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15 Amazing Southwestern and Mexican-Inspired Vegan Recipes

15 Amazing Southwestern and Mexican-Inspired Vegan Recipes

Southwestern and Mexican fare are characterized by tasty favorites like tacos, burritos, rice and beans, tortillas, and quesadillas, with accompaniments like fresh salsa and guacamole. And don’t forget the margaritas! Although meat and cheese play a significant role in these cuisines, try these 10 vegan versions of southwestern and Mexican-inspired dishes:

1. Spicy Zucchini and Tomato Tacos

These tacos have spicy zucchini with the cooling taste of avocado and tomatoes.


Spicy Zucchini and Tomato Tacos

2. Chia Margarita

A “chia fresca” is a Mexican beverage, which classically uses lemon or citrus juice in combination with plant-based powerhouse chia to make a refreshing drink.Combining the idea of a chia fresca with another Mexican specialty, tequila, is a true food destiny, and a deliciously fun new way to make a margarita (and add a little nutrition).


Chia Margarita

3. Mason Jar Salsa

Add a little kick to your tortillas and nachos with this salsa.


Mason Jar Salsa

4. Knock-a-mole

This dip is a refreshing adaptation of the original, perfect for any occasion with green peas.



5. Watermelon Gazpacho

The sweetness of the watermelon balances perfectly with the little kick from the serrano pepper and the flavourful boost of fresh herbs.


Watermelon Gazpacho

6. Smoky Roasted Corn and Sweet Pepper Soup

This soup is warm and rustic and pairs well with the smoky roasted corn.


Smoky Roasted Corn and Sweet Pepper Soup

7. Mexican Lasagna

This is a great take on lasagna that can spice up any dinner party.


Mexican Lasagna

8. Crispy Potato Soft Tacos

This recipe calls for a taco with crispy and flavorful potatoes with a small amount of heat from the adobo cashew cream sauce.


Crispy Potato Soft Tacos

9. Double decker lentil tacos

You can make your own version of a double decker taco, without the high calories and fat.


Double decker lentil tacos

10. Mexican Frittata

Try this Mexican frittata with all of the Mexican flavors we love.


Mexican Frittata

11. Cilantro Avocado Chickpea Salad Tacos

The light, crisp corn tacos provided the perfect balance to the rich, savory, lime-infused, mashed chickpeas, and avocado.


Cilantro Avocado Chickpea Salad Tacos

12. Lentil Tacos

Spanish Pardina Lentils are called for in the recipe. However, any lentil would work well.


Lentil Tacos

13. Tacos Sin Carne

Try this taco with Textured Vegetable Protein (TVP). Your meat-eating friends won’t even know it’s vegan!


Tacos sin Carne

14. Spinach Quesadillas with Strawberry Spring Onion Salsa

This is a flavorful take on a classic recipe.


Spinach Quesadillas with Strawberry Spring Onion Salsa

15. Mini BBQ Soy Curl Taco Bowls

Combined with the barbecue soy curls and the crunchy taco bowl, pickled onions create a wonderfully tasty flavor combination that can’t be beat.


Mini BBQ Soy Curl Taco Bowls

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3:29AM PDT on Jul 10, 2015

Some of these look tasty; I love this style of food.

10:20AM PST on Nov 17, 2013

yumE X 15

2:11AM PST on Nov 17, 2013

Thank you.

1:22AM PST on Nov 17, 2013

Thank you :)

11:51PM PST on Nov 16, 2013

thank you

8:57PM PST on Nov 16, 2013


6:20PM PST on Nov 16, 2013

I like southwestern food with red,black beans,corn,tomato and a few more things. I didn't see much exactly like that .
I only saw one maybe 2 I would ever think I would like.I don't know if I could actually prepare it.

TY,I'm sure many will try a few of these.

5:50PM PST on Nov 16, 2013

some of these look good, thanks

4:49PM PST on Nov 16, 2013

Can't wait to try some of the recipes. Thank you for sharing.

4:31PM PST on Nov 16, 2013

Thanks for the recipes.

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