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Here Are 11 Vegan Versions Of Staple Latino Foods That Will Make You Consider Going Vegan

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There are some definite benefits to cleaning up your diet and eating as clean as possible. For some people, that means going vegan and that’s really rough for Latinos. Not because so much of our food centers around animal products, but because our parents are always so concerned for us if we change our eating habits form theirs. However, here are ways you can make your favorite Latino foods vegan and just as delicious.

1. Tequeños

Biting into a traditional Venezuelan tequeño means eating gooey cheese with fried fluffy dough wrapped around it. These tequeños sub in animal-free butter dough and your choice of white “cheese.” You have to try these at least once.

2. Flor de Jamaica Tacos

Want to take your Friday dinner to the next level? Prepare some agua de jamaica, save the flowers, shred some carrots and take out your smoked chipotles. There you go, you’re all set for a perfect taco night! ?⚡️? Ingredients: • 2 cups hibiscus flower, cooked • 4 cups water • ¼ cup melted extra virgin coconut oil • 2 garlic cloves, diced • 1 red onion, sliced • 2 carrots, shredded • 3 chipotle chiles • 1 tsp. sea salt • 1 tsp. black pepper • 3 tbsp. coconut sugar • ½ cup water 1. Bring a large pot to boil over high heat. Add hibiscus and cook for 30 minutes, until tender. 2. Drain and wash under running water until no more red water comes out. Slice thin and reserve. (Do not discard water, use it as a refresher!) 3. In a large saucepan, add coconut oil, garlic, onion and carrots and cook in medium heat for 4 minutes. Add hibiscus flower and chopped chipotles, season with salt, pepper and coconut sugar. Mix and cook for 10 minutes or until browned. 4. Serve over corn tortillas and a side of power-full guac! #HollyFriday #PlantPower #HealthyMexicanPower

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Let’s taco ’bout all the options for Meatless Mondays. Now flor de jamaica does double duty—you can drink it in agua fresca or eat it with sautéed carrots and onions topped on your favorite tortilla. You can even fool your non-veggie friends into thinking that it is come kind of pork when cooked just right.

3. Ropa Vieja

Ropa vieja made with jackfruit tastes like the beef one abuela makes and arroz sin pollo. It really is easy to make your favorite dishes plant-based with all of the options available right now.

4. Picadillo

Lentils can give us all of the fiber, protein, vitamins and minerals we need on the daily with one spoonful, so it is a great base for the traditional picadillo plate. Instead of ground beef, toss in some lentils with green olives, bell peppers and sa-sa-sazon. It truly is that easy.

5. Paletas

A dessert that doesn’t have any dairy, flour, cheese, eggs? This sweet treat from your childhood made with real fruit is getting an over 21+ kick thanks to inventive chefs who are pairing them with boozy additions.

6. Pupusas

Traditional Salvadoran pupusas are made with cheese and sometimes have pork in it (if you’re ordering up some revueltas.) But if you’re saying no to queso, then these mini pupusas might do the trick. Cruelty-free combinations that can be found in the frozen aisle include pinto bean and kale, as well as black bean and sweet corn.

7. Arepas

The great  thing about these little culinary pillows of yumminess is that you can play mix master with what you want to put inside. Vegan? No problem. Pack some plantain, avocados and black beans into your arepa for a patada of protein.

8. Empanadas

$7 Happy Hour, anyone? Madre says sì @foodieescapade

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Throw a recipe at the chefs from Gracias Madre and they’ll come back with a whole concoction of vegan Latino dishes. From vegan empanadas to cashew cheese nachos, you’ll be raising your hands and saying gracias that Mexican food can still taste just as good without dairy and meat.

9. Mofongo Balls

Traditionally, Puerto Rican mofongo balls are made with fried plantains with bits of bacon or chicharrón in the mix. Take out the pork product and put in black beans instead for a seriously delicious substitution.

10. Tacos

Never underestimate a vegetarian taco ? ?

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Vegan options at taquerias usually means you have to always stick to calabacitas, but that is b.s.—and B.S. Taqueria wants to change that. They are one-upping the veggie game by roasting several types of mushrooms on top of blue corn tortillas for a game-changing mushroom feast.

11. Vegan Torta

Domingo más que agusto✨

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Tortas in Mexico get ham and dollops of mayo, but when you’re vegan, that is not going to make the cut. Chefs are putting in black beans, jackfruit or fried beets as the main star of a vegan torta remake. Yum!


READ: These Latino Snacks are Spicy, Salty and Vegan

What’s your favorite vegan recipe? Let us know in the comments and share this with your friends!

21 Latino Foodies To Love On Your Instagram Feed

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21 Latino Foodies To Love On Your Instagram Feed

If you’re on a diet, let this post liberate you from the straitjacket that diet culture is as your feed life is about to change. From teenage creating unicorn marzipan cakes to world-traveling chefs, these Latinxs foodies were sent to us by God to serve our feeds, and fill our hearts. ???

1. @acozykitchen

Adrianna Adarme’s blog and cookbook, “A Year of Cozy,” will give you the style and motivation you need to make your life look that cozy. Plus her curse-smattered captions just make it all seem more attainable. ?

2. @cellaalyssa

Marcella Thompkins started blogging at “Cocina de Cella” to keep track of and preserve family recipes. Her style is everything, that’s why I’m so confused that she’s still so underground.

3. @bricialopez

Bricia Lopez-Maytorena is a partner in her family’s restaurant La Guelaguetza, an iconic Oaxacan place in L.A. She also co-hosts the podcast “Super Mamás” with her sisters… Plus, she’s vegan-friendly!

4. @theglutster

Javier Cabral is the west coast editor for Vice’s food site, Munchies. He’s a punk rocker whose got the low-down on underground spots in L.A, and will then show you how it’s done.

5. @maurahernandez

Maura Wall Hernandez has ?? the ?? coolest ?? foodie ?? feed, llena de mangonada, #avoart, and her latest cookbooks. She’s also the founder of “The Other Side of the Tortilla,” a Mexican cooking, culture and travel blog.

Ok, but really, look at this:

I’m drooling. She’s hinted at a side project she’s doing which clearly focuses on what’s really important in life. Pastelitos on pastelitos. ?

6. @naturally.jo

Yo, this kid, Jose, is only 16 years old. Not only does he share his vegan recipes, but if you’re like me, and know in your heart you could never make this, his feed will lighten your soul with unicorn marzipan creatures, mermaid tails diving into smoothie jars of ocean ice cream, and actual Starry Night toast.

7. @cupmycakez

This Latina foodie started her own business when she was a teenager and wanted high-quality, allergen-free, vegan sweet treats. She takes orders, you guys. ?

Caption: “This cake weighed a million pounds and the Optimus Prime topper took a million hours to hand cut and decorate but I dig how it all came together! That last photo showing the texture ? I’m alllllll about that perfect imperfection! #cupmycakez #vegan#glutenfree #organic #natural #nongmo happy birthday, Larkin!”

Yes, she even makes ~geode cookies~.

And “Of course they’re #vegan #glutenfree #soyfree #nutfree #naturallydyed and #handmade.” Take my money.

8. @juan_martiiinez

Juan Martinez is a mixologist at Toca Madera restaurant and lounge, a hotspot in LA where you can get a shot of Clase Azul Extra Anejo tequila for a mere $400. *gulp* Beyond that, he’ll share with you all the secret spots in LA that you can get whatever that is!

9. @muybuenocooking

Ok, in her own words: “Tender, butter-flavored pastries from heaven overloaded with the most delicious farm-fresh eggs combined with roasted green chile, slices of avocados, tomatoes, and ooey-gooey melted queso Oaxaca.”

10. @aliciasdelicias

Seriously, her cookies look to pretty to eat. She makes very realistic Mexican flags, elotes, and lotería cards. I want to say I could never bear to eat them, but who am I kidding.

11. @lacooquette

Maria Sierra describes herself as a “caffeinated Honduran in LA” and a YouTuber. She’ll share recipes like ginger alfajores, arepas con ropa vieja and she sure does know the only way to celebrate National Oreo Day is with a thousand crepes in a cake. #drool

12. @superdaniela

Daniela Galarza is the news editor of Eater and is a self-described “curious cook, baker, eater, reader, editor, writer.” She posts a mix of savory and sweet but is the first to tell the world that her favorite assignment was to write about cookies. So she made all these cookies and wrote about how good they were… plus she got to meet Martha Stewart #dreamjob

13. @streetgourmetla

Bill Esparza is a big inspo for most of the grams we’ve laid down already. He travels like nobodies business to report on the best food and booze in Latin America, and has a new cookbook “L.A. Mexicano: Recipes, People & Places.”

14. @lacocinadeleslie

Caption: “going crazy for these Papas Locas or Papas Rellenas de Carne Asada! These baked potatoes are a tasty treat that can be found at many a taquería and are topped with all your taco favorites like cheese, carne asada, beans, red onion, cilantro, chile de molcajete, and Mexican crema. Que rico! #tacotuesday #bakedpotatoes #papas”

15. @fullyrawkristina

If you’re looking for some raw food inspiration, @fullyrawkristina is your girl. This mexicana eats 100 percent raw fruits, veggies, and nuts, and she makes it look damn good.

16. @foodieluvalatina

Her instagram is b e a u t i f u l and she’s not afraid to share modern twists on ‘ugly delicious’ foods of our childhood like sunny side up eggs and toast. This is the Latinx egg toast we actually want.

17. @dorastable

Dora Stable is making it her mission to share vegan Mexican recipes. I mean, most Mexican food is already vegan, but she takes it to the next level with homemade vegan chorizo, jackfruit vegan pozole and rajas con crema.

18. @courtesancupcakes

Jessika Lauren, the founder of @courtesancupcakes, was seen on “Cupcake Wars.” She lives and produces this edible art in Los Angeles, and everything she makes is vegan. She’ll also print almost any image on a cupcake, so she’s my go-to for themed parties.

19. @comiendoenla

Natalia Carter was born and raised in Colombia but now lives and eats in Los Angeles, and lets us eat vicariously through her on “Comiendo en LA.” I’m truly sorry to anyone reading this who does not live in LA. #sorrynotsorry

20. @brenherrera

Spiced with chili, these chocolate chip ice cream cookies are just a drop in the bucket for @brenherrera’s account. Bren Herrera can cook, sing, write, and is a pro at making me hungry. Follow her for kahlúa flan and to see the life of a Puerto Vallarta chef.

21. @brokenspanishla

Broken Spanish is a newly opened Mexican restaurant in LA that offers authentic Mexican cuisine with a twist.

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