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

Disclaimer: The post is in partnership with Hernán & may include affiliate links.

What doesn’t go well with mole?? I don’t know, but I’m willing to test every possible combination to find out. Either way, you can’t go wrong with enmoladas (also known as mole enchiladas), filled with braised greens and potatoes, and topped with avocado slices, vegan cotija, and toasted sesame seeds.

Mole enchiladas (enmoladas) filled with braised greens and potatoes, and topped with avocado slices, vegan cotija, and toasted sesame seeds. Super easy and delicious!
Once again I have partnered with Hernán mole to make this recipe super easy, and convenient. I have a confession to make: I probably have only made mole 3 times in my life! Making mole isn’t hard, but it is terribly time consuming, and requires over 15 different ingredients! That’s why I love using Hernan mole. In less than thirty minutes I can have dinner on the table.

Mole enchiladas (enmoladas) filled with braised greens and potatoes, and topped with avocado slices, vegan cotija, and toasted sesame seeds. Super easy and delicious!

It’s harder than you think to find a mole paste that is completely vegan and free of additives or preservatives. If you do find yourself in Mexico ask before eating mole, since it is often made with lard and chicken stock. Mole enchiladas is one of my go to dinners. I have filled these with braised greens and potatoes, but you can also fill them with zucchini and black beans, roasted poblano pepper and corn, or mushrooms and greens.

Mole enchiladas (enmoladas) filled with braised greens and potatoes, and topped with avocado slices, vegan cotija, and toasted sesame seeds. Super easy and delicious!
If you want to give Hernan Mole a try be sure to visit their site.

Mole enchiladas (enmoladas) filled with braised greens and potatoes, and topped with avocado slices, vegan cotija, and toasted sesame seeds. Super easy and delicious!
The Recipe: Mole Enchiladas with Braised Greens and Potatoes

  • Use corn tortillas. Flour tortillas become very gummy when soaked in sauce.
  • You can use any leafy greens you prefer such as spinach, kale and swiss chard.
  • Make sure not to over cook the potatoes or you’ll end up with mashed potatoes and greens.
  • You can also top this with almond crema.
  • Enjoy!!
Mole enchiladas (enmoladas) filled with braised greens and potatoes, and topped with avocado slices, vegan cotija, and toasted sesame seeds. Super easy and delicious!
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Vegan Mole Enchiladas with Braised Greens and Potatoes

Mole enchiladas (enmoladas) filled with braised greens and potatoes, and topped with avocado slices, vegan cotija, and toasted sesame seeds. Super easy and delicious!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Total Time 30 minutes
Author Dora S.

Ingredients

  • 2 Russet potatoes, medium, peeled, diced (about 2 ½ cups)
  • 1 cup Diced onion
  • 2 cloves Garlic minced
  • 4 cups Spinach or Swiss chard
  • 1 jar Hernan Mole Poblano
  • 2 - 3 cups Vegetable stock
  • 12 Corn tortillas
  • ¼ cup Toasted sesame seeds
  • 1 Avocado, sliced

Preparation

  1. Fill a medium pot with cold water and add potatoes. Bring to a simmer over medium heat, and let cook for about 6 minutes or until the potatoes are tender, but not mushy. Drain the potatoes and set aside.
  2. While the potatoes are cooking, heat a large sauté pan to medium-low heat and add the onion. Cook the onion for 3-4 minutes or until it is tender and translucent. If the onion begins to stick, add some water or vegetable stock to the pan.
  3. Add the garlic and let cook for 2 more minutes. Add greens, and if necessary add more vegetable stock. Mix well.
  4. Once the greens are cooked, add the potatoes, season with salt and pepper and stir. Set aside.
  5. In a medium sauce pot bring one cup of vegetable stock to simmer over medium heat. Add in mole paste and stir with a wooden spoon until the mole paste is dissolved, about 3 – 4 minutes.
  6. Pour in 1 more cup vegetable stock and stir. Once the mole reaches the desired consistency remove from heat. Add as much vegetable stock as necessary.
  7. Wrap the tortillas in a moist paper towel and place in the microwave for 30 seconds. Repeat until the tortillas are warm and flexible.
  8. Take 1 ½ tbsp. of the filling and place it on a tortilla. Fold the tortilla in half over the filling. Repeat until you have filled all the tortillas. (Work fast or everything will get cold!)
  9. Using a large serving spoon, pour mole on each plate and spread to cover the width of the plate. Place 3 filled tortillas on top of the sauce on each plate, then cover with more sauce.
  10. 10. Top with avocado slices, toasted sesame seeds, and vegan cotija. Serve immediately.

Chef's Notes

Use corn tortillas. Flour tortillas become very gummy when soaked in sauce. You can use any leafy greens you prefer such as spinach, kale and swiss chard. Make sure not to overcook the potatoes or you'll end up with mashed potatoes and greens. You can also top this with almond crema.

 

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I love a good margarita! This spicy hibiscus ice margarita is the perfect combination of tart, sweet, and spicy. Plus you can’t go wrong with tequila. I’m happy to be a part of Hola Jalapeño’s margarita week again this  year, and I can’t wait to try all the delicious and creative margaritas.

I love a good margarita! This spicy hibiscus margarita is the perfect combination of tart, sweet, and spicy. Plus you can't go wrong with tequila!

Last year I shared my pineapple-chile margarita which is one of my favorites. I decided to ask my husband for help, since he is the cocktail expert in our house. We played around with the idea of reshooting some of my old margarita posts (they really need new pictures), but I really wanted to do something different, and he suggested we incorporate flavored ice. He actually developed this recipe for his job, so all I had to do was adapt it for home use. This turned out to be more difficult than it sounds because apparently he doesn’t measure anything, he just improvises. After a couple of deliciously failed attempts at recreating his drink I finally did it.

I love a good margarita! This spicy hibiscus margarita is the perfect combination of tart, sweet, and spicy. Plus you can't go wrong with tequila!

I did have to buy a colossal ice cube tray . I tried the recipe with regular ice cubes, and even though it did work, the giant ice cubes worked much better. To make the hibiscus ice, I steeped dried hibiscus flowers in hot water for 20 min. then added some sugar, and chile piquín. I then strained the liquid, and used this to make the ice. Once the ice was frozen I made a classic margarita and poured it over the hibiscus ice. As the hibiscus ice melts, it infuses the classic margarita with a sweet and tart hibiscus flavor.

I love a good margarita! This spicy hibiscus margarita is the perfect combination of tart, sweet, and spicy. Plus you can't go wrong with tequila!

The Recipe: Spicy Hibiscus Ice Margarita

  • If you can’t find chile piquín at your local Mexican market, you can use tajín
  • Use a whiskey glass to serve the margarita, so the ice fits.
  • Shake the classic margarita with ice in a tumbler, before pouring it over the hibiscus ice.
  • My favorite tequila for margaritas is Corralejo reposado.
  • Enjoy!

I love a good margarita! This spicy hibiscus margarita is the perfect combination of tart, sweet, and spicy. Plus you can't go wrong with tequila!

I love a good margarita! This spicy hibiscus margarita is the perfect combination of tart, sweet, and spicy. Plus you can't go wrong with tequila!
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Spicy Hibiscus Ice Margarita

I love a good margarita! This spicy hibiscus margarita is the perfect combination of tart, sweet, and spicy. Plus you can't go wrong with tequila!
Course Drinks
Cuisine Mexican
freeze time 1 day
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 2 people
Author Dora S.

Ingredients

Hibiscus Ice:

  • 1 cup Dried hibiscus flowers
  • 4 cups Water
  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 1 tsp. Chile piquín powder

Classic Margarita:

  • 8 oz. Corralejo Tequila, reposado
  • 2 oz. Cointreau
  • 2 oz. Lime juice, fresh
  • 1 tbsp. Coarse salt

Equipment:

  • 1 Jumbo ice cube tray

Preparation

Hibiscus Ice:

  1. Combine water, sugar, and hibiscus flowers in a large pot and bring to a simmer. Once it simmers, remove from heat and let steep for 20 minutes. Strain and add 1 tsp. of chile piquín. Let cool.
  2. Pour hibiscus mixture into jumbo ice tray and freeze overnight.

Classic Margarita:

  1. Run a lime wedge around the edges of two whiskey (rocks) glasses, and dip them on the salt. Set aside.
  2. In a cocktail shaker combine tequila, Cointreau, and lime juice. Fill the shaker with ice and shake until completely chilled.

All together:

  1. Unmold 4 jumbo ice cubes, and place in the prepared glasses. Pour classic margarita over the hibiscus ice and serve.

Chef's Notes

If you can't find chile piquín at your local Mexican market, you can use Tajín. Use a whiskey glass to serve the margarita, so the ice fits.

Did you know you could make a Mexican style crema with almonds?? That’s right, a delicious and smooth crema made without dairy! Most recipes call for cashews, but cashews are pretty expensive, so I stared using almonds instead and loved the result. In fact, I think almonds work better since they are not as sweet as cashews. This almond crema can be drizzled on your enchiladas, tacos, sopes, or pretty much any vegan Mexican dish.

Did you know you could make a Mexican style crema with almonds?? That's right, this delicious and smooth almond crema has no dairy!

The best part of this crema is that it is very versatile. You can add chipotle to it and drizzle it on pasta, or you could add roasted poblano to it and make poblano cream enchiladas. You could even omit the garlic, and add a banana to make an almond banana yogurt.

Did you know you could make a Mexican style crema with almonds?? That's right, this delicious and smooth almond crema has no dairy!

It is super easy to make and you don’t necessarily have to have a high powered blender. (I have a Vitamix , which was a wedding gift, that I love and use almost everyday.) If you do have a high powered  blender, you can be lazy like me and make this crema without peeling or soaking the almonds. If you don’t have a high powered blender you will have to soak the nuts the night before, peel them, then blend them.

Did you know you could make a Mexican style crema with almonds?? That's right, this delicious and smooth almond crema has no dairy!

Mexican crema is much thiner than than sour cream, so if you’re looking for a sour cream recipe simply reduce the amount of liquid in this recipe. The possibilities are endless with this almond crema!

Did you know you could make a Mexican style crema with almonds?? That's right, this delicious and smooth almond crema has no dairy!

The Recipe: Almond Crema

If you have a high powered blender:

  • Add nuts as is, just make sure to blend until the sauce is very smooth.

If you have a regular blender:

  • Soak raw almonds for at least 8 hrs.
  • Peel and blend.
Did you know you could make a Mexican style crema with almonds?? That's right, this delicious and smooth almond crema has no dairy!
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Almond Crema

Did you know you could make a Mexican style crema with almonds?? That's right, this delicious and smooth almond crema has no dairy!
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 people (1 1/2 cups)
Author Dora S.

Ingredients

High Powered Blender Crema:

  • ½ cup Almonds raw
  • 1 clove Garlic
  • ¾ cup Water
  • ¼ cup Almond milk unsweetened ( or vegetable oil)
  • 1 tbsp. Lemon juice fresh

Regular Blender Crema:

  • ½ cup Almonds raw
  • 1 clove Garlic
  • ¼ - ½ cup Water
  • ¼ cup Almond milk unsweetened (or vegetable oil)
  • 1 tbsp. Lemon juice fresh

Preparation

High Powered Blender Crema:

  1. Place the almonds, garlic, water,almond milk, and lemon juice in the blender and process until smooth. Season with salt and pepper.

Regular Blender Crema:

  1. Boil water in a small pot and pour over almonds. Let sit overnight at room temperature.
  2. The following day peel the almonds. The skins should pop right off.
  3. Place the almonds, garlic, almond milk, and lemon juice in the blender. Add ¼ cup of water and process until smooth.
  4. If it is too thick, add the remaining ¼ cup of water.
  5. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Chef's Notes

If you don't mind using oil, use it in place of the almond milk for a smoother sauce.

 

This Mexican fava Bean soup or Sopa de Habas is another classic Lenten dish. The fava beans are cooked until tender then simmered with onion, jalapeño, tomato and cilantro. It is a comforting soup for a cold day or a perfect start to a Lenten meal.

This Mexican fava Bean soup or Sopa de Habas is another classic Lenten dish. The fava beans are cooked until tender then simmered with onion, jalapeño, tomato and cilantro.
Mexican Lent food is some of my favorite, because it’s when there are more vegetable dishes available like nopales, chicales, and lentejas. My family owns a restaurant in Mexico, which ironically is a steak house type of restaurant. There’s also a lunch buffet, and during Lent the buffet includes all sorts of veggie dishes.

This Mexican fava Bean soup or Sopa de Habas is another classic Lenten dish. The fava beans are cooked until tender then simmered with onion, jalapeño, tomato and cilantro.

I guess it’s kind of funny that I crave Lenten dishes, since now I don’t eat meat anyway. Some of my other favorite Lenten dishes that I’ve successfully veganized are capirotada, cauliflower fritters, vegan shrimp cocktail, cauliflower ceviche, and aguachile. What are some of your favorite Lent dishes?

The Recipe: Mexican Fava Bean Soup (Sopa de Habas)

  • The consistency of this soup can be creamy or chunky. It’s up to you.
  • The fava beans are dried favas, not fresh.
  • You should be able to find them without a problem in your grocery store.
  • You could also make this recipe with chickpeas.
  • Adding nopales to this is another popular way to eat this soup

This Mexican fava Bean soup or Sopa de Habas is another classic Lenten dish. The fava beans are cooked until tender then simmered with onion, jalapeño, tomato and cilantro.

This Mexican fava Bean soup or Sopa de Habas is another classic Lenten dish. The fava beans are cooked until tender then simmered with onion, jalapeño, tomato and cilantro.
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Mexican Fava Bean Soup (Sopa de Habas)

Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 4 Servings
236 kcal
Author Dora S.

Ingredients

  • ½ lb. Dried shelled fava beans, cleaned and rinsed
  • 2 Sprigs of cilantro
  • ½ Yellow Onion, peeled
  • 1 cup Diced yellow onions
  • 2 Garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 - 1 Jalapeño, minced
  • 3 Roma tomatoes, diced

Garnish:

  • 1 Toasted chile pasilla
  • 1/2 cup Diced tomato

Preparation

  1. If possible soak the fava beans overnight.
  2. The following day, place fava beans in a large pot and cover with water. Add cilantro sprigs and half onion. Bring to a simmer and let cook for 50 min. to an hour or until fava beans are soft and falling apart. (Or cook in instant pot set to manual, high pressure for 20 min.)
  3. While the fava beans are cooking, set a large sauté pan to medium heat. Add ¼ cup of water and add diced onions. Let onion cook for 3-4 minutes until tender and translucent.
  4. Add minced garlic and jalapeño and let cook for 2 more minutes. If onion begins to stick add a little more water or veg stock to the pan.

  5. Add diced tomatoes and cook for 5-6 minutes or until tomatoes have broken down.
  6. Once the fava beans are cooked, add the tomato mixture to the pot and simmer for 7-8 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
  7. Garnish with diced tomatoes and toasted chile pasilla

Chef's Notes

You can puree the soup for a smoother texture or leave it chunky. Cooked nopales are a great addition to this soup.

Nutrition Facts
Mexican Fava Bean Soup (Sopa de Habas)
Amount Per Serving (1 bowl)
Calories 236 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g 2%
Sodium 17mg 1%
Potassium 886mg 25%
Total Carbohydrates 42g 14%
Dietary Fiber 16g 64%
Sugars 7g
Protein 16g 32%
Vitamin A 22.9%
Vitamin C 17.8%
Calcium 8.7%
Iron 24.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition Facts
Mexican Fava Bean Soup (Sopa de Habas)
Amount Per Serving (1 bowl)
Calories 236 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g 2%
Sodium 17mg 1%
Potassium 886mg 25%
Total Carbohydrates 42g 14%
Dietary Fiber 16g 64%
Sugars 7g
Protein 16g 32%
Vitamin A 22.9%
Vitamin C 17.8%
Calcium 8.7%
Iron 24.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

What is capirotada? Well, according to google it’s Mexican bread pudding, but that’s not quite right. It differs greatly from American bread pudding because it does not have a custard base. It is toasted bread soaked in a piloncillo, cinnamon, and clove syrup, then layered with bananas, peanuts, raisins and toasted coconut. Traditionally it contains cheese, but for the vegan version I have simply omitted it. Piloncillo is unrefined whole cane sugar, and it has a very unique flavor.

This recipe for vegan capirotada is toasted bread soaked in a piloncillo-cinnamon syrup layered with bananas, peanuts, raisins and coconut.

This vegan capirotada (Mexican bread pudding) screams it’s Friday in lent. I realize it’s Thursday, but you know how it is when you have three kids demanding every minute of your attention. The other thing you should now is that my husband hates this dessert. Maybe hate is too strong a word, let’s just say he dislikes it very much. Though, I know many of you would agree that this is a dessert Mexicans hold close to their hearts, because it most likely reminds us of a special person who would make it without fail during lent.

This recipe for vegan capirotada is toasted bread soaked in a piloncillo-cinnamon syrup layered with bananas, peanuts, raisins and coconut.

Easter is right around the corner, and I’ve kind of been procrastinating like I always do. Also this year Karina’s birthday is on Easter. Any ideas for a vegan Easter-birthday party menu?

This recipe for vegan capirotada is toasted bread soaked in a piloncillo-cinnamon syrup layered with bananas, peanuts, raisins and coconut.

The Recipe: Vegan Capirotada

  • You can refrigerate the leftovers and eat it hot or cold.
  • If you cannot find bolillos feel free to use a baguette instead.
  • Toast the bread very lightly.
  • Feel free to add vegan cheese if you like. Enjoy!

This recipe for vegan capirotada is toasted bread soaked in a piloncillo-cinnamon syrup layered with bananas, peanuts, raisins and coconut.

This recipe for vegan capirotada is toasted bread soaked in a piloncillo-cinnamon syrup layered with bananas, peanuts, raisins and coconut.
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Vegan Capirotada

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Author Dora Stone

Ingredients

  • 5 Bolillos, large, stale, cut into 3/4 inch slices
  • 8 oz Piloncillo (1 cone)
  • ½ Ceylon Cinnamon stick
  • 4 cups Water
  • 2 Cloves, whole
  • 2 Bananas, sliced into rounds
  • ½ cup Raisins
  • ½ cup Roasted peanuts
  • ¼ cup Coconut, shredded, toasted, unsweetened
  • 2 tbsp. Sprinkles

Preparation

  1. Turn on oven broiler on high.
  2. Place sliced bread on a sheet tray and place under broiler 1 -2 min. or until bread is golden brown.
  3. Flip the pieces of bread over and repeat the process. Remove from oven and set aside.
  4. Preheat oven to 350F
  5. In a small sauce pot, bring water, piloncillo, clove, and cinnamon to a boil. Turn down to a simmer and stir until the piloncillo has dissolved. Strain and place liquid back into the pot.
  6. Add the raisins, and ¼ cup of the roasted peanuts to the liquid and bring back up to a simmer. Take off heat and set aside.
  7. Line the bottom of an 8 X 8 square pan with a layer of bread. Pour ¼ of the liquid over the bread and cover with banana slices, raisins, and peanuts. Add another layer of bread and repeat the process. You should be able to fit 3 layers of bread.
  8. When the final layer of bread has been laid down, pour the remaining liquid on top and cover with banana slices, toasted coconut, ¼ cup of remaining peanuts, and some sprinkles.
  9. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 15 to 20 min. or until syrup is absorbed. Remove from oven and let rest for 20 min. then serve

Chef's Notes

Refrigerate leftovers. Can be eaten hot or cold. If you cannot find bolillos use baguette or french bread.

 

Disclaimer: The post is in partnership with Hernán & may include affiliate links.

Mole and chilaquiles?? If you haven’t heard of this before you are seriously missing out. Vegan mole chilaquiles are tortilla chips covered in mole sauce and mixed with sautéed greens and black beans, then drizzled with an almond crema, and vegan queso cotija. The combination is seriously good.

Vegan mole chilaquiles are tortilla chips covered in mole sauce and mixed with sautéed greens and black beans, then drizzled with an almond crema, and vegan queso cotija. The combination is seriously good.

I’m really excited to tell you about this mole I discovered completely by chance. Back in October my family and I went to the Day of the Dead festival in San Antonio and there was a stand selling mole paste. I tried it and fell in love instantly when I discovered that Hernán Mole is vegan, from Mexico, and has no preservatives. I spoke to the founder, Isela, and it turns out she’s from my hometown Acuña/Del Rio. Can you believe it?? In fact, the headquarters of Hernán are located in Del Rio!!

Vegan mole chilaquiles are tortilla chips covered in mole sauce and mixed with sautéed greens and black beans, then drizzled with an almond crema, and vegan queso cotija. The combination is seriously good.

I knew that you would be as interested in Hernán Mole as I was, so I asked Isela if I could share it with you. There are two versions available Mole Poblano and Mole Pipian (which is a pumpkin seed mole). The mole is made in Mexico by local artisans and producers, many of whom have never ventured beyond their local markets and cities.

Vegan mole chilaquiles are tortilla chips covered in mole sauce and mixed with sautéed greens and black beans, then drizzled with an almond crema, and vegan queso cotija. The combination is seriously good.

Vegan mole chilaquiles are tortilla chips covered in mole sauce and mixed with sautéed greens and black beans, then drizzled with an almond crema, and vegan queso cotija. The combination is seriously good.

I don’t know if you have noticed that I don’t do a lot of sponsored posts, and that’s mostly because I have a hard time finding products that I truly believe in, and that will fit into this whole vegan Mexican thing I have going on. Well, Hernán is a business that promotes Mexican cuisine and culture and opens up new opportunities to Mexican artisans, and that is something I can really get behind and I know that you will too.

You can purchase Hernán Mole Poblano here.

Let me know if you love it as much as I do!!

The Recipe: Vegan Mole Chilaquiles with Greens and Beans

  • If you’re trying be healthy you can bake corn tortillas to make this, if you’re ok with the occasional or not so occasional fried food fry the tortillas or buy a bag of homestyle tortilla chips.
  • You can omit the almond crema and vegan queso cotija, and just top the chilaquiles with avocado. I made the crema and queso the day before.
  • You can also add zucchini and broccoli to the greens and beans for extra nutrition.
  • When you serve this dish the chips shouldn’t be completely soggy, there should be some crunch, so serve immediately after mixing the chips with the mole.

Vegan mole chilaquiles are tortilla chips covered in mole sauce and mixed with sautéed greens and black beans, then drizzled with an almond crema, and vegan queso cotija. The combination is seriously good.

 

Vegan mole chilaquiles are tortilla chips covered in mole sauce and mixed with sautéed greens and black beans, then drizzled with an almond crema, and vegan queso cotija. The combination is seriously good.
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Vegan Mole Chilaquiles with Greens and Beans

Vegan mole chilaquiles are tortilla chips covered in mole sauce and mixed with sautéed greens and black beans, then drizzled with an almond crema, and vegan queso cotija. The combination is seriously good.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Dora S.

Ingredients

  • 24 corn tortillas, cut into triangles (12ths) or (1 bag of corn chips)

Greens and Beans:

  • ¼ cup Water
  • 2 Garlic cloves, minced
  • 8 oz Spinach, (about 1 bag)
  • 1 can (14 oz.) Black beans, drained

Sauce:

Toppings

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Place tortilla triangle on two baking sheets lined with parchment and bake for 15 to 20 minutes until crispy. Remove from oven and set aside. (You can also fry them in a heavy bottomed sauté pan until golden brown, or buy a bag of chips.)

Greens and Beans:

  1. Heat a large sauté pan to medium heat and pour in ¼ cup of water. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add spinach and mix.
  2. Once spinach has cooked down (about 2 minutes) add black beans. Season with salt and pepper.

Sauce:

  1. Set a large pot to medium heat, add 1 cup of vegetable stock and mole paste. Stir.
  2. Once the mole paste dissolves, and the mixture starts simmering, add the second cup of vegetable stock. It will seem like the mole is too thin, but as soon as the mole cools down even a little bit it thickens. Bring to a simmer, stir, and remove from heat.

Bringing it all Together

  1. Make sure your mole is the right consistency, it should be the consistency of a thin cream soup, adjust as necessary with vegetable stock.
  2. Add chips, and the greens and beans into the pot with the mole. Mix well to coat. Serve immediately and top with almond crema, vegan queso Cotija, and onion.

Recipe Video

Chef's Notes

If you’re trying be healthy you can bake corn tortillas to make this, if you’re ok with the occasional or not so occasional fried food fry the tortillas or buy a bag of homestyle tortilla chips. You can omit the almond crema and vegan queso cotija, and just top the chilaquiles with avocado. I made the crema and queso the day before. You can also add zucchini and broccoli to the greens and beans for extra nutrition.

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This vegan queso cotija is crumbly, salty, and tangy. There’s absolutely no dairy in it and it’s delicious. It is perfect for topping sopes, chilaquiles, enchiladas, gorditas, salads, and pastas.

This vegan queso cotija is crumbly, salty, and tangy. There’s absolutely no dairy in it and it’s delicious. It is perfect for topping sopes, chilaquiles, enchiladas, gorditas, salads, and pastas.

If you are new to veganism I just want to let you know that I get it, I miss cheese too. I loved cheese, all kinds of cheese! This is why I detest processed vegan cheese, because it just doesn’t taste like the original. (I haven’t had the privilege of tasting Miyokos vegan cheese, they say it’s a game changer though.) There are exceptions to this, like this vegan cotija cheese which is made from almonds. It of course is not like the original, but let’s just say it evokes the sensation and taste of cotija cheese.

This vegan queso cotija is crumbly, salty, and tangy. There’s absolutely no dairy in it and it’s delicious. It is perfect for topping sopes, chilaquiles, enchiladas, gorditas, salads, and pastas.

This vegan queso cotija is crumbly, salty, and tangy. There’s absolutely no dairy in it and it’s delicious. It is perfect for topping sopes, chilaquiles, enchiladas, gorditas, salads, and pastas.

Cotija is actually a small town in the mountains of the state of Michoacan. The cheese is said to have originated more than 400 years ago. It was made by the local people to keep milk from spoiling by turning it into aged cheese. The cheese is aged for about 3 months and is available in large rounds. I visited Cotija, many years ago, and I remember being blown away by the sight of the huge cheese rounds in the local shops and restaurants.

This vegan queso cotija is crumbly, salty, and tangy. There’s absolutely no dairy in it and it’s delicious. It is perfect for topping sopes, chilaquiles, enchiladas, gorditas, salads, and pastas.

You must be wondering why I’m talking about the actual cheese making. Well, this blog is all about making traditional Mexican food vegan, but also about preserving our Mexican food traditions and food culture as much as possible. So, it’s important to look into the history a little bit. Plus, I’m a total food nerd.

This vegan queso cotija is crumbly, salty, and tangy. There’s absolutely no dairy in it and it’s delicious. It is perfect for topping sopes, chilaquiles, enchiladas, gorditas, salads, and pastas.

The Recipe: Vegan Queso Cotija

I got the idea of using almonds for this cheese from Eddie Garza’s book Salud, Vegan Mexican and from this recipe from Veggies Don’t Bite. I’ve put my own spin on it.

  • Use slivered almonds, do not soak them.
  • You can also use lime juice instead of lemon juice.
This vegan queso cotija is crumbly, salty, and tangy. There’s absolutely no dairy in it and it’s delicious. It is perfect for topping sopes, chilaquiles, enchiladas, gorditas, salads, and pastas.
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Vegan Queso Cotija

This vegan queso cotija is crumbly, salty, and tangy. There’s absolutely no dairy in it and it’s delicious. It is perfect for topping sopes, chilaquiles, enchiladas, gorditas, salads, and pastas.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword cotija, vegan cheese
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 23 hours 45 minutes
Total Time 1 day
Servings 2 cups
Author Dora S.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Slivered almonds
  • 2 tsp. Lemon juice
  • 2 tsp. Brine from a jar of manzanilla olives
  • Salt to taste

Preparation

  1. Place the almonds. Lemon juice, brine, and salt in a food processor.
  2. Process until you get a crumbly mixture resembling cheese, about 4-5 minutes. Be careful not over process or you’ll end up with almond butter.
  3. Place mixture in a cheese cloth or nut bag and twist tight to close and squeeze all of the excess liquid out.
  4. Place in the refrigerator for 24 hrs.
  5. Remove cheese from cloth and crumble.

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Chef's Notes

You can also use lime juice. Recipe adapted from Veggies Don’t bite

If you eat nutritional yeast, add 1 tsp. to the recipe before processing.

I didn’t think it was possible, but it is!! You CAN make a vegan caldo de res. Caldo de res or vegan Mexican beef soup is a warm comforting soup of stewed beef, carrots, potatoes, corn, chayote, potatoes, mint, and cilantro. It is served all year, but is especially good in the winter months.

vegan Caldo de res or vegan Mexican beef soup is a warm comforting soup of stewed beef, carrots, potatoes, corn, chayote, potatoes, mint, and cilantro. It is served all year, but is especially good in the winter months.

This vegan version is pretty close to the original, but instead of using beef we are using the Gardein beefless tips (this is not a sponsored post). The beefless tips infuse the vegetable broth with a meaty flavor. I’m usually not a fan of using imitation meat products, because I try to stick to whole foods, but I think the gardein beefless tips work really well with this soup.

vegan Caldo de res or vegan Mexican beef soup is a warm comforting soup of stewed beef, carrots, potatoes, corn, chayote, potatoes, mint, and cilantro. It is served all year, but is especially good in the winter months.

Caldo de res is also known as puchero, or cocido de res. The ingredients vary by region, depending on what state of Mexico you are in you can find caldo de res with garbanzo beans, green beans, and plantain.  Some regions of Mexico use a tomato based broth. The soup itself is not spicy, but when I eat it I like to add a tbsp. of salsa roja to spice it up a bit. Serve it with Mexican rice, warm tortillas, and be sure to add a splash of lime juice to the soup before eating.

vegan Caldo de res or vegan Mexican beef soup is a warm comforting soup of stewed beef, carrots, potatoes, corn, chayote, potatoes, mint, and cilantro. It is served all year, but is especially good in the winter months.

The Recipe: Vegan Caldo de Res

  • Sauté the beefless tips while they are still frozen.
  • Instead of veg stock you can use Better Than Bouillon No Beef Base
  • Instead of beefless tips use shitake mushrooms instead.
  • Don’t simmer the beefless tips in the soup, because it changes the texture. Add them in before serving,
  • Enjoy!
Caldo de res or vegan Mexican beef soup is a warm comforting soup of stewed beef, carrots, potatoes, corn, chayote, potatoes, mint, and cilantro. It is served all year, but is especially good in the winter months.
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Vegan Caldo de Res

Vegan caldo de res (vegan Mexican beef soup) is a warm comforting soup of no-beef, carrots, potatoes, corn, chayote, potatoes, mint, and cilantro. It is served all year, but is especially good in the winter months.
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 servings
221 kcal
Author Dora S.

Ingredients

  • 1 pack (9 oz.) Gardein Beefless tips
  • 1 cup Diced onions, yellow (1/2 onion)
  • 4 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 10 cups Vegetable Stock
  • 3 sprigs Mint
  • 3 sprigs Cilantro
  • 1 ear Corn, cut into 1 inch rounds
  • 1 ½ cups Diced russet potato (1 medium potato)
  • 1 cup Diced carrots (1 lg. Carrot)
  • 2 cups Large diced cabbage (1/4 head of cabbage)
  • 1 ¼ cups Diced chayote (1 chayote)
  • 1 ¼ cups Diced zucchini (1 zucchini)
  • 1 lime Cut into quarters

Preparation

  1. Set a large pot to medium-high heat (if necessary add a little bit of oil). Sear the beefless tips for 2 minutes on each side. Remove from pot and set aside.
  2. Add onion and ¼ cup of vegetable stock to deglaze the bottom of the pot. Cook onion for 4-5 minutes or until tender and translucent.
  3. Add garlic and cook for 1 more minute.
  4. Pour in vegetable stock and add the mint and cilantro.
  5. Bring to slow simmer and add the corn, carrots, and potatoes.
  6. Simmer for 6 minutes and then add the chayote, zucchini, and cabbage.
  7. Simmer for 8- 10 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Season with salt and pepper.
  8. Cut the beefless tips in half, and add about 1/3 cup to each bowl. Pour soup on top and serve.
  9. Serve with lime wedges and warm tortillas.

Chef's Notes

Sauté the beefless tips while they are still frozen. Instead of veg stock you can use no beef better than bouillon. I add the “beef” at the end, because if you simmer it in the soup it changes the texture. If you don’t have access to beefless tips use shiitake mushrooms instead.

Nutrition Facts
Vegan Caldo de Res
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 221 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g 2%
Sodium 2678mg 112%
Potassium 758mg 22%
Total Carbohydrates 37g 12%
Dietary Fiber 6g 24%
Sugars 12g
Protein 18g 36%
Vitamin A 138.2%
Vitamin C 48%
Calcium 7.6%
Iron 23%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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I’ve been a fan of the blog Veggies Don’t Bite for a while. It was one of the first blogs that I found when I first went vegan that made me think I could actually make the change! Sophia de Santis is the founder of Veggies Don’t Bite, and she has just released her new cookbook Vegan Burgers & Burritos: Easy and Delicious Whole Food Recipes for the Everyday Cook. Today I’m sharing with you this chipotle and lime burrito stuffed with a mixture cilantro-lime rice and beans, sauteed spicy peppers, and a smoky chipotle cream sauce.

This chipotle and lime burrito is stuffed with a mixture cilantro-lime rice and beans, sautéed spicy peppers, and a smoky chipotle cream sauce. From the book Vegan Burgers and Burritos by Sophia De Santis.

What’s exciting about this book is that it’s plant-based, meaning it focuses on whole foods, doesn’t have refined sugars, and even includes gluten-free options. Also, who doesn’t like burgers and burritos? Our family loves them, they are some of the few things my kids will eat without questioning what’s in it.

This chipotle and lime burrito is stuffed with a mixture cilantro-lime rice and beans, sautéed spicy peppers, and a smoky chipotle cream sauce. From the book Vegan Burgers and Burritos by Sophia De Santis.

Every recipe has a beautiful picture, and includes 27 burgers, and 26 burritos. It also has a section with sides, and sauces to top your burger or burrito. Some of our favorite recipes so far are the Fajita your Burger, Sweet Potato Enchilada Burger, Frito Pie Pouches, and of course the Chipotle and Lime Burritos. I love the book so far, but I wish there was a recipe for burger buns and tortillas. I don’t know about you, but I struggle to find a burger bun that doesn’t have refined sugar in it.

This chipotle and lime burrito is stuffed with a mixture cilantro-lime rice and beans, sautéed spicy peppers, and a smoky chipotle cream sauce. From the book Vegan Burgers and Burritos by Sophia De Santis.

From the kitchen perspective, the recipes are easy to make and don’t use weird or hard to find ingredients. Plus, burgers and burritos are very convenient lunch or picnic options, because they are portable. They also make great game day or tailgating food to munch on. Vegan Burgers and Burritos is available on Amazon in paperback and kindle. Enjoy!

This chipotle and lime burrito is stuffed with a mixture cilantro-lime rice and beans, sautéed spicy peppers, and a smoky chipotle cream sauce. From the book Vegan Burgers and Burritos by Sophia De Santis.

The Recipe: Chipotle and Lime Burrito

Serve with homemade salsa or smoky tangy cream sauce. You could also eat this on warm corn tortillas.

This chipotle and lime burrito is stuffed with a mixture cilantro-lime rice and beans, sautéed spicy peppers, and a smoky chipotle cream sauce. From the book Vegan Burgers and Burritos by Sophia De Santis.
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Chipotle and Lime Burritos

This chipotle and lime burrito is stuffed with a mixture cilantro-lime rice and beans, sautéed spicy peppers, and a smoky chipotle cream sauce. From the book Vegan Burgers and Burritos by Sophia De Santis.
Servings 4 people

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Chopped red, yellow and green bell pepper mix
  • ½ cup Chopped spicy pepper of choice (jalapeño, cherry bomb, etc.)
  • ½ cup Chopped red onion
  • 1/2 cup Low-sodium veggie broth or drizzle of oil, for sautéing
  • 1 tsp. Sea salt
  • 1 tsp. Garlic Powder
  • 2 tbsp. Fresh lime juice

RICE AND BEANS

  • 1 ½ cups Cooked brown rice
  • 1 cup Cooked or canned black beans, drained and rinsed
  • ¼ cup Chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 tbsp Fresh lime juice
  • ¾ tsp sea salt
  • ½ tsp chipotle powder

TO SERVE

  • 4 to 5 to tortillas
  • Avocado
  • Shredded cabbage
  • Smoky Tangy Cream (page 135) or World’s Best Roasted Salsa (page 132)

Preparation

  1. Sauté the peppers and onion in a pan over medium heat with veggie broth, salt, garlic powder and lime juice until cooked and fragrant, about 10 to 12 minutes. You may need to add more broth if it gets too dry. The mixture is ready when the veggies are soft and almost sticky looking.
  2. To make the rice and beans, put the cooked rice, beans, cilantro, lime juice, salt and chipotle powder in a bowl and mix well.
  3. Once everything is ready, build the burritos by filling the tortillas with the rice and beans, sautéed veggies, avocado and shredded cabbage.
  4. Drizzle the sauce or salsa over the filling ingredients.
  5. To fold the burrito, fold the sides over toward the center, then roll upward to create a burrito. (See page 15 for step-by-step photos.) You can grill the seam for 7 to 8 minutes until it seals and closes the burrito. You can also grill the other side to make it crisp.
  6. Kids: This can be served as a bowl if folding a burrito is too hard! Do not add spicy peppers or chipotle powder. Substitute spicy peppers with bell peppers.

DisclosureI received a free copy of this book for reviewing purposes, but all opinions and thoughts are my own.

It’s a cold rainy day outside today, and I’m totally craving this spicy vegan tortilla soup. This is not your typical tex-mex, cumin and chili powder seasoned soup. The broth for this soup is simmered with epazote, chile morita, tomato, onion, garlic, and chipotle. It is then garnished with fried or baked tortilla strips, baked tofu, crispy chile pasilla, and avocado.

This spicy vegan tortilla soup, is not your typical tex-mex, cumin and chili powder seasoned soup. The broth for this soup is simmered with epazote, chile morita, tomato, onion, garlic, and chipotle, then garnished with fried or baked tortilla strips, baked tofu, crispy chile ancho, and avocado.

Tortilla soup is also known as sopa azteca, the soup is representative of central Mexico but can be found all over the country. It varies from state to state and household to household. Usually it consists of a tomato based  broth, a dried chile, and epazote. Fried tortillas are added to the broth then you pile the toppings on. Some other less traditional toppings are roasted poblano pepper, onion, and cilantro.

This is my Tia Laura’s recipe, and even though it is not necessarily the traditional one, it’s really good. I kept the recipe just as she showed me how to prepare it. She has a wonderful ease around the stove, and her callused hands show that she knows how to hold a knife, and does so often. She’s just one of those people with the “gift”. You know what I’m talking about right? She puts on that apron and forgets about the world, cutting, chopping, stirring, and tasting; she doesn’t even have to look at a recipe or resort to google. She makes it seem so effortless and fun. Which is the way home cooking should be.

This spicy vegan tortilla soup, is not your typical tex-mex, cumin and chili powder seasoned soup. The broth for this soup is simmered with epazote, chile morita, tomato, onion, garlic, and chipotle, then garnished with fried or baked tortilla strips, baked tofu, crispy chile ancho, and avocado.

Her love of food and cooking started in her mother’s kitchen, at the age of 5, while watching her bake polvorones (Mexican wedding cookies). It made her so sad that she couldn’t keep all the cookies to herself, that she asked her Mamá if she would show her how to make them, and she did. Now that my grandma no longer with us, my Tia has taken the unofficial title of family cook. I hope she doesn’t get mad at me for veganizing it! 

The Recipe: Spicy Vegan Tortilla Soup

  • If you can’t find fresh epazote use dried, or you can also use cilantro.
  • If you would like your soup to be spicy, add 2 chipotle chiles instead of one.
  • The tortillas and the chile pasilla are traditionally fried.
  • You want to add the tortillas to the soup right before eating.
  • You can substitute maggi seasoning sauce with soy sauce.
  • Zucchini would be a great addition to this soup.
  • Enjoy!!

This spicy vegan tortilla soup, is not your typical tex-mex, cumin and chili powder seasoned soup. The broth for this soup is simmered with epazote, chile morita, tomato, onion, garlic, and chipotle, then garnished with fried or baked tortilla strips, baked tofu, crispy chile ancho, and avocado.

This spicy vegan tortilla soup, is not your typical tex-mex, cumin and chili powder seasoned soup. The broth for this soup is simmered with epazote, chile morita, tomato, onion, garlic, and chipotle, then garnished with fried or baked tortilla strips, baked tofu, crispy chile ancho, and avocado.
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Spicy Vegan Tortilla Soup

This spicy vegan tortilla soup, is not your typical tex-mex, cumin and chili powder seasoned soup. The broth for this soup is simmered with epazote, chile morita, tomato, onion, garlic, and chipotle, then garnished with fried or baked tortilla strips, baked tofu, crispy chile ancho, and avocado.
Course Soup
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword tofu, tortilla soup, vegan
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 Servings
300 kcal
Author Dora S.

Ingredients

  • 8 Corn tortillas cut into ½ in. strips
  • (12 oz.) or 1 block Extra firm tofu, pressed, cut into ½ inch cubes
  • 2 Roma tomatoes, large
  • ¼ White Onion, rough chopped
  • 1-2 Chile chipotle peppers in adobo
  • 1 Dried Chile morita, de-seeded, crumbled
  • 8 ½ cups Vegetable stock
  • 1 cup Diced tomates, canned, fire roasted
  • 2 Garlic cloves, peeled
  • 1 tsp. Soy sauce or braggs liquid aminos (see notes)
  • 1 sprig Epazote fresh

Garnish:

  • 2 Avocadoes, cut in half, pitted, diced
  • 3 Dried chile pasilla
  • Almond crema (optional)
  • 1 Lime, cut into quarters

Preparation

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350°F.

  2. Place the tofu and tortilla strips on a sheet tray lined with parchment paper. Bake for approximately 20 min. or until the tortillas are crispy and the tofu is slightly browned. Remove from oven and set aside.

  3. In the meantime, bring water to a boil in a small pot and add whole tomatoes. Reduce heat and gently simmer for 3-4 min., or until tomatoes are soft and the skin begin to fall off them. Set tomatoes aside.

  4. In a blender, puree cooked tomatoes, onion, chile morita, chipotle chiles, 2 ½ cups of HOT vegetable stock, tomato puree, garlic, and soy sauce until smooth.

  5. Heat a large pot to medium heat and add the tomato-chile puree to it. Let it simmer for 1-2 minutes, until it slightly thickens and changes color. Add the rest of the vegetable stock, epazote spring, and baked tofu to the pot and bring to a simmer. Let simmer for 15 min. and season to taste.

Garnishes:

  1. Toast the pasilla chile on a comal or saute pan set to medium heat, until crispy but not burnt. Cut into strips

  2. Remove epazote sprig from pot, and serve soup in bowls.

  3. Serve soup with assorted garnishes (baked tortilla strips, avocado, almond crema, toasted chile pasilla, and limes).

Recipe Video

Chef's Notes

You can fry the tortilla strips for a crispier outcome, and traditionally the chile pasilla for the garnish is also fried in oil. I prefer my tortilla soup without the crema, but that’s up to you. If you can't find fresh epazote use dried, or you can also use cilantro. If you would like your soup to be spicy, add 2 chipotle chiles instead of one. 

Nutrition Facts
Spicy Vegan Tortilla Soup
Amount Per Serving (1 bowl)
Calories 300 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11g 17%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Sodium 2149mg 90%
Potassium 893mg 26%
Total Carbohydrates 46g 15%
Dietary Fiber 9g 36%
Sugars 10g
Protein 11g 22%
Vitamin A 37.2%
Vitamin C 26.7%
Calcium 9.9%
Iron 17.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition Facts
Spicy Vegan Tortilla Soup
Amount Per Serving (1 bowl)
Calories 300 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11g 17%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Sodium 2149mg 90%
Potassium 893mg 26%
Total Carbohydrates 46g 15%
Dietary Fiber 9g 36%
Sugars 10g
Protein 11g 22%
Vitamin A 37.2%
Vitamin C 26.7%
Calcium 9.9%
Iron 17.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.