17 Plant-Based Recipes Of Classic Latinx Foods


If you’re looking for something new to try, these veganized versions of classic dishes by Latinx creators are a great place to start.


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Who doesn’t love tostadas? If you love them too, I strongly recommend trying out Mexican Made Meatless‘s vegan take on tinga, a dish traditionally made from tomatoes, spices, cabbage, and shredded chicken. Leaving out the latter ingredient and replacing it with carrots, onions, and chipotle peppers creates a great meat-free option you can eat over tostadas (or however you like it).


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Beans, nondairy cheese, and jackfruit make for a great ‘dilla. Pro tip on this quesadilla recipe from Rican Vegan: if you make a large batch of the jackfruit filling all at once, you can save the rest to make quesadillas again the next day (and maybe even the day after).


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Where are my breakfast lovers? This recipe for plant-based migas takes the concept and makes it vegan by using tofu, tortilla chips, serrano pepper, and a variety of spices for the migas — plated alongside avocado and refried beans to complete the dish.


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The layers of this sandwich get more droolworthy with each reveal: lettuce, onion, tomato, special sauce, jackfruit “pulled pork,” and, finally, fried plantains! 


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If you’re allergic or avoiding dairy, you may have been missing out on esquites for a while now. Well, this recipe has figured out a way to make the cojito cheese from macadamia nuts, so now you can make street corn (in a cup or not) at home on your own!


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Yes, it’s true: This bowl of sancocho soup doesn’t have lots of different types of meat in it as the traditional version would suggest. But what Dominican Cooking created in this tasty recipe is an incredible stew made of delicious root vegetables, plantains, corn, and mushrooms.


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Back on the plantain train, this recipe is a veganized take on a traditional pastelón, which can probably best be described to anyone who hasn’t tried it before as lasagna made with plantains.


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If you’re looking for a vegan recipe for enfrijoladas that’s got a spicy kick and comes together in under 20 minutes, look no further.


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Next we have a dish that would actually pair very nicely with the above recipe: arroz con pollo. However, this is a plant-based list, so if you’d like to learn how to make this using jackfruit instead of a real bird, check out this recipe from Veggie Java!


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This savory meal, often served during the holidays, is usually made with salted cod. Never fear, plant-based friends, because this recipe uses hearts of palm, nori, and olives to re-create the texture and “fishy” taste. 


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You can learn how to make this stunningly bright and fresh drink with this recipe from Dora’s Table. It’s perfect for a hot day or anytime you feel in need of a ~cool and refreshing~ moment.


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As we move into the colder months here in the US, it’s always a good idea to have a go-to recipe for beans. Enter this recipe for habichuelas guisadas, or stewed beans, which uses sofrito, pumpkin, and sazón seasoning for the perfect combination of flavors.


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While finding cactus in the grocery store might not be the easiest, depending on where you live, if you do have access or cook it regularly, you simply must try this recipe for nopales. It’s a great side dish to have in your recipe repertoire.


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Pernil, or roasted pork, is an ingredient used in many dishes (and can be subbed in for in an even larger number of dishes). So if you’re ever looking to figure out a way to integrate this ingredient in a plant-based dish, try using jackfruit chunks instead with this recipe.


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You can use any sort of pasta you have at home to complete this truly cozy and comforting edition of sopa de fideo. I generally prefer thin angel hair or even soba noodles for this, but you can experiment with any kind that will lie flat enough to be sautéed evenly in a pan.


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Nicuatole isn’t always vegan-friendly, but this recipe uses coconut and passion fruit to mix with corn masa for a sweet, flanlike dessert.


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Are these not some of the prettiest desserts you’ve even seen?! You simply must try out this recipe if you’re looking for a sweet treat — soft on the inside and crunchy on the outside.

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