5 Elements of a Better-for-You Cinco de Mayo Fiesta

Throw a Cinco de Mayo fiesta that your healthy diet can get behind.
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Chilli Rubbed Steak Tacos

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Cinco de Mayo is upon us. For a lot of us, it's a day of bottomless guacamole scooped up in crispy fried tortilla chips, blissful rounds of salt-rimmed margaritas, and the endless guzzling of tacos and burritos. That being said, it goes without saying that it's a day when our diets go by the wayside. But it doesn't have to be that way! With these healthy Mexican recipes on your side, Cinco de Mayo can jibe with your healthy lifestyle without a problem.

You better bet tacos will be involved on the 5th of May. Ellie Krieger's  Chili-Rubbed Steak Tacos (pictured above) are loaded up with lean spicy steak, homemade salsa, shredded cabbage and cilantro — and they're just as vibrant and delicious as they are healthy.

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For the meat-free folks in the room, these heaping  Vegetarian Burritos are worthy of a celebration on their own. Within a whole-wheat tortilla you'll find fiber-rich veggies, brown rice, black beans and a sprinkling of reduced-fat cheese for the ultimate Mexican meal.

Five Layer Mexican Dip: Ellie Krieger

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A Cinco de Mayo celebration should be big on dip, and Ellie Krieger makes the king of them all,  Five-Layer Mexican Dip, which is better for you than other versions thanks to smart portioning. Serve this stacking of beans, corn, avocado, tomatoes and cheese with baked tortilla chips, rather than fried ones.

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Before you take your favorite side straight out of the can, consider making these lightened-up  Refried Beans from scratch. In just under 20 minutes you can transform regular old pinto beans into a hearty spiced side that's better for you than its restaurant counterpart, plus you'll get to control what ingredients go into it.

Ellie Krieger's Chunky Guacamole as seen on Food Network

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We would never dream of forgetting the guac.  Chunky Guacamole is made the classic way with ripe avocados, red onion, chopped cilantro and freshly squeezed lime.

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