Mexican food is a common staple in kitchens across America. It’s popular because of its intense flavors and hearty ingredients as well as the wide variety of mains, dishes, and snacks that can be made.
If you’re eating vegan, however, some of these delicious dishes won’t fit into your diet and you may begin to miss your fix of delicious Mexican food.
Thankfully, there are still many Mexican dishes that are either vegan or can be made vegan with the substitution of a few ingredients.
There’s no reason why vegans have to miss out on delicious Mexican cuisine at all.
In this article, we will look at 15 amazing vegan Mexican recipes that you can make at home.
The recipes are great for everyday meals but can also be served for special occasions or when you’re entertaining guests.
Let’s get started!
We begin our list with one of the more common and popular Mexican recipes: quesadillas.
These are great because you can use whatever filling you like to get an infinite number of different recipes but we like the ingredients used in this recipe.
It uses a cheese sauce that is made from vegan ingredients so you won’t miss out on that great creamy and cheesy filling that makes quesadillas so great.
You will need both red and yellow bell peppers and the filling is spiced with cumin and chili powder.
Pico de gallo is a form of salsa that is made only with raw ingredients, as opposed to most other salsas that are made with cooked ingredients.
Making your own pico de gallo is a great way to impress guests at a dinner party and you can use this salsa for a variety of purposes, such as dips and toppings.
It’s easy to make as well, as all you need to do is combine the ingredients in a bowl and season with some salt.
You can make this pico de gallo in only 15 minutes and adjust the number of peppers you include to your taste.
Moles aren’t strictly speaking authentic Mexican food but they’ve become a popular American-Mexican dish due to how hearty and warming they are.
It’s basically a chili that has a deliciously spicy sauce with a healthy dose of cocoa powder.
The chili itself includes puy lentils, sweet potatoes, carrots, chickpeas, and kidney beans. This is pure comfort food and is perfect for colder weather and hungry mouths.
Next is another chili but this one is a little more common and traditional, despite the lack of meat in the recipe.
It’s another hearty and warming dish and is packed with protein thanks to the inclusion of both lentils and red beans.
It’s also overloaded with vegetables in the form of onion, green bell pepper, canned tomatoes, sun dried tomatoes, and sweet corn.
The spice comes from the inclusion of jalapeño as well as some cumin and paprika powder. You can adjust these depending on your taste. It’s an easy recipe to prepare and only requires 20 minutes in the oven.
Once cooked, you can serve with rice and top with vegan sour cream and avocado if you wish.
These mini tostadas are excellent breakfast food but will also work well as appetizers or finger food. A muffin tin makes the perfect base for the tostadas and their shell is made from six tortilla wedges arranged to look like a crown.
Once the wedges have been arranged, you can fill them with the delicious filling made from bell peppers, onion, sweet potato, and black beans.
The recipe also includes a vegan sauce made with nutritional yeast and chickpea flour to make these tostadas even tastier.
Paella is a great dish to serve at noisy family gatherings. It’s meant to be shared and this vegan version means that everyone can tuck in and enjoy the delicious flavors.
Although originally a Spanish dish, it’s also popular in many Mexican restaurants and homes because of how filling and tasty it is.
This take on paella uses short-grain paella rice as its base and throws in mushrooms, zucchini, peas, tomatoes, and spinach to make it full of vegetables.
There are also peppers, paprika, and garlic to add the intense flavors expected from a paella.
Noodle soup is one of those universal comfort foods that exist in most cuisines around the world. Sopa de Fideos is the Mexican version and your friends and family are sure to love the taste of this filling and savory soup.
It’s a versatile dish as you can make it ahead of time and also prepare it either on a stovetop or in an Instant Pot.
The heart of the soup comes from Roma or plum tomatoes and of course, a healthy portion of Fideo noodles.
We love taquitos and find that we can never stop at just a couple! These vegan black bean taquitos taste especially great when dipped into guacamole but they can be served in a variety of different ways.
The filling of the taquitos is made from black beans, vegan cream cheese, salsa, and a variety of seasonings. You can either bake or fry the taquitos once assembled, depending on your preference.
We can’t have a list of amazing vegan Mexican recipes without including at least one recipe for a burrito.
Having a burrito recipe in your cookbook is always a great idea as they work so wonderfully well for both lunch and dinner.
These burritos are especially delicious thanks to their all-vegan filling. They’re both healthy and hearty and should be a hit with anyone who tries them.
The filling consists of Spanish/Mexican rice, black beans, peppers, onions, mashed avocado, and a variety of seasonings. You can also add a vegan sauce of your choice.
These are similar to burritos but are a slightly healthier option. They’re flour tortillas that are filled with a variety of ingredients and in this case, are completely vegan.
Our favorite part of this recipe is the creamy green chili sauce which is made from cashews, vegan chicken seasoning, salt, flour, and green chilis.
This matches perfectly with the vegan pepper jack cheese and vegan nacho cheese sauce.
Tacos are another staple of Mexican cuisine and although they normally contain meat, this version of tacos is completely vegan.
The meat is replaced with soy chorizo so you’ll still get the flavor, only without the meat.
The addition of potato and onion to the filling makes these tacos ideal for any time of the day. As long as you have the time to make them, they’ll be delicious.
We love enchiladas and the idea of making an enchilada casserole is one that we couldn’t pass up. It’s basically several enchiladas covered in sauce and baked in a baking pan.
The filling spread is made with chickpeas and nutritional yeast and the filling is loaded with veggies such as onion, zucchini, and yellow squash.
Fajitas are yet another staple of Mexican cuisine. The fajitas in this recipe are filled with red, green, and yellow bell peppers as well as red onions and a lot of mushrooms.
Once the filling has been seasoned and cooked, you can use it to fill some warm tortillas and serve the fajitas with some salsa and guacamole.
14. Vegan Pozole
Pozole is a traditional Mexican stew. It’s often served on special occasions such as holidays and celebrations but can be eaten at any time.
The key ingredient is hominy, a type of corn that has similar properties to beans. Traditionally, pozole has pork in it but as this is a vegan version, you instead get a healthy helping of vegetables.
We’ll finish our list with the second of our taco recipes. They’re simple tacos to make but that doesn’t stop them from being some of the most delicious tacos we’ve tried.
The core ingredient in the taco filling is tofu and this is coated with a tofu paste made from ingredients such as nutritional yeast, cumin, and soy sauce.
As well as the tofu, the tacos also have a pico de gallo salsa and you can use a variety of garnishes for the finishing touches.
In this article, we listed 15 amazing vegan Mexican recipes to make at home. We picked a variety of classic Mexican dishes and also added a couple of more modern and unexpected recipes to the list.
Although most of the recipes are mains, we included a few ideas for breakfast and appetizers.
We hope that you enjoy making these recipes and find them as delicious as we did!