Is plant based Mexican food an oxymoron?? I used to think so. Enchiladas without cheese, pozole without pork or tamales without chicken? It sounded frankly awful to me, and it seemed to daunting to give up my childhood favorites. Well it doesn’t have to be that way. Plant based Mexican food is delicious and good for you!!

Vegan vs Plant Based?

Vegan means that you avoid all animal products in your food, but also in everyday items such as clothes and shampoo. Most of the time people become vegan for ethical reasons (to end animal suffering), it’s not just a diet. Plant based or whole food plant based (WFPB) is talking specifically about diet. A diet free of animal products, processed food, and oil. Usually, people choose this lifestyle for its health benefits.

This blog has been vegan Mexican for 5 yrs. now and during that time I have gone back in forth between vegan and plant-based in my recipes. (I just can’t seem to give up chips!!) So you will find oil-free recipes, and recipes so deliciously full of fat and chips, lots of chips.

I know everyone has a different path, so that’s why I’ve compiled all of the whole food plant based recipes on my blog for you. All of these recipes are oil-free or easily adaptable to be, and are low in sugar or the sugar can easily be substituted for a low-glycemic sweeteners. Enjoy!

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


Hearts of palm ceviche on a blue plate with chips, and a beer.

Salads and Appetizers:

Vegan pozole verde topped with lettuce, radishes, and avocado in a blue and white talavera bowl


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


side angle of vegan picadillo and mexican rice in a clay plate on top of a striped blue placemat

Main Course:

A close up of vegan arroz con leche with raisins with the spoon digging in.



Enjoy this refreshing agua de melon, which is easy to prepare, delicious and the prefect treat for a super hot day.


Agua de Melon

Licuado de Plátano


If you are looking for more plant based Mexican food I recommend the following bloggers.

Piloncillo y Vainilla

Mexican Made Meatless

Brand New Vegan

Thyme and Love