Mexican Independence Day is just a few days away. Here are some delectable meatless dishes you can make to celebrate.
Learn About Mexican Independence Day
Outside of Mexico there’s a common misconception that 5 de Mayo is our day of independence. It’s actually the 16th of September. But celebrations start the evening of the 15th.
Watch this fun video below to learn a little bit more.
Chiles en Nogada
Chiles en nogada or peppers in walnut sauce are the star dish of Mexican Independence Day. They are a very Baroque-era dish typical of the cuisine of Mexico’s melting pot of cultures during those times.
The filling is traditionally made with minced pork and beef, but of course my recipe uses a vegan meat. Fruits and pine nuts are cooked with the meat as well as some aromatic spices. Then the peppers are battered and fried before being drizzled with the creamy walnut -goat cheese sauce, and topped with pomegranate seeds and chopped parsley.
My recipe is not the 100% authentic original one, but it’s as close as I could get it. Even so, it’s an amazing dish that is so worth a try.
Get my vegetarian chiles en nogada recipe by clicking here.
If you want an easier and vegan dish, then make vegan pozole rojo.
Pozole is another one of the most common foods served for the celebrations. Well, pozole is usually a dish Mexican families make for just about any celebration.
My pozole rojo is vegan and instead of meat uses mushrooms. It’s incredibly satisfying for those who are missing pozole since going meatless. The broth is full of delicious flavors.
Get my vegan pozole rojo recipe by clicking here.
Oh tamales! They too are a special meal for many Mexican families. We always had them for different celebrations in my family.
My vegetarian tamales are made with rajas de jalapeño (jalapeño strips) and cheese. You can use Chihuahua cheese to make them vegetarian. Or use a melting plant-based cheese to make them vegan. Either way they are delicious!!
Though in my family we never served a side dish, I do know that many people like to serve with rice and beans. Salsas are a great addition though. A salsa like a molcajete one, or a salsa verde or even a simple tomato with chile de arbol would pair well with the tamales.
Click here to get the vegetarian tamales recipe.
Vegan Tinga Tostadas
Tostadas are another great food for celebrations. These vegan tinga tostadas are always a hit when I serve them, I think you’ll really enjoy them.
Traditionally made with shredded chicken my version uses shredded cabbage and carrots. In lieu of the carrots you could use 2 cans of prepared jackfruit to give you that “meaty” look and texture.
Click here to get my vegan tinga tostadas recipe.
Stuffed Conchas for Dessert
If you want THE quickest dessert recipe for your fiesta then make these stuffed conchas.
Literally all you do is take a concha and slice it in half then spread some whipped cream and layer sliced strawberries. The place the top layer of the concha slice and serve.
If you want a richer dessert than instead of whipped cream us Nutella and strawberries. Or you could also even use cajeta and strawberries. All so delicious and easy peasy!
Click here to get the full instructions for stuffed conchas here.
Carlota de Limon
This Mexican lime icebox cake is one of my most favorite desserts ever!
It’s light, airy, creamy, tart and sweet and just melts in your mouth. So, so delicious!
You can make this the day before and leave it in the refrigerator to set and use the next day.
Click to get the carlota de limon recipe here.
Chelada Beer Cocktail
Cheladas are one of the easiest cocktails you can make. You literally only need 4 ingredients to make it.
It’s a refreshing drink that’s light enough to be served with just about any main dish.
Click to get the chelada recipe here.
Agua de Jamaica
If you’d rather serve an agua fresca, then agua de jamaica is always a great choice.
This is made using dried hibiscus flowers. It’s a tart and tangy, refreshing drink that you’ll really enjoy with your meal.
Click here to get the agua de jamaica recipe here.