9 Fresh Cinco de Mayo Recipes Under 500 Calories

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Officially, Cinco de Mayo commemorates the Mexican Army’s surprising defeat of France in 1862. Unofficially, in the U.S. this day has taken on a life of its own as the day we celebrate Mexican culture and traditions, often with good food and maybe a cerveza. These nine colorful, sometimes spicy, recipes help get the fiesta started!

1. ROTISSERIE CHICKEN TACOS WITH PINEAPPLE SALSA | THE ENDLESS MEAL

Homemade pineapple salsa gives these chicken tacos a kick of flavor. Fresh or canned pineapple gives this salsa a pop of sweetness. If you don’t have time to make your own, buy pre-made salsa from your local grocery store. Recipe makes 4 servings at 3 tacos and 1/4 pineapple salsa each.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 488; Total Fat: 19g; Saturated Fat: 3g; Monounsaturated Fat: 11g; Cholesterol: 85mg; Sodium: 477mg; Carbohydrate: 44g; Dietary Fiber: 13g; Sugar: 15g; Protein: 34g

2. CRISPY VEGETABLE QUESADILLA | COOKING LIGHT

Poblano chilies gives these veggie-filled wedges a spicy kick while mashed beans and creamy cheese hold the quesadilla together. It’s easy and delicious. Serve with lime and light sour cream. Recipe makes 6 servings at 4 quesadilla wedges each.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 297; Total Fat: 11g; Saturated Fat: 5g; Monounsaturated Fat: 2g; Cholesterol: 20mg; Sodium: 829mg; Carbohydrate: 40g; Dietary Fiber: 4g; Sugar: 4g; Protein: 13g

3. FRESH CORN SALSA | LEMON TREE DWELLING

Whether you scoop it or spoon it, this five-ingredient corn salsa, dressed with lime juice and salt, makes the most of fresh sweet corn. Recipe makes 6 servings at 1/2 cup each.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 55; Total Fat: 1g; Saturated Fat: 0g; Monounsaturated Fat: 0g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 196mg; Carbohydrate: 12g; Dietary Fiber: 2g; Sugar: 6g; Protein: 1g

4. CHICKEN & BLACK BEAN TOSTADAS | MYFITNESSPAL’S RECIPES

Smother store-bought tostadas in spicy crema, leftover chicken and fiber-rich black beans for a satisfying dinner that rivals any restaurant meal. Serve with fresh avocado slices and baked tortilla chips. Recipe makes 4 servings at 1 tostada each.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 310; Total Fat: 11g; Saturated Fat: 5g; Monounsaturated Fat: 0g; Cholesterol: 23mg; Sodium: 629mg; Carbohydrate: 30g; Dietary Fiber: 7g; Sugar: 5g; Protein: 22g

5. HUEVOS RANCHEROS TACOS | COOKING LIGHT

This decadent knife-and-fork taco features a soft, runny egg atop beans, cheese, pico de gallo and much more! Each taco delivers a good amount of protein and fiber so you feel fuller and oh-so-satisfied. Recipe makes 4 servings at 1 taco each.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 272; Total Fat: 19g; Saturated Fat: 5g; Monounsaturated Fat: 5g; Cholesterol: 206mg; Sodium: 354mg; Carbohydrate: 18g; Dietary Fiber: 4g; Sugar: 1g; Protein: 13g

6. SMOKY JALAPEÑO BLACK BEAN DIP | THE VEGAN 8

Say goodbye to boring chips and salsa, and hello to wholesome goodness with this smoky black bean dip. With heaps of protein and fiber, this dip steals the show. Recipe makes 6 servings at 1/2 cup each.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 178; Total Fat: 0g; Saturated Fat: 0g; Monounsaturated Fat: 0g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 390mg; Carbohydrate: 34g; Dietary Fiber: 11g; Sugar: 3g; Protein: 10g

7. CHICKEN & BLACK BEAN ENCHILADAS | MYFITNESSPAL’S RECIPES

Our savory chicken and black bean enchilada casserole is filled with veggies and comes together in a snap. These colorful rolls look gorgeous, and each bite bursts with crunchy, sweet corn and refreshing tomatillo salsa. Recipe makes 4 servings at 2 enchiladas each.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 309; Total Fat: 7g; Saturated Fat: 3g; Monounsaturated Fat: 2g; Cholesterol: 69mg; Sodium: 337mg; Carbohydrate: 34g; Dietary Fiber: 7g; Sugar: 7g; Protein: 27g

8. SIMPLE FISH TACOS WITH CORN & TOMATO SALSA | COOK SMARTS

Get your omega-3 on! These mahi mahi tacos are seasoned with an amazing, yet simple, spice blend. The fish is baked, making this meal quick and healthy. Recipe makes 4 servings at 2 tacos plus 1/4 of salsa, (avocado and lime juice not included) each.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 312; Total Fat: 7g; Saturated Fat: 1g; Monounsaturated Fat: 2g; Cholesterol: 106g; Sodium: 436mg; Total Carbohydrate: 31g; Dietary Fiber: 4g; Sugars: 7g; Protein: 31g

9. 4-INGREDIENT WHOLE-WHEAT TORTILLAS | THE LEAN GREEN BEAN

Flour, oil, salt, water –– that’s all that goes into these 100% whole-wheat tortillas. No need for all those extra ingredients and preservatives found in packaged wraps. Make a batch and use immediately or refrigerate the leftovers for a quick quesadilla or sandwich wrap. Recipe makes 8 servings at 1 tortilla each.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 145; Total Fat: 6g; Saturated Fat: 1g; Monounsaturated Fat: 4g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 221mg; Carbohydrate: 18g; Dietary Fiber: 3g; Sugar: 1g; Protein: 4g

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