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Torta Ahogada Recipe (Vegan Mexico Cookbook)

This torta ahogada recipe or Mexican “drowned” sandwich is a crusty bread torta filled with refried beans and avocado slices, and drowned in a spicy chile de árbol salsa. It is a classic dish from Guadalajara, and it is not for the faint of heart or stomach! The recipe is from Jason Wyrick’s new book Vegan Mexico.  Jason is the chef and author behind Vegan Tacos and the blog The Vegan Taste.

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I am a huge fan of Jason and his recipes, so I was very excited when I received a copy of Vegan Mexico. It has taken me this long to write about it (the book was released in December), because I have been immersed in it since the day I got it! The book has over 100 recipes, all Mexican, and every one of them vegan. The recipes range from very easy to some more time consuming and complicated. My favorite part of the book is the stories and research behind the recipes. Each recipe giving you a little tid-bit of information on Mexican culture and tradition. It is exciting to see so many of my favorite recipes, and even some that I had not even thought of made vegan.

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The only thing I would change in the book, would be to add more pictures. There are a good number of pictures, but I think some of the recipes could benefit from step-by-step pictures. Some of my favorite recipes so far is of course this Torta Ahogada, the Tomato Black Bean Soup, and the Sweet Potato and Black Bean Mole Enchiladas.  Jason’s book is available on Amazon in paperback ($12.12)  and kindle format ($7.99).

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The Recipe: Torta Ahogada Recipe

This is like Jason Wyrick clearly states in his book, one of the spiciest meals you will ever eat. Legend says the sandwich was invented when a street vendor accidentally dropped a torta in a container of spicy salsa, this drowning it. If you would still like to try this, but aren’t a fan of heat, check the recipe notes for a non-spicy or less spicy version. Traditionally a crusty salted bread called birrote is used, but you can use french baguette or bolillo instead. Enjoy!

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This Torta ahogada recipe is a crusty bread torta filled with refried beans and avocado, and drowned in a spicy chile de arbol salsa.
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Torta Ahogada

This Torta ahogada recipe is a crusty bread torta filled with refried beans and avocado, and drowned in a spicy chile de arbol salsa. Recipe from Vegan Mexico Cookbook.

Main Course
Mexican
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 2 tortas
Author Jason Wyrick

Ingredients

Tortas:

  • 2 Bolillo rolls or 6-inch long baguettes, split in half about 3/4 of the way
  • 1 cup Refried beans, using black beans, or store-bought refried black beans
  • 1 Ripe Hass avocado, pitted, peeled, and cut into 1/4-inch thick slices

Sauce: (WARNING: See note)

  • 30 Chiles de árbol, stemmed, seeded, and rehydrated
  • 3 Cloves of garlic
  • 3/4 cup White vinegar (white balsamic works best)
  • 1 cup Water
  • 1 tsp. Dried Mexican oregano
  • 1/2 tsp. Ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/8 tsp. Ground cloves
  • 1 tsp. Salt

Garnishes:

  • 2 Radishes, thinly sliced
  • 8 to 12 White pickled onions, separated into rings, or raw white onion rings (see note)
  • Lime wedges

Preparation

Tortas

  1. Lightly toast the rolls or baguettes. Warm the beans and spread them evenly in each roll. Add the avocado slices. Place the sandwiches in bowls. 

Sauce:

  1. In a blender or food processor, puree the rehydrated chiles de árbol, garlic, vinegar, water Mexican oregano, cumin, pepper, cloves, and salt. (Strain if you want a very smooth sauce.) Pour the sauce over the sandwiches. Garnish the sandwiches with the sliced radishes and pickled onions and serve with lime wedges. Eat these tortas with a fork and lots of napkins.

Chef's Notes

WARNING: This sandwich is hot, really hot! For a less spicy version omit the water and add 1 to 3 cups of crushed fire-roasted tomates to the salsa and omit or decrease the chiles de árbol to your taste. 

Another option is to make two sauces, a non-spicy tomato sauce and the chile de árbol sauce. This way you can drown your torta in the non-spicy tomato sauce and drizzle some of the árbol sauce on top.

You can find a recipe for pickled onions here and one for refried beans here. 

 

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Vegan Mexican Shrimp Cocktail

What?? A vegan Mexican shrimp cocktail, how is that even possible? Well it is my friend, with a little creativity I was able to recreate my favorite cóctel de camarón. A mixture of artichoke hearts, onion, diced cucumber, avocado, and cilantro are tossed with a spicy lime tomato sauce. You can serve it with saltines or chips and it would be perfect with a light refreshing beer.

Vegan Mexican shrimp cocktail is a mixture of artichoke hearts, onion, cucumber, avocado, and cilantro tossed with a spicy lime tomato sauce.

Last week was the start of lent, and in Mexico this also means the start of the lenten season food. Almost like when you know it’s lent because everyone starts selling fish fillet sandwiches, but way better. Many of the lenten dishes are vegetarian, but most of them are seafood based. I am very excited about trying to veganize a lot of my favorite ones. In the mean time you can try these tempura cauliflower bites, cauliflower ceviche, hearts of palm aguachile, and this very traditional capirotada. 

Vegan Mexican shrimp cocktail is a mixture of artichoke hearts, onion, cucumber, avocado, and cilantro tossed with a spicy lime tomato sauce.

I was supposed to post this last week, but I got so busy with preparing my class and speech for the #weallgrow conference which was amazing by the way! I will be posting a recap of the whole experience soon. I’m still taking it all in. I have returned with renewed sense of purpose and I am very motivated to keep sharing recipes and helping spread the word about the vegan lifestyle.

Vegan Mexican shrimp cocktail is a mixture of artichoke hearts, onion, cucumber, avocado, and cilantro tossed with a spicy lime tomato sauce.

As far as my pregnancy goes, I am around 5 months along and I am hungry all the time!! All the time! It’s hard not to spend the whole day eating. The good thing it’s that I’m trying to avoid all the vegan junk food and focus more on whole foods. My blood tests have been completely normal, which is great, even though my mom keeps insisting I need more protein.

Vegan Mexican shrimp cocktail is a mixture of artichoke hearts, onion, cucumber, avocado, and cilantro tossed with a spicy lime tomato sauce.

The Recipe: Vegan Mexican Shrimp Cocktail

I used artichoke hearts, because I couldn’t find any hearts of palm and I was happy with the results. Ideally I think a combination of both would work better. To add a bit of fishiness to the recipe I chopped up some roasted seaweed and added that to the cocktail. This is completely optional, but a good choice if you are yearning for a seafood taste. Serve up your vegan Mexican shrimp cocktail with a light beer like Pacífico. Enjoy!

Vegan Mexican shrimp cocktail is a mixture of artichoke hearts, onion, cucumber, avocado, and cilantro tossed with a spicy lime tomato sauce.
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Vegan Mexican Shrimp Cocktail

Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 cans (14 oz.) Artichoke hearts, packed in water, drained
  • 1/2 cup Diced white onion
  • 1 cup Diced cucumber
  • 1 cup Diced avocado
  • 2 tbsp. Chopped cilantro
  • 1 tbsp. Chopped roasted seaweed (nori), (optional)

Sauce

  • 1 1/2 cups Tomato purée
  • 1/3 cup Ketchup
  • 1/2 cup Orange juice
  • 1 tbsp. Soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp. Vegan Worcestershire
  • 1 - 2 tsp. Hot sauce (Valentina)
  • 1/4 cup Lime juice, fresh

Preparation

  1. Cut off the bottom part of the artichoke hearts, if they are tough, and then chop the rest into chunks or medium cubes.

  2. In a large bowl, combine the artichokes, onion, cucumber, avocado, cilantro, and chopped seaweed
  3. In a separate bowl combine the tomato purée, ketchup, orange juice, soy sauce, vegan Worcestershire, hot sauce, and lime juice. Whisk together until incorporated
  4. Pour the sauce over the mix of vegetables and mix well. 

  5. Let sit in the fridge for at least 30 min. before serving
  6. Serve with saltine crackers, chips, or baked tostadas.

Chef's Notes

You can substitute the artichoke hearts for hearts of palm or use a combination of both. I was not able to find seaweed powder so I improvised by chopping my own seaweed. If you can’t find tomato purée, you can make some yourself by blending a can of diced tomato.

 

 

 

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Spicy Avocado Sauce for Tacos

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This creamy and spicy avocado sauce is a great for dipping flautas or for topping your everyday tacos. It is traditionally served with flautas or taquitos, but it would also make a great addition to some vegan enchiladas. You can also use it as a salad dressing, or as a perfect pairing to your chips and salsa. The best part is that is has absolutely no dairy and it’s delicious.

This creamy and spicy avocado sauce for tacos is a great for dipping flautas, as a salad dressing, and over your favorite vegan enchiladas.

I’m taking over this recipe post to make an announcement. I’m pregnant!!! I’m 16 weeks along with baby #3. This pregnancy took us completely by surprise, but we are more than happy to receive another wonderful little one into our lives. This time around the nausea knocked me completely off my feet. It was bad, really bad, but I’m so glad that part is over. Otherwise the pregnancy is progressing normally.

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We are a bit concerned about having another premature baby. My son was born at 34 weeks and my daughter at 33 weeks. They were both in the NICU for a little over two weeks without any serious complications. We are hoping this baby will make it past 34 weeks, so please keep us in your prayers.

This creamy and spicy avocado sauce for tacos is a great for dipping flautas, as a salad dressing, and over your favorite vegan enchiladas.

As far as being vegan and pregnant I had a really hard time with the nausea. All vegetables and legumes completely grossed me out, so I ate mostly almonds, fruit, and some tofu. Once it subsided I started adding back in vegetables, starting with the greens and squashes, and then with the cruciferous vegetables. I wasn’t able to start eating legumes until week 14. Oh how I missed my beans! I’m hoping to keep the rest of my pregnancy as vegan as possible. I will keep you posted.

This creamy and spicy avocado sauce for tacos is a great for dipping flautas, as a salad dressing, and over your favorite vegan enchiladas.

The Recipe: Spicy Avocado Sauce for Tacos

This sauce is seriously easy to make and won’t take more than 5 minutes. When I make this for the kids I omit the pickled jalapeño, but if you like spicy you can add as much jalapeño as you like. For another variation, you can add 1 cooked tomatillo for a more salsa verde feel. Enjoy!

This creamy and spicy avocado sauce for tacos is a great for dipping flautas, as a salad dressing, and over your favorite vegan enchiladas.
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Spicy Avocado Sauce for Tacos

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 cup
Author Dora S.

Ingredients

  • 2 Avocados, large, seed removed, flesh scooped out
  • 1/2 cup Liquid from Mexican Pickled Jalapeños (see note)
  • 1 tbsp. Chopped cilantro
  • 1 Pickled jalapeño pepper (optional)

Preparation

  1. Blend all the ingredients until smooth. 

  2. Season to taste with salt and pepper. 

Chef's Notes

You can buy Mexican pickled jalapeños at almost any grocery store now. My favorite are La Costeña  or you can make your own.

 

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Spinach Avocado Jicama Salad with Guava Dressing (no oil)

I have always had a love for guavas or guayabas, but this year I can’t seem to get enough of them. We are still spending time at my parents’ house in Mexico and guavas are in season right now. My kids are eating crazy amounts of them and I have started looking for other ways to use them. This week we came up with this Spinach Avocado Jicama salad with guava dressing. Baby spinach, creamy avocado, crisp jicama, juicy orange segments, and toasted pistachios are tossed with a sweet and tart guava dressing.

This Spinach Avocado Jicama Salad combines baby spinach, creamy avocado, jicama, orange, and pistachios tossed with a guava dressing.

I’m happy to report that homeschooling is going great! Now that we are surrounded by family, I feel more supported, and my rowdy 7 yr. old has finally gotten around to accepting that mom is the teacher for now. Of course, we still have difficult days with a lot of whining, mostly from him, but sometimes from me. The great thing about it is that if we’re both having a bad day we can stop and move on to other activities as we please. It’s already January, which means that we have been doing this for 6 months! Honestly I didn’t think I was going to last this long.

This Spinach Avocado Jicama Salad combines baby spinach, creamy avocado, jicama, orange, and pistachios tossed with a guava dressing.

 

We are hoping to relocate to San Antonio or Austin to be close to family. I’m excited about having access to more Mexican ingredients, and to create tons of new recipes inspired by our new home. The sale of our book Vegan Tamales Unwrapped is going great, and this makes me wonder if I should write another book.  A reader suggested I should write a book on Vegan Pan Dulce, and I have to say that seems like a pretty good idea to me!

The Recipe: Spinach Avocado Jicama Salad

You can use mixed greens or kale instead of spinach for the salad. Pecans and cashews would also be a good substitutes for pistachios.

This Spinach Avocado Jicama Salad combines baby spinach, creamy avocado, jicama, orange, and pistachios tossed with a guava dressing.
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Spinach Avocado Jicama Salad with Guava Dressing

Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 servings

Ingredients

Guava Dressing

  • 4 Guavas, seeds taken out, chopped
  • 1/4 cup Orange juice
  • 1 tbsp. Apple cider vinegar
  • 1 clove Garlic, small
  • 1/2 cup Water

Salad

  • 1 package (6 oz.) Baby spinach, washed
  • 2 Oranges, peeled, cut into segments
  • 1 Avocado, sliced
  • 1 cup Jicama, cut into matchsticks
  • 1/4 cup Chopped pistachios, roasted

Preparation

Guava Dressing

  1. Place the guava, orange juice, apple cider vinegar, garlic, and water in the blender and process until smooth. If the dressing is too thick add a little more water or orange juice. Season with salt and pepper.

Salad

  1. Combine all the ingredients for the salad and toss with guava dressing. Sprinkle with the toasted pistachios. Season with salt and pepper to taste. 

Chef's Notes

You can use mixed greens or kale instead of spinach for the salad. Pecans and cashews would also be a good substitutes for pistachios.

 

 

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Cauliflower Ceviche

It seems like this year might be the year of cauliflower. It’s all I see in my pinterest feed, cauliflower tacos, cauliflower buffalo wings, cauliflower rice, cauliflower pizza crust, etc. This is my take on vegan ceviche, and of course I use cauliflower. Lent started two weeks ago, and if you are Christian you know that means seafood in abundance. Cauliflower is the perfect substitute for fish in this cauliflower ceviche. It of course does not taste fishy, unless you add kelp powder or something like that to it, but it makes a wonderfully satisfying dish.

This recipe for cauliflower ceviche is tangy, spicy, and refreshing. It is an easy to male appetizer. Serve with chips and avocado.

This recipe for cauliflower ceviche is tangy, spicy, and refreshing. It is an easy to male appetizer. Serve with chips and avocado.

Ceviche differs from country to country. In Mexico you can find ceviche in a hot sauce/ketchup base or with tomato, chile, and onion. I chose the version without the ketchup. First cook the cauliflower in boiling water for two minutes then drop into a bowl of ice water. Chop it up and mix with cut tomato, onion ,serrano pepper, cilantro, and lime juice. Let it marinate for 30 minutes. The result is a tangy, spicy, and refreshing appetizer. Serve with tostadas or chips, and avocado.

This recipe for cauliflower ceviche is tangy, spicy, and refreshing. It is an easy to male appetizer. Serve with chips and avocado.

Besides trying to make cauliflower taste like fish, this lent I am doing something called 40 bags in 40 days. The goal is to take a couple of minutes a day to fill a bag with the stuff you don’t need or no longer use. At the end of lent, you donate the items you collected, thus taking part in almsgiving. We live in a small apartment, so you would think there wouldn’t be much stuff to get rid of, but there is. Plus my 6yr old is an avid collector of junk. He saves everything! It is going well so far. It’s a bit liberating to let go all of the unnecessary items in our life.

This recipe for cauliflower ceviche is tangy, spicy, and refreshing. It is an easy to male appetizer. Serve with chips and avocado.

On a side note, don’t forget to start saving your eggs for cascarones (Mexican confetti eggs). I always forget. What are some other ways you like to enjoy cauliflower? Hope you like the recipe. Enjoy!

The Recipe: Cauliflower Ceviche

Let your ceviche marinate for at least 30 minutes to let the flavor develop. If possible a couple of hours before would be best.

This recipe for cauliflower ceviche is tangy, spicy, and refreshing. It is an easy to male appetizer. Serve with chips and avocado.
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Cauliflower Ceviche

Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Dora Stone

Ingredients

  • 1 hd. Cauliflower, large, cut into florets
  • 1 cup Tomato, diced
  • 1 cup Cucumber, peeled, deseeded, diced
  • 1 Serrano pepper, minced
  • ½ cup Onion, white, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp. Cilantro, chopped
  • 3 tbsp. Lime juice, fresh
  • 4 Avocadoes

Preparation

  1. Bring salted water to a boil in a large pot set to high heat.
  2. Fill a large bowl with ice and water.
  3. Drop cauliflower into the boiling water and cook for 2 minutes.
  4. Drain cauliflower and place in the bowl with ice water. Let cool.
  5. Chop cauliflower into small pieces.
  6. In a large bowl combine the cauliflower, tomato, cucumber, onion, chile, cilantro, and lime juice and mix well.
  7. Season with salt and pepper, and let marinate for 30 min.
  8. Adjust seasoning and serve on top of avocado halves with chips or tostadas.

 

 

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Chickpea and Spinach Tacos

It has been a crazy two weeks. We went skiing for a couple of days and then helped some friends out by watching their 4 kids for the weekend! My husband is an avid skier and has been begging me for years to learn. I was reluctant, because I do not like the cold. Even with my hesitation I had a great time. I did fall on my butt a couple of times, but unfortunately we did not get a video of it.

This recipe for chickpea and spinach tacos is my go-to easy lunch. Serve on warm corn tortillas, topped with cherry tomatoes, avocado, salsa, and pepitas.

The first day was great, I took a lesson and found out that I wasn’t too bad of a beginner skier. I didn’t fall once. I kind of got a little cocky and began to think that skiing wasn’t so hard after all. The following day my husband made sure that I was brought down back to earth, quite literally. He, like myself, is an over achiever. However, I like to take my time and do things at my own pace. He would rather fall and try, try again, until he gets it. We did a green run and he was surprised that I didn’t suck, so he said we should do another green run, that was supposedly the same as the one we did before. It was not. I ended up curled up in a ball crying. It was steeper that he had thought and I couldn’t stop. I ended up falling and sliding several feet in the snow. I got pretty scared, but after a couple of minutes I put my big girl panties on, got up and tried it again. Nobody has ever pushed me as hard as he does, which is great and scary at the same time.

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This recipe for chickpea and spinach tacos is my go-to easy lunch. Serve on warm corn tortillas, topped with cherry tomatoes, avocado, salsa, and pepitas.

The day ended with a soak in the hotel hot tub and dinner and drinks with friends. I liked it so much that I am going to start saving now, and maybe next year we can go to Jackson Hole.

This recipe for chickpea and spinach tacos is my go-to easy lunch. Serve on warm corn tortillas, topped with cherry tomatoes, avocado, salsa, and pepitas.

The Recipe: Chickpea and Spinach Tacos

I’m still on a bit of a taco kick and these tacos are my favorite go-to quick lunch recipe. I always have chickpeas on hand for making hummus, and spinach for smoothies so it seemed only natural to put them together in a tortilla. It’s so easy it’s kind of silly to post a recipe for it, just sauté the spinach and garlic and add the chickpeas. Just like I mentioned before the quality of your tortillas matters a lot. Right now my favorite are the Tortilla Land uncooked corn tortillas. Serve on warm corn tortillas and top with cherry tomatoes, avocado slices, your favorite salsa, and  toasted pepitas for some crunch. Enjoy!

This recipe for chickpea and spinach tacos is my go-to easy lunch. Serve on warm corn tortillas, topped with cherry tomatoes, avocado, salsa, and pepitas.
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Chickpea and Spinach Tacos

Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 3 servings
Author Dora Stone

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp. Vegetable oil, optional
  • 3 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 8 oz. Spinach, cleaned, 1 bag
  • 1/8 cup Vegetable stock
  • 1 can (14.5 oz) Chickpeas, drained, rinsed
  • 1 Avocado, sliced
  • 1 pint Cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
  • ½ cup Pepitas, toasted
  • 9 Corn tortillas

Preparation

  1. Heat oil in a large sauté pan to medium heat. Add the garlic and cook for 1-2 minutes until the garlic begins to release its aroma.
  2. Add the spinach and the 1/8 of a cup of vegetable stock. Cover and let cook for 3 – 4 minutes until the spinach has wilted and cooked down.
  3. Add the chickpeas, stir, cook for 1 minute to ensure they are warm, and season with salt and pepper.
  4. Serve with warm corn tortillas and top with cherry tomatoes, avocado slices, your favorite salsa, and toasted pepitas for some crunch.

 

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Vegan Chorizo Torta

Summer is quickly coming to an end, or has come to an end for some of you. The heat is escalating quickly and hot summer days will soon be hot school days, where we spend our days lugging our kids from one place to another and rushing home to do homework. I’m not looking forward to the rushing around, but I am looking forward to quiet mornings and maybe more time to blog.

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My favorite part of the summer was definitely the visit from my nieces and all the fun things we did. The worst part of the summer was Dylan breaking his arm doing Jiu Jitsu, which put an end to all of our water filled summer activities. What was the best part of your summer?

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Before I forget, I have to tell you about a new recipe site called Yummly. You can search for recipes by season, ingredient, tastes, techniques, cuisine, courses, sources, and brands.  You can also add recipes from around the web to your recipe box. Yummly is also working with other bloggers to include as many recipes from around the web as possible. You should definitely go check it out.

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The Recipe: Vegan Chorizo Torta

This vegan chorizo torta is going to knock your socks off! I was already in love with the chorizo recipe, but this torta is something else. What is a torta anyway? It is basically the Mexican version of a sandwich. A bolillo, french- style roll, is spread with refried beans and creamy avocado, and filled with a spicy chorizo center, tomato, and a couple of slices of onion. The whole thing is then toasted on a griddle, kind of like a panini. Serve with pickled jalapeños for an extra kick. Enjoy!

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Vegan Chorizo Torta

Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Dora Stone

Ingredients

  • 4 Bolillos or French rolls
  • 1 can (15.5 oz.) Black beans
  • 2 Avocadoes
  • 1 Onion, white, sliced thinly
  • 2 Tomatoes, large, sliced
  • ½ - 1 lb. Homemade vegan chorizo (see note)

Preparation

  1. Heat a large sauté pan to medium heat. Add 1 tbsp. of oil or water (if you are oil-free). Add chorizo and cook for 5-6 minutes or until it begins to slightly brown. Remove from heat and set aside.

  2. Cut the avocadoes in half, remove the pits, and scoop out the flesh with a spoon into a bowl. Mash with a fork and season with salt and pepper. Set aside.
  3. Drain the black beans, but reserve 2-3 tbsp. of the liquid. Mash the beans with a fork or a potato masher until they reach the consistency of refried beans. (You can, of course, use real refried beans instead.) I like to add 2 tbsp. of salsa instead of the canned bean liquid.

  4. Slice the rolls in half, lengthwise and scoop out some of the soft interior. Spread 2 tbsp. or more of the avocado on the top half of the bread, and top with 2 slices of onion.

  5. Spread 2 tbsp. or more of the beans on the bottom half of the bread. Divide the chorizo mixture between the bottom half of the 4 rolls. Top with 2-3 slices of tomato, and cover with top half of bread.
  6. Heat a griddle or cast iron pan over medium heat. Once hot, place the tortas on it and cook for about 5 min, on each side. You can place a heavy sauté pan on top of the tortas while they are cooking to give it a panini effect, or just use a panini press.
  7. Serve with pickled jalapeños.

Chef's Notes

You can find the recipe for Homemade Vegan Chorizo here or you can buy your own.

 

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Roasted Garlic and Orange Guacamole

Life is good right now, busy but fun. The kids are almost done with school and we’re looking forward to staying in our pj’s until well past 9am during the summer. The baby is probably going to be walking within a month, eek! We spent Mother’s day at a friend’s house celebrating her daughter’s first communion. Dylan gave me a beautiful cross he made at school and my hubby gifted me several outfits to update my wardrobe. I joke that he’s my stylist, but I really don’t have any fashion sense at all, so I need all the help I can get.

Roasted garlic and orange guacamole, sweet orange contrasts with the creamy avocado, the smoky roasted garlic and chiles permeate throughout

Roasted garlic and orange guacamole, sweet orange contrasts with the creamy avocado, the smoky roasted garlic and chiles permeate throughout

The Recipe: Roasted Garlic and Orange Guacamole

I’m a minimalist when it comes to guacamole. All I need is mashed avocado, a sprinkle of lime juice, and a dash of salt. That’s it! No fancy ingredients, fruits or anything else for that matter. That’s the way we always ate it at home, so it was a surprise to me when at culinary school I was asked for the best recipe for guacamole. I kind of just stared at the instructor, but I was thinking, ” A recipe? You don’t need a recipe to make guacamole.”

Roasted garlic and orange guacamole, sweet orange contrasts with the creamy avocado, the smoky roasted garlic and chiles permeate throughout

In reality, you can add pretty much anything to guacamole. This recipe is adapted from a Rick Bayless’s show, One Plate at a Time. The major difference is that he uses a grill to char the garlic, peppers, and onions and I use the broiler in my oven.

Roasted garlic and orange guacamole, sweet orange contrasts with the creamy avocado, the smoky roasted garlic and chiles permeate throughout

The recipe includes roasted garlic, which ads a beautiful smokiness to it. There are many ways to roast garlic as you can see in this post from Emma of cooknovel.com

I really enjoyed this guacamole, the acidity of the oranges contrasts the creaminess of the avocado, the smoky flavor of the roasted garlic and chiles permeates throughout, and finally the hint if sweetness from the orange brings it all together. Enjoy!

Roasted garlic and orange guacamole, sweet orange contrasts with the creamy avocado, the smoky roasted garlic and chiles permeate throughout

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Roasted Garlic and Orange Guacamole

Recipe adapted from Rick Bayless's One Plate at a Time
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Author Dora Stone

Ingredients

  • 12 cloves Garlic, not peeled
  • 1 Red onion, thinly sliced
  • 4 Serrano peppers
  • 6 Avocadoes, medium-large, pitted, flesh scooped
  • 2 Oranges, large, cut into segments
  • To taste Lime juice, fresh
  • ¼ cup Cilantro, chopped

Preparation

  1. Set your oven broiler on high.
  2. Line a sheet tray with foil or parchment paper and place the garlic, sliced onion, and Serrano peppers on it.
  3. Place under broiler for 7 min. Remove the garlic from the oven and set aside. Flip the peppers and toss the onion so it chars evenly. Return to oven for 5 -7 more minutes or until the peppers and onion are charred, but not burnt. Chop the onion and peppers and set aside.
  4. Peel garlic and place in a molcajete, mortar and pestle or you can use your knife to turn the garlic into a paste.

  5. Place the garlic paste in a large bowl and add the chopped pepper and onion, avocado, and chopped cilantro. Mash with a potato masher to the desired consistency (I like mine chunky).
  6. Season with salt and pepper and lime juice to taste.
  7. Cut the orange supremes in half and fold them into the guacamole. Serve with your favorite chips.

Chef's Notes

To cut segments from oranges, cut both ends off the orange. Stand it up and cut away the rind and white pith with a knife. Using a pairing knife, slide the blade between one of the segments and the membrane. Cut until you reach the center of the orange, repeat on the other side of the segment.

 

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Spicy Bean Avocado Toast (Molletes)

This recipe for spicy bean avocado toast (molletes) was one of my favorite dishes as a child, of course not the vegan version I’m sharing with you now, but the ones slathered in cheese. Oh cheese, melty, fatty, wonderful cheese! Sometimes I really miss cheese, but the avocado in this recipe makes up for it. I have a love hate relationship with vegan cheese, mostly hate, that’s why I don’t use it very often. Last week I tried making an almond cheese and the result was unfortunate. It looked like cheese, smelled like cheese, but it definitely was not cheese. I think I’ll just stick to nut sauces from now on.

Summer is creeping along, and we’ve exhausted our list of things to do. Bluffton is a small town and Hilton Head is a tourist trap right now. I briefly considered going home to Mexico for the rest of the summer, but the plane tickets are crazy expensive.

One if the things I’m really enjoying right now is cooking with the munchkin. He helps out with peeling vegetables, grating cheese, mixing, tossing and stirring. We are focusing on reading recipes, following directions, and cleaning. So far our favorite recipes are chocolate cupcakes,       carrot cake pancakes, and alphabet soup. It’s easier to involve him in baking, and it keeps him away from the stove. I really like that he’s proud of our creations. The other day we had our neighbor over to play and he said, ” Do you want to try my famous alphabet soup?” Things can get a bit messy, but what’s life without a little mess to it.

Spicy Bean Avocado Toast (molletes) is perfect for breakfast with toast slathered in refried beans, avocado slices, and salsa molcajeteada.

The Recipe: Spicy Bean Avocado Toast (Molletes)

You only need a couple of ingredients for this quick breakfast or lunch. They secret is really good bread! Slather the bread with beans, avocado, and top with salsa molcajeteada. You could also add slices of tomatoes or radishes. Enjoy!

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Spicy Bean Avocado Toast (Molletes)

Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Dora Stone

Ingredients

  • 3 Bolillos, whole wheat
  • 1 ½ cups Refried beans
  • 2 Avocado, pitted, sliced
  • 1 1/2 cups Salsa, homemade

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 350F
  2. Cut bolillos in half and place them on a sheet tray.
  3. Toast in oven, face up, for 3 to 4 min or until golden brown on top.,
  4. Remove from oven and spread warm beans on each half.
  5. Top with avocado and homemade salsa.
  6. Serve immediately.

Chef's Notes

Bolillos are easily found now in the bread department of local grocery stores, if you cannot find them whole wheat French bread will work as well.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Mexican Garbanzo Salad

This Mexican garbanzo salad is a refreshing salad for any potluck or outdoor party. The combination of fresh tomatoes, minced onion, jalapeño, cilantro, jalapeño, avocado, chickpeas, and lime juice makes this a hearty dish that won’t disappoint.

This recipe for mexican garbanzo salad combines tomato, onion, serrano chile, avocado, chickpeas and lime juice. Makes a great lunch.

It is hot! Here in SC it is not only hot, but 100% humid. I’m finally back to posting recipes and this one is great for a hot summer day. Even though this Mexican garbanzo salad isn’t exactly American, I think you should make it for your 4th of July party. It is refreshing, delicious and perfect with those ripe tomatoes you are growing in your garden. Ok, so maybe not all of us are growing tomatoes, but I’m sure you can get some good ones at your local farmers market.

This recipe for mexican garbanzo salad combines tomato, onion, serrano chile, avocado, chickpeas and lime juice. Makes a great lunch.

Everything here at home is running as smooth as it can with a 4 yr. old and a 3 month old. We are cooling off at the pool and enjoying sleeping in longer than usual and going to bed later. Some days are better than others, but generally we are pretty content. Even though I complain about the heat, I am enjoying the slow pace of summer. Have a great weekend and enjoy this Mexican garbanzo salad.

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The Recipe: Mexican Garbanzo Salad

Serve this salad with your favorite tortilla chips. You can also add extra avocados and make a protein packed guacamole. Enjoy!

This recipe for mexican garbanzo salad combines tomato, onion, serrano chile, avocado, chickpeas and lime juice. Makes a great lunch.
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Mexican Garbanzo Salad

Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Dora Stone

Ingredients

  • 3 cups Diced tomato, fresh
  • 1/2 cup Onion, white
  • 2 tbsp. Jalapeño, minced
  • 1 cup Chickpeas, canned, drained
  • 1 cup Avocado, diced
  • 1/4 cup Cilantro, chopped
  • To taste Lime juice fresh
  • To taste Sallt kosher
  • To taste Black Pepper ground

Preparation

  1. Combine all ingredients and season to taste.

Chef's Notes

Serve with baked corn chips.