slow cooker recipeThere's nothing liking coming home on a cold winter's day to a piping hot home cooked Latin-inspired meal. But if you're like most mujeres out there, chances are you don't have a whole lot of ánimo at the end of the day to whip up something hot and hearty. Let alone something that won't throw your diet off course. But fear not. The truth is, you don't have to slave over the stove for hours to have a delicious and diet-friendly cena. All you need is a crock pot and these 12 Latin-inspired slow cooker recipes!

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Whether you're looking to warm up, or are trying to get the hot bod of your dreams, these healthy Latin-inspired slow cooker recipes are guaranteed to make you feel muy caliente from the inside out!

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Vegetarian Cuban chickpea stew 1

Vegetarian Cuban chickpea stew

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Not diggin' meat these days? Get your protein from the chickpeas called for in this savory Cuban chickpea stew. Get the full recipe here.

 

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Traditional Cuban black bean soup 2

Traditional Cuban black bean soup

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Wanna get lean? Swap out fatty cream-based soups for a sopita that's chock full of filling fiber and protein, like this lean black bean soup. Get the full recipe here.

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Ranchero bean & turkey soup with kale 3

You won't feel guilty after gobbling up this delicious ranchero bean and turkey soup. Lean pavo and fiber-rich beans are low-cal and high in fiber, meaning they'll help you fill up without filling you out. Get the full recipe here.

Spicy chicken with black beans & sweet potatoes 4

Spicy chicken with black beans & sweet potatoes

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Who says you have to skimp on flavor when eating healthy? This lean Cuban chicken recipe is packed with sabor, protein, fiber and everything else your healthy heart desires! Get the full recipe here.

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Easiest ever Brazil-style collard greens 5

Easiest ever Brazil-style collard greens

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Craving something savory? Whip up some easy-peasy garlicky collard greens for dinner. But I must warn you. They're so good, you may not have any left over for lunch tomorrow. Get the full recipe here.

South American slow cooker pot roast 6

It just doesn't get any heartier than beef guisado, now does it. Packed with carne and veggies, one helping of this yummy pot roast will be more than enough to fill you right up. Get the full recipe here.

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Mexican lasagna that's low-cal 7

Mexican lasagna that's low-cal

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This Mexican twist on the classic Italian dish swaps out meat for hearty vegggies like cauliflower and corn, meaning it'll be light on calories, but heavy on taste! Get the full recipe here.

Cauliflower and bean soup 8

Cauliflower and bean soup

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Forget rice and beans! Cauliflower and bean soup is where it's really at--especially when the weather outside is frightful. Get the full recipe here.

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Pork & black bean soup 9

Pork & black bean soup

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Mmmmmmm, pooooork! Fiber-rich black beans balance out this porky (but yummy) dish. Get the full recipe here.

Chicken ropa vieja 10

Chicken ropa vieja

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A new twist on the old ropa vieja recipe, this dish calls for chicken instead of pork or beef. But don't let the lean protein fool you. This version is just as flavorful and filling as the original--if not MORE! Get the full recipe here.

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Chicken enchilada soup 11

Chicken enchilada soup

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This recipe has everything you love about enchiladas--the chicken, the salsa, the sabor--pero in a bowl! Get the full recipe here.

Latin American picadillo 12

Latin American picadillo

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This health twist on an old school Latin classic swaps out fatty ground beef for lean ground chicken or ground turkey, and calls for chorizo-style chicken sausage instead of pork. Get the full recipe here.