11. Turkey Taquitos
Baked rather than fried, these light, flaky taquitos are super rica and insanely better than anything you'd find in the frozen foods aisle. They're good with shredded chicken as well, and they're husband- and kid-approved.
12. Fish Tacos with Creamy Lime Guacamole
Fish tacos tend to be fried, but this recipe calls for breaking out the grill, which will help you save some calories. Topped with lime-spiked slaw, tomato, and the creamiest guac ever, you'll make these all summer long.
13. Chipotle Quinoa Sweet Potato Tacos with Roasted Cranberry Pomegranate Salsa
According to recent stats released by GrubHub, the most popular taco filling is chicken, but we're confident that will change after you try these. It's a mouthful to say, but trust us when we say the savory, spicy, slightly sweet flavor of the quinoa, sweet potatoes, and pomegranates will win you over in a heartbeat.
14. Chicken Tinga Tacos
Adobo chiles, fire-roasted tomatoes, sweet onions, and a little bit of garlic all work together in this recipe to give the chicken a robust, smoky note. Pile into a tortilla, top with cotija cheese, crema, and avocado, and you'll have a restaurant-style meal in no time.
15. Chicken-and-Black-Bean Stuffed Burritos
Who doesn't like burritos? While a typical burrito can set you back 1,200 calories (no joke!), these ones come in way under the wire at 354 calories per serving, yet they're still loaded with all the good stuff: chicken, beans, salsa, and cheese.
16. 3-Cheese Mexican Frittata with Salsa Fresca
Cheese-lovers unite! This fritatta is so pretty to look at it, it almost hurts. Whether you're having a boozy brunch or doing breakfast for dinner this Cinco de Mayo, you won't be able to keep yourself from digging into this cheesy, gooey, savory recipe. It's a bit indulgent, yes, but it's a holiday.
17. Chile Colorado Con Carne
This recipe isn't for the faint of heart! But if you can stomach lots of spicy chile, get ready to turn up the heat in the kitchen. This slow-simmered beef stew (a.k.a. guisada) is the epitome of Mexican soul food. You'll want to dive into the bowl as it cooks thanks to the cumin, oregano, allspice, and cloves. Oh, and bacon and beer.
18. Vegan Mushroom, Kale, and Quinoa Enchiladas
Non-meat-eaters, rejoice! Give the Mexican staple a power food upgrade by skipping the meat and rice and using kale and mushrooms instead. Spoon out the slightly sweet, spicy red sauce included in the recipe for an extra layer of depth.
19. Chicken Enmoladas
It's Mole Monday! If you can make enchiladas, you can make these babies. Drench them in a thick, velvety, and slightly chocolatey mole sauce that tastes as rich as it looks for a savory, chicken-filled dish that practically envelopes you in warmth and heat.
20. Caliente Viejo
The Manhattan meets the margarita for a spicy, sophisticated drink that skimps on calories—not flavor (or booze!).
Can't leave los guaguas (babies) out of the action! This creamy horchata recipe tastes almost like a vanilla milkshake—with a dash of cinnamon and almond. Alcohol-free, kids of all ages will sip it up.
22. Skinny Sunrise Cocktail
As blogger Kristin Porter says, there's no reason Cinco de Mayo can't also be Shrinko de Mayo. Skip the heavy margaritas and beers for this vibrantly-colored drink instead. It will only set you back 145 calories, though it is a little high in sugar (most of it natural), so if you're trying to be cognizant of your intake, remember to indulge in moderation.
23. Spiced Chocolate Avocado Cupcakes with Chocolate Ganache Frosting
Who knew avocado was so versatile? Use guacamole's star ingredient to make quite possibly the richest, moistest cupcakes ever. There's even avocado in the super silky chocolate icing, but all you'll taste is yum!
24. Peach-Mango Riesling Granites
Remember when you were a kid, and you used to get ices or slushies every time you went to the beach or an amusement park? Enter the grown-up version: Simply blend together your favorite sweet wine, juice, and ice in a blender or food processor for a party-ready cool and fizzy dessert.
25. Margarita Mousse Bars
Have you ever noticed that when you stick the word "margarita" in front of something, it instantly becomes a hundred times better? Case in point: These margarita mousse bars are soft and pillowy, tangy and sweet, just a little bit boozy, and are completely out of this world. You're not going to get better than these for Cinco de Mayo!
26. Baked Churro Donut Holes
Sweet, fluffy, cinnamon-y, cake-like, and churro-ish all at the same time, these bite-sized donut holes are a healthier alternative to the traditional sugary Mexican churro. These treats are easy to pop and therefore easy to overdo, so remember: Moderation is the name of the game. (Though we predict they'll be so popular that you won't even have time to be tempted to overindulge!)
Photo credits (in order of appearance): Gimme Some Oven, The Pioneer Woman Cooks, Half Baked Harvest, Billy Parisi, Homesick Texan, Iowa Girl Eats, and The Quinoa Queen