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Diabetic Mexican Recipes

We made over your favorite Mexican dishes to be lower in carbs and fat. Once you've had a bite, you'll be saying, "Mas, por favor!"

Southwest Breakfast Quesadilla

Kick your breakfast into high gear by adding a Southwest blend of chipotle, black beans, and pico de gallo. Fit for an on-the-go meal or quick brunch, this quesadilla has 25 grams of carb per serving.

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Sweet-Spiced Sirloin on Arugula with Skillet Corn

Spice up your dinner! Steak, whole kernel corn, cinnamon, and chile peppers combine for an intense flavor that is sweet yet spicy -- and only 21 grams of carb per serving.

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Pork and Green Onion Tortilla Pileups

Pile sliced pork chops, fresh cilantro, and grape tomatoes on corn tortillas and romaine lettuce for a Mexican meal the whole family will love. Squeeze lime juice over all for a splash of citrus flavor.

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Red Cumin-Lime Shrimp on Jicama Rice

Jicama is a root vegetable with a sweet taste and crunchy texture. Mix it into rice, season with chile pepper and cilantro, and top with zesty shrimp for an authentic Mexican meal.

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Black Beans and Yellow Rice with Fresh Tomatillo Topping

Smoked turkey sausage and low-carb yellow rice topped with a fresh tomatillo-avocado mixture creates a uniquely zesty dish. Serve with lime wedges for an additional splash of fresh flavor.

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Avocado Cream Cheese

Switch out traditional queso dip and tortilla chips for veggies and this creamy dip. You'll cut down on carbs, fat, and calories while still satisfying your craving for salty snacks.

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Cilantro-Chicken Chilaquiles with Crumbled Queso Fresco

Bring this colorful Mexican dish to your next potluck and be prepared for compliments! Baked tortillas serve as a base for chicken, cheese, tomatoes, cilantro, and red onion. Garnish with sour cream if you like.

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Mock Margarita

Cut calories without losing that yummy margarita flavor with this alcohol-free frozen cocktail. It has just 58 calories per serving!

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Adobo Pork Chops

Hot chili powder, cumin, and cayenne pepper all enhance the flavor of this lively citrus marinade for pork. Steam zucchini and yellow summer squash strips to serve along with the succulent grilled chops.

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Tropical Fruit Salsa

When it comes to terrific flavor, it's hard to beat this eye-catching quartet of pineapple, mango, kiwifruit, and mandarin oranges tossed with a zesty lime-and-mint dressing.

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Beef and Chipotle Burritos

Suit your taste by adjusting the amount of smoky-flavored chipotle chile peppers you use.

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Pepper Pork Tamales

Lean pork sirloin roast and dough made with oil instead of traditional lard make these Mexican morsels a great addition to a diabetic meal plan.

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Brown Rice-Stuffed Peppers

Sweet peppers make a tasty container for this version of Spanish rice, but feel free to eliminate the peppers and serve the rice as a side dish. It goes well with chicken or pork.

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Salsa, Black Bean, and Rice Salad

The beans pack fiber and protein into this vegetarian salad.

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Chicken and Slaw Tostadas

If you prefer to make a wrap sandwich, encase the tortillas in foil and bake them in a 350 degree F oven for about 10 minutes or until warm. Then wrap each tortilla around some of the slaw mixture.

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Catfish with Black Bean and Avocado Relish

Fish make appealing low-fat, low-cholesterol main dishes. Here, we've teamed catfish with a colorful bean, avocado, and cilantro medley. The relish is great with just about any grilled fish -- try it on halibut, orange roughy, or tuna.

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Mock Sangria

When guests come over for a summer cookout, start the festivities with this slimming three-fruit bubbler served over ice. It only has 61 calories per serving.

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Chicken Tostadas with Black Bean Salsa

This is a Tex-Mex take on a one-dish meal, as everything -- bread, chicken, beans, and salad -- stacks up on one plate.

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Chili Bean-Stuffed Peppers

Cheese, chili beans, and rice come straight from the cooker, neatly packaged in sweet peppers. Use a mix of green, red, and yellow peppers for a festive look on the table.

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Chicken with Pumpkin-Pepper Mole

Opt for the chile peppers that suit your heat preferences. Ancho peppers range from mild to medium-hot, and pasilla peppers are very hot.

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Chipotle Chili with Hominy and Beans

Using no-salt-added tomatoes and rinsing the beans and hominy helps keep sodium levels in check.

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Creamy Chicken Enchiladas

Because most of the real work of assembling these Tex-Mex chicken rolls can be done beforehand, all you have to do at dinnertime is spoon on the last of the sour cream sauce and bake. If your diet plan allows, serve some Spanish rice with the enchiladas.

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Fiery Southwestern Seafood Skewers

Throw a kabob party in your backyard, at the kitchen table, at the beach, or on a campout or picnic. Your backyard gas or charcoal grill, an indoor model, or a portable picnic or hibachi grill makes it possible to cook dinner wherever dinner happens to be.

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Mexican Corn Soup

Chicken shares the spotlight with corn in this well-seasoned soup. Blending part of the corn with the chicken broth is an easy way to thicken the soup and boost the flavor.

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Creamy Lime Mousse

Thanks to light sour cream and light dessert topping, this citrus sensation tastes rich and creamy but has only 85 calories and 5 grams of fat per serving.

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Fish Tacos with Mango Salsa

Strips of swordfish mingle with jerk seasoning and mango salsa for a different kind of taco.

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Chipotle Turkey-Stuffed Peppers

Because some poblano peppers have a fiery kick, use the sweet peppers if you prefer milder foods.

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Grilled Beef and Avocado Salad with Cilantro-Lime Vinaigrette

For the double-duty marinade and salad dressing, jazz up reduced-calorie dressing with zesty lime peel and juice.

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Flank Steak with Chili Sauce

A hint of honey sweetens the spicy tomato sauce.

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Fajita-Style Quesadillas

Generally made with flour tortillas, these quesadillas offer white corn as an alternative. If you have access to a Mexican market that sells homemade corn tortillas, use them. There's nothing better.

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Yucatan-Style Turkey and Vegetable Soup

Queso fresco is a mild Mexican cheese with a crumbly texture similar to that of feta or farmer cheese. Look for it at Hispanic food markets or larger supermarkets.

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Mexican-Style Shrimp Pizza

Flour tortillas make easy low-calorie, low-fat crusts for these south-of-the-border sensations.

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Chicken Enchilada Casserole

Instead of using loads of calorie-laden regular sour cream, we lightened these enchiladas with a creamy filling that includes only a wisp of light sour cream.

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Flank Steak with Corn Salsa

Draining away and discarding the marinade rather than brushing it on during grilling helps keep this fresh-tasting flank steak low in fat.

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Shortcut Chicken Mole

Traditional mole sauces vary in color and kick, depending on the type of chile peppers available, but they always have one thing in common: a pinch of chocolate. This streamlined version relies on chiles for bite, cocoa powder for richness, and cumin for an intriguing taste of Mexico.

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Spicy Jalapeno-Shrimp Pasta

Although this dish is elegant and company-special, all you need is 30 minutes to make it. If you're really in a hurry, buy already-cooked, peeled shrimp and just heat them through with the chile peppers and garlic.

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Citrus Salsa with Baked Chips

This fiery tomato-and-citrus salsa is ideal for wintertime snacking.

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Stuffed Yellow Peppers

Round out the colorful turkey-and-veggie-filled pepper boats with a crisp garden salad drizzled with your favorite light dressing.

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Tamale Pie

No-salt-added tomatoes reduce the sodium in this beefy polenta pie. If you like, turn up the heat by opting for hot chili powder.

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Tropical Fiesta Steak

Pickapeppa sauce is a tart-sweet, slightly hot seasoning sauce from Jamaica. Look for it in the condiment aisle at the supermarket.

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Flan

This inverted caramel custard, imported directly from Spain, is so well loved that it's found on Mexican dessert menus everywhere. Canned milk is traditionally used to give the custard a rich, caramel flavor.

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