Here are 45 Tasty Vegan Recipes for a Festive Cinco De Mayo!
What is Cinco de Mayo Anyway?
Cinco de Mayo is a Mexican and Mexican-American holiday that commemorates the May 5th, 1862 Battle of Puebla. Although indigenous Mexican forces were outnumbered and armed with outdated guns, they defeated the invading French Army which was attempting to conquer the independent country. There’s much more to the story (the French Army was successful a year later) and the Battle of Puebla was the culmination of numerous events and had many aftereffects. The American Civil War may even have ended differently if the French Army had been free to help the Confederacy.
In Mexico, Cinco de Mayo is mainly celebrated in Puebla. In the 1960s, the holiday was briefly revived in the US as a call for solidarity during the struggle for Civil Rights (which continues). Since the late 1980s, the day has been heavily commercialized and become one more of drinking and profit for beer (and tequila!) companies. Just a bit ironic, since the holiday represents solidarity between disenfranchised peoples and against “colonialism.”
Vegan Cinco de Mayo
Vegan food is a perfect way to celebrate a day of solidarity and taking the side of fairness. So, please enjoy these delicious drinks and dishes! I’ve arranged them into categories: Tacos, Salsa/DIps/Guacamole, Instant Pot, Drinks, and Misc. So scroll down and see what deliciousness you’ll make on Sunday!
Taco … a traditional Mexican dish consisting of a corn or wheat tortilla folded or rolled around a filling.
These all vegan fried chicken tacos were absolutely delicious! That’s not entirely true. They’re not fried. They’re not really chicken either. But they are 100% honestly so freakin’ good. And easy to make, too.
Can’t decide between soft tortillas or a hard shell for your tacos? Now you don’t have to! These Double-Shelled Black Bean Tacos are filled with Spanish rice, creamy black beans, and pico de gallo, and they’re made with both soft and hard taco shells.
These taco cups are super cute and so easy to make. Like a cupcake and taco got together and had a delicious, tasty baby.
Potato Air Fryer Tacos – they’re bite-sized, perfect for dipping, and totally crowd-pleasing!
These Vegan Pinto Bean Tacos are healthy and super easy to make. You can impress your friends with Taco Tuesday in less than 20 minutes and with only 8 ingredients!
This slow cooker recipe makes the best mole mushroom vegan tacos. It’s the meatless Mexican recipe that you’ve been looking for, but may not have even known it.
Baked taquitos stuffed with sweet potatoes & black beans. Cook them in the oven or air fryer. The crackling crunch of the corn tortilla exterior gives way to a smoky, spicy, sweet filling.
Full of flavor and ready in just 20 minutes, these vegan Smashed Pinto Bean Tacos are sure to be the hit of your next taco night.
Salsa, Dips, and Guacamole
I could just have chips and salsa for dinner every night.
This vegan cheese sauce is creamy, full of flavor, uses no added oil, and is delicious on just about everything. It’s a super simple staple that’s a vegan and plant-based essential.
Spicy Vegan Chorizo Queso – this smoky rich queso is the hit of any party snack table! go ahead and make a double batch, it disappears quickly!
This Pico de Gallo recipe is a delicious Mexican appetizer, excellent for entertaining. We’re showing you how to make this Authentic Pico de Gallo Recipe at home.
Turn up the heat with this Vegan Jalapeño Popper Dip! It’s warm, spicy, cheesy and completely addictive! Plus, it calls for simple ingredients and takes less than 30 minutes to make.
This clean eating Chunky Black Bean and Corn Salsa is a game day favourite and comes together in about 10 minutes. It’s loaded with fresh ingredients, tons of flavour, and plenty of texture. Grab your favourite tortilla chips and dig in!
This the best guacamole recipe ever! Simple guacamole ingredients include creamy ripe avocados, red onions, cilantro, garlic, lime, and a little salt. The perfect appetizer for entertaining, plus it’s vegan!
This homemade authentic Argentinian Chimichurri Sauce recipe is not just for topping. There are SO many ways to use it.
An ultra creamy, healthy, and delicious Spicy Cilantro Avocado Hummus that is vegan, gluten-free, and super quick and easy to make!
Instant Pot, Air Fryer, and Slow Cooker
An Instant Pot is basically a small pressure cooker and can save time as well as intensify the flavor of some food. Air fryers crisp food with convection heat. Both work fantastically for making delicious vegan foods.
This recipe can easily be baked in the oven or cooked in an air fryer.
It takes very little effort to make your own hot sauce. My Instant Pot Jalapeno Hot Sauce Recipe can be varied with different color fresh jalepenos, another liquor, or even make it alcohol-free. Or go crazy and add fruit like pineapple or mango to it!
Dump and Start Instant Pot Mexican Quinoa tastes like you spent hours cooking, when it actually requires almost no effort at all! You will love how healthy, versatile and affordable it is to make flavourful Mexican Quinoa in the Instant Pot. Suitable for Vegan and Gluten Free diets. Post includes Weight Watchers points.
Every Mexican-inspired meal needs a side of Instant Pot Ranchero Beans! Soaking for 36 hours eliminates the phytic acid that causes gas and bloating, so you can savor the smoky flavor of these nourishing beans without paying for it later!
Beans, beans they’re good for your heart. No, really, they are. Beans help lower cholesterol and fight heart disease.
Our Mexican Black Beans make for a delicious meal – keep it simple by making rice and beans or use them for tacos or burritos. This quick and easy recipe is vegan, gluten-free, and bound to be one of your favorite side dishes!
Homemade Refried Black Beans ready in 10 minutes! The perfect addition to your family taco nights! Vegan, gluten-free & oil free!
Drinks and Desserts
Wet your whistle with these delicious beverages and satisfy your sweet tooth with these tasty desserts.
This spicy lime granita is a hit in our house. So simple, so fast, so tasty. We love lime and chile so it was a match made in heaven. There’s nothing like a fresh, delicious lime granita on a warm day.
Simple 5-Minute Homemade Green Bloody Mary Mix makes a unique cocktail base. Just blend together green tomatoes, tomatillos, celery, cilantro, green hot sauce and spices.
Whatever tastiness doesn’t fit into the other categories.
This vegan burrito bowl is packed with spices and flavour, but super simple to make in under 20 minutes. We truly believe that Mexican food doesn’t have to be covered in cheese and filled with meat to be delicious and it can also be healthy too – this vegan burrito bowl certainly proves that.
Vegan Mexican Pizza loaded with all of the toppings is healthier (and more delicious!) than its fast food cousin.
This appetizer is a snap and requires hardly any effort or time for easy hosting or simple wholesome family snacks. Just a handful of items and a food processor is needed. If you want a quick and simple holiday appetizer then look no further than this sun-dried tomato black bean hummus.
Hello! I’m Lisa, a vegan artist, photographer, author, Vegan Life Coach Educator, and RYT 200 yoga teacher. I love showing others how simple and delicious a plant-based diet can be. I draw and paint, cook, write, take lots of pics, eat lots of chocolate, and practice gratitude daily.