Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Vegetarian Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo is a big deal in our house. Any occasion that permits me to eat Mexican food is a big deal, so Cinco de Mayo, Tuesdays, and every third Sunday or so rank pretty high on my list of good days.

Originally I was to be spending tomorrow evening at an appreciation dinner. Due to sick contagious kiddos I will instead be spending tomorrow night at home, much to my husbands delight. Unfortunately I had nothing planned out, but a plethera of old recipes to choose from, so I think we will be ok.

Vegetarian or vegan burritos

Oh my! I almost forgot about this dish, it was so tasty! I can't believe I haven't made it since.

These are so simple it's ridiculous, even my super A.D.D sleep deprived self can make them.

These are very tasty, and another great taco for hot days. Great for avocado lovers, and well received by those who have tried them.

After having some fajitas in California with just a hint of tequila in them I couldn't resist but try them out on my own. You could most certainly omit this ingredient if you like.

This enchilada sauce is super simple and (check your ingredients) gluten and soy free! Winning! You could use it as a substitute for any enchilada recipe you like.

Looking at this I am thinking I will be making ALL of these in my near future....perhaps I shouldn't blog while hungry.

Other ideas....
Nachos - This is another really simple idea, use beans you've made or if you must use canned check out Amy's brand organic refried beans. Let family members add their favorite toppings, jalapeƱos, avocados, olives, diced onion, grilled get the idea. You can make it as simple or elaborate as you like.

Seven layer bean dip....or seven layer bean dip casserole Once again, you can totally customize this to suit your families needs.

Tamales! If you have access to tamales go for it. Be they from your freezer, your favorite restaurant, or your local farmers market (If this is the case I don't wan to hear about it, I'm so jealous you don't even know). Serve with beans and rice.

...No fooling.....I seriously just took a break to make some chips and dip....alright...I'm settled again...

Mexican "pizza"
You can easily make your own Mexican pizza in the toaster oven. Brush a corn tortilla with olive oil and toast until crispy. Add toppings such as refried beans, salsa, cheeze, cheese, and olives. Heat again until warmed through. Add more toppings such as chopped tomatoes, lettuce, onion, jalapeƱos...etc. This has always been a favorite in our house, it's quick, easy, and an excellent meal on a hot day as it doesn't require the use of an oven.

Now that I've made the decision that much harder for myself, I'd love to know what you are planning on making.


  1. do you have a mexican brown rice recipe that works? and tastes good?

  2. I've made it before pretty much the same way I make my regular Spanish rice, I just cook it longer. The difficulty I have found is that the tomato wants to burn before the rice is ready to be fully cooked. I used to have a magical rice cooker that did whatever I asked, and I had some success making spanish rice in it. Now that I'm thinking about it, the burning problem may be avoided if the rice were baked instead of cooked stovetop...

  3. Did i ever tell you i made my black bean dip with sour cream instead of the mayo? just as delicious, even david said so! you've got me wanting mexican now, not that's really hard to do.

  4. No you didn't! I'm guessing I probably didn't tell you that I made it as well without the mayo. It was well received by all. I kind of want some right now......

  5. I'm checking all these out as my hubby loves Mexican food! I think he'll especially like the avocado ones.

  6. I'm an avocado fiend myself. I can totally relate. :)

  7. Gotta love mexican food! So easy and tasty! And so easy to make vegetarian!


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