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30 Mexican-Inspired Recipes for People with Diabetes

Hungry for tacos? How about enchiladas? These diabetic-friendly recipes will satisfy any craving. We have dietitian-approved dishes inspired by all of your Mexican favorites.

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Halibut Soft TacosTaste of Home

Halibut Soft Tacos

I sometimes serve these halibut tacos wrapped in lettuce instead of tortillas. Either way, the mango salsa tastes amazing with grilled halibut. This warm-weather recipe is quick, colorful and full of nutrients. —Kristin Kossak, Bozeman, Montana

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Turkey and Black Bean Enchilada CasseroleTaste of Home

Turkey and Black Bean Enchilada Casserole

When I don’t feel like pulling out the slow cooker, my next favorite weeknight meal is this warm black bean enchilada casserole! This recipe is easy and tasty. What’s even better is that it's gluten-free, and could also be made dairy-free, vegetarian or vegan. —Kristine Fretwell, Mission, British Columbia

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Taco Turkey Meat LoafTaste of Home

Taco Turkey Meat Loaf

After buying a supersized package of ground turkey, I made this spicy taco turkey meat loaf using what I had on hand. It’s now become a family favorite! I serve it for tailgating parties and it’s delicious the next day for sandwiches. Bonus: Each serving has only about 200 calories. —Holly Battiste, Barrington, New Jersey

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Air-Fryer Steak FajitasTaste of Home

Air-Fryer Steak Fajitas

Zesty salsa and tender strips of meat make these steak fajitas extra special. Using an air fryer helps to cut down on fat. —Rebecca Baird, Salt Lake City, Utah

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Pressure-Cooker Mexican Stuffed PeppersTaste of Home

Pressure-Cooker Mexican Stuffed Peppers

These pressure-cooker stuffed peppers get a southwestern twist! The filling also makes a delicious meat loaf that we like cold as a sandwich with cheddar cheese, mayo and salsa. —Traci Wynne, Denver, Pennsylvania

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Tequila Lime Shrimp ZoodlesTaste of Home

Tequila Lime Shrimp Zoodles

This tangy shrimp is a smart way to cut carbs without sacrificing flavor. If you don't have a spiralizer, use thinly julienned zucchini to get a similar effect. —Brigette Schroeder, Yorkville, Illinois

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Slow-Cooked Mexican Beef SoupTaste of Home

Slow-Cooked Mexican Beef Soup

My family loves this stew, and I’m happy to make it since it’s so simple! Skip the sour cream and tortilla chips if you’d like to make the meal even lighter. —Angela Lively, Conroe, Texas

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Spinach ‘n’ Broccoli EnchiladasTaste of Home

Spinach ‘n’ Broccoli Enchiladas

I like to top this wonderful meatless meal with lettuce and serve it with extra picante sauce. It’s quick, easy, filled with fresh flavor and definitely satisfying! Plus, you’re getting a ton of healthy veggies! —Lesley Tragesser, Charleston, Missouri

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Tasty Lentil TacosTaste of Home

Tasty Lentil Tacos

When my husband's cholesterol numbers rose, I quickly lowered the fat in our family's diet. Finding dishes that were healthy for him and yummy for our five children was a challenge, but this fun taco recipe was a huge hit with everyone. —Michelle Thomas, Bangor, Maine

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South-of-the-Border Chicken Salad with Tequila Lime DressingTaste of Home

South-of-the-Border Chicken Salad with Tequila Lime Dressing

Add a burst of color to your table with this fresh main-dish that's topped with homemade tequila lime salad dressing. For a simple garnish sprinkle salad with lightly crushed tortilla chips.—Annette Hottenstein, Cockeysville, Maryland

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Turkey-Stuffed Bell PeppersTaste of Home

Turkey-Stuffed Bell Peppers

These well-seasoned turkey stuffed peppers are so tasty, you won’t even miss having real cheddar cheese. Round out the meal with a salad or a side of rice. Thanks to Judy Hand-Truitt from Birmingham, Alabama for sharing the recipe.

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Chorizo & Grits Breakfast BowlsTaste of Home

Chorizo & Grits Breakfast Bowls

Growing up, I bonded with my dad over chorizo and eggs. My fresh approach combines them with grits and black beans. Add a spoonful of pico de gallo for extra pop. —Jenn Tidwell, Fair Oaks, California

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Homemade GuacamoleTaste of Home

Homemade Guacamole

Ever wonder how to make guacamole? Just whip together this delicious blend of your favorite fresh ingredients. To cut down on carbs, serve this dip with fresh veggies instead of chips. —Joan Hallford, North Richland Hills, Texas

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Quick Tacos al PastorTaste of Home

Quick Tacos al Pastor

We loved the pork and pineapple tacos from a food truck in Hawaii. My husband, a high school football referee, gives my version a thumb’s up. —Lori McLain, Denton, Texas

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Chicken Burrito SkilletTaste of Home

Chicken Burrito Skillet

We love Mexican night at our house, and I love to re-create dishes from our favorite restaurants. This burrito-inspired dish is ready for the table in almost no time! —Krista Marshall, Fort Wayne, Indiana

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Grilled Beef ChimichangasTaste of Home

Grilled Beef Chimichangas

I created this recipe when I didn’t have the ingredients for my go-to dish. After making this, it became my new favorite! Grilling the chimichangas instead of deep-frying saves a lot of fat and calories. —Jackie Burns, Kettle Falls, Washington

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Slow-Cooked Peach SalsaTaste of Home

Slow-Cooked Peach Salsa

Fresh peaches and tomatoes make my salsa a hands-down winner over store versions. As a treat, I give my co-workers several jars throughout the year. —Peggi Stahnke, Cleveland, Ohio

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Contest-Winning Black Bean SoupTaste of Home

Contest-Winning Black Bean Soup

Black bean soup recipes are among my favorite because they're light and it most of the time don't contain meat. For this recipe, you could add lean beef or chicken for a variation. —Angee Owens, Lufkin, Texas

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Fiery Stuffed PoblanosTaste of Home

Fiery Stuffed Poblanos

I love southwest-inspired cuisine, but the dishes are often unhealthy. As a dietitian, I try to come up with nutritious twists on recipes, which is how these stuffed peppers were born. —Amber Massey, Coppell, Texas

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Fantastic Fish TacosTaste of Home

Fantastic Fish Tacos

Searching for a lighter alternative to traditional fried fish tacos, I came up with this crispy, crunchy entree. It's a hit with friends and family. —Jennifer Palmer, Rancho Cucamonga, California

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Skillet Beef TamalesTaste of Home

Skillet Beef Tamales

I found something similar to this years ago and have recently added my own spin. Here’s the outcome: an easy, cheesy meal your family can't get enough of. We don't have to tell them it's healthy. —Deborah Williams, Peoria, Arizona

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Bacon-Corn Stuffed PeppersTaste of Home

Bacon-Corn Stuffed Peppers

Filled with corn, salsa, green onions, mozzarella cheese and bacon, these grilled pepper halves are sure to liven up your next cookout. They have a wonderful taste and give a fun twist to the usual corn on the cob. —Mitzi Sentiff, Annapolis, Maryland

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Mexican Cabbage Roll SoupTaste of Home

Mexican Cabbage Roll Soup

I love sharing our humble and hearty soup made with beef, cabbage and green chiles. A blast of cilantro gives it a sunshiny finish. Bonus: Each serving has just 10 grams of carbs! —Michelle Beal, Powell, Tennessee

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Black Bean & White Cheddar FrittataTaste of Home

Black Bean & White Cheddar Frittata

This is one of my favorite comfort foods for breakfast or even a quick dinner. I like to make it with lime salsa. But if you're looking for something with more kick, use hot salsa or add some chipotle pepper. —Aysha Schurman, Ammon, Idaho

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Mexi-Mac SkilletTaste of Home

Mexi-Mac Skillet

This is the yummiest, quickest recipe I have. There’s no need to precook the macaroni. Everything comes together in one smart skillet. —Maurane Ramsey, Fort Wayne, Indiana

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Spinach QuesadillasTaste of Home

Spinach Quesadillas

My family gave these cheesy quesadillas oohs and aahs. Remove the spinach from the heat as soon as it wilts so it keeps a little bit of crunch. —Pam Kaiser, Mansfield, Missouri

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Naked Fish TacosTaste of Home

Naked Fish Tacos

This is one of my husband's all-time favorite meals. I've even converted some friends to fish after eating this. I serve it with fresh melon when it's in season to balance the subtle heat of the cabbage mixture. —Elizabeth Bramkamp, Gig Harbor, Washington

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Mexican Chicken Fajita PizzaTaste of Home

Mexican Chicken Fajita Pizza

This Mexican chicken pizza has always been a hit with my kids and it’s such a great way to sneak in extra vegetables. —Carrie Shaub, Mount Joy, Pennsylvania

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Enchilada PieTaste of Home

Enchilada Pie

This impressive, hearty dish is perfect for vegetarians and meat eaters alike. —Jacqueline Correa, Landing, New Jersey

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Chicken Tacos with Avocado SalsaTaste of Home

Chicken Tacos with Avocado Salsa

A few people in my family have special dietary needs, but luckily, these chicken tacos work for all of us. I toss up a simple green salad and have a meal we can all enjoy together. —Christine Schenher, Exeter, California

Katie Bandurski
Katie is an Associate Editor for Taste of Home, specializing in writing and email newsletters. When she’s out of the office, you’ll find her exploring Wisconsin, trying out new vegetarian recipes and combing through antique shops.

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