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8 Easy Taco Recipes for a Delicious Cinco de Mayo

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Tacos are a delicious way to enjoy Mexican cuisine—they’re quick, filing, and flavor-packed. These lightened recipes turn up the heat, but keep the calorie count low.

Soft Tacos With Spicy Chicken
Marinating the chicken breasts with vinegar, spices, and onion adds flavor and creates a tender base for this easy recipe. Add salsa, lettuce, and avocado slices to top these tacos off.

Ingredients: Chicken breasts, bay leaf, oregano, chipotle chiles, red onion, white wine vinegar, olive oil, dark beer, corn tortillas, cilantro, salsa

Calories: 225

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Steak Tacos With Simple Guacamole
This taco has a decadent taste, but is completely diet-friendly. Instead of using cheese, which is high in saturated fat, this recipe uses guacamole, which is rich in hearty-healthy fats. You’ll be satisfied without doing damage to your waistline.

Ingredients: Vegetable oil, Mexican oregano, cayenne pepper, garlic, flank steak, onion, red and yellow bell peppers, jalapeño peppers, avocados, lime juice, flour tortillas

Calories: 490

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Pork-and-Black Bean Tacos
This recipe uses leftovers from Horseradish-Crusted Pork Tenderloin to create an unusual but delicious dinner. And with 23 grams of protein and 7 grams of fiber, you won’t be tempted to have a midnight snack.

Ingredients: Pork tenderloin, black beans, olive oil, Brussels sprouts, garlic, cider vinegar, sweet potatoes, chipotle chiles, corn taco shells, red onion, sour cream, limes

Calories: 363

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Pulled-Pork Tacos
Before you put your slow-cooker away for the spring, try these tender tacos. Salsa, chili powder, and even a bit of unsweetened cocoa add a smoky flavor to the rich pork. And since the pork is so rich on its own, a dab of sour cream adds the perfect finish to this recipe.

Ingredients: Salsa, chili powder, dried oregano, unsweetened cocoa, pork butt or shoulder, corn tortillas, cilantro sprigs, sour cream, limes

Calories: 574

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Skillet Veggie Tacos
This low-cal taco adds a kick with the addition of jalapeño peppers. Plus the veggies and beans add 5 grams of filling fiber and 8 grams of protein.

Ingredients: Red bell peppers, onion, mushrooms, jalapeño peppers, garlic, olive oil, cumin, oregano, sweet white wine, pinto beans, fat-free tortillas, feta cheese

Calories: 200

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Cilantro-Lime Shrimp Tacos
A salsa, cilantro, and lime juice topping adds a spicy layer to these otherwise mild tacos. And shrimp is rich in iron, which gives you energy and keeps your immune system healthy.

Ingredients: Shrimp, black beans, scallions, avocado, salsa verde, cilantro, limes, flour tortillas, red bell pepper

Calories: 453

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Tex-Mex Beef Tacos
This recipe satisfies your craving for Mexican food, and it’s low in fat (thanks to lean ground sirloin), easy to prepare, and fast. You can also serve it with fresh cilantro, sliced green onions, salsa, and fat-free sour cream.

Ingredients: Onion, garlic, sirloin, frozen corn, black beans, tomato sauce, chipotle chiles, fat-free tortillas

Calories: 266

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Fish Tacos
Mango and avocado create a rich mix of sweet and salty flavors, while the marinated tilapia adds a tangy citrus element. The radishes have a mild bitterness, a nice complement to this 450-calorie dish.

Ingredients: Red wine vinegar, sugar, chili powder, red onion, radishes, tilapia, limes, garlic, mango, avocado, cilantro, canola oil, corn tortillas, salsa verde

Calories: 449

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This article originally appeared on Health.com.

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