Contrary to popular belief, Cinco de Mayo isn’t actually Mexico’s Independence Day (it’s September 16, for the record). Instead, the fifth of May memorializes the triumph of the underdog Mexican army over French forces at the Battle of Puebla. But enough history lessons — are you ready to party like it’s 1862? In the United States and the region around Puebla, Mexico, Cinco de Mayo is a day to fete Mexican heritage and history with plenty of tasty food, friends, and of course, margaritas. From drinks to dessert, here are 10 recipes to celebrate the healthy way.
Start the day healthy with this Tex-Mex spin on Middle Eastern Shakshuka. Black beans, Greek yogurt, cheddar cheese (use reduced-fat to cut some cals), and eggs make this a filling (and delicious) breakfast or brunch option.
Sorry, Chipotle, the secret’s out. Making the burrito chain’s signature cilantro-lime rice is as easy as sauteeing an onion and some garlic, and squeezing a lime into the rice pot. Use it as a base for a kick-butt burrito or burrito bowl.
Starting any dish with homemade tortillas instantly bumps up the deliciousness. These wraps use half whole-wheat flour, making them soft but still wholesome.
Spicy fish (we’re talking paprika, oregano, garlic, cumin, and cayenne pepper) and cool yogurt sauce come together in these light, easy tacos. Serve them with avocado slices on homemade (see above) or storebought tortillas for a fast meal.
Fresh corn, avocado, cherry tomatoes, and grilled poblano peppers — what’s not to love? These fresh, quick tacos are as easy as they are healthy.
Combine tangy, bright-green tomatillos with serrano pepper, pineapple, garlic, cilantro, and plenty of lime juice and salt to make this sweet and spicy salsa. Roasting the tomatillos (and pinapple chunks, if you feel like getting fancy) adds tons of smoky flavor.
It’s not a Cinco de Mayo party without a big, frosty margarita with plenty of salt! This recipe goes way beyond traditional lemon-lime. The cucumber and jalapeño play off each other, making each sip an awesome combination of cool and spicy.
Load up on protein, beta-carotene, and vitamins A and C with these superfood-filled quesadillas. Plenty of spices and seasonings keep the sweet potato base interesting. Add a sprinkling of cheddar cheese to hold everything together, and serve them with hot sauce, greek yogurt, or salsa.
These bad boys take some time to prepare, but they’re well worth it. First, cook the chicken, black beans, and corn in a Crock Pot until super tender. Shred the meat with a fork, then wrap the filling in tortillas, sprinkle with cheese, and bake. When everything is cooked and delicious, top with avocado, cilantro, and cheese crumbles.
No celebratory meal is complete without dessert! Mix up a batch of these cocoa-flavored tortillas and fill them with fresh fruit. For toppings, let guests pick from options like shredded coconut, nuts, chocolate chips, honey, yogurt or ice cream, or mint.