Top 6 Meatless Cinco de Mayo Recipes

Editor’s note: This post is a Care2 favorite, back by popular demand! It was originally posted on May 2, 2013. Enjoy!

We love co-opting holidays in this country, especially if it provides an excuse for heavy drinking. Cinco de Mayo, a commemoration of the the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War (1861-1867), will be celebrated this upcoming Sunday, May the 5th.

In Mexico, only the history buffs pay attention to this holiday, but in America, it’s evolved into a nationwide celebration of Mexican culture and a reason to take way too many tequila shots. History notwithstanding, it’s never a bad idea to celebrate with friends of different cultures, but it can be hard to meet everyone’s dietary needs.

The good news is, delicious Hispanic food doesn’t end with the beef taco. Here are six delicious meat-free recipes that will have all your guests shouting olé!

Avocado and Heirloom Tomato Gazpacho

meatless cinco de mayo avocado soup

Gazpacho is a cold soup that originated in the southern Spanish region of Andalucía. While usually tomato-based, this verde twist by is the perfect compliment to the warming May weather. Big on flavor, slightly spicy and ready for summer, this is sure to be a crowd-pleasing first course. Vegan.

Cheesy Mexican Corn Dip

meatless cinco de mayo corn dip

It wouldn’t be Cinco de Mayo without chips and dip, but who wants to fill up on that fattening stuff that comes in a jar. This easy recipe from Kitchen Treaty combines fresh corn with sharp cheddar, spicy jalapenos, and feisty spices for a scoopable treat that will keep them coming back for more.

Roasted Vegetable Stacked Enchiladas

meatless cinco de mayo roasted vegetable enchiladas

Looking for an easy, one dish recipe to bring along to your Cinco de Mayo potluck? Well, look no further. This ooey gooey pan of deliciousness from Two Peas and Their Pod is the perfect way to get rid of those odds and end vegetables lingering in your fridge. Mix whatever bright-colored produce you’ve got with some black beans, spice and enchilada sauce, and pop in the oven. Swap out the Monterey Jack for your favorite dairy-free cheese and it’s instantly vegan!

Kale and Sweet Potato Quesadillas

meatless cinco de mayo kale sweet potato quesadillas

If you think quesadillas are just cheese stuffed wraps meant to pacify picky kids at chain restaurants, think again. This reimagination from Oh My Veggies features quesadillas nutrient-packed kale, vegetarian chorizo, caramelized onions, smoky black beans, and sweet potatoes for an adult twist on an easy classic. Vegan.

Caramel Flan

meatless cinco de mayo flan

Flan is a custard-like dessert that’s very popular in Hispanic culture. Most flan has a caramel-like flavor with the consistency of a thick pudding. However, once you’ve got a base flan recipe that you like, it’s easy to experiment with other flavors as well. This gluten-free variation on traditional flan from Vegan Richa uses coconut milk and agar agar for thickness. Vegan.

Strawberry Mango Margaritas

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No Cinco de Mayo celebration is complete without a margarita. This weekend, forget the heartburn-inducing quick mixes they sell at the liquor store. This delicious fruit-filled variation from Gimme Some Oven uses whatever frozen fruit you might have on hand for a refreshing treat that’s perfect for sipping in the sunshine.

Related Reading:

5 Quick and Healthy Cinco de Mayo Recipes

Five Holidays We Wouldn’t Celebrate Without Immigrants

Colorful Cocktails To Toast Your Cinco de Mayo

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Veronica D
Veronica D2 months ago

Thank you so very much.

Veronica D
Veronica D2 months ago

Thank you so very much.

Veronica D
Veronica D2 months ago

Thank you so very much.

Jim Ven
Jim V10 months ago

thanks for the article.

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Siyus C1 years ago

Thank you for sharing!!

Angela K.
Angela K2 years ago

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Magdalena J.
Past Member 2 years ago

Thank you!

DaleLovesOttawa O.

Some interesting recipes. I like anything with avocado in it.