138 Of The Best Healthy Cinco de Mayo Recipes To Try This Year

From margaritas to enchiladas, these healthy Cinco de Mayo recipes are sure to be a hit.

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If you’re looking for the best healthy Cinco de Mayo recipes, you’ve come to the right place. In this article, you will find 138 healthy Cinco de Mayo recipes and drinks!

We also included some bonus tips for how to make healthy choices if you go out to eat for Cinco de Mayo. Keep reading for the top Cinco de Mayo recipes and more!

The Best Healthy Cinco de Mayo Recipes

1. Mexican Street Corn Salad Recipe

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This Mexican Street Corn Salad Recipe is a lighter take on the traditional street corn. This recipe has roasted corn, fresh tomatoes, cilantro, jalapeño and quest fresco.

2. Pico De Gallo

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This Pico De Gallo recipe is so delicious and easy to make! It has fresh ingredients including tomatoes, onion, jalapeño, cilantro and lime juice. You can enjoy this traditional Mexican salsa on anything from tacos to tortilla chips.

3. Mexican Cauliflower Rice

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Mexican Cauliflower Rice is a delicious alternative to Mexican rice. It has all the flavor of Mexican Rice but because it’s made with cauliflower so it is a lighter option for a side dish.

4. Chili Lime Shrimp Tacos With Avocado Cream Sauce

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These chili lime shrimp tacos are packed with flavor and can be ready in under 20 minutes! This meal is quick to make and so delicious.

5. Instant Pot Pork Carnitas

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This Instant Pot carnitas recipe can be served in lettuce wraps, tacos, salads, or served over rice. These carnitas are easy to make and so yummy!

6. Mexican Shredded Beef Tacos

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This Mexican shredded beef is full of flavor and can be used in shredded beef tacos, burritos, quesadillas, enchiladas, or rice bowls. This recipe can be made over the stovetop, in the Instant Pot, or in the slow cooker.

7. Shredded Chicken Tacos

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This recipe is deliciously seasoned and super easy to make! No special equipment is needed to make this chicken for tacos recipe – you can make it right on the stovetop.

8. Birra Tacos

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This recipe makes easiest and most delicious Birria Tacos. Enjoy this low carb, keto-friendly recipe that your whole family is sure to enjoy!

9. Sheet Pan Fajitas

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This sheet pan fajitas recipe is quick and easy to make in the oven. Sheet pan fajitas make cooking for your whole family a bit easier!

10. Chicken Tinga Tostadas

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This recipe is packed with flavor! These Chicken Tinga Tostadas are the best! The best part about this recipe is how quickly it comes together!

11. Avocado Corn Salsa

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This healthy and delicious Avocado Corn Salsa is quick to make! Not only is this salsa recipe perfect for topping your tacos or burrito bowls, but you can also serve it with tortilla chips as well!

12. Instant Pot Cilantro Lime Rice

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This cilantro lime rice is full of flavor and super easy to make. Best of all, it turns out light and fluffy every time. Plus, it’s vegan and gluten-free.

13. Chicken Tinga Enchiladas

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Craving enchiladas? These cheesy chicken tinga enchiladas are a delicious and super easy. They are also gluten-free!

14. Taco Casserole

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This layered taco casserole is healthy, low carb recipe and keto-friendly. For an added bonus, this recipe can be ready in just 30 minutes!

15. Easy One Pot Mexican Red Rice

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This easy one pot Mexican red rice is ready in under 30 minutes! Mexican red rice is the perfect base for a burrito, burrito bowl), tacos, or as side dish.

16. Calabacitas Recipe

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Fresh zucchini, squash, onions and tomatoes cooked up with sweet corn and green chilies then topped with crumbled, salty queso fresco, this Calabacitas Recipe (Calabacitas Con Queso) is incredibly easy to make in under 30 minutes!

17. One-Dish Oven Baked Fajitas

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This one-dish oven baked fajita recipe is bursting with southwest flavor and makes an easy weeknight meal! Perfect for chicken fajita salads, burrito bowls, or classic fajitas.

18. Cheesy Mexican Chicken Skillet

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This Cheesy Mexican Chicken Skillet is sure to be a family favorite! It’s filled with all your favorite taco night ingredients, all prepared in just one pan. It can be easily modified for different dietary needs and preferences.

19. Gluten-Free Enchiladas

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This gluten-free enchiladas recipe has chicken, melty cheese and a tasty homemade enchilada sauce! The whole recipe is made with 100% gluten-free pantry staples!

20. Mexican Huaraches

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Try Mexican huaraches (huaraches Mexicanos) for a crispy, flavorful, and extremely tasty antojito. While also a type of shoe, these huaraches start with oval masa bases that are topped with garnishes like refried beans, salsa, chorizo, crema, and fresh vegetables.

The Best Healthy Cinco de Mayo Drinks

1. Simple Spicy Grapefruit Margaritas

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These Spicy Grapefruit Margaritas are tasty and refreshing. They are made with grapefruit juice, cayenne pepper and agave. This recipe is also super simple and easy to make.

2. Texas Ranch Water

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Texas ranch water is a simple 3-ingredient cocktail recipe. Ranch water is the easiest tequila cocktail you can make at home. Most store-bought Texas ranch water just doesn’t tastes as good as the original cocktail!

3. Low Carb, Sugar Free Margarita

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Do you want a margarita without the carbs and sugar? This recipe is for you! This margarita recipe is made with just three ingredients.

4. Raspberry and Citrus Mezcal Cocktail

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This raspberry and citrus mezcal cocktail is the perfect combination of smoky, sweet and tart. This mezcal cocktail is muddled with fresh raspberries and mint and garnished with a Tajin rim.

5. Refreshing Lime Pineapple Agua Fresca

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This pineapple agua fresca recipe because it’s so refreshing! If you are looking for a non-alcoholic drink option for Cinco de Mayo, this is a great recipe to try!

6. Sparkling Citrus Sangria

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This Sparkling Citrus Sangria is refreshing and fruity! Made with pineapple juice and ginger ale this beverage is sure to hit the spot!

7. Guava Margaritas

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These guava margaritas are a unique twist to classic margaritas. They are easy and quick to make and can be made on the rocks or frozen. If you prefer a little spice, make the spicy jalapeño version!

8. Simple 321 Margarita

You’ll only need three ingredients to make this classic Mexican cocktail. Do you like your margaritas spicy? Add jalapeño for an extra kick!

9. Virgin Piña Colada

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Everyone is sure to enjoy this simple Virgin Pina Colada recipe! All you need is 3 ingredients and a blender.

10. Frozen Pineapple Margarita

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This frozen pineapple margarita is delicious and easy to make. It’s naturally sweetened with 100% pineapple juice and frozen pineapple. Simply blend, pour it in a glass and enjoy!

Healthy Tips For Eating Out On Cinco de Mayo

If you’re going to be eating out, here are a few tips.

Pack Your Own Tortilla Chips

Pack your own chips! Enjoy all of the chips and salsa you want! Siete chips are my favorite!

Order A Skinny Margarita

Skip the the pre-mixed margaritas. Typically the pre-mixed versions are full of sugar and chemicals. These pre-mixed versions typically pack at least 500 calories, 95% of those calories coming from sugar.

How to order a skinny margarita: Ask for tequila (2 oz) on the rocks with Triple Sec or Cointreau (½ oz), with a splash of club soda and 4 or more lime wedges to squeeze in. You could also add squeeze in lemons or grapefruit juice if it is available!

Consider Splitting A Meal

Restaurant portions are huge! You could consider splitting a meal with a friend or getting half of your meal boxed up right away to take home with you.

Pro tip: Splitting a meal with a friend will also save you money!

Choose Corn Tortillas Over Flour

Pick corn tortillas over flour. Corn tortillas are made from whole grains and typically contain less added ingredients than flour tortillas.

Pick A Dish That Has Grilled Protein + Veggies

Look for items on the menu have grilled protein and lots of veggies! Other words to watch for are: baked, steamed and roasted. Skip the menu items that have fried (fritos), crispy, creamy, covered or smothered.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Cinco de Mayo?

Cinco de Mayo is an annual celebration held on May 5, that remembers and honors the anniversary of Mexico’s victory over the French Empire at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. 

When is Cinco de Mayo?

Cinco de Mayo is held on May 5.

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