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I have searched far and wide for a vegan meatball recipe that I didn’t hate, and that wasn’t super complicated. I finally stumbled upon this recipe from Connoisseurus Veg, and I have adapted it to make these Mexican tofu meatballs or vegan albóndigas. The meatballs are made with a mix of tofu, mushrooms, onion, garlic and seasonings, and they are bathed in a spicy chipotle tomato sauce. Serve with some brown rice studded with corn, and warm tortillas.

Tofu meatballs made with a mix of tofu, mushrooms, onion, garlic and seasonings, and bathed in a spicy chipotle tomato sauce.

I have been working like crazy on the launch of the YouTube channel in English and Spanish. Honestly, I don’t know why I am doing this, as if is there already wasn’t enough on my plate. But as my husband keeps telling me YouTube is the new TV, and that if I want to get my recipes out there, I should at least give YouTube a try. We will see, stay tuned.

Tofu meatballs made with a mix of tofu, mushrooms, onion, garlic and seasonings, and bathed in a spicy chipotle tomato sauce. #veganmexicanrecipes

The highlight of my week was this amazing email I got from a reader, it was so honest and heartfelt. Here is a excerpt from it:

“I am writing you because I wanted to thank you for this website. I love the recipes you make and I just love that now I can make all these recipes I grew up eating in a healthy vegan way. It has been hard for me and my wife to find true Vegan Mexican recipes and we have tried some of your recipes and we absolutely love them…… I was born and raised in Mexico City and I just want to share with you that your recipes really do have a special touch and they taste just the way I remember them.”

It’s emails like this that keep me going, that motivates me to do things like start a YouTube channel. I just wanted to say thank you to all of you who have supported me over the years, and send me beautiful emails and messages. You make it all worth while.

Tofu meatballs made with a mix of tofu, mushrooms, onion, garlic and seasonings, and bathed in a spicy chipotle tomato sauce. #veganmexicanrecipes

The Recipe: Tofu Meatballs in Chipotle Sauce

The key to the texture of this recipe is chopping the mushrooms by hand. If you don’t have much time you can do this in the food processor, but be careful not to over process. Also, don’t forget to drain the excess liquid out of the grated onions. I used cilantro as a garnish, but you can also add it to the meatball itself. If you want to make the sauce spicy add at least 2 chipotle chiles. When I make these for my kids I only use one. Enjoy!

Tofu meatballs made with a mix of tofu, mushrooms, onion, garlic and seasonings, and bathed in a spicy chipotle tomato sauce. #veganmexicanrecipes

Tofu meatballs made with a mix of tofu, mushrooms, onion, garlic and seasonings, and bathed in a spicy chipotle tomato sauce. #veganmexicanrecipes

Mexican Tofu Meatballs in Chipotle Sauce

Tofu meatballs made with a mix of tofu, mushrooms, onion, garlic and seasonings, and bathed in a spicy chipotle tomato sauce. Recipe adapted from Connoiseurus Veg.
4.29 from 7 votes
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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 4 -6 servings
Author: Dora S.

Ingredients

  • ½ lb. Tofu, extra-firm, drained
  • 2 cups (6 oz.) Cremini mushrooms, stems removed
  • ½ Onion, grated, squeeze excess liquid out
  • 1 clove Garlic, minced
  • 1 ¼ cups Panko breadcrumbs
  • 2 tbsp. Almond milk, unsweetened
  • 2 tbsp. Soy sauce
  • 1 tsp. Vegan Worcestershire
  • 1 tbsp. Flaxseed, ground

Sauce:

  • 5 Roma tomates, large, chopped
  • ½ Onion, chopped
  • 2 Garlic cloves, peeled
  • 1 - 2 Chipotle chiles in adobo
  • ½ cup Vegetable stock or water

Garnish

  • ¼ cup Cilantro, chopped

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375°F.
  • Press tofu between two plates and place a couple of cans on top to drain excess liquid for 20 minutes.
  • In the meantime chop the mushrooms very finely and place in a large bowl.
  • Add the garlic, onion, breadcrumbs, almond milk, soy sauce, vegan Worcestershire, and flaxseed to the bowl.
  • Use your hands to crumble the pressed tofu into the bowl, season with salt and pepper, and mix well.
  • Roll the mixture into 15- 18 balls and place on a sheet tray covered with parchment paper. (You can add a little bit of oil on the parchment paper so the meatballs don’t stick, but this is optional if you are oil-free.)
  • Bake for 30 minutes, turning them halfway through.

Sauce:

  • While the meatballs are baking, using your blender, process all of the ingredients for the sauce until smooth.
  • Set a large sauté pan to medium heat and add sauce. Season with salt and pepper, and simmer for 7-8 minutes or until the sauce thickens slightly and changes to a dark red color.
  • Remove meatballs from oven and add to the pan with the sauce. Cover meatballs in the sauce. 
  • Serve over brown rice, and sprinkle with chopped cilantro.

Notes

Make sure to squeeze all the liquid out of the grated onion. If you would like to make this gluten-free you can substitute the breadcrumbs for oat flour. Annie’s sells a vegan Worcestershire or you can make your own. The key to the texture of this recipe is chopping the mushrooms by hand. If you don't have much time you can do this in the food processor, but be careful not to over process.  I used cilantro as a garnish, but you can also add it to the meatball itself. If you want to make the sauce spicy add at least 2 chipotle chiles. When I make these for my kids I only use one

Rice has been my nemesis for years. I don’t know why something so simple can be so complicated. Probably because I keep checking under the lid to see if it’s done! This was back when I cooked only with white rice, once I added brown rice to the mix, my complications doubled. That’s why it has taken me so long to finally come up with a good recipe for vegan Mexican brown rice. Some people also refer to it as Spanish rice, but it is all the same. I’m happy to say the kids enjoy brown rice as much as white. I think they don’t really care as long as it’s rice. They eat so much of it, that and noodles.

The perfect vegan Mexican brown rice, made with a very traditional recipe. It has just the right texture and balance of tomato-garlic flavor.

We went on another hike a couple of weeks ago, it’s called Manoa Falls. It’s a pretty popular hike, but not as well known as Diamond Head. This time my hubby went with us and we had a really good time. It takes about 30 minutes to get to the waterfall, and it’s a beautiful sight. It wasn’t too crowded and I would say it is of moderate difficulty. (Just on a side note, if you are ever in Hawaii, the state recommends not to go into the waterfall because there can be bacteria in the water called leptospirosis.) There are still many more hikes to explore, but I have been focusing on getting the hang of homeschooling and trying to post recipes at the same time! It has been a true exercise in patience.

The perfect vegan Mexican brown rice, made with a very traditional recipe. It has just the right texture and balance of tomato-garlic flavor.

We have been here 5 months and I think I’m beginning to get island fever. I keep dreaming about going on a road trip and I don’t even like driving! Then I wake up and realize I can’t go anywhere. What we should really do is visit Maui, I hear it is very vegan friendly, or someone needs to come visit me.

The perfect vegan Mexican brown rice, made with a very traditional recipe. It has just the right texture and balance of tomato-garlic flavor.

The perfect vegan Mexican brown rice, made with a very traditional recipe. It has just the right texture and balance of tomato-garlic flavor.

The Recipe: Vegan Mexican Brown Rice

The problem I have had with brown rice before is that I could never get it tender enough, so I decided to soak it overnight this time and I really like the results. I dare say it’s almost fluffy. The other really important part of this recipe is toasting the rice. I did it without oil and it worked just fine. Simply add the rice to a medium pot set to medium heat and stir until the rice begins to brown. Careful though, it’s very easy to burn. The toasting ads an aromatic touch to the rice. Enjoy!

The perfect vegan Mexican brown rice, made with a very traditional recipe. It has just the right texture and balance of tomato-garlic flavor.

The perfect vegan Mexican brown rice, made with a very traditional recipe. It has just the right texture and balance of tomato-garlic flavor.

The Perfect Vegan Mexican Brown Rice

4.25 from 4 votes
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Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 3 servings
Author: Dora Stone

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Brown rice, long grain
  • ¼ Onion, white
  • 3 cloves Garlic
  • 1 ½ cups Tomato, diced
  • 1 tbsp. Tomato paste
  • 1 ½ cups Vegetable, stock or broth
  • ½ tsp. Salt, kosher
  • 1 cup Peas, frozen

Instructions

  • Soak the brown rice in cold water overnight.
  • Drain the rice. Set a medium pot to medium heat and add the rice. Stir often and let rice toast until golden brown, about 8-10 min.
  • Meanwhile blend the tomato, onion, garlic, and tomato paste until smooth. Strain. You should end up with 1 cup of puree. If you don’t, add enough veg stock to make it one cup.
  • Pour the tomato puree into the pot with the rice and let simmer for 2 minutes. Add the 1 ½ cups of vegetable stock. Add ½ tsp of salt and stir. Cover and turn heat down to a low simmer. Let cook for 35 – 40 minutes.
  • Remove pan from heat and let rest covered for 7 minutes.
  • Meanwhile drop peas in boiling water until tender, about 1 minute, drain.
  • Add peas to rice and fluff with fork.

Notes

If you forgot to soak the rice, don’t worry. It will take just a bit longer to cook.

 

I dislike veggie burgers. They’re not burgers!!! Inevitably though, you will find yourself eating one, because they are commonly the only vegetarian-vegan options available at casual restaurants. Why make them at home then? Well, this recipe for spiced sweet potato black bean burger is pretty good, if I do say so myself. I usually make a big batch and freeze them. This way when I’m too lazy, tired, or out late doing stuff, I just pull some out of the freezer and make dinner, voila!

This spiced sweet potato black bean burger, is packed full of veggies and protein. Garam-masala and serrano pepper give it an extra kick

 

This spiced sweet potato black bean burger, is packed full of veggies and protein. Garam-masala and serrano pepper give it an extra kick

 

This spiced sweet potato black bean burger, is packed full of veggies and protein. Garam-masala and serrano pepper give it an extra kick

This spiced sweet potato black bean burger, is packed full of veggies and protein. Garam-masala and serrano pepper give it an extra kick

This spiced sweet potato black bean burger, is packed full of veggies and protein. Garam-masala and serrano pepper give it an extra kick

The addition of garam masala gives it a unique flavor and they are packed with veggies. The munchkin loves them. I do have to warn you, they are definitely not burgers. However, this doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy them on their own with a salad or in a whole wheat wrap. Alright lovely readers, it’s late, have a sweet night.

This spiced sweet potato black bean burger, is packed full of veggies and protein. Garam-masala and serrano pepper give it an extra kick

The Recipe: Spiced Sweet Potato Black Bean Burger

This burger is packed full of veggies and protein. I have added garam-masala and serrano pepper for an extra kick. I usually make these when I have leftover brown rice and quinoa. Enjoy!

Spiced Sweet Potato Black Bean Burger

5 from 1 vote
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Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 9 servings
Author: Dora Stone

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Diced yellow onion
  • 4 Garlic, cloves, minced
  • 1/4 cup Carrots, peeled, diced
  • 1/4 cup Celery, diced
  • 1/2 Serrano, diced
  • 1/3 cup Corn kernels, fresh or canned
  • 1 cup Sweet potato, cooked, peeled, mashed
  • 1 tbsp. Garam Masala
  • 1 tsp. Paprika
  • 1/3 cup Maseca, corn flour
  • 1 cup Black Beans, drained, canned
  • 1 cup Brown rice, cooked
  • 1 cup Quinoa, cooked
  • 1/4 cup Chopped parslet
  • To taste Salt kosher
  • To taste Black pepper ground

Instructions

  • In the bowl of a food processor add onion, garlic, carrots, celery, serrano, and corn kernels and process until the vegetables are chopped finely but not pureed.
  • In a large pan, set to medium-low heat, sauté vegetable mixture until all of the liquid has evaporated, about 5 – 7 minutes. Set aside and let cool for 5 min.
  • In a large bowl combine brown rice, quinoa, beans, sweet potato, garam masala, paprika, corn flour, parsley, vegetable mixture, salt, and pepper.
  • Place half of the mixture back into the food processor and pulse 3 times. Return mixture to bowl and mix well.
  • Form into patties. Refrigerate for at least an hour before cooking.
  • To cook, sauté in 1 tbsp. of oil for 2 -3 min. on each side until golden brown.
  • Serve.

Notes

If the mixture still seems too wet, you can adjust the quantity of quinoa and brown rice accordingly.