Mexican Broccoli Recipe (Brocoli A La Mexicana)

Transform broccoli florets into a delicious easy side dish or put it on a corn tortilla to make taco filling. This Mexican broccoli recipe or brocóli a la Mexicana is a must try and great way to get more veggies on your plate.

Mexican Broccoli Recipe.
Mexican Broccoli Recipe | Serve as Side or as Tacos

Mexican Broccoli

Broccoli is one of those vegetables that though tasty, can quickly become a bit boring.

Sometimes when I make it I want to include Mexican flavors. I keep it very simple and cook it a la mexicana.

The flavors combine so well together, and it’s incredibly quick and easy to cook. You can serve the broccoli as a side dish or use it as a taco filling — would also be delicious on quesadillas, just chop it up a bit smaller.

Now this isn’t a side dish recipe you’re going to see at a Mexican restaurant….or most homes for that matter, because it’s not really a dish common of Mexican cuisine. Even so, I think this so worth a try.

How to Make Mexican Broccoli.
Fresh Raw Broccoli

Health Benefits of Broccoli

Broccoli is one of the healthiest green vegetables and there’s really no reason why you shouldn’t be including it in your diet, be it that you’re vegan or vegetarian or a meat eater.

  • Loaded with antioxidants that are beneficial for overall health.
  • It helps reduce inflammation.
  • Believed to protect against certain cancers.
  • Helps control blood sugar levels
  • The fiber is great for digestion and therefore good to combat constipation.
  • Good for your eyes, hormones, and immune system, good for your heart and for your bones.
Brocoli a la Mexicana or Mexican Style Broccoli.
Brocoli a la Mexicana or Mexican Style Broccoli

What Does A La Mexicana Mean

In Mexican cuisine when you see a dish that has “a la mexicana” in it’s title it simply means Mexican style.

More specifically it denotes that green chilies, white onions and red tomatoes were used in it’s preparation.

These three colors are the Mexican flag, and hence the term “a la Mexicana”. Additionally the tree ingredients are very important to and almost always present in the dishes of Mexico.

So now next time you’re at a Mexican restaurant and see this phrase you’ll know that it means Mexican food prepared this way.

Brocoli a la Mexicana or Mexican Broccoli Ingredients.
Mexican Broccoli Ingredients

Ingredients Needed

The ingredients list is incredibly short and simple. This side dish recipe is intended for everyone to be able to make it quickly and easy. Specially since most of us usually always have these ingredients in our refrigerator.

  • broccoli
  • oil
  • onion
  • garlic cloves
  • jalapeño pepper
  • roma tomatoes
  • salt

Ingredient Substitutions

  • Broccoli: I use small broccoli crowns, but if you don’t have fresh broccoli then you can use frozen. Use about a one pound bag.
  • Oil: For the oil you can use vegetable or olive oil.
  • Onion: You can use either white or red onion. If you have neither then brown or even shallots will do.
  • Garlic: Instead of fresh garlic you can use 1.5 Teaspoons of garlic powder.
  • Jalapeno: Remove the seeds for a milder dish. For a spicier you can use serrano peppers. If fresh chilies are not an option for you then use some chili powder or even a good amount of black pepper or red pepper flakes will do. Or really whatever spicy chile you’d like is fine.
  • Tomatoes: You can use regular round tomatoes if desired. Canned would give the dish an entirely different taste, but in a pinch you could use about half a cup or more as desired.
  • Salt: I used sea salt but you can use your favorite salt or whatever you have on hand.
Brocoli a la Mexicana or Mexican Style Broccoli.

How to Make Mexican Broccoli or Brocóli a la Mexicana

This recipe is so incredibly easy to make that it almost feels silly writing it down. But alas, here’s how you make it.

Mexican Broccoli Recipe.

Step #1

Make sure that all of your ingredients are prepared before you begin. This Mexican food recipe cooks incredibly quickly.

Heat the oil in a large pan over medium-high heat. Once warm place onion in the pan and sauté until soft, about 5 minutes. Then add the chopped chile pepper and the minced garlic cloves and continue to cook until they have softened.

Sautéing onion, jalapeno and garlic to make Mexican broccoli.

Step #2

Next add the chopped roma tomato to the pan, sprinkle in the salt and mix until well combined.

Sauté until the tomato begins to breakdown.

How to make Mexican broccoli.
Add the Broccoli

Step #3

Once the tomato has begun breaking down then you can add the small broccoli florets.

Mix them well with the other ingredients. Cook until they reach your desired tenderness. If you’d like you could also add a splash of cold water to the pan to create a bit of steam and help cook the broccoli faster.

Test the texture or firmness of the broccoli florets by inserting a fork or a knife into the thick trunk part.

Recipe Variation

A delicious variation of this warm dish would be that you could transform this into a cold Mexican broccoli salad.

You’d do so by leaving the broccoli raw. But you’ll want to maybe use a food processor to chop the florets into smaller pieces instead.

Mix the oil with some freshly squeezed lime juice to drizzle it over the broccoli as a dressing. Or you could always use mayonnaise instead for a creamy dressing.

Broccoli Tacos

How to Serve

As previously mentioned, you could serve this as a side dish or as a filling for tacos — perfect easy meal for Taco Tuesday.

Another variation would be to use is as burrito filling or for a cheese quesadilla. For this I would suggest that you chop up the broccoli into very small pieces so that your tortilla doesn’t break.

Sometimes I serve my brocoli a la mexicana as a side dish to things like my chorizo and potato tacos, but I mean it’s also great on so many other dishes — even tofu chicharron! The flavors go well with so many main dishes.

A side dish of crispy Mexican potatoes would also be delicious.

Broccoli Tacos

The broccoli also tastes amazing inside warm corn tortillas. I love to make broccoli tacos! You could sprinkle with some lime juice then add some easy tomato salsa, maybe some sour cream or Mexican crema, or queso fresco or cotija cheese or parmesan cheese if you don’t have cotija.

For the broccoli tacos I serve them with a side of boiled or refried pinto beans, but occasionally black beans. The beans are an easy way to add more protein and make a complete meal.

This broccoli recipe is also great for your meal prep or weekly meal plans. Plus doesn’t take a whole lot of effort.

How to Store Leftovers

Broccoli freezes well so you could place leftovers in an airtight container or Ziploc bag and freeze. Try to consume within a few months. Only do this if the broccoli was raw.

If storing in the refrigerator, the broccoli will keep fresh for a few days before it gets a little stinky, like broccoli always does.

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Mexican Broccoli Recipe.

Mexican Broccoli Recipe or Brocóli A La Mexicana

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A super simple broccoli dish made Mexican style
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 18 minutes
Course Side Dish, tacos, Vegetable
Cuisine Mexican, vegan
Servings 4 servings
Calories 131 kcal


  • 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil or olive oil
  • 3/4 cups onion white or red, finely chopped
  • 1 or 2 whole jalapeño chiles finely chopped (use serrano for spicier dish)
  • 4 whole garlic cloves finely minced
  • 2 medium Roma tomatoes chopped
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt adjust to taste
  • 1 small head of broccoli cut into small florets


  • Prepare all of your ingredients before you begin because this recipe moves fast.
    Brocoli a la Mexicana or Mexican Broccoli Ingredients.
  • Heat the oil in a large pan, then add the onion and sauté until soft. Then add the jalapeno and the mince garlic and again sauté until they have softened.
    Mexican Broccoli Recipe.
  • Next add the chopped roma tomato and the salt and sauté for about 5 minutes or just until the tomato begins to soften and breakdown.
  • Lastly, add the broccoli florets and cooked to desired tenderness. The cooking time will depend on how crisp or soft you like the broccoli. Test with at fork or knife.


Serving: 4servingsCalories: 131kcalCarbohydrates: 14gProtein: 5gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 1gSodium: 635mgPotassium: 604mgFiber: 5gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 1213IUVitamin C: 143mgCalcium: 84mgIron: 1mg
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Mexican broccoli tacos with beans.
Easy Mexican Broccoli Tacos with Mexican Beans

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  1. 5 stars
    Just when I was struggling with ideas on what other interesting things I can make with Broccoli’s here comes your recipe. Perfect!

  2. 5 stars
    This is the perfect option for meatless taco tuesdays! The flavors from the jalapenos and seasoning are such a great pairing with broccoli!

  3. 5 stars
    thanks for this recipe as i was getting really bored of eating broccoli! This mexican broccoli was super flavourful and who doesn’t love tacos

  4. 5 stars
    Love your a la Mexicana broccoli recipe! Served it with tacos, and enjoyed this healthy dinner with my husband, thanks!

  5. 5 stars
    So good! I’ve made this as a side dish to main meals AND put it in my tacos…which I would never have thought to do that before! Such a good idea and it added a lot of flavor and nutrition. This is a keeper recipe.

  6. 5 stars
    This is my new favorite way to eat broccoli. It turns out so flavorful and delicious! I will be making this all the time now.

  7. 5 stars
    Yum! This looks delicious. I’ve never made Mexican broccoli. We’re going to try it in tacos.