicy Turkey Taco Salad with Baja Dressing from Half Baked Harvest

Vibrant, rich, and full of flavor, this recipe is great if you’re looking to give your next Taco Tuesday a healthy makeover. It’s packed with veggies to help ramp up your fiber intake, and trades ground beef for turkey. Pair with brown rice or quinoa and store your leftovers in the fridge for an easy workday lunch.

 

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