30 Easy Mexican Recipes for Lent

Enjoy 30 easy Mexican recipes for Lent you can make in a flash! Of course, they’re all delicious any time of year, and I find I keep coming back to them throughout the year.

5 Easy Recipes for Lent : mamalatinatips.com

I’m so ready for 7 weeks of yummy Mexican Lenten recipes. Aren’t you?

You may already have the ingredients for some of these at home, check out your pantry, fridge and freezer. 

To make your life easier, I’ve divided them up into categories with photos and links to each recipe.


Easy Mexican Lenten Recipes with Fish

Tuna patties

Mexican Tuna Patties

This is a kid favorite, serve with a few drops of lime juice and a salad and you are set!

Mexican tuna patties recipe.

Mexican Tuna Salad

Mexican Tuna Salad on top of a tostada

I call this Silvia’s tuna salad because I created this recipe during college when I wanted a fresh tuna salad without mayonnaise.

Fresh and yummy, serve it on tostadas for a complete meal.

Silvia’s Mexican tuna salad recipe.

Tuna Filled Avocado

Tuna Stuffed Avocado

The creaminess of the avocado goes so well with the tuna and veggies. But the best part is you can make this recipe in about 15 minutes!

Tuna filled avocado recipe.

Pan-Seared Cod with Strawberry Salsa

Cod with Strawberry Salsa - mamalatinatips.com

Try something new! A great combination of tender fish with sweet & spicy salsa.

Pan-seared cod with strawberry salsa recipe.

Fish Veracruz

Fish Veracruz Recipe - mamalatinatips.com

Also known as Pescado a la Veracruzana, this white fish is cooked in a tomato sauce with bell peppers, olives and capers. Yum!

Mexican Fish Veracruz recipe.

Easy Breaded Fish Tacos

Fish tacos with salsa, guacamole and lettuce on a white plate. A slice of lemon is on the left side.

Fish tacos are always delicious and fast to prepare. These tacos feature breaded code with spicy chipotle salsa. A great dish for those days when you need to throw something together in minutes.

Breaded fish tacos recipe.

Fish Empanadas

11 small empanadas on a white place with chopped curly parsley on top.

The delicious filling for these empanadas includes tilapia (you can also use cod), olives, capers, and vegetables. 

Mexican fish empanadas recipe.

Jalapeño Tuna Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potato stuffed with tuna and jalapeño - mamalatinatips.com

A deliciously spicy and sweet combo. These stuffed sweet potatoes are ready in less than 15 minutes, thanks to the use of the microwave. Top with crunchy tortilla chips and chopped cilantro. Perfect for lunch or dinner.

Tuna stuffed sweet potatoes recipe.

Baked Salmon with Pesto

A salmon fillet topped with fresh pesto and a cherry tomato on top of a white dish. On the right side there is spaghetti with pepper.

Even though this is not a 100% Mexican recipe for lent, I want it to add it to this list because it’s flavorful and easy to prepare. Add pasta and a salad and you will have an incredible lenten dinner.

Baked salmon with pesto recipe.

Spicy Salmon Cakes

Three salmon cakes on top of a white plate and topped with crushed red pepper.

Crispy outside and moist inside, these spicy salmon cakes are a delicious dish to end your day.

Salmon cakes recipe.

Mexican Tuna Stuffed Potato Roll

A potato roll stuffed with tuna fish and olives on a Mexican white and cobalt blue plate and next to a slice of bread and a salad.

A roll of creamy cheese potatoes stuffed with a flavorful mixture of tuna fish, tomatoes, peppers and olives. Add a salad and you have dinner ready.

Mexican potato roll recipe.

Easy Mexican Lenten Recipes with Shrimp

Shrimp and Guacamole Tacos

Tacos de camarones con guacamole

Sometimes the simplest recipes are the best. Guacamole and shrimp pair so well, and they’re both fast and easy to prepare.

Shrimp and guacamole tacos recipe.

Mexican Popcorn Shrimp Tostadas

popcorn shrimp tostada with chipotle cream

This recipe for popcorn shrimp tostadas is incredibly simple, but still so extraordinarily satisfying and delicious. Layers of shrimp, veggies, cream, and cheese are so hard to resist!

Shrimp tostadas with chipotle cream recipe.

Mexican Shrimp Cocktail

coctel de camarón

Sweet and savory, the combination of tomato sauce, avocado, chiles and shrimp make this dish irresistible and fresh.

Mexican shrimp cocktail recipe.

Shrimp in Roasted Green Salsa

shrimp in roasted green sauce in a blue bowl

This recipe beautifully balances the flavors of the roasted tomatillos with the mild flavor of the shrimp. Serve with white rice and corn tortillas.

Shrimp in roasted green sauce recipe:

Shrimp in Beer Sauce

Shrimp in beer sauce with white rice by mamalatinatips.com

Another delicious idea for serving shrimp, this time in a deep and delicious tomato and beer sauce. 

Shrimp in beer sauce recipe.

Garlic Butter Shrimp

Camarones al mojo de ajo por mamalatinatips.com

Also known as “camarones al ajillo,” this is the easiest recipe ever. The shrimp cooks in a buttery and garlicky sauce, literally in minutes!

Garlic butter shrimp recipe.

Cilantro Pesto and Shrimp Pasta

Cilantro pesto and shrimp pasta - mamalatinatips.com

Another fast recipe, ideal for busy nights. We make it with zesty cilantro and creamy cashews. Spaghetti is a favorite but you can use any pasta shape you like.

Cilantro pesto and shrimp pasta recipe.

Easy Mexican Vegetarian Recipes for Lent

Cheese Stuffed Jalapeños

cheese stuffed jalapeño peppers by mamalatinatips.com

These chiles are great as appetizers or as a main dish; add a vegetable soup or maybe this sweet and sour quinoa salad.

Cheese stuffed jalapeños recipe.

Mexican Cheese Entomatadas

Entomatadas de queso - mamalatinatips.com

Soft corn tortillas submerged in a tomato-chipotle sauce filled and covered with cotija cheese. 

Cheese entomatadas recipe.

Mexican Sweet Potato Salad

Mexican sweet potato salad

Colorful and satisfying, this salad has the perfect balance of sweet and savory. You’ll want more.

Mexican sweet potato salad recipe.

Poblano Pepper and Corn Tacos

poblano and corn tacos with queso fresco and cream

Also known as tacos de rajas, this is a very popular Mexican dish families enjoy all year round but especially during the Lenten season. Try them out!

Poblano and corn tacos recipe.


Molletes Mexicanos - Mamalatinatips.com

So humble, yet oh so delicious. Molletes are open-faced bean sandwiches served with cheese and salsa. 

Mexican molletes recipe.

Chilaquiles with Guajillo Sauce

chilaquiles and eggs with guajillo sauce

Soft tortillas submerged in a spicy guajillo salsa and topped with a sunny side egg and cheese.  

Chilaquiles with guajillo sauce recipe.

Mexican Red Chilaquiles

red chilaquiles with a sunny side egg on top

The roasted red salsa is so good you would want to have a jar in your fridge at all times. This is an easy and super delicious dish for the season.

Mexican red chilaquiles recipe.

Mexican Pinto Bean Soup

pinto bean soup - sopa tarasca

Who says soup can’t be the main dish? Incredibly delicious and a great source of protein, this Mexican Pinto Bean Soup, lso known as Sopa Tarasca, is served with fried ancho chile, avocado, cheese, and sour cream.

Mexican pinto bean soup recipe. 

Chipotle Black Bean Mini Tortas

Chipotle black bean tortas with lettuce, pickle, tomato and avocado

I always keep a package of black bean patties in the freezer. It helps me prepare dishes quickly, saving time and effort. This is a great example.

Chipotle black bean tortas recipe.

Mexican Chile Relleno Pizza

Chile relleno pizza by mamalatinatips.com

A different kind of pizza made with flatbread, but with all that robust Mexican chile relleno flavor.

Chile relleno pizza recipe.

Poblano Pepper Galette

One rectangular slice of poblano pepper galette, crusty phyllo dough topped with poblano strips, cheese and chopped red onion.

This is an easy, fast, meatless meal that looks like you’ve worked on it for hours, but takes just minutes to assemble. Flaky, crispy crust, covered with poblano pepper strips, sweet corn, fragrant onion and creamy cheese.

Poblano pepper galette recipe.

Lenten Capirotada

Capirotada with Peanuts and Dried Cranberries Recipe - mamalatinatips.com

A traditional dessert during Lent made with bread, honey, peanuts, and cheese.

Mexican capirotada recipe.

So what do you think of them? Have you made any? Which recipe will you try first?

If one of these recipes has captured your attention and you decide to make it, I invite you to share it on social media using #mamalatinatips so I can see it and share it, too. We would love to know your thoughts.


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