5-Ingredient Mexican Food Hacks with Ortega

May 4 2021
Tomorrow is Cinco de Mayo, and we can’t wait to indulge in some Mexican deliciousness… all starting with Ortega®! Get the scoop on the tasty ingredients, then keep reading for four 5-ingredient hacks, perfect for Cinco de Mayo or any time you’re craving Mexican food!

Pantry Must-Haves!

Ortega Products Besides being the maker of America’s best-selling taco sauce, Ortega offers a grande number of taco night must-haves. Make room in your pantry for…

⭑ cauliflower-infused taco shells & tortillas
⭑ flavor-packed salsas (hello, homestyle!)
⭑ time-saving seasoning blends
⭑ new street taco sauces
…and so much more!


Bell Pepper Nachos

Entire recipe: 200 calories, 9g total fat (3.5g sat. fat), 514mg sodium, 22.5g carbs, 3.5g fiber, 9.5g sugars, 8.5g protein

Green Plan SmartPoints® value 5*
Blue Plan (Freestyle) SmartPoints® value 5*
Purple Plan SmartPoints® value 5*

Here’s a creative twist on a classic! Remove the stem end and seeds from 6 sweet mini bell peppers. Slice them in half lengthwise, and bake at 400ºF for 10 minutes, flipping halfway through. Blot dry, lay cut-side up, top with 3 tbsp. shredded reduced-fat Mexican-blend cheese, and bake until melted. Top with 2 tbsp. Ortega Homestyle Salsa, 1 crushed Ortega Cauliflower & Corn Taco Shell, and 1 tbsp. light sour cream. YUM!

Quesadilla Hack

Entire recipe: 202 calories, 4.5g total fat (2.5g sat. fat), 630mg sodium, 30g carbs, 1g fiber, 1.5g sugars, 9.5g protein

Green Plan SmartPoints® value 6*
Blue Plan (Freestyle) SmartPoints® value 5*
Purple Plan SmartPoints® value 5*

This one’s as fun to make as it is delicious to eat! Start with 1 Ortega Cauliflower & Flour Tortilla, and top each quarter with a different topping: 2 tbsp. Ortega Fat Free Refried Beans, 2 tbsp. shredded reduced-fat Mexican-blend cheese, 1 tbsp. Ortega Taco Sauce, and 1 tbsp. Ortega Fire Roasted Diced Green Chiles. Make a cut from the center of the tortilla to the bottom, dividing the lower half into two quarters. Fold one quarter over the next until you have a stacked quesadilla in the shape of a triangle. Cook until crispy, about 4 minutes, flipping carefully halfway.

Southwest Guacamole Dip

1/8th of recipe (about 1/4 cup): 85 calories, 4g total fat (0.5g sat. fat), 143mg sodium, 8g carbs, 2.5g fiber, 2g sugars, 4.5g protein

Green Plan SmartPoints® value 3*
Blue Plan (Freestyle) SmartPoints® value 2*
Purple Plan SmartPoints® value 2*

It’s not Cinco de Mayo without guacamole! Thoroughly mix 8 oz. mashed avocado (about 2 small avocados), 1 cup fat-free plain Greek yogurt, and 2 tbsp. Ortega Guacamole Seasoning mix. Stir in 1/2 cup Ortega Original Flavor Black Beans (drained and rinsed) and 1/3 cup Green Giant SteamCrisp Mexicorn (drained)... Now start dippin’!

Mexican Zucchini Skins

1/4th of recipe (2 skins): 94 calories, 3g total fat (1.5g sat. fat), 445mg sodium, 10g carbs, 2.5g fiber, 3.5g sugars, 7g protein

Green Plan SmartPoints® value 2*
Blue Plan (Freestyle) SmartPoints® value 1*
Purple Plan SmartPoints® value 1*

Here’s a zesty spin on potato skins! Pierce 2 medium-large zucchini several times with a fork, and microwave for 2 minutes, flipping halfway through. Cut them in half lengthwise, and scoop out the insides. Pat dry, and fill with 1/2 cup Ortega Fat Free Refried Beans and 1/2 cup shredded reduced-fat Mexican blend cheese. Bake at 400ºF until cheese has melted, about 8 minutes. Cut each piece in half widthwise. Top with 2 tbsp. Ortega Thick & Chunky Medium Salsa and 8 slices Ortega Hot Sliced Jalapeños!

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Chew on this:

Did you know May is both National Salad Month and National Salsa Month? Pretty convenient, considering salsa (like Ortega’s!) makes an excellent salad topper…

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