By Carl Hanson

These easy slow cooker Mexican recipes are all under 300 calories -- and prep is a snap! So yes, you can indulge in Mexican food without busting your diet. Just be careful of the extras you serve on the side so you don't pack on extra calories.

1. Slow Cooker Carnitas | 223 Calories

Rave Review: "This recipe is much easier using the slow cooker. It makes a great filling for tamales, enchiladas, tacos, and burritos. It's also great combined with your favorite barbecue sauce and served on buns." -- Erin Parker

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2. Slow Cooker Chicken Mole | 289 Calories

Rave Review: "A dark, rich, complex flavored mole recipe. I generally shred the chicken so it will soak up the mole sauce and serve it with warmed tortillas. Tailor it to your own level of hotness and/or cocoa/peanut flavor. Mole is a sauce that has a lot of variations." -- ELAINE05

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Rave Review: "Wonderful! We have used it shredded in burritos, enchiladas, nachos, omelets, and several casseroles that call for Mexican seasoned beef. It really makes a roast go a long way." -- DBYATES

Rave Review: "This tortilla soup tastes better than anything you can get at a restaurant. And it's healthy too! Don't let the long list of ingredients fool you. All you do is dump everything into the slow cooker and walk away." -- Elena

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5. Chicken Taco Filling | 149 Calories

Rave Review: "This recipe is easy, yet delicious when used in tacos or other Mexican cuisine. Try it for enchiladas and nachos too." -- Dianna Brown-Brenny

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6. Andy's Spicy Green Chile Pork | 169 Calories

Rave Review: "AWESOME dish. So easy to make and so, so yummy. Cannot wait to make it again!" -- Mama B.

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7. Slow Cooker Beef Barbacoa | 292 Calories

Rave Review: "Very easy and very tasty. Great for parties. Set out tortillas and let your guests make street tacos." -- Jeff Pogue

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Rave Review: "Added a can of rinsed black beans. It was DELICIOUS! And even better as leftovers." -- akk85984

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9. Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken | 148 Calories

Rave Review: "Easy to make, healthy, and full of flavor. Just put all the ingredients in a slow cooker and let the machine do the work. There are infinite variations as to how to use the finished product, and your family is guaranteed to like each one." -- Carajeanne

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10. Slow-Cooker Posole | 241 Calories

Rave Review: "By far the best slow cooker recipe I have made in a long time! It was rich, flavorful and hearty!" -- kurlieq

11. Spicy Turkey Tacos | 251 Calories

Rave Review: A great way to use up leftover turkey (or chicken) meat!

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12. Mexican Pintos with Cactus | 153 Calories

Rave Review: "Cactus leaves turned out great! After they were cooked, I added them to fajita veggies. Yum!' -- Momi

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Rave Review: "So easy and so delicious! we served it over Mexican rice and black beans with a little cheese and sour cream." -- Rae Barnes

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Quick Tip for Cutting Back the Fat

Allrecipes home cook, Arnold, shares his ingenious trick for reducing the fat in slow cooked beef Barbacoa: "Use potatoes to soak up the fat. Slice 3 potatoes into 1/4 inch slices and place as a bed and on top before you wrap the meat in foil. Slow cook on high, not low for 12 hours. When done, and before you shred, remove and discard the potatoes. They will be saturated with excess fat. Trust me you'll love it."