Celebrate with Low Fat Mexican and Tex-Mex Recipes

"The Cow Parade" street art project in Mexico.  Tec de Monterrey, 2006.
"The Cow Parade" street art project in Mexico. Tec de Monterrey, 2006.

Palettes and Spectrum Within Mexican Cuisine

Mexico, Central America, and northern South America have shared their foods and recipes with Texas and the Gulf States across and down to the tip of Florida and the Keys to create a wide swath of cuisine that offers endless possibilities and variations.

Ingredients from the Creole and Cajun traditions, all the way back to Nova Scotia, the Pre-Columbian West Indies, and Africa can be found favoring this Mexican-based palette of cuisine elements. There is no end to the delight and the discovery of good taste.

Try some of the follow low-fat recipes for your next Mexican Night celebration, whether it is a Cinco de Mayo party, Day of the Dead, or a simple taco night at home. Please enjoy!

A Triangle of Latin Cuisine

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Bell Peppers for Flavor and Texture

Peppers make a delightful, flavorful soup.
Peppers make a delightful, flavorful soup. | Source

In this soup that contains bell peppers and cucumbers, I do not always use the blender and puree it. Sometimes I like to have it chunky, so I cut larger pieces of the vegetables and do not puree.

Cook Time

  • Prep time: 25 min
  • Cook time: 25 min
  • Ready in: 50 min
  • Yields: Serves 8 people

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Bell Pepper - Cucumber Soup

This is a warming, smooth soup of many flavors - cucumber, bell peppers, cilantro, and olive oil. Once you taste this one, you will want to prepare it quite often.

Even though you may have never before enjoyed cucumber in a soup, it is not unusual among global cuisines. Cucumber is used in a cold vinegar-based soup with soy sauce in Korea and I love the flavor and coolness of it. Peeled, chopped cucumber is also used in Chinese potato salad and I enjoy that very much as well. The soup below is also fantastic.

Other countries use cucumbers in hot and cold soups as well as potato salads. Americans, especially in the North, may find this odd, but all of these dishes are very good. This one is served in Guatemala as well as parts of Mexico.

Serves 8

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 Pound cucumbers, any type, peeled and chopped
  • 6 Green onions, white portion chopped; use a small portion of the green parts
  • 1 Red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 Yellow bell pepper, chopped
  • 6 Cups low sodium chicken broth, fat removed
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 Cup plain, nonfat yogurt
  • 2 Tbsp fresh chopped Cilantro

INSTRUCTIONS

  • In a large pot, warm olive oil over medium heat.
  • Add chopped cucumbers, onions, and bell peppers.
  • Cook all until vegetables are tender - 10 -12 minutes.
  • Add chicken broth, stir, and simmer 10 minutes. Remove from heat.
  • In a blender, puree soup until smooth and pour back into pot.
  • Simmer, season with salt and pepper.
  • Serve in bowls hot, adding a dollop of yogurt in the center, with Cilantro sprinkled on top.

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Try red onions and parsley instead of yellow onions and cilantro.Cilantro is one of my favorite cooking ingredients. It is cool-tasting in the potato salad offered below.
Try red onions and parsley instead of yellow onions and cilantro.
Try red onions and parsley instead of yellow onions and cilantro. | Source
Cilantro is one of my favorite cooking ingredients. It is cool-tasting in the potato salad offered below.
Cilantro is one of my favorite cooking ingredients. It is cool-tasting in the potato salad offered below. | Source
Statue, Olmec - Jaguar baby; Museum of Anthropology at Xalapa, Vera Cruz, Mexico.
Statue, Olmec - Jaguar baby; Museum of Anthropology at Xalapa, Vera Cruz, Mexico.

Latin Potato Salad

Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 Pounds white potatoes (Michigan potatoes are good consistency and flavor for this recipe)
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 4 green onions, sliced, using about half of the green tails as well as the white part
  • 1 Tbsp crushed chili peppers, or to your own taste
  • 1 Cup non-fat cottage cheese
  • 2 oz grated white cheese (less fat content than yellow cheeses)
  • ½ Cup non-fat or skim milk - or non-fat evaporated milk (it's thicker)
  • 1 Head of romaine lettuce, washed
  • 2 Tbsp fresh chopped Cilantro or parsley
  • Sliced or chopped black olives

INSTRUCTIONS

  • In a large pot, place potatoes and cover potatoes with water.
  • Boil potatoes until tender, then drain water and cool the vegetable. When cool enough to handle, peel and slice potatoes about 1/2-inch thick.
  • SAUCE: In a non-stick skillet over medium heat, warm olive oil. Add onions and chilies and cook until tender.
  • Pour cooked onions in a blender, followed by cottage cheese, grated cheese,and milk. Puree well.
  • SERVING: Arrange lettuce leaves on 6 salad plates. Arrange potato slices on the lettuce and pour a spoon of sauce over potatoes. Sprinkle with chopped Cilantro or parsley. Scatter chopped or sliced olives over all.

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Cool Fruit and Yogurt Salad or Dessert

Serves 8

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 Tbsp honey
  • 3 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 Large sweet apple (Fuji or Gala are good), cored and chopped
  • 1 Ripe plum, sliced
  • 1 Orange, peeled and sliced
  • 1 Grapefruit, peeled and sectioned
  • 4 Kiwi fruit, peeled and sliced
  • 1 Large banana, peeled and sliced
  • 32 oz frozen nonfat vanilla yogurt
  • Shredded coconut

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Using a large mixing bowl, stir or whisk together the honey and lemon juice.
  • Pour in the fruit slices and sections and gently mix to coat.
  • Scoop frozen yogurt into sering dishes, top with fruit, and sprinkle with coconut.


Izamal, Yucatan, Mexico. Arcade, with Pre-Columbian pyramid in background.
Izamal, Yucatan, Mexico. Arcade, with Pre-Columbian pyramid in background. | Source

Mexican Dessert Recipes

My Sweet Mexico: Recipes for Authentic Pastries, Breads, Candies, Beverages, and Frozen Treats
My Sweet Mexico: Recipes for Authentic Pastries, Breads, Candies, Beverages, and Frozen Treats

This authentic Mexican cookery collection contains many favorite recipes that I hope you will enjoy.

 
Juanacatln Falls, the Niagara of Mexico.
Juanacatln Falls, the Niagara of Mexico.
Juicy sliced mango.
Juicy sliced mango. | Source
Pawpaw fruit may be substituted in place of mango in this recipe. Pawpaw is grown in the eastern half of the USA, popular in Kentucky and Southern Ohio.
Pawpaw fruit may be substituted in place of mango in this recipe. Pawpaw is grown in the eastern half of the USA, popular in Kentucky and Southern Ohio. | Source

Mango Dessert

Serves 12

  • 1 Cup orange juice
  • 3 Packets unflavored gelatin
  • 5 Ripe-soft mangoes (pawpaw is also good in this recipe)
  • 1/2 or 1 ripe mango to slice for garnish
  • 1 Cup sugar or 3/4 cup honey
  • 1 Cup non-fat evaporated milk
  • 2 Cups non-fat whipped topping

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Into a small bowl, our orange juice and sprinkle the surface with all of the gelatin. Set the bowl aside ina safe place for 5 minutes.
  • Peel the mangoes, cut out the pits, and puree the flesh in a blender. This should yield 4 cups of mangoe puree.
  • Pour the fruit puree into a large mixing bowl, add sugar and non-fat milk and stir.
  • Warm the orange juice/gelatin in a microwave oven or the top of a double boiler until the mixture is smooth, then whisk it into the mangoes.
  • Gently old in the whipped topping.
  • Fill a 10-cup mold with cold water and then pour out the water, or chill the mold in the refrigerator or freezer while you are preparing the rest of the recipe.
  • Fill the mold again, with the mango mixture, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate 2 hours or longer.
  • Serving: Wrap a moist, warm towel around the mold. Place platter over opening of mold and invert the whole thing carefully. Remove mold gently.
  • Garnish the molded recipe with fresh sliced mango and serve at the table.

Chili Cheese Soup - Curl some cuts of cheddar or Monterey jack on top.
Chili Cheese Soup - Curl some cuts of cheddar or Monterey jack on top. | Source

New Orleans Cheese and Chili Soup

Serves 4-6

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 Cup chopped yellow or Spanish onions
  • 1/2 Cup chopped celery
  • 4 Tbsp butter or butter substitute like Promise
  • 2 Tbsp flour
  • 2 Cups low-fat chicken broth
  • 16 oz non-fat half-and-half or evaporated milk
  • 8 oz Brie Cheese
  • 2, 4-oz cans chopped green chiles
  • Salt and pepper to taste

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Sauté the onions and celery in butter for 5 minutes.
  • Add flour and whisk.
  • Add the milk product and broth and stir well.
  • Cut Brie up and add in small pieces.
  • Stir until Brie is well melted – usually 10 minutes.
  • Add green chiles, simmer 2 minutes for flavor and serve.

The Cathedral of Morelia in Michoacn, Mexico.
The Cathedral of Morelia in Michoacn, Mexico. | Source
Lake Chapala, Mexico
Lake Chapala, Mexico

© 2010 Patty Inglish

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Enlydia Listener 6 years ago from trailer in the country

Patty, I haven't had lunch yet, and you're making my mouth water...guess I will put down the laptop, climb outta bed and see what is in the kitchen...wish there was potato salad in the fridge.


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Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

Sounds great -- got to try it. Thank you for a ownderful hub.


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wavegirl22 6 years ago from New York, NY

Cinco De Mayo in New York is always a fun time. And EVERYONE of these recipes sound incredibly delicious! Im not sure which one I want to try first but I am leaning towards the Latin Potato salad :)


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billyaustindillon 6 years ago

That mango desert sounds so refreshing- thanks


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States

Great Mexican recipes. good hub.


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Sandyspider 6 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

I never knew you could make potato salad with cottage cheese. I will have to try some of these.


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Smireles 6 years ago from Texas

Great hub. The reipes sound tasty!

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