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

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.


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


  • 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)


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


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.