30+ Easy Mexican Recipes for Lent


Enjoy these 30 easy Mexican recipes for Lent that you can make in a flash! Below are recipe ideas for fish, shrimp, and vegetables you can prepare from Ash Wednesday to Good Friday. Of course, these ideas are delicious for meatless Fridays or any day of the year, too. 

A collage with five meatless Mexican recipes for lent.

The Lent season is around the corner, and this is the time of year when lots of families fast and cook dishes without red meat to serve on Fridays through holy week, or Semana Santa as we call it in our family. 

And I’m so ready for seven weeks of yummy Mexican Lenten recipes. Are you? I have gathered a list of some of my favorite dishes to share with you to help you plan your menus. 

To make your life easier, I’ve divided these ideas into categories with photos and links for each recipe. I recommend checking the whole list first, and then you can jump to a specific section by clicking these links:


Easy Mexican Lenten Recipes with Fish

Here, you will find fish dishes prepared with tuna, cod, tilapia, and salmon.

Cod with Strawberry Salsa - mamalatinatips.com

Mexican Tuna Patties

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

Tortitas de atún
Easy Mexican Tuna Patties
Easy, fast, Mexican tuna patties with potatoes are perfect for any time of the year. They are crispy outside, moist and tender inside.
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Mexican Tuna Salad

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.

Mexican Tuna Salad on top of a tostada
Silvia's Mexican Tuna Salad
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Tuna Filled 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 Stuffed Avocado
Tuna Filled Avocado Halves
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Pan-Seared Cod with Strawberry Salsa

Try something new! This is a great combination of tender fish with sweet & spicy salsa.

Cod with Strawberry Salsa - mamalatinatips.com
Pan Seared Cod with Strawberry Salsa
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Fish Veracruz

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

Fish Veracruz Recipe - mamalatinatips.com
Fish Veracruz
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Easy Breaded Fish Tacos

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.

Tacos de pescado empanizados con salsa de chipotle
Easy Breaded Fish Tacos with Chipotle Salsa
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Fish Empanadas

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

Empanadas de tilapia
Tilapia Empanadas
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Jalapeño Tuna Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

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.

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Tuna Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
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Baked Salmon with Pesto

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.

Salmon and Pesto by mamalatinatips.com
Baked Salmon with Pesto Recipe
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Spicy Salmon Cakes

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

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Spicy Salmon Cakes
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Mexican Tuna Stuffed Potato Roll

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
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Easy Mexican Lenten Recipes with Shrimp

​Some of my favorite seafood dishes are prepared with shrimp, check them out. 

coctel de camarón

Shrimp and Guacamole Tacos

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

shrimp tacos with guacamole
Easy Shrimp and Guacamole Tacos
Sometimes the simplest recipes are the best. Guacamole with shrimp pair so well, and they are both fast and easy to make.
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Mexican Popcorn Shrimp Tostadas

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!

popcorn shrimp tostada with chipotle cream
Shrimp Tostadas with Chipotle Cream
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Mexican Shrimp Cocktail

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

coctel de camarón
Mexican Shrimp Cocktail
Learn how to prepare Mexican Shrimp Cocktail at home. This is a delightful combination of shrimp, lemon juice, vegetables, and tomato sauce that is served cold. A gluten-free and low-fat recipe.
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Shrimp in Roasted Green Salsa

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

Camarones en Salsa de Tomatillo Asado
Shrimp in Roasted Green Salsa
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Shrimp in Beer Sauce

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

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Shrimp in Beer Sauce
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Garlic Butter Shrimp

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 with parsley by mamalatinatips.com
Garlic Butter Shrimp
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Cilantro Pesto and Shrimp Pasta

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.

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Cilantro Pesto and Shrimp Pasta
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Easy Mexican Vegetarian Recipes for Lent

Delicious dishes made with fresh ingredients. 

Mexican sweet potato salad

Cheese Stuffed Jalapeños

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

chiles jalapeños rellenos de queso
Cheese Stuffed Jalapeño Chiles
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Mexican Cheese Entomatadas

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

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Cheese Entomatadas
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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
Mexican Sweet Potato Salad
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Poblano Pepper and Corn Tacos

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 with queso fresco and cream
Poblano Chiles and Corn
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So humble, yet oh so delicious. Molletes are open-faced bean sandwiches served with cheese and salsa. 

Molletes Mexicanos - Mamalatinatips.com
Black Bean Molletes
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Chilaquiles with Guajillo Sauce

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

chilaquiles and eggs with guajillo sauce
Chilaquiles and Eggs with Guajillo Sauce
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Mexican Red Chilaquiles

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.

Red Chilaquiles Recipe
Red chilaquiles are a classic Mexican breakfast that features tortillas, salsa, cheese, and eggs.
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Mexican Pinto Bean Soup

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.

pinto bean soup - sopa tarasca
Pinto Bean Soup – Sopa Tarasca
This delightful, classic, Mexican pinto bean soup, Sopa Tarasca, satisfies with its silky texture. Served with queso fresco, cream, tortilla strips & chile ancho.
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Chipotle Black Bean Mini Tortas

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 torta with lettuce, tomato and avocado on a dark background
Easy Chipotle Black Bean Tortas
Bake, assemble and enjoy. These Chipotle Black Bean Tortas require very little cooking prep and deliver big flavor with their layers of avocado, lettuce, pickles, and chipotle black bean patties. 
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Mexican Chile Relleno Pizza

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

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Chile Relleno Pizza
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Poblano Pepper Galette

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
Poblano Pepper Galette
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Sweet Desserts for Cuaresma

The traditional dessert for the season is Mexican capirotada, which I share with you below. However, other popular Mexican desserts are also served during this time of year. 

Lenten Capirotada

A traditional Mexican bread pudding we serve just during the Lenten season. 

Mexican capirotada in a glass bowl on a wooden table
Mexican Capirotada Recipe
This easy capirotada recipe features toasted bread slices soaked in a piloncillo (a type of brown sugar) syrup with spices and topped with peanuts, cranberries and cheese.
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Gelatina de leche con canela y bayas - mamalatinatips.com
Milk Gelatin
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Tres leches cake slice
Layered Three Milk Cake
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slice of Mexican cheesecake with whipped cream and strawberries
Mexican Cheesecake Recipe
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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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