Mexican vegetarian recipes

If you like your vegetarian meals to be fresh, zesty and hearty with a variety of veggies, nourishing beans and enough spice to get your tastebuds jumping, you can’t go wrong with vegetarian Mexican recipes. Here are 8 great-tasting recipes that showcase a range of vegetarian Mexican food options, from favourites like tacos, nachos and burritos to fresh twists on the classics. You’ll find vegetarian Mexican meals for weeknights, plus easy entertaining ideas including a must-try party dip.

1. Vegetarian nachos

Nachos for dinner? Yes please! This easy weeknight recipe uses plant-based ingredients to create a vegetarian Mexican meal. Unlike some nachos recipes, there’s no baking required – just layer up tortilla strips with spiced mince and fresh avocado, then sprinkle with charred corn. With only 5 ingredients, it’s a tasty time-saver.

2. Mexican-style baked eggs with garlic bread

Make an easy Mexican vegetable stew with canned tomatoes and Mexican beans. Crack in eggs and cook, then top with cheese and grill until bubbling. Add buttery garlic bread then send it straight to the list of favourite vegetarian Mexican meals. It’s ready in 30 minutes and with only 5 ingredients.

3. Silverbeet and black bean burritos

For Mexican vegetarian with a fun twist, swap the usual tortillas for blanched silverbeet leaves to make plant-based burritos. The lightly spiced filling inside is made with basmati rice, vegetarian mince, capsicum, tomatoes and canned black beans. Add a side of avo and you’ve got a great meal to share.

4. Mexican-style mini pies

Think cheesy Mexican food can’t be healthy? Created with the Heart Foundation, this vegetarian Mexican recipe proves it can be heart-healthy and delicious. Use your muffin pan to bake wholemeal pies filled with Mexican vegetable and bean stew and topped with light mozzarella. Lime and coriander add a zesty finish.

5. Cheesy sweet potato nachos

Nachos meets loaded fries in this Mexican vegetarian feast. Instead of corn chips, we’ve gone for DIY sweet potato chips seasoned with Mexican spices and baked with a cheesy topping. Nachos need salsa, so toss together tomato, avocado and lime juice to spoon on top with a drizzle of yoghurt.

6. Mexican-style layered dip

Want Mexican vegetarian party food? This recipe is a guaranteed crowd pleaser. All you have to do is layer up refried bean dip, tangy tomato salsa and creamy avocado in a clear bowl. Add a chunky topping and corn chips for scooping, then serve it up and watch it disappear.

 7. Quick veggie taco bowl

For a fuss-free twist on tacos or burritos, make our easy Mexican vegetarian rice bowl – it only takes 25 minutes to make. While the rice is cooking, whip up a Mexican vegetable stew with mixed beans. Top off the bowl with fresh avocado, sour cream, coriander and crunchy corn chips.

8. Curtis Stone's Mexican street-corn tacos

Curtis’ Mexican vegetarian recipe is based on the traditional street food dish of charred corn on the cob with spiced sour cream and tangy cheese. Barbecued corn kernels, capsicum and mild chillies make up the meat-free taco filling along with crisp cabbage, avocado, crumbled fetta, sour cream and chilli powder.