Vegan Mexican Recipes easy to follow, delicious, and healthy.

It seems that people either love or hate lentils. I love lentils, and this is my favorite lentil soup ever!! The lentils are simmered with serrano chile, onion, tomato, garlic, and cilantro until tender. It is a spicy and incredibly satisfying vegan lentil soup.

sauce pot filled with brown lentils, water, onion, and bay leaf

In Mexico, you can find it being made during the cold winter months, and it is especially popular during Lent. Depending on the region of Mexico that you’re in they are prepared a little bit differently. In Oaxaca, they serve their lentil soup with pineapple and plantains!! In other states, the lentils are cooked in a tomato-based broth. The vegetables vary according to the region, but you can find variations of this easy lentil soup with carrots, potatoes, celery, and spring onion.

saute pan with a cooked mixture of tomato, onion, garlic and chile serrano

Traditionally, this sopa de lentejas includes bacon, but to make it vegan I have omitted it. However, if you like vegan bacon you can add it to the soup.

vegan lentil soup cooking in a sauce pot

How to Make Lentil Soup?

First you have to clean your lentils. Spread them out on a sheet tray or flat surface and check them for tiny pebbles, dirt, and broken lentils, remove them, and rinse the lentils.

Cilantro added to the cooking vegan lentil soup

Place the lentils in a sauce pot with water, and add ½ onion and a bay leaf. Simmer until the lentils are tender. While this is going one sauté onion, garlic, tomato, and chile until soft. Add this mixture to the lentils with a couple of sprigs of cilantro, and let them cook for 8 more minutes.

a ladle full of vegan lentil soup suspended on top of sauce pot full of lentils

Instant Pot Lentil Soup

If you want to make this in the instant pot, start by sautéing the onion, garlic, tomato, and chile using the SAUTE button on the Instant Pot. Once the vegetables are tender, add the lentils, cilantro sprigs, and water or vegetable stock. Bring to a simmer. Turn off the instant pot, and place the cover on top. Adjust the setting to “Manual,” and cook for 18 minutes. Let it stand to release pressure naturally, at least 10 minutes. (Try these Instant Pot Poblano White Beans.)

Mexican vegan lentil soup in a white bowl surrounded by tomato, cilantro and onion

The Recipe: Mexican Vegan Lentil Soup

  • Make sure you sort through the lentils looking for pebbles, and dirt, then give them a good rinse.
  • You can leave the chile serrano whole or you can mince it and add it the vegetable mixture (it is spicier this way).

Mexican vegan lentil soup in a white bowl surrounded by tomato, cilantro and onion

Mexican vegan lentil soup in a white bowl surrounded by tomato, cilantro and onion
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Mexican Vegan Lentil Soup

Mexican Vegan Lentil Soup, an easy recipe for healthy, comforting, spicy lentils with tomato, onion, garlic, and serrano chiles
Course Soup
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword lentil soup, vegan mexican
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4 servings
225 kcal
Author Dora S.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 lb. (1 1/4 cups) Brown or green lentils, cleaned, rinsed
  • 8 cups Water or vegetable stock
  • 1/2 White onion
  • 1 Bay leaf, dry
  • 1/2 White onion, diced
  • 2 Roma tomato, diced
  • 2 Garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 Chile serrano
  • 4 springs Cilantro

Preparation

  1. Place your lentils in a medium sauce pot, add water, onion, and bay leaf. Bring to a low simmer and let cook for 20 minutes.

  2. While the lentils are cooking, make a small incision using a sharp knife on the tip of the serrano pepper (like an X). Set a large sauté pan to medium heat and add the diced onion. Let the onions cook until translucent and tender, about 4-5 minutes. If it begins to stick to the pan add a little bit of water.
  3. Add garlic and cook for 1 more minute. Add diced tomato and chile serrano (whole) and cook until the tomato has broken down, about 6 minutes.
  4. Remove the ½ onion and bay leaf from the lentils, and add the vegetable mixture, and cilantro sprigs to the pot. Simmer slowly for about 8 minutes.
  5. Remove the cilantro sprigs, and serrano pepper. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Cut the chile serrano into rounds and add it back to the pot to make the soup extra spicy. (optional)

Chef's Notes

• Make sure you sort through the lentils looking for pebbles, and dirt, then give them a good rinse.

• You can leave the chile serrano whole or you can mince it and add it the vegetable mixture (it is spicier this way). •

You can make this in the instant pot as well (see post above for instructions)

Nutrition Facts
Mexican Vegan Lentil Soup
Amount Per Serving
Calories 225
% Daily Value*
Sodium 8mg 0%
Potassium 737mg 21%
Total Carbohydrates 39g 13%
Dietary Fiber 18g 72%
Sugars 4g
Protein 15g 30%
Vitamin A 13.7%
Vitamin C 17.7%
Calcium 4.7%
Iron 24.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

These tortitas de camarón are without a doubt my favorite Mexican lent dish. There is a tradition of serving seafood-based dishes during lent in Mexico and this is just one of them. To make this vegan, I made my vegan tortitas de camaron with a mixture of chickpea flour, zucchini, spices, and ground up nori. They are served in a guajillo chile salsa roja with nopales (cactus).

Glass bowl with chickpea flour, zucchini, spices, and nori powder for vegan tortitas de camaron

Lent is supposed to be a time to abstain from meat as a means of sacrifice and repentance, but now that I’m vegan, this part of lent really no longer applies to my life. However, there are many Lenten dishes that I used to love like ceviche, Mexican shrimp cocktail, capirotada, sopa de habas, and chiles rellenos. I have of course veganized all of them!

pot filled with water and dried chile and tomatoes simmering

Tortitas de camaron are essentially shrimp patties made with dried ground shrimp and whipped egg whites. You can find them served with salsa roja, mole poblano, and pipian (pumpkin seed sauce). For this vegan version, I tested making the patties out of chickpea flour cooked almost like polenta, then letting it cool, and cutting it out into circles. The flavor was good, but the texture was wrong and it seemed like a lot of steps for something that could be quite simple.

nopales draining in a white colander

I finally settled on adding grated zucchini to the patties, and cooking them like you would pancakes, and I think you’re really going to like this! What are some of your favorite lent dishes??

vegan tortitas de camaron cooking on a saute pan

The Recipe: Vegan Tortitas de Camaron

  • To cook nopales, bring a large pot of water to a boil with salt and a cilantro sprig. Add nopales and cook until tender for about 8 minutes. Drain the nopales and rinse them immediately with cold water. Let them drain for a couple of minutes and now they are ready to use.
  • The patties will seem like they are too soft in the middle, but as they cool down they will firm up.

Vegan tortitas de camaron with nopales in a light blue saute pan

  • I only added 1 tsp. of nori powder, but if you want the patties to be very fishy you can add more. I made the nori powder by placing 3 sheets of nori (for sushi) in my blender and processing it into a coarse powder. You can also use dulse flakes.
  • I added chile de arbol, because I like mine spicy, but you can omit them or add more.

 

Vegan tortitas de camaron on a clay plate with nopales and a spoon taking a portion

 

Spoon dipping into Vegan tortitas de camaron on a clay plate

Vegan tortitas de camaron on a clay plate with nopales and a guajillo salsa roja
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Vegan Tortitas de Camaron

Vegan Tortitas de Camaron (Mexicans shrimp patties) a classic Lenten dish gone vegan in a guajillo chile salsa roja.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword lent recipes, vegan mexican, vegan shrimp
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 servings
135 kcal
Author Dora S.

Ingredients

To make the patties:

  • 2 cups Finely shredded zucchini
  • 1 tsp. Garlic powder
  • 2/3 cup Chickpea flour
  • 1/2 tsp. Smoked paprika
  • 1/4 tsp. Ground mustard
  • 1 tsp. Nori powder
  • 1/2 tsp. Salt

Sauce:

  • 6 Guajillo chiles, dried stems, and seeds removed
  • 1-2 Chile de arbol, stems and seeds removed (optional)
  • 2 Roma tomatoes
  • 1/2 White onion, chopped
  • 2 Garlic cloves, peeled
  • 2 Cilantro sprigs
  • 1 1/2 cups Chile soaking liquid
  • 2 ½ cups Chopped nopales, cooked (see note)

Preparation

To make the sauce

  1. In a cast iron pan set to medium heat, toast the chiles for 20-30 seconds on each side. Be careful not to burn them, or the sauce will be bitter.
  2. Bring a medium pot of water to a boil and drop in the chiles and the tomatoes. Lower heat and simmer for 15 min.
  3. Remove chiles and tomatoes from the soaking liquid and place in the blender with garlic, onion, and 1 ½ cups of the chile soaking liquid. Season with salt and pepper, and process until smooth and strain. Set aside.

To make the patties:

  1. In a large bowl combine the zucchini, garlic powder, smoked paprika, chickpea flour, ground mustard, nori powder, and salt. Mix well with your hand and let sit for 5 min. Mix again.
  2. Grease with preferred cooking oil (optional) then scoop out 1/4 cup of the zucchini mixture at a time into the pan. Cook for about 3 minutes on each side, until light golden brown. Set aside.
  3. Set a large saute pan to medium heat and pour in the sauce. Add cilantro sprig and let it simmer for 5-6 minutes. Add cooked nopales, stir, and adjust seasoning. Add the patties into the sauce and serve with rice.

Chef's Notes

  • To cook nopales, bring a large pot of water to a boil with salt and a cilantro sprig. Add nopales and cook until tender for about 8 minutes. Drain the nopales and rinse them immediately with cold water. Let them drain for a couple of minutes and now they are ready to use.
  • The patties will seem like they are too soft in the middle, but as they cool down they will firm up.
  • I only added 1 tsp. of nori powder, but if you want the patties to be very fishy you can add more. I made the nori powder by placing 3 sheets of nori (for sushi) in my blender and processing it into a coarse powder. You can also use dulse flakes.
  • I added chile de arbol, because I like mine spicy, but you can omit them or add more.

 

Nutrition Facts
Vegan Tortitas de Camaron
Amount Per Serving
Calories 135 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 2g 3%
Sodium 277mg 12%
Potassium 689mg 20%
Total Carbohydrates 23g 8%
Dietary Fiber 6g 24%
Sugars 8g
Protein 7g 14%
Vitamin A 49.7%
Vitamin C 29.4%
Calcium 11.6%
Iron 11.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Fideo soup is what Mexican childhood memories are made of. It is a warm comforting soup made with a tangy tomato base and golden brown noodles. It is so popular with moms because it is very easy to make, and kids love it because what kid doesn’t like noodles?

How to Make Sopa de Fideo

So what makes a sopa de fideo authentic?? I think the only true answer to this would be, that the most authentic sopa de fideo is the one your mamá used to make. So go ahead and ask her for the recipe!! Though I find that every cook adds their own touch to it, some may add cilantro, chipotle or jalapeños. There are also several variations of sopa de fideo that are well-known like sopa de fideo con frijoles, sopa de fideo with albondigas, and sopa seca de fideo. 

Regardless of how your mom makes it or the different variations, the base of this soup consists of blending tomatoes, onion, garlic, and broth and pouring that over very thin noodles that have been sauteed until golden brown. More vegetable broth is added then everything is simmered until tender.

I like to add zucchini to mine for nutritional purposes, but my mom never added zucchini to hers. My mom usually made hers a sopa de letras, using alphabet pasta instead of angel hair to make it fun for us. To make this vegan, I simply used vegetable stock instead of chicken stock.

The Recipe: Fideo Soup

  • For this version, I used canned tomatoes because tomatoes are not in season right now. If it’s summer I recommend you use fresh tomatoes.
  • You can add zucchini, carrots, beans or potatoes to this for higher nutritional value.
  • You can also make this soup using alphabet pasta to make sopa de letras.
  • To make this recipe without oil set the pot to medium-low heat and add the noodles. Dry toast the noodles until golden brown stirring constantly, about 3 minutes. Continue with the rest of the recipe as written.
  •  I like to add a sprig of cilantro with the zucchini, but that is completely optional.
  • For a lot of us, the food memory of this soup is associated with the flavor that knorr chicken flavor bouillon gives to the soup. To substitute this, I recommend using Better than Bouillon No Chicken Base.

 

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Sopa de Fideo (Mexican Noodle Soup)

How to Make Sopa de Fideo? It is a warm comforting soup made with a tangy tomato base and golden brown noodles. Kids love it!!
Course Soup
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword fideo soup, mexican noodle soup, sopa de fideo
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 servings
289 kcal
Author Dora S.

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp. Oil (optional)
  • 8 oz. Angel hair pasta or whole wheat thin spaghetti, broken into 1 in. pieces
  • 1 can (14.5 oz) Diced tomatoes or 2 cups of fresh diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 Onion, white, chopped
  • 3 Garlic cloves, peeled
  • 10 cups Vegetable stock
  • 1 Mexican zucchini, diced
  • 1 Lime, cut into quarters

Preparation

  1. In a medium pot get your vegetable stock boiling hot and set aside.
  2. Set a large pot to medium heat and add oil. Once the oil is hot add broken up noodles and toss to coat in oil. Continue to cook until noodles are golden brown, about 3 minutes.

  3. While the noodles are browning, place the tomatoes, onion, garlic, and 2 cups of the vegetable stock in the blender and process until smooth.
  4. Strain this mixture directly into the golden noodles still in the hot pot. Stir to prevent the noodles from sticking.
  5. Let mixture simmer for 1 minute. Add the rest of your stock and set heat to high. Add zucchini and cook noodles at a low boil until noodles are al dente and zucchini is tender. Stir often. Season.

  6. Serve with a wedge of lime so everyone can add as much lime juice as they like. 

Chef's Notes

  • For this version, I used canned tomatoes because tomatoes are not in season right now. If it's summer I recommend you use fresh tomatoes.
  • You can add zucchini, carrots, beans or potatoes to this for higher nutritional value.
  • You can also make this soup using alphabet pasta to make sopa de letras.
  • To make this recipe without oil set the pot to medium-low heat and add the noodles. Dry toast the noodles until golden brown stirring constantly, about 3 minutes. Continue with the rest of the recipe as written.
  •  I like to add a sprig of cilantro with the zucchini, but that is completely optional.
  • For a lot of us, the food memory of this soup is associated with the flavor that knorr chicken flavor bouillon gives to the soup. To substitute this, I recommend using Better than Bouillon No Chicken Base
Nutrition Facts
Sopa de Fideo (Mexican Noodle Soup)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 289 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4g 6%
Sodium 2358mg 98%
Potassium 283mg 8%
Total Carbohydrates 53g 18%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 8g
Protein 8g 16%
Vitamin A 27%
Vitamin C 12.7%
Calcium 2.7%
Iron 5.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Are you looking for more Mexican soup recipes?? Try this pozole verde, pozole rojo, vegan tortilla soup, vegan caldo de res, and this vegan albóndiga soup. 

 

This Vegan Tres Leches cake is nothing short of a dream. A dream come true!! A sweet vanilla cake is soaked in almond, macadamia, and oat milk, covered in silky coconut whipped cream, then topped with strawberries.

Glass bowl filled with the ingredients to make vegan tres leches cake

I had avoided veganizing this recipe for so long, thinking that I couldn’t possibly get it right or that I had to make vegan condensed milk, and who has time to make vegan condensed milk?? I don’t know why, but inspiration finally hit and this vegan version of homemade tres leches cake was born.

Tres leches cake batter in a glass bowl with a blue whisk

What is Tres Leches Cake?

Tres leches (three milks) cake is traditionally a vanilla sponge cake soaked in condensed milk, evaporated milk, and cream (media crema). It is topped with whipped cream and berries or assorted fruit, and sometimes cinnamon. On occasion, rum or rompope (a sort of Mexican eggnog) is added to the milk mixture. To make this vegan I decided to use almond, macadamia nut, and oat milk. The combination proved to be ridiculously good!

Tres leches cake resting on a rack

Tres Leches Cake History

This is a tricky one. Some say that tres leches cake originated in Nicaragua, but Mexico certainly claims it as its own, and Cuba and Puerto Rico have their own versions of well. Tres leches cake became popular in Latin America in the 19th century, possibly due to Nestle publishing a recipe in the back of its cans of condensed milk. They, however, did not invent it, even before then you can find various versions of milk-soaked cakes way before the 19th century. Without a doubt, there is some influence of European colonization, thus there are some who believe tres leches is a new world version of  European milk soaked cakes topped with cream, like tiramisu.

Milk being poured on tres leches cake in a red baking dish

 

The Challenges of Making an Authentic Tres Leches Cake Vegan

It wasn’t as difficult as I had imagined, because I decided to completely leave out the condensed milk. Instead, I combined three plant-based milks with sugar and reduce the liquid by 1/3. The cake itself was the biggest challenge. The cake needed to be dry or maybe not dry, but at least not overly moist. The omnivore version is made without oil and mostly eggs which presented a huge problem in the vegan version. After 4 tries I came up with a cake that is dry enough to absorb the milk, but strong enough to not become mush instantly.

A slice taken out of a tres leches cake in a red baking dish

I tried 2 types of coconut whipped cream. I decided not to make my own but go with a store-bought option. First I tried So Delicious Coco Whip which turned out too sweet and heavy for my taste for this cake. I settled with Reddi-whip’s Coconut Whipped Topping which is light and airy, and not too sweet.

Tres leches cake on a white plate topped with a sliced strawberry

 

The Recipe: Vegan Tres Leches Cake

  • It’s very important to make the cake the day before so you can let it sit out and dry out a little bit.
  • This cake is not meant to be eaten without soaking in milk!! You’ve been warned.
  • I used almond, macadamia nut, and oat milk, but you can use any combination you prefer. If you like coconut, I suggest coconut milk.
  • Top with strawberries or assorted berries. The acid in the berries cut the sweetness of the cake.
  • This cake will not keep for more than a day, it will get too mushy, so try to eat it all in one day.
  • If you want to make your own whipped topping I recommend this recipe.
  • Enjoy!!

Tres leches cake on a white plate topped with a sliced strawberry

Tres leches cake on a white plate topped with a sliced strawberry
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Vegan Tres Leches Cake

This Vegan Tres Leches cake is nothing short of a dream. A dream come true!! A sweet vanilla cake is soaked in almond, macadamia, and oat milk, covered in silky coconut whipped cream, then topped with strawberries.
Course Dessert
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword tres leches cake, vegan mexican recipes
Resting Time 10 hours
Total Time 2 hours
Servings 10 Servings
299 kcal
Author Dora S.

Ingredients

Cake:

  • 1 ½ cups Almond milk, unsweetened
  • 1 ½ tsp. White vinegar
  • 2 tsp. Vanilla extract
  • 2 ¼ cups All-purpose flour
  • ¾ tsp. Baking soda
  • 1 ½ cups Sugar, granulated
  • ½ tsp. Salt

Milk Syrup:

  • 1 cup Almond milk, unsweetened
  • 1 cup Macadamia nut milk, unsweetened
  • 1 cup Oat milk, unsweetened
  • ½ cup Sugar, granulated

Whipped Topping:

  • 2 cans Reddi-whip Coconut Whipped Topping
  • 1 pint Strawberries, hulled and sliced

Preparation

To make the cake

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line the bottom of a 9 x 13” baking dish with parchment paper and lightly grease with vegetable oil.
  2. In a medium bowl combine the almond milk, vinegar, and vanilla. Mix well. Let sit for 5 min.
  3. In a large bowl combine the flour, baking soda, sugar, and salt. Mix well.
  4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, and mix with a whisk until you have a smooth batter.
  5. Pour the batter into the baking dish and bake in the middle rack of the oven, for 30-35 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.

  6. Remove from oven. Let cake cool, and remove from baking dish. Remove parchment paper and let cake cool completely on a rack. Leave it out at room temperature without covering it, overnight.

To make the milk syrup

  1. While your cake is baking. Combine the three milks and sugar in a medium sauce pot. Bring to a simmer and let cook for 20 min. Remove from heat and let cool in the refrigerator until ready to use. You should have about 2 cups of milk syrup.

Assembly

  1. The following day, using a serrated knife, gently cut the dome off the top of your cake. Poke the surface of the cake several times with a fork or a steak knife.

  2. Place your cake inside of the baking dish and pour milk syrup over it as evenly as possible. Place in your fridge and let cake soak for 30 min.

  3. When you’re ready to serve, top the cake with the coconut whipped topping and spread with a spatula. (Don’t add the whipped topping to the cake unless you’re ready to serve it.)

  4. Arrange the sliced strawberries on top of the whipped topping and serve.

Chef's Notes

It's very important to make the cake the day before so you can let it sit out and dry out a little bit.

• This cake is not meant to be eaten without soaking in milk!! You've been warned.

• I used almond, macadamia nut, and oat milk, but you can use any combination you prefer. If you like coconut, I suggest coconut milk.

• Top with strawberries or assorted berries. The acid in the berries cut the sweetness of the cake.

• This cake will not keep for more than a day, it will get too mushy, so try to eat it all in one day.

• If you want to make your own whipped topping I recommend this recipe.

Nutrition Facts
Vegan Tres Leches Cake
Amount Per Serving (1 slice)
Calories 299 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g 2%
Sodium 306mg 13%
Potassium 114mg 3%
Total Carbohydrates 67g 22%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 44g
Protein 3g 6%
Vitamin A 1.1%
Vitamin C 33.7%
Calcium 12.1%
Iron 9.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

These are Guanajuato’s famous Vegan Potato Enchiladas (Enchiladas Mineras) filled with a sautéed onion and mushroom mix, smothered in a guajillo enchilada sauce, and topped with tender potatoes and carrots, crema, shredded lettuce, and jalapeños en escabeche.

tofu crema in blender for vegan potato enchiladas

 

Enchiladas are one of those Mexican dishes that have an infinite number of variations depending on the region. These easy vegan enchiladas are called enchiladas mineras or miner’s enchiladas, because Guanajuato was once the world’s silver-extraction center (18th century). Guanajuato is a state in central Mexico, its capital, the city of Guanajuato is a UNESCO world heritage site, famous for its beautiful examples of Baroque architecture.

White strainer full of cooked diced potatoes and carrots

This recipe is part of an amazing project called Our Vegan Mexico, where 32 talented cooks will be showcasing, right here on Dora’s Table, 32 vegan Mexican recipes. Each recipe will be representing one state of the Mexican union.

Cast iron pan with sauteed mushrooms for vegan potato enchiladas

With this project, I am hoping to encourage the Mexican community in the U.S., and the people of my country to take a chance and make the change to a plant-based diet. This recipe is representing Guanajuato and is the creation of Enrique Rodriquez, here he tells you a bit of his story:

Sauce pot filled with red enchilada sauce and a wooden spoon showing the sauce

My name is Enrique Rodriguez and I’m from the city of Irapuato in the state of Guanajuato, and I have been vegan for more than 4 years. Ever since I was a child I wondered what vegetarianism was all about and always declared myself a lover of animals. So much so, that I stopped eating fish, because my first pets were fish, except for tuna in a can, probably because I couldn’t see the fish’s corpse, hahaha.

vegan potato enchiladas topped with carrots, potatoes, lettuce, and crema in a large blue bowl

As an adult, I met a group of animal activists in Irapuato, and that’s how it all started. I began researching veganism and in one week I stopped eating all animal products. It was easy for me, since I didn’t really like eating meat to begin with, and I learned to substitute it with beans and vegetables such as garbanzos, lentils, mushrooms, etc. My love for cooking and animals grew, and I began to veganize every recipe I came across, and now this lifestyle will accompany me forever.

 

vegan potato enchiladas topped with carrots, potatoes, lettuce, and crema in a large blue bowl

 

The Recipe: Vegan Potato Enchiladas (Enchiladas Mineras)

Traditionally this recipe uses quite a bit of oil. I have opted for a healthier version, but if you don’t mind the oil you can follow the traditional methods. To do so, after dipping the tortilla in the sauce fry them lightly in a large sauteé pan with 1 tbsp. of oil. Fill the tortilla then fold in half. In the same pan you fried the tortillas fry the potato and carrots.

If you are allergic to nuts you can make a tofu crema by blending: 1 lb. of silken tofu, 2 tbsp. lemon juice, 1 clove of garlic, 1/3 cup of water or unsweetened almond milk, 1 tsp. of nutritional yeast, and salt and pepper to taste.

The enchilada sauce is not very spicy, so if you like spicy food add 1 to 2 chiles de arbol to the sauce.

vegan potato enchiladas topped with carrots, potatoes, lettuce, and crema in a large blue bowl
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Vegan Potato Enchiladas (Enchiladas Mineras)

These are Guanajuato’s famous Vegan Potato Enchiladas (Enchiladas Mineras) filled with a sautéed onion and mushroom mix, smothered in a guajillo enchilada sauce, and topped with tender potatoes and carrots, crema, shredded lettuce, and jalapeños en escabeche.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword easy enchiladas, vegan enchiladas, vegan mexican recipes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Dora S.

Ingredients

  • 2 Medium Idaho potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 4 Medium carrots, peeled, and cubed

Enchilada Sauce

  • 15 Dried Guajillo chiles, stems and seed removed
  • 2 cloves Garlic
  • ¼ tsp. Ground cumin
  • ½ tsp. Mexican oregano, dried

Filling

  • 1 lb. Cremini, oyster or maitake mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 Onion, large, thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 2 cups Favorite shredded vegan cheese (optional)
  • 12 Corn tortillas

Garnish

  • Almond Crema
  • Jalapeños en Escabeche, sliced
  • 2 cups Shredded romaine or iceberg lettuce

Preparation

To make the enchilada sauce

  1. On a skillet or comal set to medium heat, toast the guajillo chiles for a couple seconds on each side.
  2. Place the chiles in a large bowl and cover with boiling water. Let sit for 10 minutes.
  3. Place the soaked chiles, garlic, cumin, oregano, and 2 cups of the chile soaking liquid and process until smooth. Strain and season with salt and pepper. Set aside.

For the filling

  1. Add ¼ cup of water or vegetable stock to a large sauté pan set to medium-high heat. Add mushrooms and sauté for 5-6 minutes, or until almost all the moisture has evaporated from the mushrooms and they are beginning to brown. Add more liquid if necessary.
  2. Add the onion and garlic and continue cooking until the onion is tender and translucent about 6 more minutes. Add more liquid as necessary. Season with salt and pepper and set aside.
  3. Place potatoes in a medium saucepot with cold water and salt. Bring to a low simmer and let cook for 5 minutes, add carrots and let cook for 3 to 4 minutes more or until the potatoes and carrots are tender. Strain and set aside.

Assembly

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.

  2. Bring enchilada sauce to a very low simmer in a medium saucepot, dip a tortilla in the warm sauce, very quickly, and place on a plate. Fill with mushroom mixture and vegan cheese and fold the tortilla over. Place on serving platter. Repeat this process with the rest of the tortillas.

  3. Pour some extra sauce on top of the enchiladas and spread with a spoon. Place in oven for 5 to 6 minutes to melt the vegan cheese. (You can omit this step if you’re not using cheese).

  4. Remove from oven. Top enchiladas with the potato-carrot mixture, shredded lettuce, jalapeños en escabeche, and drizzle crema on top and serve.

Chef's Notes

Traditionally this recipe uses quite a bit of oil. I have opted for a healthier version, but if you don’t mind the oil you can follow the traditional methods. To do so, after dipping the tortilla in the sauce fry them lightly in a large sauteé pan with 1 tbsp. of oil. Fill the tortilla then fold in half. In the same pan you fried the tortillas fry the potato and carrots.

If you are allergic to nuts you can make a tofu crema by blending: 1 lb. of silken tofu, 2 tbsp. lemon juice, 1 clove of garlic, 1/3 cup of water or unsweetened almond milk, 1 tsp. of nutritional yeast, and salt and pepper to taste.

The enchilada sauce is not very spicy, so if you like spicy food add 1 to 2 chiles de arbol to the sauce. 

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Is there a dish more Mexican than mole poblano? For hundreds of years it has been the pride of Mexican gastronomy, but what is mole poblano?? Mole is a traditional Mexican sauce with over 18 different ingredients. It is a not a chocolate sauce!! Though chocolate is one of the ingredients. The combination of flavors is unlike anything you have ever eaten, and the richness and depth of the sauce is remarkable.

Ingredients for mole poblano recipe displayed on a dark wooden board

There are several varieties of mole, but today we will be making mole poblano, which as the name states is from the Mexican state of Puebla. This version is of course vegan! It’s really important to mention this because not all of the mole pastes you can buy at the grocery store or markets are vegan. Some are made with lard and chicken stock, so it’s always best to check the ingredients.

Large stainless steel bowl filled with dry chiles soaking in water

Onions, tomatoes, and garlic simmering in water in a pot for mole poblano recipe

History of Mole Poblano

Mole is a dish with pre-Hispanic roots, mentioned in Bernardino de Sahagún’s General History of Things of New Spain (1569). In the manuscript it is mentioned that a stew was served to Monctezuma made with chilies, tomatoes, and ground pumpkin seeds. Also, the name “mulli” was given to several types of sauces, and it is thought that moles were prepared as an offering to the gods.

nuts, bread, tortillas, sesame seed and spices in a cast iron pan

During colonial times two myths arise about the origin of mole poblano. My favorite is the story of the convent of Santa Rosa de Lima. It is said that mole poblano originated in the convent around 1685 by Sor. Andrea de la Asunción. Sor. Andrea was very famous for her skills in the kitchens of the convent and was asked to make a special dinner for the bishop Don Manuel Fernandez de Santa Cruz and the viceroy Conde de Paredes and Marques de la Laguna.

Soaked chiles in blender for mole poblano recipe

She selected a variety of ingredients for her special dish, chiles, bitter chocolate, sesame, anise, cloves, almonds, peanuts, and pumpkin seeds. Everything was ground in the metate and mole poblano was born. However, it is unlikely that this story is true, since there is proof of mole’s prehispanic origins, but perhaps this nun added her own special touch to this dish.Pureed chiles in blender

 

Our Vegan Mexico

This recipe is part of an amazing project called Our Vegan Mexico, where 32 talented cooks will be showcasing, right here on Dora’s Table, 32 vegan Mexican recipes. Each recipe will be representing one state of the Mexican union.

Nut sauce in blender

With this project, I am hoping to encourage the Mexican community in the U.S., and the people of my country to take a chance and make the change to a plant-based diet. This recipe, which is representing the state of Puebla, is the creation of Chantall Vigueras of @mamavegetal here she tells you a bit of her story.

Piloncillo, chocolate, and bouillon cubes in a large pot

 

Chantall’s Story

In 2010 vegetarianism came to my life, because I believed that it wasn’t necessary to eat animals in order to live at their expense, but I still consumed fish and cheese without knowing everything that was behind their production. At that time I didn’t know much, but I began learning along the way.  In 2015 Chantall Vegetal was born promoting the philosophy of veganism. I’ve been veganizing and creating dishes for almost five years! My love for cooking, the planet, and life without violence were what prompted me to want to share this lifestyle. I want to encourage and help others include more plant-based foods in their day to day life with my content, which I create with love.

 

Clay pot filled with mole poblano

 Mole Poblano Recipe

  • This recipe is time-consuming but not complicated at all!!
  • The recipe makes mole paste, which you can freeze or save in the fridge for later use. To use the paste all you need to do is add enough vegetable stock to get it to the right consistency and let it simmer for a couple of minutes, then serve.
  • You can make enmoladas with this or serve it over potatoes, chayote, and zucchini with rice.
  • If you want to make this without oil you can toast the ingredients, that were meant to be fried, in the oven until a dark golden Brown.
  • There were some chiles I couldn’t find easily and I purchased these on Amazon: Chile Mulato and chile chipotle.

 

Enmoladas in a clay plate surrounded by mole ingredients

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Is there a dish more Mexican this mole poblano recipe? Mole is a traditional Mexican sauce with over 18 different ingredients!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword mole poblano, vegan mexican
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 12 servings
394 kcal
Author Dora S.

Ingredients

Mole Poblano Paste

  • 7 Ancho chiles
  • 6 Mulato Chiles
  • 6 Pasilla Chiles
  • 3 Chipotle chiles dried
  • 1 Onion, small
  • 2-3 Roma tomatoes
  • 3 cloves Garlic
  • 2/3 cup Raisins
  • ¾ cup Raw peanuts, unsalted
  • 2/3 cup Almonds
  • 1/3 cup Pumpkin seeds (pepitas)
  • 1/3 cup Sesame seeds
  • 2 Corn tortillas, cut into fourths
  • 1 Bolillo, a couple of days old, sliced
  • 1 Ripe plantain, peeled sliced
  • 1 stick Ceylon cinnamon broken into pieces
  • 3 Whole cloves
  • ½ tsp. Anise seed
  • ½ cone Piloncillo
  • 1 tablet Mexican chocolate (Ibarra)
  • 1 L Water or vegetable stock
  • 2 Vegetable bouillon cubes (optional)
  • 1 tsp. Black peppercorns
  • Olive oil or avocado oil

ENMOLADAS

  • Corn Tortillas
  • 8 oz. Mushrooms, sliced
  • ¼ Onion, thinly sliced

Garnish for Enmoladas

  • Toasted sesame seeds
  • Crumbled tofu
  • Thin onion slices
  • Avocado

Preparation

MOLE POBLANO PASTE

  1. Clean, and remove the seeds and stems from the dried chiles. Using a comal or cast iron pan set to médium heat toast the chiles. Be careful not to burn them or the sauce will be bitter. Once they are lightly toasted submerge them in a pot full of boiling wáter and let soak for 20 minutes.
  2. While the chiles are soaking, bring a médium pot of water to a simmer and add the tomato, onion, and garlic. Simmer for about 6-7 minutes or until the tomates begin to lose their skins and the onion is tender. Drain and set aside.
  3. Once the chiles are soft and pliable, place them in the blender with 1 cup of water or some of the soaking liquid. Blend until smooth. Strain and set aside.
  4. Heat a large saute pan to médium-high heat and add vegetable oil. Fry the raisins, pumpkin seeds, peanuts, almonds, tortilla, bolillo, and plantain one at a time until deep golden brown, almost burnt!
  5. Place all of the fried ingredients in the blender with the cinnamon stick, clove, anise seed, black peppercorns, and sesame seeds. Add 1 cup of water and blend. Add as much water as necessary to get your blender to process all of the ingredients into a smooth thick sauce. Strain and set aside.
  6. In a large pot (preferably clay), set to médium heat, add ½ cup of water, piloncillo, vegetable bouillon and Mexican chocolate. Stir constantly until it dissolves.
  7. Add the chile mixture and the nut-bread mixture, and mix well to incorpórate. Season to taste with salt and pepper if needed.
  8. Continue mixing constantly with a wooden spoon and bring to a low simmer. Simmer for 15 minutes and recheck seasoning. Let cool in pot. Now it is ready to use or store.

MOLE POBLANO ENMOLADAS

  1. Place 1 cup of the mole paste in a médium sauce pot. Add ½ cup of water or vegetable stock and bring to a low simmer. Stir to incorpórate. Add more liquid if necesary to get the right consistency.
  2. In a large saute pan, saute the onions and mushrooms until golden brown. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Soften your corn tortillas by heating them briefly in the oven or microwave until the roll easily.
  4. Fill the tortillas with the mushroom mixture and roll. Place on a plate and pour mole sauce on top of them.
  5. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and top with sliced onions, avocado and crumbled tofu.

Chef's Notes

This recipe is time consuming but not complicated at all!!

• The recipe makes mole paste, which you can freeze or sabe in the fridge for later use. To use the paste all you need to do is add enough vegetable stock to get it to the right consistency and let it simmer for a couple of minutes, then serve.

• You can make enmoladas with this or serve it over potatoes, chayote and zucchini with rice. • If you want to make this without oil you can toast the ingredients, that were meant to be fried, in the oven until a dark golden brown.

• There were some chiles I couldn’t find easily and I purchased those on Amazon: chile mulato and chile chipotle.

Nutrition Facts
Vegan Mole Poblano Recipe and Enmoladas
Amount Per Serving
Calories 394 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 13g 20%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Sodium 168mg 7%
Potassium 795mg 23%
Total Carbohydrates 40g 13%
Dietary Fiber 11g 44%
Sugars 14g
Protein 9g 18%
Vitamin A 131.8%
Vitamin C 15.8%
Calcium 9.2%
Iron 23%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

These vegan meatballs are made with a mixture of black beans, rice, and sautéed mushrooms and served in a   tomato and chile ancho broth. They are ridiculously easy to make and they are one of those meals that remind you of long afternoons sitting at your abuela’s table eating as a family. (If you’re looking for more meaty vegan meatballs you can try these.)

Sauted mushroom in a large saute pan

This recipe is part of an amazing project called Our Vegan Mexico, where 32 talented cooks will be showcasing, right here on Dora’s Table, 32 vegan Mexican recipes. Each recipe will be representing one state of the Mexican union.

Roasted tomatoes, onion, dried peppers, and garlic in a cast iron pan

With this project, I am hoping to encourage the Mexican community in the U.S., and the people of my country to take a chance and make the change to a plant-based diet. This recipe, which is representing the state of Durango, is the creation of Gaby from @unamamavegana, here she tells you a bit of her story.

bread crumbs, mushrooms, rice, and beans in a food processor

Gaby’s Story:

Many people ask me why I am vegan. On March 2015 my husband, then 40 years old, underwent a complicated open-heart surgery. A hereditary medical condition, of which he wasn’t aware of, completely blocked 2 of his arteries. We lived a very difficult stage as a family.

Ingredients mixed in a food processor

My children were so little, and their dad was very young. It was a case that the doctors just couldn’t believe. Fortunately, everything went well, and my husband drastically changed his habits and began to take great care of himself. Shortly after, I was diagnosed with several autoimmune diseases and the doctors recommended a Mediterranean anti-inflammatory diet as part of my treatment.

vegan meatballs in a cast iron pan

So three years ago we hardly ate meat, and shortly before last summer, he decided to become vegan, and I told him,” Yes, I’ll do it with you!”  Because it’s what I can do from my trench, it’s how I can take care of him because I love him, and it’s also how I can motivate and encourage him. From there on everything came naturally, it became a decision and commitment that we made as a family, very convinced that we are on the right path.

Tomato chile broth in a stain less steel sauce pot

The Recipe: Mexican Vegan Meatballs in Tomato Chile Broth

The cuisine of Durango has a very defined mestizo quality. Its gastronomy has a strong pre-Hispanic and Spanish heritage. Because of its location in the northwest of the country, Durango sheltered in its desert lands semi-nomadic peoples, this characteristic that led them to dehydrate their food for transportation. Among them meat, chiles, and fruits.

4 vegan meatballs in a clay bowl on a blue kitchen towel

Reading a little about their typical dishes, I wanted to find a recipe that would rescue their mestizo identity. Rice and beans are key ingredients, and the mushrooms replace the meat. The figs and mint will give the perfect touch to these meatballs.

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Mexican Vegan Meatballs in Tomato Chile Broth

Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword black beans, mushrooms, vegan meatballs
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 people
422 kcal
Author Dora S.

Ingredients

Meatballs:

  • 7 oz. Sliced cremini mushrooms (about 10 mushrooms)
  • 2 cups Cooked white rice
  • 2 cups Cooked black beans, drained
  • 1 srpig Fresh mint, finely chopped
  • 5 Dried figs, finely chopped
  • 1 1/4 cups Bread crumbs, adjust for consistency
  • 1 tsp. Salt

For the broth:

  • 5 Tomatoes, medium size
  • 1/2 White onion, medium size
  • 1 clove Garlic,
  • 2 Ancho chiles, deseeded
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 cup Water or vegetable broth
  • 1 tsp. Olive oil

Preparation

To make the meatballs:

  1. Heat a large sauté pan to medium-high heat, add a little bit of oil (optional), and sauté mushrooms until golden brown, about 6-7 minutes. Remove mushrooms from pan and set aside.

  2. Using a food processor, mix the mushrooms, rice, black beans, figs, mint, bread crumbs, and salt. Pulse a couple of times until everything incorporated together, but is not completely mashed. Try to preserve some of the texture of the beans and rice.
  3. Shape the mix into equal sized balls. In the same sauté pan, set to medium heat, brown the meatballs in a little bit of oil until golden brown all over. (You can also bake them at 375°F for 20 to 30 min, flipping them half-way through.)

To make the tomato chile broth:

  1. In a comal or cast-iron skillet set to médium-high heat, dry roast the tomato, chiles, garlic, and onion until they have dark spots all over.
  2. Add the tomato, chile, garlic, onion, and vegetable broth to the blender and process until you have a smooth broth. Strain.
  3. In a medium sauce pot heat 1 tsp. of olive oil. Add the tomato broth and let simmer for 5 minutes or until it changes to a dark red color and slightly thickens. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

  4. Serve your meatballs in the tomato chile broth.
Nutrition Facts
Mexican Vegan Meatballs in Tomato Chile Broth
Amount Per Serving
Calories 422 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4g 6%
Sodium 1306mg 54%
Potassium 968mg 28%
Total Carbohydrates 81g 27%
Dietary Fiber 13g 52%
Sugars 13g
Protein 16g 32%
Vitamin A 28.1%
Vitamin C 31.1%
Calcium 13.4%
Iron 23.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

 

This salsa molcajeteada combines pan roasted tomatoes, garlic, and peppers to make a spicy and hearty salsa. They are ground down in an authentic Mexican molcajete. It is a staple in all Mexican homes, super easy to make, even if you don’t have a molcajete, and it adds a perfect touch of spiciness to any meal.

Charred tomatoes, peppers, and onion in a sheet tray lined with foil.

This recipe is from our housekeeper Polita, or I should say my parents’ housekeeper. I wish I had a housekeeper!!! She has worked with us for over 20 yrs. She was my nanny, as well as the house cook, and seamstress. Over the years she has become more of a companion for my mother and a beloved part of our family.

Garlic in a molcajete for salsa molcajeteada

Garlic ground to a paste in the molcajete

Let me tell you she likes her salsa hot!! She makes it in my mom’s molcajete, which I desperately tried to get here to give to me, but she refused. I can have it when she’s dead, she said. Because of this I had to buy a molcajete from Sur la Table!! It’s actually harder than you would think to find a good quality molcajete in the US. It might be easier now from Amazon than a couple of years ago.

Peppers ground to a paste in the molcajete

Be careful of cheap molcajetes because they might be made with cement and not volcanic stone. There are ways to tell if your molcajete is made with cement or volcanic rock. Usually a molcajete made with cement will not release any grit or if it does it will be a fine powder. A real volcanic rock molcajete will release grit into your food until it is properly seasoned.

Two tomatoes on top of chile puree in the molcajete

Once you determine that your molcajete is real, you will have to season it, unless you bought it already seasoned. To season it you basically have to grind a mixture of rice and a little bit of water, over and over again until the paste comes out white. You can see step-by-step instructions here.

Salsa molcajeteada in a large molcajete surrounded by tomatoes, cilantro, and garlic

Now you’re all set! When I use the molcajete to make salsa I feel so connected to my roots and my people. I don’t know if it’s the repetitive motion that gets you thinking, but just to think that hundreds of years have passed, and I can still make salsa the way my great-great grandma did is something truly special.

making salsa

 

The Recipe: Salsa Molcajeteada

  • Warning!! This salsa is hot. If you would like a medium heat to your salsa omit the serrano peppers. If you can find them use chilaca peppers instead of anaheim.
  • To make this recipe even quicker you can place your peppers, tomatoes, garlic, and onion under your oven broiler set to HIGH until they are charred. Be sure to flip them halfway through so they char evenly.
  • If you do not have a molcajete you can use a blender or food processor. Simply place all the cooked ingredients in the machine and pulse until the desired consistency is reached. I prefer it on the chunky side.
  • Enjoy!!

Salsa molcajeteada in a large molcajete surrounded by tomatoes, cilantro, and garlic

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Salsa Molcajeteada

This salsa molcajeteada combines pan roasted tomatoes, garlic, and peppers to make a spicy and hearty salsa. Made in an authentic molcajete.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword authentic mexican salsa, molcajete salsa
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 2 cups
99 kcal
Author Dora Stone

Ingredients

  • 3 Plum tomatoes, small
  • 1 Beefsteak tomato
  • 1/4 White onion
  • 3 cloves Garlic, unpeeled
  • 1 Poblano Pepper
  • 1 Anaheim pepper
  • 1 Jalapeño
  • 2 Serrano Peppers
  • 1/2 tsp. Salt (plus more as needed)
  • 1/4 cup Chopped cilantro

Preparation

  1. Cut off the stems of the peppers and the tops of the tomatoes. 

  2. Heat a griddle or cast iron pan to high heat. Place all of the peppers, tomatoes, and garlic on griddle until they become soft and slightly blackened, about 7-10 min. (See note)

  3. Flip peppers, tomatoes, and garlic and continue to char for another 5- 7 minutes. (The garlic will be done before the peppers are finished cooking. Simply remove them from the griddle.)

  4. Remove ingredients from griddle and set aside. Peel most of the dark burnt skin off of the tomatoes and chiles. You can leave a little bit for the smoky flavor. Peel the garlic. 

  5. To start grinding ingredients in molcajete, place 1/2 tsp. of salt and the garlic in the molcajete. Grind down until a thick paste has been made. 

  6. Add the pepper and grind down one by one until you have the desired consistency. Add the tomatoes one by one and keep grinding. Chop the onion and add it to the molcajete with the cilantro. Season to taste and serve. 

  7. If you do not have a molcajete you can use a blender or food processor. Simply place all the cooked ingredients in the machine and pulse until the desired consistency is reached. I prefer it on the chunky side.

Chef's Notes

Warning!! This salsa is hot. If you would like a medium heat to your salsa omit the serrano peppers. If you can find them use chilaca peppers instead of anaheim. 

To make this recipe even quicker you can place your peppers, tomatoes, garlic, and onion under your oven broiler set to HIGH until they are charred. Be sure to flip them halfway through so they char evenly.

If you do not have a molcajete you can use a blender or food processor. Simply place all the cooked ingredients in the machine and pulse until the desired consistency is reached. I prefer it on the chunky side.

Nutrition Facts
Salsa Molcajeteada
Amount Per Serving
Calories 99
% Daily Value*
Sodium 115mg 5%
Potassium 1000mg 29%
Total Carbohydrates 22g 7%
Dietary Fiber 6g 24%
Sugars 12g
Protein 4g 8%
Vitamin A 68.8%
Vitamin C 137.8%
Calcium 5%
Iron 6.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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This Chiapas tofu avocado scramble is a traditional dish gone vegan, from one of Mexico’s southern states. The tofu is scrambled with a mixture of spices, beans, and lightly fried tortillas strips. It is topped with sliced avocado, crema, and pickled jalapeños.

Tofu crumbled into a large glass bowl for making a tofu avocado scramble

This recipe is part of an amazing project called Our Vegan Mexico, where 32 talented cooks will be showcasing, right here on Dora’s Table, 32 vegan Mexican recipes. Each recipe will be representing one state of the Mexican union. With this project, I am hoping to encourage the Mexican community in the U.S., and the people of my country to take a chance and make the change to a plant-based diet.

Spice mixture poured over crumbled tofu in a large glass bowl.

This recipe was created by the talented Alejandra Zavala. Here she is telling you a little bit of her story:

Alejandra’s Story:

I’m Mexican, born in Sonora!! A little more than two years ago my life took a huge turn. An antinuclear antibody test came back positive, and another series of lab tests finally determined the reason for my inexplicable fatigue, constant pain in my body and bones, hair loss, and gradual loss of hearing in my left ear. My immune system was weak, damaged, and my defenses, just like me, were tired. I returned home with many medications, that I was told I would need to take for life and an enormous sadness.

Tofu cooking in a black non-stick saute pan

It was then that my supervisor told me about the benefits of a plant-based lifestyle, and I decided to investigate. It has been only a year since I started nourishing my body on a plant-based diet and I have been reborn! I no longer feel pain or fatigue, my hair is beautiful, and I take zero medication!! Today, a few months from graduating as a holistic nutrition life coach I feel that my life has taken another turn, but this time one of light and health.

Fried tortilla strips added to tofu in black pan

When Dora launched her project to invite our people to try just how delicious eating a plant-based diet can be, my heart jumped for joy! I wanted to make a special dish, and for me, breakfast is something very close to my heart, because it takes me to when I was a little girl and my family sat down on weekends to have breakfast together.

Pinto beans added to tofu in black pan

This Chiapas avocado tofu scramble is very easy to make, full of nutrients and a lot of protein, but above all, it is full of tradition from the state of Chiapas. Mexican cuisine is so versatile that on a plant-based diet you will enjoy it even more!! I hope you like it. With love,  @saucyrabanillo

You can follow Ale on her Instagram @saucyrabanillo 

Tofu avocado scramble on a blue plate with a cup of coffee beside it

The Recipe: Chiapas Tofu Avocado Scramble

  • This recipe will show you step-by-step how to make a tofu scramble, it is really quite easy, and delicious. The recipe doesn’t call for it, but if you can find Indian black salt ( Kala Namak) you can get the tofu to taste like egg, because of the sulfur in the salt.
  • This recipe will be even more delicious if you use homemade beans, but if you don’t have time you can use canned beans without a problem.
  • If you don’t want to use oil, you can bake your tortilla strips.
  • You can use your favorite vegan cheese as a topping for this.
  • If you can’t find or don’t like cashews you can make this almond crema.
  • Enjoy!

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Chiapas Avocado Tofu Scramble

This Chiapas tofu avocado scramble, cooked with spices, beans, and tortillas strips. Topped with avocado, crema, and pickled jalapeños.
Course Breakfast
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword tofu scramble, vegan mexican breakfast
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 servings
388 kcal
Author Dora S.

Ingredients

  • 16 oz. Tofu firm, drained
  • 1 tbsp. Garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp. Onion powder
  • 1 tsp. Nutritional yeast (optional)
  • ¼ tsp. Smoked paprika
  • ¼ tsp. Ground cumin
  • 2 tbsp. Avocado oil, or your oil of preference
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 cup Cooked pinto beans, with some broth
  • 3 Corn tortillas, cut into strips
  • 1 Avocado, sliced
  • Pickled jalapeños
  • 4 slices Vegan cheese (optional)

Cashew Crema

  • ¼ cup Raw cashews
  • 2 tbsp. Lemon juice, fresh
  • 2 tsp. Apple cider vinegar
  • Salt to taste

Preparation

Making the tofu scramble

  1. Crumble the tofu with your hands, until it has the consistency of scrambled eggs. In a small bowl, mix the garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, nutritional yeast, cumin, and salt. Add this spice mixture to the crumbled tofu and mix well.
  2. Heat a medium sauté pan to medium heat. Add 1 tbsp. of oil and cook the tofu until golden brown, about 6 to 7 minutes.
  3. In another sauté pan, set to medium heat, add the remaining tbsp. of oil and add the tortilla strips to the pan. Cook until golden brown and remove from the pan.

  4. Add the soupy beans and crispy tortilla strips to the tofu, and mix well. Season to taste.

  5. Serve topped with slices of vegan cheese, pickled jalapeño peppers, avocado slices, and cashew crema.

To prepare the Cashew Cream

  1. Soak the cashews in ½ cup of water for two hours.
  2. Once the cashews have soaked, place them in the blender with the soaking water, lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, and salt. Process until completely smooth and cream like.

Chef's Notes

  • The recipe doesn’t call for it, but if you can find Indian black salt ( Kala Namak) you can get the tofu to taste like egg, because of the sulfur in the salt.
  • This recipe will be even more delicious if you use homemade beans, but if you don’t have time you can use canned beans without a problem.
  • If you don’t want to use oil, you can bake your tortilla strips.
  • You can use your favorite vegan cheese as a topping for this.
  • If you can’t find or don’t like cashews you can make this almond crema.
Nutrition Facts
Chiapas Avocado Tofu Scramble
Amount Per Serving
Calories 388 Calories from Fat 216
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 24g 37%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Sodium 138mg 6%
Potassium 556mg 16%
Total Carbohydrates 31g 10%
Dietary Fiber 9g 36%
Sugars 2g
Protein 17g 34%
Vitamin A 4.5%
Vitamin C 11%
Calcium 20.7%
Iron 20.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

This Mexican Christmas apple salad is the perfect way to end your Christmas feast. After a meal of Christmas roast, tamales and pozole, this refreshing salad will hit the spot. Crisp apples, pineapple, grapes, and chopped pecans are mixed with a sweet almond crema.

Bowl of sweet cream on a dark wooden surface

This has to be one of my favorite childhood food memories, except that we added marshmallows to ours and it was almost sickly sweet. This healthier version is refreshing and sweetened with maple syrup. We would have this salad on Christmas of course, but my grandmother would make a different version for New Year’s with carrots and raisins which was also delicious. Depending on where in Mexico you are some people add raisins, carrots, celery, and even maraschino cherries.

Glass bowl filled with apples, pineapple, grapes, and pecans.

Traditionally this recipe uses crema or even mayonnaise, but I have made a crema with soaked almonds, water, almond milk, and maple syrup. You can also make the crema with cashews or use your favorite vegan yogurt. I prefer using almonds because they’re more affordable, but they are a bit more work because you have to peel them.

Sweet cream poured over fruit in a glass bowl.

Year after year, the longer I’m vegan the less I miss meat and the more I can appreciate veganizing traditional Mexican recipes and fulfilling all of my childhood food memories in a cruelty-free and healthy way. If you haven’t been vegan for long I just want to let you know that your palate does change, that you do adapt, and that it becomes easier and easier.

Fruit tossed in sweet cream in a glass bowl.

The Recipe: Mexican Christmas Apple Salad

  • As optional ingredients, you can add carrots, raisins or celery.
  • I recommend that you make and eat on the same day.
  • You can use your favorite vegan yogurt to make this recipe even quicker
  • Enjoy!!

 

Mexican Christmas Apple Salad in a glass cup on top of a peach colored napkin

Mexican Christmas Apple Salad in a glass cup
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Mexican Christmas Apple Salad

Mexican Christmas Apple Salad, crisp apples, pineapple, grapes, and chopped pecans are mixed with a sweet almond crema.
Course Dessert
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword mexican fruit salad, vegan mexican christmas
Total Time 1 day
Servings 6 servings
189 kcal
Author Dora S.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups Diced gala apples (you can peel or not peel according to preference)
  • 3/4 cup Crushed pineapple, canned or fresh (drained)
  • 1 cup Green grapes, cut in half
  • ½ cup Chopped pecans

Sweet Almond Crema:

  • ½ cup Almonds, raw
  • ¼ - cup Water
  • ¼ cup Almond milk, unsweetened
  • 1 tsp. Lemon juice, fresh
  • 1 tsp. Maple syrup

Preparation

  1. Bring 1 pint of water to a boil in a small sauce pot and pour over the almonds. Let soak overnight.
  2. The following day peel the almonds by pressing an almond between your thumb and forefinger and pressing lightly. The skin should just pop off.
  3. In a blender, place the almonds, almond milk, lemon juice, and maple syrup and blend at high speed until completely smooth and cream like (to get a super smooth sauce you will need a high powered blender).

  4. Place sauce in a small container and refrigerate for 30 min.
  5. In a large bowl combine the apples, pineapple, grapes, and chopped pecans. Pour sauce over it and mix well.
  6. Serve.

Chef's Notes

You can use cashews instead of almonds if you prefer. Some people add raisins, maraschino cherries, carrots, and even celery. If you want to go a little crazy you could add vegan mini marshmallows. I recommend that once you've tossed the fruit salad you serve it the same day. 

Nutrition Facts
Mexican Christmas Apple Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 189 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 12g 18%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Sodium 14mg 1%
Potassium 245mg 7%
Total Carbohydrates 18g 6%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Sugars 12g
Protein 3g 6%
Vitamin A 1%
Vitamin C 5.7%
Calcium 5.7%
Iron 4.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.