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Stacked Vegan Cheese Enchiladas

Stacked vegan cheese enchiladas

Want to switch up your routine Mexican cuisine? Try this unique Stacked Vegan Cheese Enchilada recipe for a twist on the typical rolled type. The word enchilada literally means “filled with chile,” and so it is supposed to be drenched in pure, red chile.  I’ve modified the recipe to use the tomato-based enchilada sauce, since cooking with pure, red chiles is not something that cooks outside the Southwest are likely to attempt. This simple and hearty dish is traditionally enhanced by a helping of refried beans and/or Mexican Rice on the side. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky. Continue Reading…

Homemade Soft Corn Tortillas

Corn tortillas recipe

If you can lift a bag of masa harina, you can make homemade corn tortillas and enjoy soft, toasty, corny goodness tonight! Homemade tortillas are best kept simple with basic toppings such as a strip of grilled tempeh or a spoonful of guacamole. Or serve with beans or a hearty Mexican posole. The key is to keep fresh-off-the-grill tortillas well covered to keep them warm and pliable until it’s time to eat. This recipe isn’t really too different from what’s on the bag of masa, but I see it as a way to inspire making homemade tortillas in the event you’ve never tried! Delicious with chili and other Southwestern stews, such as Quick Red Posole with Beans. Recipe from Viva Vegan!: 200 Authentic and Fabulous Recipes for Latin Food Lovers* by Terry Hope Romero. Reprinted courtesy of Da Capo Lifelong Books.

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Vegan Cauliflower Power Tacos

Cauliflower Power Tacos

Veggie lovers will devour this new take on a vegan power taco filled with roasted cauliflower, crispy chickpeas, and flavorful cilantro pesto. As an added bonus, it’s also gluten-free. This delicious dish gives you a great excuse to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, coming up on May 5 (and follow this link for more recipes for celebrating Cinco de Mayo, vegan style). Recipe contributed by the Betty Crocker company. (Isn’t it cool that they’re developing vegan recipes?) If you’d like, pass around your favorite salsa to top these, or as a VegKitchen reader suggests in the first comment below, some homemade Cashew Cream.

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Super-Easy Vegan Tortilla Casserole

Super-Easy Tortilla Casserole

This Super-Easy Vegan Tortilla Casserole is my favorite in-a-hurry casserole filled with southwestern flavors. The recipe involves throwing together a lot of convenient ingredients like canned beans and tomatoes, and frozen corn, but it’s unbelievably good when you need an emergency dinner. While it’s in the oven, steam a big batch of broccoli or prepared stir-fried collard greens, and make a salad or a raw veggie platter. Adapted from Vegan Express.  Photos by Evan Atlas.  Continue Reading…

Tofu and Mango Vegan Tacos

Tofu and Mango Vegan Tacos

These Tofu and Mango Vegan Tacos are colorful, delicious, and perfect for summer! Follow this recipe and you’ll wow meat eaters and non-meat eaters alike.

 

Tofu and Mango Vegan Tacos
Serves: 2
 
Ingredients
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • ¼ tsp chili powder
  • 1 block firm tofu, cut in small cubes
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 small mango, chopped
  • 1 green pepper, chopped
  • 1 tomato
  • 8 corn tortillas
  • ½ cup red cabbage, grated
  • 2 tbsp coriander leaves
  • 2 limes
Instructions
  1. Mix the spices together in a bowl.
  2. Coat the tofu with the spice mixture. Reserve in the fridge for 15 minutes.
  3. Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  4. Place the tofu on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Sprinkle with olive oil. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, cut the mango, peppers and tomato into cubes.
  6. Remove the tofu from the oven.
  7. Garnish tortillas with red cabbage, tofu, mango, pepper, tomato, and coriander leaves.
  8. Serve with lime wedges.

 

Tofu Rancheros

Tofu Rancheros

A veganized version of huevos (eggs) rancheros, this dish of tofu prepared with Southwestern flavors and nestled on corn tortillas, makes a nice brunch or light dinner dish. Serve with a simple potato or bean dish (shown here with Beer-Stewed Pinto Beans) and a platter of sliced avocado and oranges for a complete meal.  Continue Reading…

Northern Mexico Chimichangas

Northern Chimichangas

Chimichangas, called chivichangas in Mexico, are basically deep-fried burritos. These Northern Mexico Chimichangas are little decadent, but wonderful as an occasional treat. They epitomize the mingling of the American-Mexican border culture by their use of flour tortillas mixed with a filling suffused with adobo. You can find these in Tucson as easily as on the Sonoran side of Nogales. (from Vegan Mexico: Soul-Satisfying Regional Recipes from Tamales to Tostadas, copyright © 2016 by Jason Wyrick. Reprinted by permission Vegan Heritage Press. Continue Reading…

Vegan Carne Asada Fries

Vegan Carne Asada fries

Carne asada fries exemplify how an offbeat local food trend takes off and goes national. An odd combination of french fries, avocado, sour cream, and in its original form, strip steak, this dish originated in San Diego in the 1990s and soon became a standard in casual Mexican restaurants in the American Southwest. Now it’s on the menu in such eateries nationwide. I first had vegan carne asada fries at Mexican Radio in Hudson, NY, and understood why this hearty dish took off. How great that it can be made with seitan instead of meat! You can also use another meat substitute like jackfruit. Continue Reading…

Sizzling Tofu or Tempeh Fajitas 

Sizzling tofu fajitas

Fajita dinners are so much fun that those you’ve made dinner for will hardly notice that for the most part, they’re actually making their own meal, right at the table. This festive meal makes very little work for the cook, and everyone can tailor their fajitas to their own tastes. For a bigger meal, serve with a simple side of brown rice or quinoa. Adapted from Plant Power: Transform Your Kitchen, Plate, and Life with More Than 150 Fresh and Flavorful Vegan Recipes by Nava Atlas, ©2014, published by HarperOne, reprinted by permission. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky. Continue Reading…

Tempeh and Walnut Soft Taco Filling

Tempeh and walnut taco filling

Two high-protein foods (with lots more going for them nutritionally) — tempeh and walnuts — team up in a tasty taco filling that goes a long way. Use leftovers to boost protein and add texture to bean dishes and stews. Or you can freeze half of this filling for a future taco dinner. For a great meal, serve with Southwestern-Flavored Kale Salad. Adapted from Plant Power: Transform Your Kitchen, Plate, and Life with More Than 150 Fresh and Flavorful Vegan Recipes by Nava Atlas (HarperOne, reprinted by permission). Photos by Hannah Kaminsky.

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Easy, Veggie-Filled Vegan Quesadilla Recipes

Vegan Sweet potato and avocado quesadillas

Quesadillas make great appetizers to serve with drinks, or as part of meals with soups and salads. They can also be served with heartier dishes such as veggie chili. A quesadilla is a sort of Mexican grilled cheese sandwich in a flour tortilla. Melted cheese is the common denominator of quesadillas, as it helps everything hold together. It’s easy to veganize quesadillas simply by using vegan cheese (my favorite is Daiya shreds, as they melt so very nicely — any variety, though the spicy pepper jack is particularly good for this purpose). To improvise and make your own combinations, see the basics in Easy Quesadillas or Soft Tacos — this isn’t the kind of dish for which you need to follow an exact recipe. Continue Reading…

Yellow Rice and Black Bean Burritos

Yellow rice and black bean burritos

Often, rice is served alongside burritos, but the combination of rice and beans wrapped inside the tortilla is quite satisfying. These yellow rice and black bean burritos make a filling meal that needs only a salad to be complete—though stoneground tortilla chips and salsa are always welcome! Photos by Evan Atlas. Continue Reading…

Easy Vegan Bean Burritos

easy vegan bean burritos recipe

These easy vegan bean burritos are delicious and filling. This recipe, featuring pinto beans, chile peppers, and vegan cheese, makes 8 burritos. A serving can be two burritos per person; or one burrito for a lighter meal with other accompaniments. Serve with salad and stoneground tortilla chips for a quick, tasty meal. If you love these burritos, you’ll enjoy more easy recipes for tortilla specialties in A Southwestern Supper. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky. Continue Reading…

Veggie Oat Taco Mince

Veggie oat taco filling

Steel-cut oats mimic the mouthfeel of vegan crumbles while being completely free of processed ingredients. They also add heartiness to the veggie and bean mixture. This is the perfect way to sneak in some veggies for the picky eaters in your house. This is gluten-free, soy-free, oil-free. From OATrageous Oatmeals by Kathy Hester; photos by Kate Lewis. Reprinted with permission of Page Street Publishing, ©2014.

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