Cinco de Mayo is TOMORROW! A holiday celebrated in honor of the Mexican army's win in the Battle of Puebla, most people think it's the date of Mexico's Independence Day. It's not. But its IS a celebration of Mexican heritage & pride, which is why we're celebrating by whipping up some of our favorite Mexican-inspired recipes. This round-up can work as inspiration for your own celebration or as a list of great ideas to get you started. My favorites will always be the Cauliflower Queso & the Baked Jalapéno Poppers, but there are recipes on this list for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or post-bar late-night snackin'. Whatever you do to celebrate, enjoy it!
1. South of the Border Scramble
The perfect easy-to make breakfast to start your day. Made with tofu, tomatoes, & onions, and kicked up with a little spice!
2. Cauliflower Queso
Seriously one of my favorite recipes EVER. Creamy, flavorful, and as close to the original as I've had since I've gone vegan. Highly recommended, and lasts great in the fridge for multiple snacking sessions.
3. Cheezy Baked Polenta Fries
Made with cornmeal, these fries would make an incredibly tasty addition to vegan 'carne asada' fries (like nacho toppings on FRIES-YUM!), and are great dipped in a spicy mayo or salsa, too. Great for sharing!
4. Picante Black Bean Hummus
Spicy, packed with protein, and a perfect spicy side for chips or alongside guacamole. Easy to share as an appetizer-as long as you're not sharing with double dippers.
5. Baked Jalapéno Poppers
Maybe my second favorite behind the Queso dip. These are BETTER than any restaurant version I've had, and are baked -not fried- so you can feel a little better about eating a bunch of them, too. Lightly breaded and stuffed with vega cheese, this is an appetizer that will impress your friends and cement your status as resident awesome vegan chef.
6. Baked Black Bean Burgers
Less Mexican-inspired than the rest but full of flavor and hearty enough to fill you up. Make the patties now and freeze them to use whenever you're ready. Topped with avocado and a little salsa- olé!
7. 6-Layer taco Pie
6 layers of beans, tortillas, cheese, salsa, and rice. A great family meal, this is like a baked burrito. Overstuffed and full of protein, this pie is a crowd-pleaser for sure.
8. Spicy 3-Bean Chili
This chili recipes has been my go-to for years. It is seriously simple to put together and makes enough to last a few meals. Plus, chili is hearty and great re-heated later, which is why I so often make a double batch and bring it work for a few days. Plus, its easily customizable and can be tweaked to include your favorite veggies or beans.
9. Spicy Foil-Baked Stuffed Peppers
One of my earliest recipes (apologies for the weak photography), but one of the simplest meals. Simply pack peppers full of your favorite spicy goodness and bake until soft! Looks like you spent hours assembling them, when really they may be the easiest thing you make all day.
Here's to a safe, happy, and healthy Cinco de Mayo! Don't drink too many margaritas, and be sure to eat way too much guac. Olé!