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Healthy Choices

  • Bean or chicken burrito made with whole beans, lettuce, tomato and salsa (watch the size…can you order a kid portion?)
  • Chicken, shrimp or veggie fajitas with corn tortillas
  • Tortilla soup (without cheese or chips)
  • Black bean soup
  • Gazpacho (chilled vegetable soup)
  • Ceviche (fish or shellfish marinated in lime juice)
  • Soft tacos- chicken or fish (make sure fish is not fried)
  • Pollo Asado (roast chicken, remove skin)
  • Pesco Veracruz (fish in tomato based sauce)
  • Shrimp or chicken tostada- choose à la carte size on a small corn tortilla.  Skip the large shells!
  • Words that signal less fat: asada (grilled), mole sauce, salsa verde.


  • Salsa is great but the chip bowl can be bottomless.  Remove chips from the table or set a few aside on a plate or saucer.
  • Take advantage of à la carte items where you can control portions instead of being confronted with a platter of food.
  • Ask if refried beans are prepared with lard.  If so, ask for whole beans.
  • Skip the sour cream, ask for guacamole on the side and request less cheese.
  • Salsa or pico de gallo makes great salad dressing!
  • Take advantage of other Mexican condiments that add tons of flavor but contain little calories or fat.  Use cilantro, lime, tomatillo sauce, ranchero sauce or red chile sauce in place of sour cream and cheese.
  • Look for healthful alternatives such as low-fat sour cream, whole wheat tortillas or brown rice.