Cinco de Mayo is right around the corner, so there is no better time than to celebrate traditional Mexican heritage and culture. Food is one of the easiest ways to experience another person’s culture, and get a glimpse of their native roots. The palate has the power to travel the World with just a bite – so next stop… Mexico! We have compiled our favorite plant-based recipes that highlight traditional Mexican ingredients and share the love for Mexico that we have! But first, where did Cinco de Mayo come from? It’s a national holiday that highlights the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War. Since then, it has become a day where Mexicans and others come together to celebrate the many things Mexico has to offer the World. Let’s jump right in…
Got 15 minutes to whip up something quick for lunch or dinner? We’ve got you covered with our Mexican Black Bean Burger. With Cinco de Mayo around the corner, we are celebrating traditional Mexican ingredients vegan style! Aside from how quick and easy this black bean burger is, it’s crunchy on the outside but softer on the inside – a perfect duo for a burger if you ask us! Top it off with your favorite veggies and condiments to make it extra special.
One of our most famous recipes is our Spicy Corn Fritters with an Avocado Basil Dip! Super duper yummy!! We were inspired to be creative by one of the most iconic Mexican ingredients: corn! And let’s be honest, who doesn’t like crunchy fritters with an amazing dipping sauce?! Last year, we shared this recipe on Cinco de Mayo, which is also great for the Spring, Summer, and even the Fall. Such seasons are great for sourcing locally grown produce. We are lucky enough to live close to a few farmers markets, where we picked up locally organic grown corn. It is so important to us to support local farmers, and have the most organic ingredients we can find.
We have yet to see a better combo than the 4 peppers in this soup: chipotle, serrano, red and poblano. The flavors from these 4 peppers are a match made in heaven… food heaven of course. This soup is full of color for the Spring, yet that still exuded that warm and comforting feeling that Winter soups should have! It’s definitely for those who loooove to get their spicy on – the combination of the peppers brings out a specific heat that will have you coming back for more!
We all need recipes that are under 30 minutes without having to sacrifice any yumminess! Our Quick Creamy Corn Dip will become a staple amongst your friends and family (maybe even quicker than you can whip it up in your kitchen)! It’s smooth, creamy, and full of sweetness that corn naturally brings to the table. After going to Mexico, we have been inspired by its traditional ingredients and dishes. Cooking can be the best way to transport yourself to any place in the World. Whenever we travel and get back home, we immediately miss our destination – the fastest way to go back is simply by bringing it to our kitchen. Mexico has always greeted us with open arms and every time we visit we indulge (maybe a little too much) in their gastronomy.
5. Quinoa Burrito Bowl
There are so many burrito bowls out there, but most of them lack authentic Mexican ingredients! We’ve included chiles, corn & two different types of beans, which makes the perfect burrito bowl to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. It’s easy – all you have to do is let it cook in the slow cooker and you are ready to go! Homemade tasty meals that allow you to do your chores around the house are always great for the weekend or when you have to work during the week. We keep quick & tasty recipes on our fingertips when we are overwhelmed with studying/work or just want a relaxing Sunday!
Quinoa Burrito Bowl
- 1 1/2 cups of corn
- 1 1/2 cups of quinoa
- 1 small onion chopped
- 3 cups of water
- 3 bay leaves
- 1 tsp of cumin
- 1 tsp of garlic
- 3 chiles d’arbol dried
- 1 ancho chile dried
- 1 can of pinto beans
- 1 can of black beans
- 2 tbs of olive oil
- In a slow cooker, place all your ingredients. Mix well.
- Cook for about 2.5 hours. Stir occasionally.
- Enjoy 🙂