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Vegan Rajas con Crema Tacos

Rajas con crema is one of those true Mexican comfort dishes. Poblano peppers are roasted over an open flame, peeled, cut into strips, then sauted with onion, garlic, and corn. A thick, slightly sour “crema” is poured over the whole thing. It is spicy, creamy, and incredibly satisfying. Of course, the best way to eat this is in a taco. These vegan rajas con crema tacos will even impress your omnivore friends.

Vegan Rajas con Crema Tacos is one of those true Mexican comfort dishes. Poblano peppers are roasted over an open flame, peeled, cut into strips, then sauted with onion, garlic, and corn. A thick, slightly sour "crema" is poured over the whole thing. It is spicy, creamy, and incredibly satisfying

There’s something about the smell of roasting poblano peppers that evokes so many food memories and recipes. Before going to culinary school my dad had me work at his restaurant for 6 months. Let’s just say the cooks weren’t too happy to have me around. I peeled a lot of potatoes and cracked a lot of eggs. I’ll never forget the time they had me roast and peel tray after tray of poblano peppers. They of course could do it without even thinking, no gloves, quickly, one after the other. I think it took me about 3 hours to get them done, and by the end I was almost crying (or maybe I was crying) because my hands were burning. I’m sure they had a kick out of that.

Vegan Rajas con Crema Tacos is one of those true Mexican comfort dishes. Poblano peppers are roasted over an open flame, peeled, cut into strips, then sauted with onion, garlic, and corn. A thick, slightly sour "crema" is poured over the whole thing. It is spicy, creamy, and incredibly satisfying

Vegan Rajas con Crema Tacos is one of those true Mexican comfort dishes. Poblano peppers are roasted over an open flame, peeled, cut into strips, then sauted with onion, garlic, and corn. A thick, slightly sour "crema" is poured over the whole thing. It is spicy, creamy, and incredibly satisfying

Poblano chiles are readily available almost anywhere in the United States. I am even able to find them here in Hawaii! They are very versatile and can be used in soups, tacos, pasta, enchiladas, stews, and they can even be stuffed and fried. They are relatively mild on the heat scale depending on where you live. Roasting and peeling them is not complicated, as you can see in this video. This is a perfect summer dish for using up all of the sweet, tender corn at your farmer’s market. If you are staying away from nuts, you can omit the “crema” and serve with a salsa instead.

Vegan Rajas con Crema Tacos is one of those true Mexican comfort dishes. Poblano peppers are roasted over an open flame, peeled, cut into strips, then sauted with onion, garlic, and corn. A thick, slightly sour "crema" is poured over the whole thing. It is spicy, creamy, and incredibly satisfying

The heat here in Hawaii is starting to rise and ice cream, paletas, and aguas frescas have been on my mind lately. What recipes would you like to see?

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The Recipe: Vegan Rajas con Crema Tacos

This recipe is pretty straight forward. You can skip the roasting of the poblano peppers if you’re in a hurry, but they will not be as tender as if you had roasted them. The crema can me made without oil by substituting it with unsweetened almond milk. I use the almonds with the peel on because I prefer the flavor, but if you are looking for a really white crema, you can use blanched almonds instead. Enjoy!

Vegan Rajas con Crema Tacos is one of those true Mexican comfort dishes. Poblano peppers are roasted over an open flame, peeled, cut into strips, then sauted with onion, garlic, and corn. A thick, slightly sour "crema" is poured over the whole thing. It is spicy, creamy, and incredibly satisfying
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Vegan Rajas con Crema Tacos

Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Dora Stone

Ingredients

Filling:

  • 5 Poblano peppers,roasted, peeled, seeded, cut into strips
  • 1/4 Water
  • 1 Onion, white, large, thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 3 ears Corn, kernels sliced off
  • ½ cup Vegetable stock or broth

Crema:

  • ½ cup Almonds, raw
  • 1 clove Garlic
  • ¾ cup Water
  • ¼ cup Almond milk, unsweetened
  • 1 tbsp. Lemon juice fresh

Preparation

To make the filling:

  1. Heat a large sauté pan to medium heat, add water. Add the onion and sweat for 2-3 minutes or until it is tender and translucent.

  2. Add corn, garlic, and ½ cup of vegetable stock, cover and let steam until corn is tender, about 3 – 4 minutes.
  3. Add the poblano peppers and let cook for 1 minute more. Season with salt and pepper. Remove from the heat and let cool slightly.

Almond Crema:

  1. Place the almonds, garlic, water,almond milk, and lemon juice in the blender and process until smooth. Season with salt and pepper. Pour the almond crema over the cooled filling and mix well.

  2. Serve with warm corn tortillas.

Chef's Notes

To save time you can skip the roasting and peeling of the poblanos, but they will not be as tender or flavorful.
* You can substitute the oil in the crema with unsweetened almond milk with the same results.

Here are some other delicious taco recipes you can try as well:

25 Vegan Tacos for 5 de Mayo

Chickpea and Spinach Tacos

Spicy Zucchini Black Bean Tacos

Carrot and Sweet Potato Tinga Tacos

Potato and Chorizo Tacos

 

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Mexican Vegan “Tuna” Salad

We have been in Hawaii a little over a month now, and boy has it been a roller coaster. Finding a car and a place to live was stressful and crazy. For days I dragged the kids from one place to the next with no success. My husband started working right away, so it was just me and the kids trying to figure things out. It took me 2 weeks to find a place, but we really like it. It even has a little backyard! Our stuff miraculously got here pretty quickly, instead of the 4 weeks they said it was going to take. I’m not going to lie, it hasn’t been easy, but amidst all the stressfulness of moving, we have spent hours playing in the sand and swimming in the cristal clear water of Oahu. We have also been to the Dole pineapple plantation, the north shore, Waikiki, Honolulu, and we still have so much more to explore. The beaches here are amazing, the people are so friendly, and the culture is truly unique. I have so much to learn.

The one thing that has been truly shocking is how incredibly expensive groceries are. Of course, we had heard this before, but I was still shocked at the price difference. Some items are 3 to 4 times as expensive as on the mainland. To help with this I subscribed to a CSA at Aloun farms, which is a really good deal. We are definitely going to have to stick to a meal plan to try and save some money.

Mexican Vegan "Tuna" Salad, spicy, creamy and the perfect protein packed lunch, with smashed chickpeas, tomatoes, onion, chile, and mayo Mexican Vegan "Tuna" Salad, spicy, creamy and the perfect protein packed lunch, with smashed chickpeas, tomatoes, onion, chile, and mayo

Mexican Vegan "Tuna" Salad, spicy, creamy and the perfect protein packed lunch, with smashed chickpeas, tomatoes, onion, chile, and mayo

Mexican Vegan "Tuna" Salad, spicy, creamy and the perfect protein packed lunch, with smashed chickpeas, tomatoes, onion, chile, and mayo

 

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Before coming here, I was unsure whether I would be able to get the Mexican ingredients I would need to continue posting vegan Mexican recipes, but I have been pleasantly surprised. Hawaii grows chayote and jicama locally. I quickly found my favorite hot sauce and chili powder. There’s a local tortilla factory which is a good tortilla option, but they are not as good as my favorite Tortilla Land uncooked corn tortillas that I found at a Safeway! There’s one thing though, salsa is expensive. One quart of fresh salsa is $6 -8 and the canned stuff is a little bit cheaper than that. This has me thinking I should start selling my own homemade salsa.

Mexican Vegan "Tuna" Salad, spicy, creamy and the perfect protein packed lunch, with smashed chickpeas, tomatoes, onion, chile, and mayo

I am still unsure about what we are going to do about school in the fall. You hear pretty bad things about the level of education in the public schools and the private schools are expensive. I can’t believe I am going to say this, but I’m considering homeschooling. The only problem with that is that I’m so scared of doing it. I have a very active 6 year old boy and 2 year old girl, I don’t know if I have the patience and the stamina to homeschool. I’m afraid there will be more bad days than good days. Homeschooling mamas help me! How do you do it?

I will keep you posted on our new Hawaiian adventures and in the near future incorporate a little Hawaiian flair into the recipes.

Dole Pineapple Plantation

Dole Pineapple Plantation

Mexican Vegan “Tuna” Salad

When I was a new vegan I kept seeing recipes for vegan “tuna” salad. I was never a big tuna salad fan so I wasn’t really interested in trying it, until finally I gave in and boy was I missing out! I first tried Post Punk’s Kitchen Chickpea Salad Sammiches and I loved it. For my version I smashed chickpeas, tossed them with tomatoes, onion, and serrano chile, a splash of lime juice and a dollop of vegan mayo to make an easy protein packed lunch. Instead of lime juice though I like to use the liquid from the jalapeños en escabeche, and that takes me straight back to my mom’s kitchen. This salad is best served in a sandwich or on tostadas topped with avocado slices. Enjoy!

Mexican Vegan "Tuna" Salad, spicy, creamy and the perfect protein packed lunch, with smashed chickpeas, tomatoes, onion, chile, and mayo

Mexican Vegan "Tuna" Salad, spicy, creamy and the perfect protein packed lunch, with smashed chickpeas, tomatoes, onion, chile, and mayo
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Mexican Vegan "Tuna" Salad

Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 2 servings
Author Dora Stone

Ingredients

  • 1 (14.5 oz) can Chickpeas, drained, rinsed
  • 1 cup Diced tomatoes, fresh
  • 1/4 cup White onion, finely chopped
  • 1 Serrano chile, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp. Vegan mayo *
  • 1/2 - 1 tbsp. Pickled jalapeño liquid or lime juice

Preparation

  1. Place chickpeas in a shallow bowl and use a fork to mash them up.
  2. Add tomatoes. onion, serrano and mix well.
  3. Add the vegan mayo and 1/2 tbsp. of pickled jalapeño liquid or lime juice. Mix well.
  4. Season and taste. If necessary add remaining 1/2 tbsp. of pickled jalapeño liquid or lime juice.
  5. Place salad in fridge for 15 to 20 min. (optional)
  6. Serve on a sandwich or on tostadas.

Chef's Notes

If you cannot find vegan mayo or don’t have it on hand, you can use mashed avocado instead. I prefer this salad cold, thus the time resting in the fridge, but it is not necessary. You can also add 1 tbsp. of nori flakes to make the salad more “fishy”.

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25 Vegan Tacos for 5 de Mayo

 The Best 25 Vegan Tacos for 5 de Mayo

1. Potato and Homemade Chorizo Tacos

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You can make your own chorizo or you can buy it. Find recipe here.

2. Crispy Coconut Lime Baked Cauliflower Tacos

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This cauliflower is not fried, it is baked, and believe it or not it has no oil! Find recipe here.

3. Slow Cooker Pulled Jackfruit Tacos

25 vegan tacos for 5 de mayo                        theedgyveg.com

Marinated jackfruit served on corn tortillas with spicy mango salsa, and cashew lime crema. Find recipe here.

4. Lentil Picadillo Tacos

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The comforting taste of picadillo without the meat. Find recipe here.

5. Enchilada Sauce Tacos

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A creative way to use your enchilada sauce for quick weeknight dinner. Find recipe here.

6. Spicy Zucchini and Black Bean Tacos

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Put it together in less than 20 minutes. Find recipe here.

7. Vegan Street Tacos

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Made with spiced sweet potatoes and topped with the classics. Find recipe here.

8. Spicy Plantain Black Bean Tacos

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Sautéed plantains and black beans with a spicy sauce. Find recipe here.

9. Portobello Purple Potato Tacos

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Portobello, purple potatoes, and red onions make the perfect combination. Find recipe here.

10. Bell Pepper Chickpea Tacos & Avocado Chile Sauce

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Takes only 15 minutes to make! The sauce takes it to another level. Find recipe here.

11. Vegan Breakfast Tacos

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Spiced tofu scramble with nopales. Find recipe here.

12. Sweet Potato & Potato Tacos with Tomatillo & Chipotle Sauce

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Sautéed sweet potatoes and potatoes topped with a smoky tomatillo sauce. Find recipe here.

13. Roasted Cauliflower Tacos with Spicy Avocado Lime Crema

25 vegan tacos for 5 de mayo                                 theglowingfridge.com

Spiced roasted cauliflower with a cabbage slaw, white beans, and spicy avocado lime crema. Find recipe here.

14. Veggie Tacos

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Eggplant, bell peppers, summer squash, and a avocado and tomatillo salsa. Find recipe here.

15. Mushroom Garlic Tacos

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Mushrooms sautéed in garlic with a splash of lime juice. Find recipe here.

16. Oven Roasted Seitan Tacos

25 Vegan Tacos for 5 de Mayothymeandlove.com

Seitan marinated in hibiscus flowers and roasted. Find recipe here.

17. Barbacoa Hearts of Palm Tacos

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Hearts of palm in a roasted pasilla sauce and a sprinkle of lime juice. Find recipe here.

18. Lentil Mushroom Tacos

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Tacos with “meaty” filling of sautéed mushrooms and lentils. Find recipe here.

19. Sweet Potato & Carrot Tinga Tacos

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Shredded carrots and sweet potatoes cooked in a chipotle sauce. Find recipe here.

20. Beer Battered Tofu Tacos

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Beer battered tofu topped with mango salsa and avocado slices. Find recipe here.

21. Nopales, Black Bean & Potato Taquitos

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Baked taquitos topped with a smoky taco cream. Find recipe below. 

22. Potato and Roasted Poblano Tacos

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Potato and roasted poblano tacos on soft corn tortillas. Find recipe here.

23. Spinach & Chickpea Tacos

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Sautéed spinach, chickpeas, tomatoes, and garlic on warm corn tortillas. Find recipe here.

24. Crispy Potato Tacos

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Pan fried crispy tacos filled with potatoes and your favorite salsa. Find recipe here.

25. Mushroom Fajita Tacos

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Sautéed mushrooms, onion, and peppers, topped with avocado and salsa. Find recipe here.

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Vegan Roasted Tomatillo Enchiladas

We are moving to Hawaii!!! I don’t even know where to begin. I am nervous, excited, sad, a little bit of everything. Are there any vegans in Hawaii? How about Mexicans? We have never been there, so I don’t know what to expect.

Vegan roasted tomatillo enchiladas, filled with sautéed onions, garlic, poblano peppers, and pinto beans. Bathed in salsa and almond crema.

The start date for my husband’s new job is the last week week of April. I know, so soon! The good thing is we have done this so many times before that the packing process does not seem daunting anymore. Nevertheless, there is a lot of work to be done.

Vegan roasted tomatillo enchiladas, filled with sautéed onions, garlic, poblano peppers, and pinto beans. Bathed in salsa and almond crema.

Our life continues to be a wonderful adventure, Maryland, D.C, Carlsbad, South Carolina, Orange County, and now Hawaii. I hope our kids remember it that way and don’t suffer too much from leaving their friends behind. All I have to say, is that this blog just got a whole lot more interesting! Sourcing ingredients might be a challenge though, but I plan to continue making delicious vegan Mexican recipes. Even if it’s on an island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.

Vegan roasted tomatillo enchiladas, filled with sautéed onions, garlic, poblano peppers, and pinto beans. Bathed in salsa and almond crema.

The funny thing is, when I was a teenager I wanted to be a missionary. I had rose colored visions of traveling the world helping people and serving God. Sometimes I still think about it and how amazing it would’ve been. Well, it turns out I did become a sort of missionary. Maybe not quite the way I had in mind, but God has his ways and they are definitely a mystery. Everywhere I go I try to be a witness of God’s love and mercy, and help others as much as I can. Now I get to do that in Hawaii, and wherever else we might go next.

Vegan roasted tomatillo enchiladas, filled with sautéed onions, garlic, poblano peppers, and pinto beans. Bathed in salsa and almond crema.

I am sad though, because I’m going to miss our wonderful friends who have supported us and helped us out in so many ways. We will never be able to repay them. Fran & Ren, Marisa & Neil, and Kristen & Jeremy we love you and will miss you terribly, but don’t think because we are far away that you will be getting rid us. You are stuck with us forever. No matter how far away we are, you know you can always count on us.

I guess we should talk about the recipe now, but stay tuned to find out what it will be like for a vegan Mexican and her family to move to Hawaii. #mexicaninhawaii

Vegan roasted tomatillo enchiladas, filled with sautéed onions, garlic, poblano peppers, and pinto beans. Bathed in salsa and almond crema.

The Recipe: Vegan Roasted Tomatillo Enchiladas

One of my sisters has become vegan!!! Vegan I say!! Can you believe it? She requested a recipe for enchiladas and I was happy to oblige. Roasted tomatillo enchiladas are one of my favorites. The tortillas are filled with sautéed onions, garlic, poblano peppers, corn, and pinto beans. Then they are bathed in a savory roasted tomatillo sauce and drizzled in a smooth almond crema. Top them with thinly sliced onions and some chopped cilantro. You can make this a quick dinner by buying already made tomatillo salsa. Enjoy!

Vegan roasted tomatillo enchiladas, filled with sautéed onions, garlic, poblano peppers, and pinto beans. Bathed in salsa and almond crema.
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Vegan Roasted Tomatillo Enchiladas

Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Dora Stone

Ingredients

Filling

  • 1 tbsp. Vegetable oil, optional
  • 1/2 Onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 1 cup Corn, kernels
  • 1/4 cup Vegetable stock
  • 2 Poblano peppers, roasted, peeled, cut into strips
  • 1 cup Pinto beans, canned

Almond Crema

  • 1/2 cup Almonds raw
  • 1/4 cup Soy milk unsweetened
  • 1 clove Garlic
  • 1 tsp. Lemon juice

Garnish

  • 12 tortillas
  • 1 quart Tomatillo salsa (see note)
  • 1/2 Onion sliced into paper thin rings
  • 1 tbsp. Cilantro chopped

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. To make the filling: heat 1 tbsp. of oil in a large sauté pan to medium-high heat. Once oil is hot, add onions and sauté for 3 - 4 minutes, or until almost the onions are tender and translucent. Add the garlic and cook for 1 more minute.
  3. Add corn and 1/4 cup of vegetable stock. Cover and cook for 2-3 minutes or until the corn is tender. Add poblano pepper and beans and mix well. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. To make the almond crema: place all ingredients in the blender until smooth. Season with salt and pepper and set aside.
  5. To assemble: Warm corn tortillas in the microwave for 30 seconds or in the oven at 350F on a sheet tray for 5 min. Just enough so that the tortillas are soft enough to be rolled.
  6. Spread 2-3 tbsp. of the tomatillo sauce on the bottom of a 9 x13 baking dish Place 1 tbsp. of filling on each tortilla. Roll and place on baking dish. Continue this process until you have used up all the tortillas and the entire filling.
  7. Pour the rest of the tomatillo sauce on top of the enchiladas and bake in oven for 5 – 10 min. or until the enchiladas are warm. Remove from the oven and drizzle almond crema on top.
  8. Garnish with onion slices and chopped cilantro.

Chef's Notes

To make this a quick weeknight dinner you can buy the sauce already made and skip the roasting and peeling of the poblano peppers. You can find a recipe for a tomatillo salsa here.

 

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Veracruz-Style Fava Bean Stew

My husband said something to one of our friends that I can’t stop thinking about. He said, “ Dora isn’t vegan, she just eats vegan.” I guess he was referring to my one cheat day a week. (He’s asleep as I am writing this so I will have to ask him tomorrow what he meant.) In his mind, if I really was vegan I wouldn’t cheat at all. Yes, I cheat once a week. I know some of you animal lovers will be horrified at this, but I’m just not quite there yet in my transition into veganism.

Veracruz-style fava bean stew, fava beans braised in onion, garlic, tomato, olives, capers, and pickled jalapeños. It is spicy and comforting

I could sugarcoat it and tell you that going vegan is easy, it is not. Especially if you are a die-hard carnivore or cheese lover like me. There can be many obstacles, like an unsupportive family, difficult access to fresh fruits and vegetables, and not knowing how to cook. One of the things that is not talked about enough is that you have to completely change your mindset. We are so used to seeing meat and potatoes on our plate that when someone gives us a plate of only potatoes it feels like we are missing something. This is why it takes time to change. Some people can quit animal products cold-turkey and that’s great, but there’s also many of us who do better with a gradual approach. Lindsay from Happy Herbivore has a great mantra, “Progress not perfection,” and I try to live it out everyday.

Veracruz-style fava bean stew, fava beans braised in onion, garlic, tomato, olives, capers, and pickled jalapeños. It is spicy and comforting

Veracruz-style fava bean stew, fava beans braised in onion, garlic, tomato, olives, capers, and pickled jalapeños. It is spicy and comforting

As time has passed (this is my 3rd year being an imperfect vegan) the health benefits of going vegan or plant-based have become clearer and clearer. When I do eat animal products I feel pretty gross, and now, even though I became vegan for health reasons, every time I take a bite of an animal protein I can’t help think about the suffering of the animals.

Veracruz-style fava bean stew, fava beans braised in onion, garlic, tomato, olives, capers, and pickled jalapeños. It is spicy and comforting

So yes, Mr. Stone, I am vegan. I might not be a perfect one, and maybe I will never be, but I like to think that my imperfect veganism contributes to making this world a little better. I know my health is definitely better, and I know yours can be too.

Veracruz-style fava bean stew, fava beans braised in onion, garlic, tomato, olives, capers, and pickled jalapeños. It is spicy and comforting

What are some of the things you struggled with while transitioning to a vegan lifestyle? Do you have any tips and tricks for other newbies?

Now, onto…

The Recipe: Veracruz-Style Fava Bean Stew

I’m sure by now you’ve heard of fish cooked Veracruz-style. The fish is baked or braised in a sauce of onions, garlic, tomatoes, capers, olives, and pickled jalapeños, but since this is obviously a vegan blog I did not use fish for this recipe. Instead I made a hearty stew of dried fava beans Veracruz-style. It is comforting, spicy, tangy, and it pairs perfectly with rice.

The fava beans take about 40 minutes to cook and you do have to soak them overnight, so this recipe can take a little bit of time to prepare. If you cannot find fava beans or do not like them you can substitute with potatoes. Enjoy!

Veracruz-style fava bean stew, fava beans braised in onion, garlic, tomato, olives, capers, and pickled jalapeños. It is spicy and comforting
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Veracruz-Style Fava Bean Stew

Prep Time 1 day
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 day 1 hour
Servings 4 servings
Author Dora Stone

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Fava beans, dried
  • 1 tbsp. Vegetable oil, optional
  • 1 Onion, white, thinly sliced (julienned)
  • 3 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 1 can (14.5 oz) Crushed tomato
  • 1/2 cup Manzanilla olives, sliced
  • 1 tbsp. Capers
  • 1 tsp. Oregano, dried
  • 1 Bay leaf dried
  • 2 Pickled jalapeños chopped
  • 1 cup Vegetable stock or broth

Preparation

  1. Place fava beans in a large pot and cover with water. Bring to a simmer and let cook for 40 minutes or until the beans are tender.
  2. While the beans are cooking, heat oil in a large pot set to medium heat. Add onions and sweat for 3-4 minutes or until the onions are tender and translucent. Add the garlic and cook for 2 more minutes.
  3. Pour the crushed tomatoes over the onions and simmer for 3 minutes.
  4. Add the olives, capers, oregano, pickled jalapeños, and bay leaf. Mix well.
  5. Drain the cooked fava beans and add them to the pot with the onion mixture.
  6. Pour 1 cup of vegetable broth into the pot and simmer for 15 minutes.
  7. Season to taste and serve with rice.

Chef's Notes

If dried fava beans are hard to find you can use potatoes instead.

 

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Mexican Potato Scramble

I’ve spent the last week feeling overwhelmed and incredibly empowered. The first weekend of March, I attended a conference for Latina bloggers called #WeAllGrow Summit. The conference was 3 days long and it was amazing! It is organized by Ana Flores and the team at Latina Bloggers Connect. Imagine over 300 Latina women (a couple of men too) in the same place. The conference tag line is, “If one grows, we all grow,”and that is precisely what it was meant to do and did. I was very nervous at first, because I was going alone and I am incredibly awkward in large social situations. I am a total introvert, and speaking to so many people can be intimidating. I had nothing to worry about though. Everyone was very welcoming and friendly and I met so many women that are doing remarkable things with their blogs and businesses.

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Photos by Robson Muzel and #weallgrow summit 2016

I’d like to introduce you to a couple of them. There’s Laura and her sister Catalina of Las Recetas de Laura and Spicy Latina Mom. They are both from northern Mexico like me, so it was great to meet other norteñas. They have a healthy Mexican food blog and a youtube channel. I finally got to meet Alejandra Graf from Piloncillo & Vainilla, a fellow vegan blogger, and a real sweetheart. I want to publicly say a huge thank you to two special ladies Diana Cortes and Ana Cruz. They embraced me and made me feel welcome when I didn’t know anyone, and was kind of wandering around trying to find someone to talk to. Diana has a really cool online boutique that curates Mexican made shoes, clothing, home goods, and accessories. All of their items are very unique and beautiful. Ana Cruz is a talented radio host, and lifestyle blogger at Rollos de Mujeres.

We All Grow Summit

Besides socializing and connecting with other bloggers I was also able to attend several conferences, and I learned quite a bit from them. We are now working on starting a youtube channel and seriously upping our social media game. There are so many things to do, and not enough time for all of them, especially when we are trying to run two blogs at the same time.

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Photos by Robson Muzel and #weallgrow summit 2016

Something did happen at the conference that impacted my life for the better and opened my eyes to a whole new world. I was born and raised in Mexico and came to this country about 12 years ago. It took me leaving my country to truly appreciate it, but leaving also gave me an increased sense of pride of where I came from. Let’s just say my “mexicaness” increased by 75%. In the beginning most of my sentences started, ” Did you know that in Mexico…” However, whenever I met someone who was 1st or 2nd generation American, but identified themselves as Mexican, I was quick to correct them and say that they actually weren’t. For me back then being Mexican meant that you were born in Mexico. Which technically is still true, but what does it really mean to be Latina now? Do you have to speak Spanish? Are you less of a Latina if you don’t? What if you don’t look Latina? The women at the conference answered all these questions for me with their beautiful selves, with their pride in their roots (even if their Spanish wasn’t perfect), and with their desire to pass the language and culture along to their children. There is no longer one definition of what it means to be Latina. I just hope my children will one day be like all the women at #WeAllGrow, and identify themselves as Latino, and proud of it!

Now that I’ve talked your ear off, let’s get back to the cooking.

This Mexican Potato Scramble is a spicy, savory and satisfying dish with all the flavors of Mexico. Serve on warm corn tortillas with salsa.

The Recipe: Mexican Potato Scramble

I really don’t like tofu scrambles. Maybe I just haven’t had a good one, or I enjoy real eggs too much to accept tofu as a substitute. The one thing I do enjoy is a savory breakfast every once and a while. When I am looking for something savory and satisfying I make this Mexican potato scramble. I just substituted the egg with potatoes, and followed a very traditional recipe for making Mexican scrambled eggs. The result is a spicy, savory and satisfying dish with all the flavors of Mexico. Serve on warm corn tortillas, and if you’re brave enough, some hot salsa. Enjoy!

This Mexican Potato Scramble is a spicy, savory and satisfying dish with all the flavors of Mexico. Serve on warm corn tortillas with salsa.

This Mexican Potato Scramble is a spicy, savory and satisfying dish with all the flavors of Mexico. Serve on warm corn tortillas with salsa.

This Mexican Potato Scramble is a spicy, savory and satisfying dish with all the flavors of Mexico. Serve on warm corn tortillas with salsa.
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Mexican Potato Scramble

Prep Time 6 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 21 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Dora Stone

Ingredients

  • 3 cups Diced, Russet potatoes
  • 1 cup Finely chopped, White Onion
  • 1 Chile Serrano, minced
  • 1 cup Diced, tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup Vegetable stock or potato water

Preparation

  1. Fill a large pot with cold water and the diced potatoes. Bring to a simmer over medium heat, and let cook for about 6 minutes or until the potatoes are tender, but not mushy.
  2. While the potatoes are cooking, heat a large sauté pan to medium-low heat and add the onion and serrano peppers. Cook the onion and peppers for 3-4 minutes or until the onion is tender and translucent. If the onion begins to stick add some water or vegetable stock to the pan.
  3. Add the diced tomatoes to the pan and cook for about 6 minutes, or until the tomatoes begin to break down and become more of a sauce.
  4. Drain the potatoes, but reserve 1/4 cup of the potato water.
  5. Add the potatoes and the potato water to the pan. Mix well and cook for 1 more minute.
  6. Season with salt and pepper and serve with warm corn tortillas and salsa.

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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.

family

family

family

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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Spicy Zucchini and Black Bean Tacos

I am going skiing for the first time! It’s not really my first time, but that one doesn’t count. I was thirteen, a tad pudgy, and not very balanced or graceful. For the life of me I could not figure out how to stop or slow down, and I kept knocking little kids over. This time might be better, I hope. I’m not looking forward to the cold though. Me and the cold are not friends. Give me a hot day, a margarita, some spicy zucchini and black bean tacos, a pool, and I’m set. I’ll try and get my husband to take a video of me falling on my butt, which I’m sure will happen, so you can laugh with me (at me).

These spicy zucchini and black bean tacos are delicious, protein packed, and very easy to make.

Next month I will be going to the We All Grow Summit, a latina blogger conference. I am really excited about it, and I’m hoping to learn a lot, so I can grow the blog. I’m a bit nervous though, I’m not so good with the small talk in large group situations. I have to really push myself to interact, but once I get comfortable you won’t get me to be quiet. Do you have any tips for me?

These spicy zucchini and black bean tacos are delicious, protein packed, and very easy to make.

Mexicans can make a taco out of anything. Tacos are very near and dear to our hearts and they have nothing to do with ground beef, taco seasoning, and a crispy shell. I will say, there are some weird tacos out there, like these ant larvae and egg tacos. I don’t think we are going to get to that level of weird here, but I definitely need more taco recipes.

The Recipe: Spicy Zucchini and Black Bean Tacos

These spicy zucchini and black bean tacos are delicious, protein packed, and very easy to make. Simply sauté onion and garlic, then add the zucchini and the black beans. They are topped with a chile de arbol almond sauce, which gives this dish a decadent and creamy touch. Serve on warm corn tortillas. Enjoy!

These spicy zucchini and black bean tacos are delicious, protein packed, and very easy to make.

These spicy zucchini and black bean tacos are delicious, protein packed, and very easy to make.
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Spicy Zucchini and Black Bean Tacos

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Dora Stone

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp. Vegetable oil, optional
  • ½ White Onion, thinly sliced
  • 3 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 2 Mexican zucchini, large, diced
  • 1 can (14.5 oz) Black beans, drained

Chile de Arbol Sauce:

  • 2 - 4 Chile de Arbol, dried
  • 1 cup Almonds, raw
  • ½ Onion, white, large
  • 3 cloves Garlic, unpeeled
  • 1 ½ cups Vegetable Stock, Warm
  • 2 tsp. White or champagne vinegar

Preparation

  1. Heat vegetable oil to medium heat in a large sauté pan. Add onion and sweat for 2-3 minutes or until the onion is tender and translucent.
  2. Add the garlic cloves and cook for 1 minute.
  3. Add the zucchini and cook until tender, about 3-4 minutes. Add the black beans and mix well. Let cook for 1 minute more. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. To make the sauce: heat a griddle, comal, or cast iron pan to medium-high heat. Toast chiles on each side until lightly toasted, about 30 seconds on each side. Remove from pan and set aside.
  5. Add the almonds to the pan and toast until golden, about 2 minutes. Remove from pan and set aside.
  6. Toast the onion, and the garlic until slightly charred, about 4 minutes on each side.
  7. Place the almonds, onion, garlic, and chiles in the blender. Add the warm vegetable stock and 2 tsp. of vinegar. Process until smooth. Season with salt and pepper. Sauce should be thick and creamy.

Chef's Notes

Chile de Arbol Sauce recipe adapted from Gran Cocina Latina

 

 

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Vegan Potato and Chorizo Tacos

I’m still recovering from the Christmas and New Year celebrations. I can’t seem to catch up with the kid’s school work or any of my work for that matter. We spent almost 3 weeks in Mexico with my family, and it was incredible, as always. The kids were spoiled rotten by their grandparents and so was I. Since I didn’t have to cook, clean or do laundry while I was there, we spent many hours sitting around in our pijamas, sipping hot tea and chatting, while the kids ran amok like wild animals.

vegan potato and chorizo tacos. Serve the crispy bits of spicy chorizo mixed with the slightly golden potatoes on a warm tortilla and top with salsa.

The hubby and I were even able to get away for a couple of days and go to Austin. It had been 6 years since we had been without the kids for more than a day! We kind of fell in love with Austin a little bit. It’s a pretty cool town. Once we got back to California I was so sad. It hurts to be so far away from family, it’s not right. I miss them terribly.

Vegan potato and chorizo tacos. Serve the crispy bits of spicy chorizo mixed with the slightly golden potatoes on a warm tortilla and top with salsa.

Vegan potato and chorizo tacos. Serve the crispy bits of spicy chorizo mixed with the slightly golden potatoes on a warm tortilla and top with salsa.

However, I did return with a renewed mission or purpose for this blog. My mother (the reason I started this blog) has continued to have health problems. This is motivating me to keep going and to keep creating delicious vegan Mexican recipes that my mom would like to eat, in the hope that maintaining a vegan (plant-based) diet can help improve her health. Just like my mom and I, there are many others who would like to continue eating the foods they love and grew up with without sacrificing their health or the lives of animals. I hope this blog and these recipes can help other Latino families make the transition to a vegan (plant-based) way of life.

My crazy family

my crazy family

The Recipe: Vegan Potato and Chorizo Tacos

This is where these potato and chorizo tacos come in. Potatoes and chorizo or chorizo con papas is traditionally a breakfast dish, but I see no reason why this couldn’t be a good lunch or dinner option. You can use store-bought vegan chorizo or you could make the homemade version. Either way, as soon as you mix the chorizo with the potatoes you will understand why this is such a popular dish in Mexico. Serve the crispy bits of spicy chorizo mixed with the slightly golden potatoes on a warm tortilla and top with salsa. Make sure you have good tortillas though. My favorite tortillas right now are the Tortilla Land uncooked corn tortillas. It really is like eating your tortillas recién hechas (just made). Enjoy!

Vegan potato and chorizo tacos. Serve the crispy bits of spicy chorizo mixed with the slightly golden potatoes on a warm tortilla and top with salsa.

Potato and chorizo tacos. Serve the crispy bits of spicy chorizo mixed with the slightly golden potatoes on a warm tortilla and top with salsa.
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Potato and Chorizo Tacos

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Dora Stone

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp. Vegetable oil, optional
  • 1 cup Onion, white, minced
  • 3 cups Potato, peeled, diced
  • 1 cup Vegan chorizo, cooked (see note)
  • 12 Corn tortillas
  • 1 cup Your favorite salsa

Preparation

  1. Heat 1 tbsp. of oil in a large sauté pan at medium-low heat. Add onions and cook until soft and translucent, about 10 min. It’s ok if they brown a little bit.
  2. While the onions are cooking, place your cut potatoes in a small saucepot with salted water. Bring the water up to a simmer at high heat. Lower heat to medium and let the potatoes cook for 5 minutes.
  3. Drain the potatoes and add them to the pan with the onion. Turn heat up to medium-high. Cook potatoes and onions for 5 minutes or until the potatoes begin to brown. Add more oil if necessary.
  4. Add cooked chorizo to the pan and mix well. Cook for one more minute.
  5. Season with salt and pepper.
  6. Serve with warm tortillas and the salsa of your choice.

Chef's Notes

You can buy vegan chorizo or try this homemade vegan version. 

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Homemade Vegan Chorizo

Chorizo is one of my comfort foods. Nothing beats a breakfast of huevos con chorizo, warm corn tortillas and salsa molcajeteada. Of course as a vegan, there aren’t many chorizo options. This recipe though, might change your mind about vegan chorizo. This has to be my most tested recipe. I tried many versions of this, one made with quinoa, one with tempeh, another with tofu, and one with just mushrooms. After many failed chorizo attempts, I give you the best homemade vegan chorizo recipe you will be able to find.

This recipe for homemade vegan chorizo is the only one you will ever need. It is spicy and crumbly, with notes of clove and coriander.

The recipe takes a little bit of time, but believe it is worth it. This chorizo is spicy and crumbly, with tons of umami flavor and notes of clove and coriander. To make this chorizo you first have to press the tofu for 30 minutes. Place in between two plates with a heavy object on top. This eliminates the excess water in the tofu, creating a better texture for the chorizo. Then crumble it into a large bowl.

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Take your dry chiles, and remove the stems and seeds. Bring a pot of water to a boil and drop the chiles inside. Turn the heat down to the lowest setting and let sit for 10 minutes.

This recipe for homemade vegan chorizo is the only one you will ever need. It is spicy and crumbly, with notes of clove and coriander.

Remove the chiles from the water and place in the blender. Reserve ½ cup of the chile soaking liquid. Add the garlic, oregano, cumin, cloves, paprika, coriander, apple cider vinegar, and ¼ cup of soaking liquid to the blender and process until smooth. If necessary add the remaining ¼ cup of the soaking liquid to get things moving in the blender. Strain the chile mixture. Add half of it to the crumbled tofu.

This recipe for homemade vegan chorizo is the only one you will ever need. It is spicy and crumbly, with notes of clove and coriander.

Mince your mushrooms finely. I recommend you do this with a knife not a food processor. Sauté them until golden brown and a bit crispy. Add the remaining half of the chile puree and cook for a couple more minutes until the mixture has thickened.

This recipe for homemade vegan chorizo is the only one you will ever need. It is spicy and crumbly, with notes of clove and coriander.

Sauté the tofu until golden brown and crispy. In a large bowl combine the cooked mushrooms and tofu and check your seasoning. The chorizo possibilities are now endless. I will be making papas con chorizo, torta de chorizo, sopes con chorizo, and many more dishes. I can’t wait for you to try them. Enjoy!

This recipe for homemade vegan chorizo is the only one you will ever need. It is spicy and crumbly, with notes of clove and coriander.

The Recipe: Homemade Vegan Chorizo

The finished chorizo will keep in your fridge for 3-5 days, or you can freeze for up to 3 months. To increase the spiciness add more chile de arbol.

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Homemade Vegan Chorizo

Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 15 oz. (almost a pound!)
Author Dora Stone

Ingredients

  • 1 block Tofu, extra firm, 12oz.
  • ½ lb. Mushrooms, finely chopped
  • 6 Chile guajillo, dried, seeded
  • 2 Chile ancho, dried, seeded
  • 4 Chile de arbol, dried
  • 4 cloves Garlic
  • 1 tbsp. Oregano, dried
  • ½ tsp. Cumin, ground
  • 2 Cloves, whole
  • 1 tbsp. Paprika, ground
  • ½ tsp. Coriander, ground
  • ¼ cup Apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp. Vegetable oil, optional

Preparation

  1. Remove tofu from package and place in between two small plates. Place a can on top of the plates and leave like this for 30 min.
  2. Bring a small pot of water to a boil. Remove the stems and seeds from the chiles and discard them. Drop the chiles into the boiling water. Turn heat down to the lowest setting and let the chiles sit in the water for 10 min.
  3. Remove the chiles from the water and place in blender. Reserve ½ cup of the chile soaking liquid.
  4. Add the garlic, oregano, cumin, cloves, paprika, coriander, apple cider vinegar, and ¼ cup of soaking liquid to the blender and process until smooth. If necessary add the remaining ¼ cup of the soaking liquid to get things moving in the blender.
  5. Season the chile mixture with salt and pepper and pass through a fine strainer. Set aside.
  6. Drain the water from the tofu and crumble with your hands into a large bowl. Pour half of the pureed chile mixture into the bowl with the tofu and stir to combine. Set aside.
  7. Heat a large sauté pan to high heat and add 1 tbsp. of oil. Once the oil is hot add the finely chopped mushrooms and continue to cook until the mushrooms begin to brown, about 6-7 min.
  8. Lower heat to medium-low and pour in the remaining half of the chile mixture. Stir and continue to cook for 3-4 minutes, until the mushrooms begin to absorb the chile mixture. Remove from pan and place in a large bowl.
  9. Heat a non-stick sauté pan set to medium heat, add 1 tbsp. of oil. Add the tofu mixture and continue to cook until the liquid begins to evaporate and tofu becomes crispy, 7-8 minutes. You can make the tofu as crispy as you like. (Be careful not to overcrowd the pan or the tofu will never get crispy.)
  10. Pour cooked tofu mixture into the bowl with the mushrooms and mix well to combine. Adjust seasoning.

Chef's Notes

The finished chorizo will keep in your fridge for 3- 5 days, or you can freeze for up to 3 months. You can add it to your tofu scramble, tacos, tortas, sopes, etc. To increase the spiciness add more chile de arbol.

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