Love Mexican food? What a coincidence--so do we! Mexican cuisine is filled with spices, sauces, and usually a whole lot of carbs. While many traditional favorites include rice, tortillas, and chips, not every meal depends on these low-carb no-no's. With proper portions, a hearty helping of healthy fat, and those same ingredients you love, Mexican meals have never been more mouthwatering, and they're easy to make at home. When the cravings hit, here's one of many low-carb dinner options to dive into.
Main Course: Taco-Stuffed Guac-Avocados
These aren't your usual stuffed avocados. For this recipe, you'll need to scoop out each avocado completely, and then scoop the ingredients back into the shells, adding a more flavorful twist to a traditional classic. Rather than a traditional stuffed avocado, you're enjoying a thick, savory guacamole stuffed with your favorite taco toppings. Quick, easy, and incredibly tasty.
Makes: 4 Servings
2 avocados, halved
1 lime, quartered
8 tbsp Mexican crema (crema is available in multiple flavors, so customize your meal by switching it up!)
8 tbsp chunky salsa
4 one-inch blocks queso fresco
1 chopped onion
½ pound ground beef
¼ cup cherry tomatoes, sliced
¼ cup lettuce, shredded
salt & pepper, to taste
First, prepare the meat. Add the ground beef to a saucepan and cook over medium heat until browned. You can prepare the avocados while the meat is browning, making this a perfect meal choice for multitaskers.
Scoop out each avocado half, and crush the avocado into a chunky mixture. For each avocado, squeeze ¼ lime on top, add a quarter cup chopped onion, mix in cilantro, salt, and pepper to taste, and stir thoroughly to make a thick guacamole.
Stir 1 ounce chunky salsa into each guacamole mixture, and add 2 tbsp crema. This will thicken the mixture, making it more filling, simpler to stuff, and easier to eat.
Scoop each mixture back into its empty shell. It should have equal thickness to the pre-mixed avocado, so it can easily be stuffed with the beef and taco toppings.
Once you've scooped each mixture back into its shell, create an empty space in the middle to pile on the toppings. Since the guacamole, salsa, crema, onion, cilantro, and lime are already mixed in, you're already halfway there!
Scoop the meat into each avocado half.
Divide the tomatoes and lettuce equally amongst each avocado, sprinkle the queso fresco on top, and finish with a hint of chile powder. Add an extra squeeze of crema for even more flavor.
The results? Filling, flavorful, and downright delicious. While traditional stuffed avocados involve spooning out the center and tossing toppings inside, this recipe creates a tasty twist on the avocado itself, transforming it into a flavorful guacamole that's filled with classic Mexican toppings. It adds a lot more flavor to your meal, creating a tempting treat you're sure to love. Since this a lighter dinner, try the salad below on the side, and voilà! You've cooked up a low-carb meal as appetizing as it is nutritious.
Serving Size: 1 stuffed avocado
Net Carbs: 12g
Side: Cilantro Chopped Side Salad
The flavors in this salad create the perfect compliment to a light dinner, filling you up without weighing you down. Make it into a main course by adding shrimp, creating a ceviche-style salad the entire family will enjoy. With this recipe, you don't need much to achieve full flavor, and it takes just minutes to make.
Makes: 4 servings
4 cups shredded lettuce
4 stalks celery, chopped
1 container cherry tomatoes, chopped
1 onion, chopped
cilantro lime seasoning, to taste
Pour all ingredients into a bowl, minus the limes.
Squeeze the limes over the salad to create a light, tasty, and tantalizing dressing that mixes with the cilantro and cilantro lime seasoning just right. If you prefer, you can mix the three together beforehand, and then add to the salad mixture.
Toss the entire mixture together, divide amongst four small bowls, and serve.
Serving Size: 1 cup
Net Carbs: 7g