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22 Healthy Mexican Recipes Perfect for Cinco de Mayo

Looking for healthy Cinco de Mayo recipes? I’ve got you covered! Cinco de Mayo is my favorite foodie holiday and as a Southern California native, I’m slightly obsessed with Mexican food.

Photo of 4 recipes for Cinco de Mayo.

Interestingly enough, some mistake Cinco de Mayo as Mexican Independence Day, but it’s not. Cinco de Mayo commemorates the victory of the Mexican military over France in 1862 and in fact, it’s not widely celebrated in Mexico.

But in the U.S., Cinco de Mayo has morphed into a heritage and cultural celebration of Mexico and I think that’s something to celebrate. And what better way to celebrate than with healthy Mexican recipes, fiestas, mariachi music and perhaps a margarita.

Below is a list of my Mexican or Mexican-inspired recipes (I do take some liberties to make things Downshiftology appropriate). Case in point, the use of cassava flour to replace more traditional flour tortillas. But trust me, everything is delicious and gluten-free!

Guacamole in a bowl surrounded by chips.

Mexican Appetizers, Dips and Snacks

These delicious carne asada tacos are made with grilled skirt steak, avocado, cotija cheese, chopped onion and fresh cilantro. They're super flavorful steak street tacos.

Mexican Main Courses

Two mango margaritas in glasses with a lime wedge.


Many of these recipes have tutorial videos, so make sure to check out my YouTube channel as well. Happy Cinco de Mayo!

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12 comments on “22 Healthy Mexican Recipes Perfect for Cinco de Mayo”

  1. looks amazing

  2. I love anything with a Mexican inspired twist, especially when they’re better for me. Can’t wait to try these out over the weekend!! Thanks for sharing :)

  3. Mexican is my favourite!! I especially love the Black Bean Vegetarian Pizza, it sounds fabulous.

    • The Black Bean Vegetarian Pizza is one of my favorites! Thanks for the kind comment, Adrienne! :)

  4. I’m a huge fan of Mexican ingredients and I’m always happy to discover new recipes, especially healthy ones!

    • Thanks, Corina! Yep, these recipes are all delicious Mexican or Mexican-inspired dishes!

  5. This is a great collection! Thanks so much for sharing!

  6. All of these Cinco De Mayo recipes look amazing! I really love the mango margarita and Carne Asada Fries.