The Best Choices When Eating Out: Mexican Restaurant Edition

The Best Choices When Eating Out: Mexican Restaurant Edition

By Leda Tello, Registered Dietician at LBU


Who doesn't enjoy Mexican food? Tacos, chiles, avocados, flautas, enchiladas, etc. Every bite is different because to the flavors and ingredients. There are a few dishes that are typically seen as healthier than others when dining at a Mexican restaurant. Some good options include:

Grilled fish or chicken

These are lean protein sources that are lower in fat than many other options.

Tacos al pastor

These tacos are made with marinated pork and pineapple, which is a healthy and flavorful combination. Recommended serving: 1 – 2 tacos.


These are made with grilled vegetables, chicken, or shrimp and are a great option for those who want to eat more vegetables.

Black or pinto beans

Beans are a great source of fiber and protein, and they can be a healthy alternative to meat. Try to avoid refried beans.

Salsa and guacamole

These are both healthy options for toppings, they are high in nutrients, but watch the portions, salsa can be high in salt, and there are 180 calories in ½ cup of guacamole

Avoid fried food (churros, nachos etc.)

It's also important to keep in mind that traditional Mexican food frequently contains a lot of sodium, so it's a good idea to watch how much salt you eat. Additionally, watch out for toppings like cheese, sour cream, and others that could add a lot of calories and fat.

Please be aware that restaurant portions are very enormous, particularly during dinner. Before dining out, look over the online menu to select a dish that will satisfy your daily calorie requirements.


For more information, please contact:

Leda Tello, RD, LD, CDCES

Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist

(214) 540-0303

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