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TEX-MEX CAN BE LOW-FAT WHEN YOU MAKE IT AT HOME

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Tex-Mex food is a fiesta - fun to eat in a festive atmosphere when dining out with friends. So the high-fat warnings recently issued by the Center for Science in the Public Interest were greeted with groans. This is the same consumer-activist group that warned about the dietary dangers of Chinese and Italian restaurant foods.

When out and about, relax and enjoy at least some of the time. At home, we can cook with the goal of less fat. Here are a few clever Tex-Mex tips in the think-skinny category:To make taco shells at home without deep-frying, steam or microwave corn tortillas to make them limp and pliable, then hang them over a slot in an oven rack and bake until crisp.

Try lean strips of pork tenderloin, flank steak or chicken breast instead of fattier ground beef-and-cheese combinations.

Use Cheddar and Monterey Jack cheeses sparingly without dropping them altogether (the calcium is good for us), but try low-fat versions or mix with naturally lower-fat cheese such as skim mozzarella.

To receive the American Heart Association's brochure, "Making Mexican Food Heart-Healthy," send a self-addressed, stamped envelope (business size) to:

Mexican Food

American Heart Association

2936 Vernon Place

Cincinnati, Ohio, 45219.