Vegetarian Recipes to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo

One of the first holidays of the summer season, Cinco de Mayo is also aáfood-centric celebration. For many, that means indulging in deliciousáMexican specialties. Food-centered fetes can present challenges for peopleáfollowing a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle. Happily, Mexican cuisine isáfull of options for those who don’t eat meat or other animal products.

Most Mexican restaurants offer vegetarian options on their menu. Theseáusually include cheese- and bean-based versions of favorites likeáenchiladas and flautas. Often, dishes that are listed on the menu asáhaving meat in them can be altered to include only vegetables.áHistorically, Mexican cuisine, and before that the diet of the Aztecs,ádidn’t have much in the way of meat. It mostly consisted of grains, fruitsáand vegetables. Since the foods are already full of flavor and spice, meatáisn’t a necessary component of many Mexican dishes.

One concern that some may have about eating at Mexican restaurants is theáuse of lard for cooking. Traditionally refried beans and some other dishesáare prepared in lard. That has changed somewhat as people have become moreáaware of the health risks posed by consuming lard in large amounts. Ifáyou’re concerned, check with the kitchen to see if they use lard in theirácooking.

To avoid that concern entirely, try preparing your own vegetarian Mexicanáfood at home. By controlling the ingredients and spice level, you canácreate food that suits your flavor and dietary desires. No Mexican mealáwould be complete without guacamole. This recipe uses Serrano peppers toágive the overall flavor an extra kick. The guac can then be used as aátopping for your favorite dish or just eaten on its own with chips.

The Serrano pepper can also be used in a salsa. Spicy and sweet flavorsácomplement each other, so the combination of theápeppers and pineapple ináthis salsa is a great balance. The base of the salsa is tomatillos whichágive it even more of a unique flavor.

For something a little heartier, try slow-cooked stuffed peppers. Theástuffing for these combines tempeh, green chiles, corn and a variety ofáspices. Though specific ingredients are listed, think of your peppers asáempty shells, and stuff them with whichever flavors you enjoy best.

Have a happy, and delicious, Cinco de Mayo!


Beverly M.
Past Member 4 years ago

Oh I love Mexican food ~ thank you!

Shelby Hooyenga


Joanne S.
Jo S4 years ago

Brandi, thank you so much for these great recipes.

Jarmila Bernathova


Laura Saxon
.4 years ago

Looks yummy. Thanks for sharing.

Elena B.
Elena Bonati4 years ago

Thank you for posting.

Danuta Watola
Danuta W4 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

linda grinfelds
linda grinfelds4 years ago

love salsa

Sue H.
Sue H4 years ago

Thanks for sharing.

Stephanie Reap
Stephanie Reap4 years ago

TY for sharing. sounds yummy