Who doesn’t love a good Mexican food fiesta? The food is as vibrant and flavorful as its country, full of interesting flavors and exciting tastes. However, let’s face it, it isn’t exactly a dieter’s dream. This tasty cuisine tends to be loaded with sugars, starches and other carbs that you may be trying to avoid. What is a dieter to do?! Give up Mexican cuisine? Never!
Luckily for you, this list is a compellation of all the best, easiest and most flavorful Mexican dishes around. And the best part: they are all low carb! When you choose to make one of these tasty meals, you can be assured that you aren’t eating Mexican food full of diet ruiners like sugars. These recipes have all been checked and have passed the low carb test. Hurray! You can still eat Mexican food despite your diet!
Of course flavor is one of the most important parts of cuisine, especially Mexican cuisine which you really want to have full of those authentic flavors. With ingredients like jalapenos, cactus and poblano peppers, you will surely get that Mexican feel with all of these recipes. In fact, you may like these even more than traditional, carb filled recipes. Take one bite and you’ll be hooked!
In addition to being full of flavor, there are plenty of Mexican dishes that you can whip up and serve in no time. As we all know, it can be time consuming to make a full, tasty meal after a long day and many people just can’t commit to any lengthy recipes. Lots of the low carb Mexican dishes on this list will only take a matter of minutes to put together which means that you can be eating in no time! Since you made the meal so quickly, you’ll have time to eat seconds…and thirds. And who are we kidding? Probably even fourths.
Now you can see that there is no reason to give up on Mexican foods just because you are on a low carb diet. Thank goodness! If you did have to skip all Mexican foods just because of your dite, that may be reason enough to quit it before you even begin! Don’t fret though. There’s no need to say adios to the delicacies of Mexico just because you need to cut carbs. In fact, you can start living a healthier, carb concious life with Mexican foods by your side. It’s like a dream come true.
These Mexican low-carb recipes are as tasty as they are easy, so grab your apron, throw on your sombrero and get ready to spend the night in la Cucina. What amazing dish will you create today…
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You can get a healthy dose of protein and plenty of Vitamin A and C with these cheesy stuffed Mexican peppers. This dish is a certified people pleaser being vegan, gluten-free and low-carb- how is that even possible?! Fresh bell peppers stuffed with grass-fed beef and smothered in gooey melted shredded cheese make this an irresistible delight. The simple ingredients make this an easy dish to put together so it’s perfect for those nights when you’re not in the mood to cook but don’t want to get stuck with frozen pizza or takeout. Turn to this dish and you will end your night in the best way.
Barbacoa is a traditional Mexican dish prepared over an open fire or pit covered with maguey leaves. Although most of us aren’t able to roast meat over a fire pit, you can still enjoy the tender and flavorful meal with this low-carb recipe. Traditional barbacoa is made with goat, but chuck roast works just fine and you may even like it better! Just throw it in your slow cooker in the morning and prepare to be wowed come dinnertime with its juicy, savory taste, complemented by the spice of green chilies and the sweetness of roasted onions. Can’t get any easier or tastier than that!
If there’s one no carb Mexican recipe that everyone wants to know, it’s guacamole. The smoothness of this classic dish can’t be understated- it is pure perfection. Whether it’s topping off your burrito or being piled high on salty tortilla chips, there’s no way you can bypass this party essential. This guac is even better because it’s topped with four strips of crispy bacon. Talk about a total win!
Your low-carb diet doesn’t have to be boring, and this fish cabbage bowl is definitive proof. This dish is gluten-free and South Beach Diet friendly, so you’ll want to add this to your growing collection of Mexican low-carb recipes stat. Baked Tilapia and a spicy, lime-infused sauce that can be used on plenty of other dishes is what makes this recipe perfect for lunch or dinner, and it’s simple ingredient list means you can whip up extra for leftovers. Fast, tasty and low carb- this checks all the boxes.
5. Mexican Hot Chocolate
Few things warm a soul up quite like hot chocolate. You may not immediately conjure up this drink when thinking of carb-free Mexican recipes, but take my word for it: this is one you don’t want to pass up. This low-carb, gluten-free hot chocolate is pure heaven made from almond milk, heavy cream and cinnamon. What makes Mexican hot chocolate different from Swiss Miss? The unexpected yet glorious dash of chipotle powder and cinnamon. Pour yourself a cup and curl up with a good book as the perfect way to end your day.
Cheese and Mexican food go together like peanut butter and jelly, and this is one of the most indulgent low-carb Mexican recipes you can feast your eyes on. Spicy, roasted Poblano peppers are stuffed to the brim with mounds of gooey Kraft cheese, shredded chicken and topped off with salsa. Are you drooling yet? If you love a good casserole, the thick consistency and cheesy texture of this dish make it the ultimate Mexican cheat dish for you. If you’re on a strict low-carb diet and want to up the health-factor, you can cut back the amount of cheese used and instead focus on the shredded chicken. The peppers are also full of nutrients that will compliment a healthy lifestyle.
The absolute essential of carb-free Mexican recipes. When you learn how to whip up no-carb taco shells, you’ll practically be unstoppable! One of the biggest challenges for those on a low-carb diet are finding low-carb foods that still carry a powerful texture along with flavor. Well, few foods can come close to beating the satisfying crunch of a taco shell, right? The magic of this no carb Mexican recipe lies in the queso. Cheese is melted down, toasted and salted to perfection. Making these bad boys will have you wishing every night could be Mexican night (and it can with all these recipes!).
One of the best high fiber low-carb foods is cauliflower rice. This is one of the many fantastic low-calorie Mexican recipes that you can change up and use for plenty of other meals too. Rice is a staple of almost every Mexican dish, and with this rice, you still get all the spice, seasoning and satisfaction without the guilt that accompanies scarfing down a whole bowl. Thank goodness because it wouldn’t be Mexican food without delicious rice!Eat up, be merry and start using the versatile cauliflower rice to satiate your low-carb diet side dish needs.
9. Slow-Cooker Shredded Beef Tacos
Mexican low-carb recipes don’t skimp on flavor, which is why they’re so great to pick up when you’re trying a new low-carb diet. Shredded beef is easy to make and can be used for so many other recipes, so make sure you prepare extra and not just because you can use it for other dishes, but because you’ll absolutely be wanting seconds of these juicy tacos. Seasoned with chipotle peppers, cumin, smoked paprika, garlic and onion, this is a recipe that has layers and layers of delicious Mexican flavors.
10. Low Carb Mexican Chori Pollo
Chori Pollo is must-try for any fan of Chorizo who also wants to eat more low-carb foods. Seasoned chicken is cooked and served with Mexican Chorizo, mouth-watering caramelized onions and of course, plenty of melted cheese which is luckily very carb friendly. This recipe is very simple and tastes just as good reheated as it does freshly served. With a recipe that serves six, you can either have plenty of yummy leftovers to look forward to or feed the whole family on one delicious, low-carb meal that they’re sure to ask for again. Freeze some and save it for the next time you have a Mexican craving.