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4 Vegan Cinco De Mayo Recipes For Your Mexican Fiesta

4 Vegan Cinco De Mayo Recipes For Your Mexican Fiesta
Jennifer Blow
Writer and expert6 years ago
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Need some vegan options for Cinco de Mayo this year? These plant-based recipes inspired by traditional Mexican dishes will let you join in on the fun, without any animal products. So invite your friends over and show them how delicious vegan can be. Let's check them out.

1. Loaded Nachos with Vegan Queso

vegan Cinco de Mayo recipes

Serves: 2-4

  • 1/2 cup unsalted cashew nuts
  • 1 cup salsa roja (red salsa)
  • 1/2 tsp. ground turmeric
  • 2 tbsp. nutritional yeast
  • Pinch salt
  • 2 whole meal tortillas
  • ½ can black beans
  • Fresh guacamole

1. Make the vegan queso by first soaking your cashews. Put them into a bowl, cover with boiling water, and set aside for 1 hour. Once they're soaked, drain and combine in a food processor with the salsa roja, ground turmeric, nutritional yeast, and salt. Blend until smooth and creamy. Set aside.

2. Cut the tortillas into triangles and place on a tray under the grill for around 3 minutes or until they begin to brown. Turn the nachos and grill for another 3 minutes. Add the black beans and return to the grill for 5 minutes.

3. Place the queso into the microwave to warm for around 30 seconds on high. Pour over the nachos and devour!

2. Best Ever Chunky Guacamole

Serves: 4

  • 2 ripe avocados
  • 2 tomatoes (finely chopped)
  • ½ red onion (finely chopped)
  • Handful pickled jalapeños (chopped)
  • 1 fresh lime, plus extra to garnish (juice)
  • Handful of fresh cilantro, plus extra to garnish (chopped)
  • Pinch of sea salt and pepper

1. Cut the avocado lengthwise, then remove the pit and scoop the flesh out. Mash the avocado with a fork and combine with the remaining guacamole ingredients. Serve with extra cilantro and lime juice on top.

3. Fiery Five-Bean Chili

bean chili

Serves: 4

  • 1 tbsp. coconut oil
  • 1 white onion (chopped)
  • 3 cloves garlic (peeled and finely chopped)
  • Spices: 2 tsp. hot chili powder, 1 tbsp. ground cumin, 1 tsp. paprika
  • Beans: 14 oz. can mixed beans, 14 oz. can kidney beans, 2 tbsp. refried beans (optional)
  • 3/4 cups vegetable stock
  • 14 oz. can chopped tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp. tomato puree
  • 1 lime

1. Place a large saucepan on medium heat and add coconut oil. Once melted, add onions and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the garlic and spices, then cook for another 2 minutes while stirring.

2. Add the beans, chopped tomatoes, stock, and tomato puree. Bring the mixture to the boil, then cover the pan with a lid. Leave to simmer for 10 minutes on a medium to high heat, stirring occasionally. Once cooked, serve with cooked brown rice and a squeeze of lime juice.

4. Spicy Black Bean & Avocado Tacos

avocado tacos

Makes: 8

  • 2 14 oz. cans of black beans
  • 1 cup salsa roja (red salsa)
  • 1 tbsp. ground cumin, 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  • 1 tbsp. hot chili powder
  • 2 avocados
  • 1 red onion (finely chopped)
  • 14 oz. can sweet corn
  • Dairy-free sour cream
  • 8 small corn tacos
  • Handful cilantro (chopped)
  • 1 lime (juice)

1. Simmer the black beans, salsa roja, cumin, salt, and chili powder in a saucepan on medium heat until warm through (around 8 minutes), stirring occasionally.

2. Fill each taco with the warm bean mixture, then top with sweet corn, chopped red onion, avocado slices, dairy-free sour cream, and cilantro. Squeeze over lime juice and you're good to go.

Enjoy these vegan recipes?


Jennifer Blow
Writer and expert
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Jennifer Blow has a Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Science and a Master of Science by Research in Nutrition, and now specialises in the use of sports supplements for health and fitness, underpinned by evidence-based research. Jennifer has been quoted or mentioned as a nutritionist in major online publications including Vogue, Elle, and Grazia, for her expertise in nutritional science for exercise and healthy living. Her experience spans from working with the NHS on dietary intervention trials, to specific scientific research into omega-3 fatty acid supplementation and also the effect of fast foods on health, which she has presented at the annual Nutrition Society Conference. Jennifer is involved in many continuing professional development events to ensure her practise remains at the highest level. Find out more about Jennifer’s experience here: In her spare time, Jennifer loves hill walking and cycling, and in her posts you’ll see that she loves proving healthy eating doesn’t mean a lifetime of hunger.