Today, I'm sharing my favorite recipes for Cinco de Mayo. Vegan Mexican food is easy to make and elevates special events like a Mexican dinner party, so let's celebrate with these delicious vegan Mexican recipes at home.
What is Cinco de Mayo?
Cinco de Mayo is an annual celebration held on May 5. The date is observed to commemorate the Mexican Army's victory over the French Empire at the Battle of Puebla, on May 5, 1862, under the leadership of General Ignacio Zaragoza. During these festivities, people celebrate with parades, food, music, folkloric dancing, and battle reenactments.
Despite popular belief, Cinco de Mayo is not celebrated in Mexico. Instead, the world's largest Cinco De Mayo celebration takes place in Los Angeles, California. As a result, Cinco de Mayo is more of a Mexican-American holiday than a Mexican one.
Cinco de Mayo's colors mirror the Mexican flag's – red, white, and green. However, the meaning of the flag colors has evolved, with green representing hope and independence; white, unity and purity; and red, religion and the blood of the national heroes.
Even though we don't need an excuse to drink Margaritas and eat excellent Mexican food, vegan Mexican sides make this Cinco de Mayo memorable by making healthy recipes for Cinco de Mayo at home.
Our Favorite Taco Recipes
For instance, try whipping up homemade this Crunchwrap Supreme Recipe! It's a favorite with kids and adults alike. This copycat Taco Bell creation is easy to make and is made with Vegan Nacho Cheese Sauce made from carrots and potatoes.
Another one of my favorites, Cauliflower Tacos, is quick, easy, and oil-free. Roasted in homemade taco seasoning and topped with avocado cilantro cream, pickled red onions, and microgreens, these bite-sized treasures are perfect for Cinco de Mayo.
For a quick and easy taco recipe, try lentil tacos. I always make a double batch and freeze the lentil taco meat for Southwest Egg Rolls!
Jackfruit makes a delicious taco filling for any vegan Mexican food; however, we love it inside tacos the best!
Sofritas, a Chipotle copycat, is a fabulous crumbled tofu meat for tacos.
Tacos aren't just for dinner. Try these vegan breakfast tacos this Cinco de Mayo!
Vegan Mexican Salads and Bowls
This homemade version of a Chipotle LifeStyle Vegan Bowl is a great way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo at home!
If you prefer your Mexican feast in a bowl, try this Vegan Breakfast bowl!
A healthy burrito bowl has everything in one bowl, so you get a bite of every delicious ingredient in every bite.
Make it simple with this easy Mexican salad, and remember the southwest salad dressing.
Mix some of your favorite Mexican salad ingredients into this yummy Mexican Quinoa salad.
Try this Mexican pasta salad if you love pasta, like I do. It can be served cold or warm, depending on your mood.
The kids love this taco pasta salad recipe. It has all the taco fixings and pasta in a delicious, simple dressing.
Everyone loves a good chopped salad, and this Mexican chopped salad is a party pleaser!
Keep Cinco de Mayo healthy with this vegan taco salad recipe.
If you love coleslaw, try this fabulous southwest coleslaw recipe with crispy, air-fried tortilla strips.
Vegan Mexican Side Dishes
These roasted Mexican potatoes are slightly spicy and pop with flavor in your mouth.
Mexican rice is the perfect side dish for any Cinco de Mayo menu!
These Mexican pickled carrots, red onions, and jalapenos are one of my personal favorites. I add them to everything!
Whatever you do, don't forget the nacho cheese sauce. This recipe can be made in various ways, for a chili cheese dip, salsa dip, or many other options.
Vegan Mexican Entrees
Not a Taco fan? This vegan tortilla soup is packed with jackfruit, roasted corn, and veggies in a sassy Mexican broth. Topped with oil-free air-fried tortilla strips, love every bite of goodness.
I love this vegan enchilada casserole because I can make it the day before and reheat it, which is always a plus.
Another kiddo favorite, this enchilada pasta is a one-pot meal with no leftovers. East to make, and only one pan to clean up. Any questions?
These sweet and sassy enchiladas are packed with veggies and never-ending flavor!
Did someone say burrito? After eating this burrito, Cinco de Mayo will be etched in your mind forever.
Shredded jackfruit, spinach, black beans, and a sassy sauce fill these jackfruit enchiladas.
Try to keep the kids away from these southwest egg rolls, so you get at least one before the plate is empty.
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a vegan Mexican fiesta to remember!
Hi! My name is Kathy, I am a retired high school English teacher & vegan enthusiast and blogger. My entire blog is fully plant-based vegan. I truly believe what we eat & how we live determines our health & the preservation of our planet! 🙂