On May 5th 1862 the Mexican Army went head to head with Napoleon III’s French forces at the Battle of Puebla and, after a long and difficult battle, walked away victorious! Fast forward 56 years and Cinco de Mayo (Spanish for “Fifth of May”) has become a significant day in the American calendar – looked on to commemorate the Mexican Army’s efforts and to showcase and enjoy Mexican-American culture.
This Saturday what better way to celebrate than to gather your girls together for the ultimate Cinco de Mayo party! To help you get started, we’ve pulled together a few of our favourite vegan Mexican dishes which are sure to be a hit amongst meat eaters and veggies alike!
Loaded Avocado Quesadillas
Top of the list, quesadillas. Crispy on the outside, soft and flavorsome on the inside (and seriously easy to whip up), Alissa from Connoisseurus Veg gives this classic a vegan twist by substituting cheese (bear with us) for avocado. Trust us, once you’ve tried it you’ll never look back!
Vegan Nachos with Barbecue Jackfruit
Up next, a firm veggie favourite, pulled jackfruit. If you haven’t tried it yet where have you been? – and you’re welcome for the introduction because this is a game changer. Originating from Southeast Asia, this fruit has become popular in America over recent years as a great meat alternative. Stock up in most Asian food stores (for around $2 a can), and for Cinco de Mayo follow Dora’s Daily Dish by simmering it in barbecue sauce and using it as a ‘pulled pork’ style topping to nachos.
Vegan Cauliflower Tacos
No Cinco de Mayo vegan recipe round-up is complete without cauliflower tacos. Easy to make, delicious and guaranteed to have all your guests saying “THIS is cauliflower?!”. These little bite-sized snacks have been floating around Pinterest and Instagram for a while, and now have had a Mexican overhaul with Vegan Heaven’s recipe.
Whether you are looking for special occasion dresses or a pair of summer flip flops, why not give these delicious Mexican vegan recipes a try and let us know what you think in the comments!
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