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Mexican cuisine is very popular worldwide and most dishes readily lend themselves to modifications that fit low carb or slow carb lifestyles.

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Although it is challenging to modify tamales or tortillas to low carb versions, most Mexican dishes can be readily modified without loss of flavor and authenticity.  Much of the focus of Mexican meals centers around meat, seafood, vegetables and wonderful spice blends.  Avoiding tortillas and rice doesn’t need to diminish the experience of Mexican food.

Mexican dishes are particularly conducive to the slow carb diet authored by Tim Ferriss, as beans are a mainstay on slow carb.

I lost my 30 pounds with a slow carb approach and have never looked back.  I find it an easy lifestyle that allows a lot of flexibility in food choices, a focus on health, and the benefits of weight loss.  Low carb Mexican was my go-to cuisine for much of this weight loss journey, and I am pleased to be able to share these modified versions of this wonderfully robust cuisine with you.

Explore this category for a range of spicy, robust healthy Mexican recipes.  From carnitas with avocados and black beans to moles to an orange flan and Mexican spiced cookies.

And don’t forget about the drinks!  There is a great recipe for Mexican Coffee, as well as the how-to for a Tequila flight with Sangritas!

Easy Pork Chile Colorado with Cactus (Nopales)

This recipe for pork and nopales (cactus) is a traditional Mexican lunch or dinner. No matter the time of day or the season, this super easy dinner is a winner in our books! Can You Really Eat Cactus? Yes, you really CAN eat cactus! And it’s actually quite tasty when cooked correctly. The most common …

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Best Mexican Beef Birria Stew with Consommé

Beef birria stew (Birria de Res Con Consomé) is rich stew that is traditionally made with either goat or lamb, but beef is becoming the preferred meat in the U.S. The meat is always slow cooked in a richly-flavored broth until it is melt-in-your-mouth tender. When served as a stew it is simply ladled into …

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Easy Chicken Mole Rojo for the Home Cook

The variety of Mexican moles are all unique and delicious, but the required pepper roasting, peeling and rehydrating can be a bit daunting and time consuming.  This mole rojo using a powdered blend of smoked chiles, cocoa and spices is the key to making a more achievable, but still full-bodied, mole. What is Mole Rojo? …

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Best Baja-Style Fish Tacos: (with Avocado Cream & Pickled Onions)

Grilling does not have to be limited to the outdoors. You can use an indoor grill (or a “comal”) to get blackened or grilled white fish that are perfect for making healthy fish tacos. Add some avocado cream and pickled onions and you’ll have the best homemade Mexican fish tacos. Quick and easy and delicious! …

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Low Carb Pumpkin Ancho Soup – Smoky & creamy

Pumpkin Ancho Soup, whether made with small pie pumpkins, butternut squash or any of the heirloom squash varieties is a creamy, hearty, healthy soup — perfect for cool Fall or chilly Winter nights.  Detailed video in recipe below Which Varieties Make the Best Soup? The main thing to consider when choosing the squash to use …

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Low Carb Mexican Cochinita Pibil in Slow Cooker

Cochinita pibil is a pork dish that is typically cooked underground.  However, this recipe uses the slow cooker and tastes just as good!  The pork shines in sweet, tangy achiote sauce in this recipe for cochinita pibil. What is Cochinita Pibil? “Cochinita” translates to little pig in Mexican and ”pibil” is a method of cooking …

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Quick & Easy Pickled Onions as a Side Dish to Mexican Cooking

Pickled onions are a tart and slightly sweet accompaniment to a wide variety of dishes (a perfect match with Mexican cuisine).  The cool, pungent crunch adds a crisp fresh taste to carnitas or fish tacos in particular. They take 5 minutes to prep, 30 minutes to marinate, and will keep in the refrigerator for many …

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Low Carb Mexican Street Food – using chile lime salt (Tajin-inspired)

Using a chile lime salt sprinkled over fruits and vegetables as a snack is one of my favorite Mexican snacks. It is a standard on many Mexican street food offerings. Tajin is the brand name of this chile lime salt, but this DIY recipe makes one that is much fresher, allowing the simple ingredients to …

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