Mexican Cooking centers around simple ingredients: corn, rice, beans, peppers, and avocado. Authentic Mexican recipes focus on fresh flavors. Tortillas are used to make tacos, enchiladas, and tostadas. Dried chili peppers make smoky, spicy salsas. Cilantro and lime add bright finishes that make you feel like your soaking up the sun on a warm Oaxacan day.
While many traditional dishes will use chicken, pork, or the local seafood, these vegan recipes make simple swaps to fit a plant-based diet. These dishes honor the rich history of Mexican cuisine, with techniques and ingredients characteristic of the region.
Here are some of my favorite Authentic Mexican Recipes:
Dried Ancho chilies bring smoky heat to this authentic Mexican entrée. Healthy, gluten-free red quinoa provides the base for the hearty filling. This makes the perfect vegan dinner for a crowd – they’ll be begging for more!
Hearty lentils are cooked with flavorful Mexican spices for these easy, oil-free vegan tacos. Serve these on a busy weeknight with salsa and diced avocado. Or use them as a starting point for a plant-based Taco Bar with Guacamole, Salsa, and Stewed Black Beans. These are crowd-pleasers!
Black turtle beans are simmered with onion, garlic, bay, and dried chipotle pepper for this easy, essential Mexican recipe. The smells will transport you to el casa de una mujer en la puebla. This is an essential recipe and pure comfort food.
Based on a classic Oaxacan dish, this vegan version of tostadas uses smoky bulgur for healthy flavor. Skip the grease and deep-frying by simply baking the tortillas in the oven. A dollop of creamy, spicy Tomatillo Guacamole knocks this out of the park! Serve these at your next party, enjoy for a Mexican breakfast, or simply enjoy for an easy, plant-based dinner!
Fire-roasted tomatoes and hominy make this an easy pantry meal, perfect for a weeknight dinner. Authentic flavor comes from a Mexican sofrito: sautéed onion, garlic, lime zest, and spices. Naturally gluten-free and packed with spicy flavor, this soup will help cure any sickness…or tequila overdose.
Hearty Portobello and Cremini mushrooms and spicy Poblano peppers come together for these easy, gluten-free vegan tacos. Everything is grilled for smoky, charred flavor, perfect for summer. Top with Watermelon Salsa, or Pickled Red Onions.
The traditional Shepherds Pie gets a Mexican twist with this spicy vegan recipe. An oil-free filling of black beans and corn is topped with a smoky plant-based sweet potato crust for a comfort food dinner your family will love.
Smoky, creamy, satisfying black bean soup — there’s nothing quite like it. This easy, healthy, fat-free vegan recipe gets smoky spice from dried chipotle peppers and Mexican flavors from cumin and marjoram. Packed with healthy vegetarian protein and gluten-free fiber, make a big batch of this in your Slow Cooker for a future meals.
Nothing says fiesta quite like simple Guacamole, an essential Mexican recipe. This healthy 5-ingredient recipe comes together with fresh flavor from avocados, lime, and cilantro. Enjoy this oil-free recipe with jicama chips or use over Mushroom Poblano Tacos, Southwestern Black Bean Burgers, or a big bowl of Hearty Lentil Chili.
Nothing says fiesta quite like simple Pico de Gallo, an essential Mexican recipe. This healthy 5-ingredient recipe comes together in just 5 minutes for fresh authentic flavor. Use the freshest tomatoes for natural delicious flavor. Enjoy it over Mushroom Poblano Tacos, Easy Vegan Lentil Tacos, or a big bowl of White Poblano Chili.
Who says salsa is only for tomatoes? Swap out the tomatoes for golden pineapple. The natural sweetness of the fruit works well with the Mexican trinity of cilantro, lime, and spicy jalapeno in this refreshing, easy recipe.
Watermelon and beans? Yes! Moon and Stars Watermelon is named for its “celestial” rind, with a design that looks like a star-filled night. Heirloom Calypso beans add even more beautiful color. The sweet flavor and crisp texture of the melon balance the rich, hearty flavor of the beans. A spicy kick from jalapeno and fresh lime give this a Mexican flair. Enjoy this healthy, gluten-free, oil-free salad as a side dish for any summer party. Or use as a plant-based filling for vegan tacos and lettuce cups.
Mexican toasted quinoa, stewed black beans, fresh Pico de Gallo and oil-free Avocado Lime Dressing come together in this delicious bowl. This is an explosion of flavors and textures! Serve over crunchy Romaine lettuce for a satisfying, gluten-free, plant-based meal.
Broiling bananas brings out their natural sugars and adds a crust reminiscent of campfire marshmallows. A dusting of cinnamon and a crunch from bittersweet cocoa nibs finishes this easy, healthy, gluten-free, vegan dessert.
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